So, you’re looking for a blender that’s cost-effective and will suit you down to the ground? That’s Oster’s specialty. Buying a blender has never been so complicated, but you’ll soon see that Oster has a bunch of different products that can do anything you want them to do. So if you’re a wannabe mixologist, a green smoothie chugger, a hummus fanatic or just want to make soup without a struggle, you’re sure to find something that’ll help you out – without breaking the bank.
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Oster makes steady, useful products for a fraction of the price of higher-end blender brands. It’s a company that’s made its living trying to bring the best parts of top-tier blenders to a more affordable range of products, and for the most part it’s been succeeding across the board. If you’d like something that’s going to perform well, but you don’t have the budget for a more expensive machine, consider some of the affordable options on offer from Oster: they all pack something that might be just what you need.
This is an unusual range of products, because there’s little homogeneity between them. Most blender brands have a standard set of features between most of their models, with increasing power and features with price. However, Oster has instead opted to play the entire board; they’ve created a range of products with little in common but the Oster name, in the hopes, I can only assume, of appealing to everyone in the market.
As a result, there are plenty of differences between these models. Motor strength ranges from a paltry 450 watts all the way up to 1400; some have pre-programmed settings, pulse functions, and variable speed control, some don’t; some have color options, some don’t; some have glass containers, others have plastic; some come with multiple accessories, others with none; some have attractive designs and low containers, others have unattractive designs and containers that won’t fit under your cabinets if they are too low. There’s a huge range of differences here.
Because these models are all so different, you’re going to need to look at what’s important to you.
If you want high power, go for either of the Versa models – they’re the only two with anything to offer there. If you want a glass container that’s dishwasher-safe, go for the Reverse Crush, the Beehive, or the 10-Speed. If you want pre-programmed settings, opt for the Reverse Crush or the Versa models. If you want simplicity, look no further than the 10-Speed.
Making your decision also needs to come down to what you’re going to use it for. If you’re making smoothies every day, go for something with an inbuilt smoothie cycle. If you’re making nut butters, you need something with a strong motor. If you’re crushing ice for drinks, opt for a strong motor as well. Think about what you need and then go after it – otherwise it’s easy to get lost.
The Versa is a slightly odd Oster offering that comes with some great features but has an average strength 1100-watt motor. It comes with a variable speed dial and two pre-programmed settings, which are both massively advantageous in a blender, but the container is too tall to be helpful in small spaces and its design is unattractive and clunky in our opinion (but yours may differ).
The Versa comes with a couple of different accessories, the most of any model on this list: a 64-oz blending container, a 5-cup food processor, and two 20-oz ‘blend’n go’ cups, which are single-serve containers that can be fitted directly onto the motor base, similar to a Ninja model. One of the major advantages of this model comes from this interchangeability – not only can you use the included ‘blend’n go’ cups on the base, you can also fit their blade attachment onto a standard mason jar and use that instead.
If you’re planning on making nut butters, you won’t need to transfer them into a mason jar when you’re done; you can make them in the jar itself for storage. This is a massive advantage, and a massive time-saver, and one of the best elements of any Oster product. Keep in mind that the nuts may need to be softened before blending.
This model also has the alternating blades of other models, and also comes with a ‘reverse’ function that means you can switch the blades in the other direction to help move food along.
It has a seven-year warranty and comes with a recipe book for inspiration. In addition, there are very few reports of poor build quality in this model – and, if anything does go wrong, this is a model that’s been reported online as being very easy to find replacement parts for, which are also very cheap.
The Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender is a fairly classic Oster offering, and it makes some unusual compromises when it comes to features.
It has two pre-programmed cycles – frozen drinks and food chop – as well as the choice of seven different speeds: one of the highest on this list. But it suffers from a weak motor of only 600W (roughly 0.8HP) and what we thought was a somewhat unattractive design. It doesn’t have any noise-reducing features, so it’s also pretty loud.
What it does have is a 6-cup glass container that’s dishwasher-safe, and which – because it’s glass – is unlikely to stain, pick up odor, or break too easily. It has fancy reversing blades, which switch direction automatically in a way that helps to dislodge food from sticking to the sides of the container. The build quality on this model is great, as with most Oster models; there are few reports of issues in its durability.
This is a fairly run-of-the-mill offering, with some good features and a few drawbacks too. If you don’t mind the aesthetics of a machine, and don’t need it to be particularly powerful, this is likely to be a great model for you. It's a perfect pick for someone who just needs something to do simple blending jobs.
The Oster Versa Pro is a high-performance machine that represents Oster’s stab at the higher-tier blender market. It has a number of features that would make it a top blender – 1400W horsepower (roughly 1.8 horsepower), a variable speed dial, three pre-programmed settings, and a long warranty. It's the highest-tier model on this list, so if you’re looking for an effective machine at a great price then you should definitely consider it.
The container that this model comes with is 64-oz and made of plastic, rather than the glass of other Oster models. It also comes with two color cookbooks that can help you find new inspiration when it comes to recipes – great if you’re always looking for new ways to use your machine.
The taper also makes blending jobs with lots of dry ingredients easier as you can keep pushing them down to make sure they're hitting the blades and not merely getting stuck.
This is a very simple model, even for Oster: it has nothing on its interface apart from a single toggle switch, which changes the speed between low and high. There is nothing else; no pre-programmed settings, no buttons, no on/off switch, no LCD screen, no nothing. As a result, it’s lacking many of the features that make higher-tier blenders better to use.
The design of this model is tall with a classic look – so consider the design of your kitchen space. It appears to be a model designed for a commercial audience; it is said to be very loud, but reports have labelled it exceptionally reliable – the single switch is unlikely to attract damage, and the 6-cup glass jar is sturdy and strong. It’s a model made for durability and simplicity rather than for bells and whistles. In addition, replacement parts are reported to be very cheap.
The Oster 10-Speed Blender is a stripped-down model that does the basics. It has a pulse function and 10 different speeds, each of which is accessible with the push of a button. The 5-cup glass container that it comes with is dishwasher-safe and very durable. It’s known to be very good at crushing ice, so if that’s something that you’re planning on doing often, consider it as a choice.
The motor isn’t particularly strong – it’s only 450 watts – so it’s unlikely to do well at blending anything much harder than ice into a smooth mixture, like nuts or seeds. Because of this lack of strength, this model is one of the quieter ones in the Oster range. The container is tall – which may make it inconvenient if you have a smaller kitchen. Luckily, the build quality is known to be excellent.
Each of these models has something different to offer, and unlike many brands, it’s hard to find one that clearly outstrips the others; they each have a solid number of flaws. The best, however, has to be the Versa. It’s not the most powerful, the most attractive, or the quietest; it has a tall clunky design and only two pre-programmed settings. But it still beats the others because it’s strong enough and has enough features to make it the most well-rounded machine. And it’s hard to get past the fact that you can use your own containers to blend with – it’s so much more efficient than having to clean a whole assortment of different containers. Plus, it has no reported issues that we could find– what a win!
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.