The Busy Vegan's Review of the Blendtec Hp3a
Why did I buy the Blendtec Hp3a? Because I wanted a mango smoothie. It's that simple. At least I thought it was. I had bought some organic frozen mango chunks and a little mango/peach nectar and assembled them with the rest of the ingredients in my "ordinary" blender.
I pushed the button and that's when disaster struck. The blender rumbled, jammed, and suddenly my kitchen was filled with the acrid smell of burning plastic. The mango chunks had proved to be just too much for the poor little appliance.
I won't tell you how many blenders I killed trying to create my smoothie - okay it was seven. I'm not sure why it took that many before I realized that I needed a better solution.
Given my previous failures, I really took the time to read a lot of different blender reviews and do the product research before I finally settled on the Blendtec Hp3a blender. Read on and find out what I learned!
Important Things to Look for in a Blender
As a raw foodist, I use my blender every day, usually more than once. In my quest to find the best blender I've researched and tried out a lot of different brands and have come to the conclusion that there are some very important things to keep in mind.
- Power and Speed
- Durability and Longevity
- Health and Safety
When it comes to blenders, you get what you pay for, so if you are just looking for the cheapest model you can find, you will probably be throwing it out within 6 months. The list above is actually quite important, so read on and I'll take you through each item as they relate to this versatile Blendtec model.
Power and Speed Matter!
Most blenders are only about 700 watts. At 1500, the Blendtec Hp3a is more than double that. Watts are a measurement of how powerful an appliance is, so when you translate that 1500 watts into performance it means that at its top speed the Blendtec blade will spin at around 29,000 rotations per minute - which is really, really fast.
The motor on this blender is also industrial strength. Most of the better known brands are between .33 and .9 horsepower - that's less than one horse. The Blendtec Hp3a motor, however, is 3 horsepower. This means that it is so powerful it can crush marbles into dust. It actually can, by the way - check out this video!
How Durable Is It?
The blendtec Hp3a jar is made of a material that is incredibly strong. You can bang it with a hammer and it will not break. I've even seen a live demo where the guy stood on it! This thing will last forever!
The motor is equally durable. It is a direct drive motor, which means that there are no other parts between the motor and the part that spins the blade. This translates into increased efficiency (with each moving part you add you lose a little energy) and a longer lifetime because there are fewer parts that break down.
The blade is also unusual. It's not sharp they way most blender blades are - the motor is so powerful that the blunt blade can efficiently pulverize food instead of trying to slice through it, which creates wear and tear. This means that you don't have to worry about the blade going dull over time and having to replace it.
A Healthier Blender!
It never occurred to me that an appliance could impact health, but the Blendtec Hp3a actually does! Because it works at such fast and powerful speeds, it can break down fruits and vegetables in a way that makes their nutrients much easier for the body to access. It works by shattering the cell walls of plant-based foods, which releases all the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants available in those foods.
You don't have to peel fruits or remove seeds, just put the whole fruit or vegetable into the blender and it will completely micronize even stems for the maximum in bio-availability. This means that the food is broken down much more efficiently, allowing you to access the inner nutrients!
The square design causes food to be pulled down toward the center during a cycle rather than pushed out toward the edges as happens in cylindrical blenders. Not only does this mean that there will be a more consistent and smooth texture and less air in your end result, it's also safer because materials like ice won't go flying out should the lid not be on tightly.
Another big plus is that the jar on the Blendtec Hp3a is made from BPA-free material, so after you have created that super-nutritious meal, there won't be any nasty chemicals from the jar leeching into your food.
It Does the Thinking for You!
The Hp3a Blendtec Blender has 25 pre-programmed "cycles" including a cycle for smoothies, soups, whole juices, and sauces. Each cycle goes through a variety of pre-set speeds in order to produce the optimum result for that particular type of food. For example, the pre-programmed smoothie cycle insures that the speed does not get so high as to create heat which would melt the ice, nor does it get so low as to prevent the complete blending of ingredients. During the smoothie cycle you will hear the blender speed up and slow down at regular intervals until it turns itself off. The result is a perfect smoothie.
The soup cycle is actually one of the more amazing features. You can throw your ingredients in raw, and hit the soup cycle. The blender will spin so fast that it actually heats the soup as it blends it! You have to see it to believe it, but it really works! And for raw food enthusiasts, you can set it so that the soup will be warmed, but not beyond °115.
There is also an option for you to personalize your blender by programming four of the most common cycles that you use.
The Blendtec web site sells this blender for $435.00, but you can get it at Amazon for $399.95.
What Is Included?
- Blender Base
- 64 oz. Jar
- Operating Instructions
- Recipe Booklet
My husband and I find that we use our Blendtec Hp3a so often that we need 2 jars. For example, I might make a big smoothie in the morning and want to save half of it for a snack later. So I stick the jar in the fridge and in the meantime, my husband can make a soup for lunch in the other jar.
Warranties and Options
- There is a lifetime warranty on the blade and the coupling, which is where the jar attaches to the base.
- It comes with a 64 oz. jar, but you can opt for 96 oz. jar as well.
What Buyers of This Blender Are Saying
Reviews on the Internet by people who have purchased one of these Blendtec blenders have been overwhelmingly positive. Amazon consumers rate it a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. Here are some of the comments from Amazon customers:
- " I love it and haven't found anything about it I'd change."
- " This blender has opened up infinite possibilities"
- "This (Blendtec Hp3a) is a workhorse."
- "I highly recommend this awesome machine to everyone who is interested in eating a healthy diet."
- "Initially thought it was expensive, but its paid for itself over time."
Complaints or Concerns?
I have found very few complaints about this product, but the few that I have found have to do with noise. As one person put it, don't use it while your baby is napping! Most people however, feel that it's a flaw they can live with given all the other positives.
Where Can You Buy the Blendtec Hp3a?
The best place to buy the Blendtec Hp3a is at Amazon. They have the best price and the product qualifies for their free super-saver shipping.
Where Can You Read Other Reviews of the Blendtec Hp3a?
The best place to read other blendtec reviews is Amazon - these are reviews written by people who actually have bought the Blendtec Hp3a. Click here to read reviews about this Blendtec blender.