Blendtec has a great line of professional use blenders that can be a plus in any cafe, diner, or restaurant. If you're considering the Blendtec Designer 725, you'll want to know how it compares to the competition. In this article, we'll review the Blendtec 725, and see how it holds up against the other top blenders from Blendtec and the blenders from the other leading brands on the market.
What’s so Good About The Blendtec Designer 725?
The Blendtec Designer 725 runs on the cheaper end for blenders of this caliber, and it brings a lot to the table. With its clever WildSide design, its strong motor, and its myriad of speed options, this blender can handle pretty much every task. Besides just being a strong and functional blender, where this machine is best is probably in how easy it is to use. You definitely won't need to waste time training the new kid if you buy the Blendtec 725.
Selling Point #1: Motor Strength
The Blendtec Designer 725 blender is powered by an incredibly strong motor that peaks out at 3.8 horsepower or almost 3000 watts. That means this blender will be able to blend anything you throw at it. Whether you're making a smoothie, salsa, or nut butter, you'll get the smooth blend you want with this blender. It's one of the strongest blenders available.
Selling Point #2: Versatility
This honestly might be the biggest selling point of the Blendtec Designer 725. It comes with 100-speed settings. Yes, 100. Thankfully, it uses a sliding knob to select the speed and not individual buttons, so it feels more like pressing harder on a gas pedal than having an insane amount of options from which you have to choose. On top of the 100-speed settings, this blender has 6 different preset options tailored towards specific dishes, and a pulse setting to let you use all 3.8 of that horsepower. Finally, there's a "plus 10" button that adds 10 seconds to the preset options, so you're not completely locked into the blender's recipes even if you do want to use the presets as a jumping-off point. With almost more options than you can choose from, the Designer 725 Blendtec will make sure you have the absolutely perfect texture no matter what it is you're making.
Selling Point #3: Physical Design
The Blendtec 725 has an incredibly sleek design that looks nice, is easy to use, and is made to optimize blending. The main feature that contributes to this it the WildSide 5th side of the blender which gives more surface area and makes sure all of the ingredients in the blender actually hits the blades, giving you the best blend possible. The jar of the blender is a whopping 90 ounces, so you'll really be able to fit entire batches of any smoothie or cocktail in this blender, which makes it great for entertaining large amounts of guests or for making sure things run a little smoother if you own a restaurant. The jar also has to measure lines for ounces, cups, quarts, and milliliters to make preparing any recipe quick and painless. You can throw out all of your measuring cups and pour your ingredients straight into the jar of the Designer 725.
The Pros and The Cons
We've made the pitch of why you'd want to buy the Blendtec Designer 725, but we're not here to pretend it's all perfect. While it's a great blender, it has its negatives. Here we've laid out the pros and cons of this Blendtec blender.
- Strong motor means a smooth blend no matter what
- 100 speeds and 6 presets gives you as much control as possible
- The sleek design makes this blender less bulky and easier to clean than the Blendtec 885 or the Blendtec 825
- Has a self-clean feature
- Comes with an 8-year warranty
- Lacks the noise-canceling sound enclosure of the Blendtec 825 and 885
- Lacks a timer for the manual speeds, so you'll need to watch over the blender
- Too big and expensive to be a personal blender.
What do the Reviews Say?
Customers really like this Blendtec blender. Reviewers raved about the strength of the Blendtec Designer 725 and pointed out that it's cheaper than comparable blenders from competitors like Vitamix. Users also were a fan of the self-cleaning feature. Overall, this blender has helped Blendtec build a great name for themselves.
How does it Compare?
Okay, so we've figured out that the 725 is a great blender. But there are a lot of great blenders. How can we be sure this is the right blender? That takes a lot of research, but we've done all the research so all you need to do is read below to see our comparisons of the Blendtec Designer 725 to the other top blenders from Blendtec, as well as Vitamix.
Blendtec 725 vs Blendtec 885
This one pretty much comes down to cost-benefit analysis. The Blendtec Stealth 885 is more expensive than the Designer 725, but its motor packs more of a punch and comes with multi-speed pulse options. A huge selling point of the bigger Blendtec Stealth 885 is the feature that gives it the "stealth" in its name: It comes with a sound enclosure system to make sure the blender is as quiet as possible. It's of course nice to be able to talk over your blender in your own kitchen, and it's invaluable to have one less thing to yell over in a busy and bustling restaurant kitchen. The Blendtec 885 also has 42 preset blending settings, and the ability to add 14 more with the BlendWizard tool and a USB stick. The Stealth blender also has a great design that allows you to blend straight into personal cups so you can serve blended drinks as quickly as possible and get right to the next customer. On top of that, it has a customizable jar so you can make a batch exactly as big as you want.
