blendtec 575 review

Blendtec Classic 575 Review – Our Guide to Your Next Blender

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Are you someone who likes your blender to do all the work, while looking beautiful in your kitchen? The Blendtec Classic 575 is a powerful, efficient blender that can handle anything you care to throw at it – all on its own. You can also potentially find it in a few different color options (availability varies) which means that it can fit any design scheme. Read our entire Blendtec Classic 575 review to see if this is the right unit for you:

Blendtec C575A2301A-A1AP1D Classic 575 Blender with WildSide Jar, Black

Build Quality

5/5

Design

5/5

Power

5/5

Cleaning

4/5

Noisiness

3/5

PROS

  • 3 peak horsepower
  • Five manual speed settings
  • Four pre-programmed settings
  • Eight-year warranty
  • 90-oz container
  • Will handle nearly and blending job

CONS

  • Lightweight, may shift while blending
  • No tamper, but has a ton of power to make up for it. Some mixes still would be easier with a tamper.

Owners Note

One of Thrive Cuisine's very own (Mikey) has owned this unit for years and absolutely loves it. Blendtec has been awesome about a single warranty repair issue from the motor stopping, but the blender has performed well for daily smoothies and for more ambitious creations such as plant-based cookie dough and walnut butter on special occasions. A tamper would be a great addition and make certain jobs easier, but it is not 100% necessary given the sheer power of the motor.

Blendtec creates affordable powerhouses and stands by their warranties. While it can be quite the investment for some, having a top tier reliable blender is one of the best gifts you can give yourself (or anyone else for that matter).

Blendtec Classic 575 Review: Key Features

The Blendtec Classic 575 has a massive 3-peak horsepower motor, which makes it incredibly powerful when it comes to blending. It is much more powerful than most other blenders on the market, and with this increased power comes an increased ability to create smooth blends in a short amount of time. It also means that the 575 can be used for anything you could desire in a blender: it’s strong enough to a variety of recipes including: nut butters, spreads, ice cream, and crush ice - Not to mention super easy and nutritious sauces.

The 575 differs from other blenders with similar horsepower through its interface. It offers five manual speed settings from lo to hi, enabling you to more accurately specify the speed at which you’d like the blender to go than other models. It also has a pulse function, so you can become truly specific when creating things like nut butter or ice cream, where texture is paramount.

The 575 also has four pre-programmed settings – smoothie, 60-seconds, 90-seconds, and clean – that allow you to push a button and walk away to let the blender do the work on its own. This puts it up there with the more advanced blenders on the market and means you don’t need to babysit your blender – it can create great smoothies without you monitoring it!

Another important element to the 575 that is missing from other Blendtec blenders as well as other branded blenders is the container. The 575 comes with a choice of two containers: a 75-ounce four-sided container that is typical for the brand, and the giant 90-ounce five-sided container that purports to create smoother, faster blends with easier cleaning-up. This is one of the biggest containers on the blender market, and the patented fifth-side to the container makes it truly unique.

Finally, the Blendtec Classic 575 benefits from the same warranty as other Blendtec machines: eight years. Unlike many other blenders, which only have warranties of up to 12 months, the 575 is guaranteed to keep going for years and years. Careful if you're buying a used/refurbished unit, though - make sure you know the lifetime of the warranty. Also be sure to confirm with the retailer that you'll be getting the full Blendtec warranty.

Overall Make & Build

The 575 is sturdily built, with metal joinings and drive sockets to increase durability, and thick BPA-free plastic for its containers.

Its base is plastic and comes in a choice of six colors (availability varies) so it can be easily customized to fit in with your kitchen. It is also quite lightweight, at only 7 pounds, so it’s easy to move around and store in the cupboards if you’re low on space. It should be noted, however, that like the Blendtec 475 this model is known to move around during high-speed blending because of its light frame, and should be monitored during use. Be sure to not leave it on the edge of a counter when blending.

As in other Blendtec models, the blades on the 575 are dulled somewhat compared to competitors’. Because of the high speeds at which this machine is able to go, blending ability is not affected by this; safety, however, is greatly improved, and the blades are likely to last much longer, as they do not lose effectiveness with use.

The 575 is small enough to fit under the cabinets in your kitchen. It has a solid design, though lacks some of the sleekness of other blenders on the market. Some users have complained that the containers are not as long-lasting as those from other brands, notably Vitamix, but these may be just anomalies. There's no reason to think that the Blendtec container isn't the same quality of design.

Power and Noise

The Blendtec Classic 575 is a highly powerful machine, with a 3-peak horsepower motor that outstrips most other blenders on the market. This makes it easy to get through anything you want to get through, and create almost anything that you can imagine. The versatility provided by such a strong motor is a huge asset.

