This video attempts to point out differences in the containers that come as options in the Total Blender and HP3A packages from Blendtec. Currently, these models are offered in a FourSide and WildSide package, so named for the containers included with each. A Combo package featuring both containers is also offered.
We first examine the distinct design attributes of the FourSide and WildSide containers. Next, identical tests on both are performed to determine if any differences in practical applications of the two containers exists. Two whole oranges of similar size are placed into the respective containers and the “Whole Juice” button is selected. Normally, Blendtec recommends that larger fruits and vegetables be cut into smaller sections prior to loading into the container in order to assist the blade with drawing ingredients into its cutting path. Here both the FourSide and WildSide immediately blend the orange with little difficulty but it is normally expected that more preparation of fruits and vegetables (i.e. cutting into smaller sections) is required of blending in the FourSide than the WildSide.
Finally, water is introduced to both jars and temperatures recorded prior to a test which is designed to measure the relative heat being introduced to ingredients during a blending cycle. Because of the larger blade in the WildSide container (4″ as opposed to 3″ in the FourSide), it might be reasonable to expect a higher friction production out of the larger container, thus potentially affecting the nutritional yield of ingredients blended.
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We can conclude from this test that the larger blade in the WildSide jar does not generate more friction than the smaller blade of the FourSide jar. In terms of nutrient loss via heat, yield should be similar with either container assuming blending times remain consistent with both. The larger blade does, however, offer an opportunity to blend slightly faster with the WildSide jar which, in theory, could yield a higher nutrient content due to the introduction of less oxidation.
In summary, the WildSide container is a viable consideration over the FourSide for anyone:
1) desiring a larger container in terms of volume (88 oz. capacity in the WildSide, 64 oz. in the FourSide).
2) looking for minimum ingredient preparation prior to blending (cutting fruits and vegetables into smaller sections with the FourSide than the WildSide may be required prior to blending).
3) interested in a maximum nutritional yeild via less oxidation introduction when utilizing the larger container in conjunction with the blender’s manual controls as opposed to its pre-programmed cycles.