How to Determine which Blendtec Blender to get
Below is a video which will enable you to make an easy decision on which carafe combination to get with the Blendtec Blender. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0Nx52bpuV0 Blendtec JUST CAME OUT with a discounted package, in which you can get the standard 2qt carafe PLUS the 3qt carafe with the 4-inch blade!!! I feel that this is the IDEAL discount package from them. I personally love having multiple carafes for my HIGH-SPEED blender and when I can get two like this in a packaged discounted deal, I am STOKED!!! As you may already know, I use the 3qt carafe (4" blade) most of the time. However, I also like to use the 2qt carafe for things like grounding down flax seeds or nuts. I love having a second carafe on hand, as sometimes I want to blend two different items for one meal, or I am looking for a vessel to pour something into, so having the second carafe makes my life much easier :-) For those of you who are NEW to our newsletter, in the Raw Foods Community there has long been a debate about which is the BEST High-Speed Blender to get... the Vitamix or the Blendtec? They both have their advantages, such as the Vitamix comes with a 'tamper'/pusher and the Blendtec is digital and has a higher horsepower, in most cases. Whichever one of these blenders that you chose in the past was pretty much a good decision... UNTIL NOW!!! Blendtec recently came out with the larger carafe (3qt/96oz which is larger than their 2qt/64oz) with a longer blade (4 inches rather than 3 inches), which will fit onto any Blendtec Blender base. This discovery is HUGE!!!... and the benefits are MANY!!!. The top three benefits of this new container in my opinion are that it doesn't oxidize the food nearly as much, it is the most effective blender for rapidly blending food down to a liquid form, and it is BPA FREE. Whenever we blend down any harder to blend foods in the Vitamix or the Blendtec with the 3 inch blade carafe, the contents get a bit heated up in the blending process. However, when using this new larger carafe, in almost ALL CASES the food remains cold after blending. Additionally, we did two comparison tests between the Vitamix, the Blendtec with the smaller carafe and the Blendtec with the larger carafe. In the first comparison test we used apples and in the second one we used vegetables. In BOTH instances, the contents of the Blendtec with the larger carafe were less oxidized (the color of the food contents didn't turn brownish quickly, as with the other blenders). You can see this color contrast in the video below. The reason why the Blendtec with the larger carafe oxidizes less is due to the longer 4 inch blade with the wider space at the bottom of the carafe. The 4 inch blade breaks down the food SO FAST and it requires less spinning revolutions to do this job, compared to the other blender options. There is more space at the bottom of the larger carafe for the food to sit, so it falls down into the blade area easily, evenly and gets broken down rapidly, without getting heated up over and over again as it spins, as can happen with the others. Additionally, the new carafe has a patented 5-sided jar, which produces a better blending vortex. It is AMAZING how fast the food contents break down into a liquid consistency with this carafe - we LOVE it! When we make blended salads/energy soup with lots of leafy greens, normally we have to use the "pusher" in the Vitamix to get it to blend well, or we have to shake the Blendtec with the smaller carafe endlessly to get it going properly... AND... the contents always end up a bit heated. This new Blendtec with the larger carafe, breaks down these types of blended salads almost effortlessly every single time and the food contents come out COLD in almost every single instance. I have been surprised on many occasions when blending food items that would normally have been heated up in another high-speed blender, which come out cold to my tongue after blending in this Blendtec with the large carafe and 4 inch blade. The larger carafe of course also has the capacity to blend more food contents all AT ONE TIME!... and due to the larger blade and spaciousness at the bottom of the carafe, it never seems overloaded as can happen with the other high-speed blenders. When you overload a Vitamix or the Blendtec with the smaller carafe, you are pretty much guaranteed to end up with food contents that are heated up and oxidized. This heating is extremely rare with the Blendtec with the larger carafe. In my opinion NO HIGH-SPEED blender currently compares to the Blendtec Blender with the larger carafe and 4 inch blade. The video comparison above, hopefully make this obvious to you too. If you are interested in purchasing the Blendtec Blender that comes with the two carafes, you can do so by clicking HERE. I LOVE how the larger carafe is so SPACIOUS!!! It is so easy to get the food out of the bottom of it... especially compared to the Vitamix. This wider bottom easily allows all the food to fall down around the blade evenly. It's quite amazing. This new model IS the NEW highest standard for high-speed blenders in my opinion... and I am SURE that you won't regret it, if you decide to purchase one. This SHOWS you how much I believe in the benefits of this new blender. To sum it all up... The Blendtec with the larger carafe and longer blade blends the food contents faster and more effectively, it has the capacity to hold more and blend more food (without heating up :-)), the food oxidizes less and comes out cooler, and it is easier to get the food out of the carafe due to all the spaciousness! You can purchase these Blendtec wonders by clicking HERE.