The Oster Versa product line exists as an alternative to premium blenders like Vitamix or Ninja. For the most part, it succeeds at living up to those expectations. Oster Versa blenders do cost less than trendier brands with similar specs. A fair 6-year warranty means that if the blender does have any issues, you can get it fixed or replaced.
While the motors and blending speed are almost always at or above par for the price point, buyers accustomed to more premium brands may be disappointed to discover nagging design issues such as pitcher spouts that don’t work as well as expected or excessive vibration. Faults like seepage or burnt out motors are a bit more common than in premium brands, but covered by the warranty.
If your primary concern is to get more blending power at a lower price, and you consider other issues either minor or cosmetic, Oster Versa is usually the right brand to go with.
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Oster Pro 1200 Blender With Smoothie Cup
As noted in our buying guide, the Oster Pro 1200 Blender is a fantastic blender for the price ($66.87 as of 1/19/2016). The 1200 watt motor is comparable to premium blenders that cost 3 times as much or more. It passes the ice-crushing test, which is the upper limit for most home uses. Excessive vibration means you don’t really want to walk away from the machine while it’s running. See the buying guide on our homepage for a few more details.
Oster Versa BLSTVB-103
- Fairly quiet compared to other high-performance blenders
- Easy cleanup
- Forward-reverse motion of blades eliminates the need for a tamper
- One of the most affordable high-performance blenders on the market
- Blending jar tends to be difficult to attach, leading to seepage
- Motor has a tendency to shut down during more intense blending jobs
- Smoothies tend to be grainier than those made with other high-performance blenders
- Loud compared to typical countertop models
While not quite as powerful as the others, the 1100-watt BLSTVB-103 is great for most home use, capable of crushing ice cubes, grinding up nuts, and making smoothies. It comes with two personal cup attachments and a food processor in addition to the 64-ounce BPA-free pitcher. The blades are capable of both forward and backward motion, so there’s no need for a tamper stick. The BLSTVB-103 stands at 17.5 inches tall and weighs about 13 pounds.
While the blender crushes ice, smoothies are more grainy than you would expect from a professional blender, and you need to add enough fluid that the ice floats to get good results. The food processor does the job well, but if you aren’t going to use the food processor and smoothie cups, the Oster Pro is a better buy for your money. The parts don’t nest together, so storage can be a hastle.
Oster Versa 1400-watt Professional Performance Blender
- Incredibly powerful for the price
- Soup setting warms food very quickly
- Overheat and overload sensors prevent damage to internal components due to overuse
- The tamper reaches down to the blades- exercise caution when the device is in use
- The lid’s rubber seal and tamper both wear out with extended use
- Does not include a food processor jar or single-serving smoothie cup
The high-end model of the Versa line, the 1400-watt Professional Performance Blender features a low-profile jar with a stainless steel blade that spins at over 250 miles per hour. As of 1/19/2016, it costs $189.99 which is a good value for the specs. Like the BLSTVB-103, its control panel offers three pre-programmed settings, a variable-speed dial, and a pulse button. Unlike the BLSTVB-103, however, its blades do not offer alternating motion – as such, the blender ships with a tamper that can be used to push ingredients down into the blades. It also ships with two complimentary cookbooks.
This blender is powerful enough to make shaved ice and peanut butter, breaks down berry seeds and flax seeds as well as a Vitamix (though it may take a bit longer), and surpasses what is typically expected for home use.
Cleaning and storage could be considered inconvenient since the jar doesn’t detach from the blade and doesn’t fit in the dishwasher. The lack of a two-way blade might disappoint some, and the tamper isn’t as ergonomic as on some models.
Need some advice finding the right blender? Take a look at our buying guide.