Besides the price, the only points where the 885 really falls behind the 725 is in the fact that it has no auto-clean - the sound enclosure makes it even more difficult to clean on top of this - and that it's just really big and takes up a lot of room. That being said this one of the most powerful blenders out there. I said that the 725 falls somewhere in between being a personal blender and a commercial blender, but the 885 does not have this problem. The 885 is designed purely for cafes, bars, and restaurants that will be making a lot of mixed drinks. The Designer 725 is probably best for restaurants who only have a few mixed drinks on their menu and won't be constantly blending, or for absolute smoothie junkies who want a really powerful blender in their home.
Designer 725 Vs Connoisseur 825 Blender
As you could probably figure out from the numbering system, the Connoisseur 825 is the successor to our 725, though it shares a lot of traits with the Stealth 885 as well. It costs about as much as the 885 and has the same sound enclosure noise-canceler, so you'll actually be able to have a normal conversation over its motor.
This blender comes with 30 preset options, so it's coming up on the 885 blender in that regard. It has access to the BLendWizard tool, and you can reprogram the preset buttons, so the Connoisseur is one of the most versatile blenders out there. It also has a useful LCD countdown timer that will help you keep track of things in the chaos of managing a restaurant. Its motor is a bit weaker than the Stealth 885, but it will hit the same top speed on the pulse option.
While the 725 fills a different niche from the 885, the sad truth is that the 825 was made obsolete by its bigger brother. Especially because they fall in the same price range, there's just no reason to buy the older model. The conclusion basically stays the same: If you're looking for the industrial-grade heavy hitter, go with the 885. If you're looking to spend a little less or just want something smaller, buy the 725. The Connoisseur is stuck in the middle and doesn't bring much of its own to the table.
Blendtec 725 Vs Vitamix Professional Series 750
The "professional" part of the Vitamix Professional Series 750 blender's name might be a bit of a misnomer. It's probably better for a personal kitchen. unless you have a restaurant that doesn't specialize in mixed drinks but has a few items on the menu that require a blender. It comes with a 7-year warranty that can be extended to 10 years if you pay a bit more. With 2.2 HP, it falls behind the Designer blender, but it makes use of its razor-sharp laser-cut stainless steel blades to make up for that. Vitamix claims "You don't need more horses; you need trained ones." and they try to live up to that with this blender.
The most impressive feature of the Vitamix, and what has become a staple of their brand that's helped them climb to the top of the pecking order in the blender market, is that this blender is equipped with smart technology motor base is able to read the container size you’ve chosen and automatically adjust program settings and maximum blending times accordingly. The jar of the Vitamix is 64-ounces, which is smaller than the Blendtec Designer and could cause potential problems in a busy restaurant if you're not able to make bigger smoothie batches, though it does have the ever-useful auto-clean function.
Because of its smaller jar, this Vitamix blender is more firmly a personal blender and doesn't fall in between the cracks as much as the Designer blender, though it does cost about the same amount. The problem is that most personal blenders cost far less than the Professional Series 750, so unless you're really serious about your blending, there are more affordable options that probably appeal to you more. As they fall in the same price range, I'm partial the Designer blender, but if that smart technology really appeals to you, and you don't need something so big, the Vitamix is a great choice.
Blendtec 725 Vs Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender
As the name suggests, the Ascent Series Smart Blender range (which includes the A2300, A3300 and A2500 models too) has the same load-detecting smart technology as the Professional Series Vitamix. The Ascent's motor has the same 2.2 horsepower as our other Vitamix, but as we learned that's not what Vitamix concerns themselves with. You can fit it with different sized jars, so it can really fill whatever niche you want it to, and it has a completely adjustable speed dial to keep it versatile. This blender falls into the same price range as the Designer and is in the same middle ground between personal blender and commercial blender, though because of its customizable jar it can be more of either.
The A3500 Ascent will bring your kitchen to the modern age, as it works in tandem with the Vitamix smartphone app that allows you to access 17 presets and view 500 different recipes. Vitamix shows off their great customer service by giving this blender a 10-year warranty.
It's honestly pretty much a toss-up if you want to buy the Vitamix or the Blendtec Designer for your kitchen or restaurant. It comes down to what you value. Do you want the smart technology and the customizable jar? Or the extra horsepower and the 100 different speeds?
The Blendtec Designer 725 is either the best home blender you'll ever own or a damn fine option for a small cafe or diner. It's just a little too small and too weak to be the centerpiece of your restaurant kitchen, and if you want the real heavy hitter, you're better off going with the Stealth 885.
The Designer 725 is an extremely versatile machine that will be able to make an amazing smoothie, salsa, or nut butter, or you can even shake up ice cream with it. It's a bit more user friendly than its big brother the 885, and a little more convenient without the sound shield enclosure.
The other reason to feel confident in a purchase like this is that you know it's going to last. Remember those videos where the Blendtec blended an iPhone? Not even years of making ice-filled smoothies are going to put a dent in this machine.