Blendtec Designer Series vs. Blendtec Professional Series In-counter mount (aka Total Blender, aka Connoisseur)
Putting aside the Blendtec vs. Vitamix debate, I'd like to know if anyone has experience with the in-counter version of the Blendtec blender. It is called the "Professional Series" on the website, but the manufacturer confirmed that it is the same motor and pitchers as the Total Blender Classic and Bed Bath and Beyond sells it as the "Connoisseur." (I think it's the same). It simply lifts out of the frame of the base and you can drop it into a 4"x5" hole in your counter.
From the Classic, the Designer Series Wildside appears to be an upgrade to the casing, a new touch panel, better cooling and quieter.
If I were to purchase the in-counter version, from what I can tell, almost all of the "upgrades" are going to be moot since there I won't see the blender, there will be plenty of cooling under the cabinet and the noise should be contained better than being on a counter.
Supposedly, you can also just lift the motor with touch panel out of the counter, pop it back in the base and use it just like a standard blender. It is only secured into the counter with it's weight.
The Professional has gone as low as $399 at Costco and includes both the Four Side and Wildside pitchers. The Designer Series has been as low as $424 on Amazon with both pitchers. This is the black model and not the nice "Champagne Metallic" version, which is only sold with the Wildside
I think I've covered everything here, so as long as I'm cool with waiting until the blender drops to $399 again and cutting a hole in my expensive Caesarstone countertop and installing an outlet under the counter, is there any reason that I should avoid the in-counter version and stick with the Designer Series?
Designer Series Wildside