It’s not a secret that I love kitchen gadgets. I think one of the reasons we had to move to a new house a few years ago was because I had too many small appliances for the old home’s tiny galley kitchen. So when Blendtec offered to send me the Designer 725 blender to review, I didn’t hesitate to say yes!
The Designer 725 is by far the most technologically advanced blender I’ve had the chance to get my hands on. It has an easy-to-use digital display touch interface with six pre-programed cycles: Smoothie, Salsa, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, Clean. If you’re not making a smoothie or salsa, you can use the touch slider, which gives you precision speed control for 100 speeds. Yes, 100! It will tell you which speed to use for stirring, chopping, mixing, blending, or pureeing. There’s also a pulse button for an added burst of power. Ingredients blend up silky-smoothly at superfast speeds, and if you’re doubtful of the amount of time it takes, the Designer 725 keeps track of how long it’s been blending.
I haven’t had any problems with my Designer 725, but I’ve read that its feature SmartBlend technology senses and identifies potential problems that could interfere with blending, such as loading errors, overheating, or air pockets, and then tells users how to fix them. How cool is that?
The Designer 725 has a 3.8 peak horsepower motor, and it’s much more than just a blender. In addition to blending, it can be used for wet grinding foods such as soaked grains and wet chopping fruits and veggies. It can also be used to dry chop hard foods such as nuts and coconut and dry grind beans and whole grains, so you can make your own breadcrumbs and flours. It can be used to juice fruits and vegetables, as well as make ice cream. And if that weren’t enough, it also kneads dough. I think the Designer 725 is going to take the place of not only my previous blender, but my food processor and mixer as well!
In addition to being super speedy and very handy, the Designer 725 is also friendly. It will tell you that your blend looks delicious as well as recommend recipes that can be found on the Blendtec website. Can your blender do that?
I really like the size and shape of the Designer 725. It fits on my counter under my cabinets, and it’s easy to get my blended mix out of the jar. It’s also super easy to clean – just add a cup of warm water and a drop of dish detergent to the jar, hit the “clean” button, and let ‘er rip!
The Blendtec Designer 725 keeps track of the amount of times you use it, and it displays reward codes at certain milestones. I’ve only blended about 25 or 30 times, but I’m told that the codes can be redeemed on the Blendtec website for recipe books, gift cards, kitchen utensils, jar discounts, and more.
Blendtec also sent me a Twister Jar. The Twister Jar is perfect for small blends and single serve smoothies, as well as thicker recipes such nut butters, hummus, baby food, and dips. The Twister Jar comes with two lids – Mini Gripper™ lid for containing thinner blends and a Twister lid for thicker ones. To use the Twister lid, you just twist it counter-clockwise while blending. The twisting motion keeps the ingredients from sticking to the sides of the jar. The Twister Jar also comes with a Spectacula™ spatula, which is curved to fit the jar and makes getting your blend out of the jar easy-peasy. The Twister Jar can be used with any Blendtec blender, and I love its versatility.
The Blendtec Designer 725 is a little pricy, but since it does so much, I find that it’s worth the price. It’s a perfect holiday gift for anyone who likes to cook as well as gadget nerds, like me. Refurbished models are also available, and they’re currently on sale for the holidays. Happy blending!