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Oster 4096-009 Designer Series Beehive Blender, Chrome
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- All-metal drive system for extra durability
- Stainless steel "ice crusher" blade
- 2-speed toggle with pulse
- 5-cup capacity, 500 watts
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|Item Dimensions||13.9 x 8.5 x 10.4 in||10.4 x 15.6 x 8.7 in||8.5 x 10.4 x 13.8 in||10.15 x 8.5 x 13.9 in|
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The Oster 4096 Beehive Blender has two speeds and 500 watts of power so you can blend everything from frozen drinks to dips, sauces to smoothies, soup to nuts. Its large capacity, 6-cup glass jar is dishwasher-safe and has been thermal shock tested to withstand extreme temperature. Features a stainless steel "ice crusher" blade, Oster All Metal Drive for durability, and a removable filler cap.
Top Customer Reviews
It's not perfect, but it's solid and dependable. Ours is going on 7 years old now and it still works great. It might be time for a new gasket and blade, but since this is a basic Oster, those things are cheap and plentiful.
Best of all, it's not ugly. You can leave it out on the counter without making your kitchen look like a RadioShack window display circa 1990. (I thought about getting a Vita-Mix or BlendTec, but couldn't bear the thought of looking at either of them every day.)
My biggest gripe is that this thing is LOUD. If you just set it on the counter and fire it up, it's quite deafening. BUT you can cut the volume considerably by placing the blender base on top of a potholder. (Most of the noise is coming out of the bottom of the unit and reflecting off the countertop, which is invariably a smooth, hard surface that does nothing to take the edge off the racket.) Using a potholder, particularly one with a textured surface, won't make this blender *quiet*, but it makes it quite a bit more bearable, not unlike the droning of a vacuum cleaner. In other words, your dog and/or cat will still head for the hills, but you won't feel like you need ear plugs. (A dish towel or rag will also work, but those things have a tendency to get sucked up against the air intake which could reduce the life of the motor.)
I mostly use this Oster for green smoothies and the occasional margarita or pina colada. It works fine for those things, although it does cavitate and stop blending if you try to make something really thick (milkshake consistency.) So if you are looking for something that will make thick purees or milkshakes, you may want to consider a different model or at least try one of the optional blades, because the stock blade won't cut it.
Regarding other reviews, it is loud, but hey, it's a blender! And do not need any other speeds, just the one and pulse. Can't say about frozen drinks/ice slushees, however does fine with ice for smoothies. Great deal!
Problem is that Sunbeam continually finds ways to cheap out on the construction.
This new unit is substantially lighter and contains alot more plastic than the 3 year old model. The chrome housing is thinner. And because of all this I think its alot louder.
This Oster still has the power to do the job so that is good, however I wonder if it will last even the 2 years the previous one did, given the cheap construction.
Apparently the only way to get the same power and better quality is to spend $350+ on the next level (vitamix, etc..) But, like the Dyson vacuum, I refuse to play that game. Is it too much to ask that they just make these things as tough as they did 20-30 years ago?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Workhorse. Daily use plowing through frozen fruit, thank goodness for entirely metal pieces. Blades are seriously sharp as ****. Even after months of use. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Chris Astley
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what a great blender! It's a blast from the past. It works.Published 4 months ago by Jill A. Schneider