There are few things better than a nice smoothie in the morning. In addition to the health benefits of drinking a fruit or vegetable smoothie, they can be quite delicious. So you want to make sure that you buy the best blender to get that job done.
There are few things more annoying in this world than a cheap, ineffective blender. Whether the motor starts to overheat, the blades dull far too quickly, or the blender simply will not crush down enough ice without having some sort of malfunction, it can get old relatively fast.
This is why it is important to buy a good quality blender that will last you a good amount of time. A good blender is quite honestly an investment, and depending on how often you make use of it to make purees, smoothies, margaritas and a whole host of other delicious options, it can pay itself off relatively quickly.
With a good, strong blender, you will no longer need to go out to overpriced smoothie bars and other such places because you can make smoothies and milkshakes from the comfort of your own home. Better yet, you can choose exactly what goes into your smoothie or your milkshake, so it can be as delicious and healthy as your heart desires.
When you blend your own things, you can rest assured that you know exactly what is going into your drink, so you needn’t worry about any artificial additives or any possible allergens. Also, if you are trying to maintain a strict diet, you can more easily follow it if you are the one who picks and chooses exactly what goes into your smoothies.
Blenders are great options if you have children who are fond of milkshakes as well. As we all know, higher quality premade milkshakes are getting far more expensive. Why spend so much money on a milkshake that is most likely a majority of artificial sweetener when you can just make your own and add your childrens’ favorite ingredients into them?
Now that we have the versatility of blenders out of the way, we can take a look at what makes a good blender. Most high quality blenders have a motor with adequate power to crush a decent amount of ice. You know that blender has an underpowered motor if it fails to crush enough ice to make a smoothie.
Another common aspect on better quality blenders is reversible blades. If your blades are reversible, it will greatly increase your ability to puree some tough ingredients by changing up the way your blades come into contact with your ingredients.
This makes it easier to liquefy those tougher parts of the mixture without having to shut the blender off, unplug it, and then stir the contents, before replugging it, and turning it back on, and then setting it back to the power setting you had it at previously.
You must ensure that your blender is manufactured by a reputable blender maker, due to them having higher quality control and standards for parts. Blenders are one of the most often malfunctioning appliances because many are not manufactured up to acceptable standards.
Oster is one of the better manufacturers of blenders available on the market, and they are well known for good reason. Their blenders are quality products that are known to last long and have powerful enough motors to deal with almost any blending situation.
They have many products, such as the Oster hand blender, the Oster smoothie blender and the Oster personal blender.
Coming up next, we will have 3 Oster blender reviews and we will compare and contrast these three models of blender: the Oster 12-speed blender, the Oster Pro 1200 blender, and the Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender.
Heres the best Oster has to offer:
Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender
The Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender is the middle-ground of the three products we will be reviewing. This model is excellent if you want a blender with a few extras and a more powerful motor, but you are not fully willing to make the jump to a more expensive Oster blender like the Pro 1200 model.
This model still features a reasonable amount of accessories for a middle of the line model.
For example, it still uses the dual direction automatic blade technology which reverses the blades of the blender for you automatically when a certain substance is having difficulty blending. It also features the typical 7 speed set up of many higher end Oster blenders.
This model of blender is ideal if you are not comfortable having a low end model in your kitchen but you are not willing to shell out the amount of money required to purchase one of the higher up Oster blenders.
It functions perfectly well when compared to most other products in its price range, and the only noticeable difference from the more expensive option on this list is a marginally less powerful blending motor.
Oster Pro 1200 Blender 2-in-1
This is the most expensive option of the blenders we will be reviewing and it is an excellent choice for those of us who want a high power output blender to crush ice relatively quickly and painlessly. The main buying point of this blender over the other two options is the inclusion of a food processor and a personal blending cup.
The food processor attachment does exactly what the name suggests. It allows you to use your blender as a makeshift food processor. Take note, however that it will not entirely replace a food processor as it lacks the proper amount of power to do the job just as well, but it will do in a pinch and helps add a touch of versatility to this blender.
The other included accessory is the personal blending cup, which allows you to blend your smoothies and milkshakes directly into an extra large cup that you can use on the go. It’s a great idea and really cuts down on the amount of washing you have to do. Instead of washing the blender and a cup, all you have to wash is the cup.
Oster 6811 12-Speed Blender
This Oster blender is the most affordable option of those included in these three reviews, but that does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong with it. This Oster blender is still great value for money and should not be underestimated based on its price point alone.
The blender features a 700 watt motor with 450 available blending watts, meaning that it is certainly less powerful than the other options offered here, but power is not always everything.
If you are planning on making simple smoothies without a huge amount of ice, the blending power here is perfectly acceptable, and plays into the lower price point more than anything else.
The blender is non-reversible, but the four-part blade is not weak in any way, it still does an adequate job of blending almost anything you would want to. The 16 speed settings may seem like a bit much, but they work well enough and the product is reliable like most other Oster blenders.
The main deciding point between each of these blenders is the price point, as you most certainly get what you pay for. If you are looking for a beginner blender that is still quite reliable, look no further than the Oster 6811. If you prefer a middle ground product, the Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender is an ideal purchase.
Finally, if you are looking for a great blender in the sub-100 dollar price range, then the Oster Pro 1200 is a perfect option.