Because of this power, the 575 suffers from a noise problem; however, it is not considerably noisier than blenders with similar specifications. There's only so much power you can generate without making noise. Also, noise cancelling accessories may be sold separately, but might not be manufacturer approved, so that's something to look into.

Functionality and Ease of Use

The 575 is quite easy to use, although it still suffers from a lack of true customization. It comes with five manual buttons, from low-speed to high-speed, that can be pressed at any time during manual use to change the speed of the machine.

It also features four pre-programmed settings: smoothie, 60-seconds, 90-seconds, and clean. The smoothie setting is shared by other Blendtec machines, but the time-based settings are unique, and allow the blender to vary its own speeds without input from the user. The electronic display shows how much time is remaining in the pre-programmed cycles; useful for timing of multiple components of a meal.

The primary problem with the 575 appears to be its lack of tamper. The four- and five-sided containers are supposed to minimize air bubbles that cause food to become stuck, but it appears that this remains a problem for the 575. Users have complained that the process of turning the blender off, opening it, and pushing the contents around could be easily solved with the inclusion of a tamper. However, at the end of the day, the blender WILL get the job done, it may just require slightly extra effort.

How Does it Clean Up?

The container is not dishwasher-safe, meaning that it must be cleaned manually. Luckily, the 575 comes with a pre-programmed cleaning setting that is supposed to make this easy. Blendtec recommends filling the container with water and soap, then using this cycle to clean the container without any effort.

Unfortunately, there appear to be problems with the 575’s cleaning cycle: it may have trouble cleaning the upper areas of the container and is not strong enough to dislodge stuck items of food beneath the blades. Many users have reported having to clean the container manually. Your best bet is to use this function before food gets stuck on, but this might be difficult during a cooking marathon.

Is it Worth It?

The reason that Blendtec products are so popular is because they can be found at a lower price (prices vary) point than similar products, while largely offering the same performance. This is certainly true of the 575, which is consistently cheaper than competing products while offering more horsepower, a larger container, and a range of pre-programmed settings.

Despite this, the Blendtec is still very much in the middle/upper price range for blenders. But while it tends to be more expensive than most other blenders on the market, it is also more powerful and more reliable. 

However, if you're starting to think that a Blendtec or Vitamix is overkill be sure to check out our articles on the best Ninja blenders as well as the best Nutribullets.

How Does it Compare?

Blendtec Classic 475 vs Blendtec 575 Classic: The Classic 475 can be considered a stripped-down version of the 575; while they both have the same 3-peak horsepower motors, the 475 features only three manual speed settings and only one pre-programmed setting. It also lacks the self-cleaning setting of the 575, but this is not necessarily a disadvantage considering that the 575’s is so flawed, and comes in only two colors, making it harder to customize it to your space.

Because of this, the Blendtec Classic 475 is more suitable for people on a budget; its generally reduced price (*prices may vary when you purchase) point may be a justifiable compromise for the reduced features, or important for people who are looking for a simple blender without all the bells and whistles. The 575, on the other hand, is ideal for people who are busy, who like their blender to take over, and for whom appearance is important. We did a full review on the 475 which might be useful for additional information.

Vitamix professional 750 vs Blendtec 575: Both the Vitamix Professional Series 750 and the Blendtec Classic 575 are powerful blenders, and are closely matched in terms of specifications. The 750’s engine is slightly weaker at 2.2-peak horsepower, but reviews put both it and the 750 at similar efficiency when it comes to performance. Like the 575, the 750 contains pre-programmed settings and variable manual speed control; unlike the 575, these are more specific in the 750, and the self-cleaning function is effective. It also comes with a tamper, something that is lacking in the 575.

However, it is also usually substantially more expensive - although prices do vary. For this reason, the 750 may be more suitable for someone looking for a top-of-the-range product, while the 575 is ideal for someone looking for great performance even though its a lower tier unit. As with all Vitamix units, you get a rock solid and reliable warranty.

Vitamix 5200 vs. Blendtec 575: The Vitamix 5200 is the closest Vitamix home blender to the 575’s price point (prices vary), although it is still usually more expensive, and it is apparent when comparing them just how competitive Blendtec’s pricing is. The 5200 has a variable speed control dial but no pre-programmed settings, a 2-peak horsepower motor, is clunky and tall, and only comes in black and white (color availability varies*).

The 5200 is more suited to people who need few settings but want the build quality and brand assurance of a Vitamix, while the 575 could be considered ideal for anyone who wants the most bang for their buck in terms of functionality. You can learn more about the 5200 on our full review write-up here.


About the Author Michelle B

Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.

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