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Oster VERSA Pro Performance Blender with Tamper 1400-watt, BLSTVB-RV0
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- Powerful 1400 Watt motor
- 64-ounce BPA-Free Tritan Jar
- Three programmed settings (Smoothies, Dips/Spreads and Soup) and variable speed dial to instantly adjust speed as needed
- Stainless steel blade spins at Over 250 mph thoroughly blending ingredients so recipes turn out perfect every time
- Includes 2 color cookbooks with recipes to inspire you; 7 year warranty
- Dimensions: H: 12.1" x W:16.8" x L:11.6", Cord Length: 16"
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Oster Versa Performance Blender
A Healthy Blend of Power, Precision, and Value
Step aside basic blender. The Oster Versa Performance blender comes equipped with a powerful 1400-watt motor and a stainless-steel blade that spins over 250 MPH to blend effortlessly, taking on recipes most typical blenders can't handle. Compared to other well-known performance blenders, the Oster Versa Performance blender is at a fraction of the price. Can it keep up with a wide range of culinary endeavors? You bet.
The durable machine delivers the power needed to blend just about anything--from soup to nuts, making it easy to prepare fresh, flavorful foods that are part of a healthy lifestyle. Crush ice, grind nut butters, make fresh juice, puree hot soups, blend smoothies, whisk sauces, whip up sorbets, and more. Create tasty snacks and delicious homemade meals with just the touch of a button.
3 Programmed Settings, Plus Pulse
Take the guesswork out of food preparation with the Versa Performance blender's three programmed settings: Smoothie, Soup, and Dips/Spreads. The handy settings help you easily create your favorite menu items--from pureed pumpkin-lentil soup or strawberry smoothies to fresh salsa, roasted-garlic hummus, pesto, artichoke dip, and more. With the touch of a button, the blender will automatically start and stop and use the perfect speed and time necessary to achieve the desired results.
In addition to the three programmed settings, the blender provides a pulse button for superb control over the consistency, as well as a variable speed dial to instantly adjust the speed as needed. The blades spin at 28,000 RPM and this friction is so powerful that it creates heat that allows for hot steaming soups. Whether cooking for the family or entertaining a crowd during the holidays, the Versa Performance blender is like having your very own sous chef on hand to assist.
Exceptional Convenience in the Kitchen
Replace other kitchen appliances with the versatile, easy-to-use Versa Performance blender. Clear valuable space on the countertop or in the cupboard--with the Versa Performance blender, there's no need for a separate ice chopper, food processor, smoothie maker, or handheld mixer. The Versa Performance blender takes care of it all.
Thoughtfully constructed, the Versa Performance blender features an all-metal drive where the two connecting pieces are made of metal (instead of plastic), which means a more durable and longer-lasting blender that you can rely on, year after year. Even more, the blender's stainless-steel six-point blade thoroughly blends ingredients so recipes turn out perfect every time.
The Versa Performance blender also provides a quick-connection top that lets you place the jar securely on the base without twisting, snapping, or forcing it into place, along with a sturdy base that prevents movement or slipping during operation.
Fits Under Most Kitchen Cabinets
The Versa Performance blender's 64-ounce BPA-free Tritan plastic jar comes with a secure-fitting lid, no-mess spout, easy-to-read measurements, and a soft-touch, non-slip handle. Though large in capacity, the low-profile jar allows the blender to conveniently fit under most kitchen cabinets. A useful tamper also comes included, making it easy to move difficult-to-process ingredients down into the blade for thorough blending.
The Versa Performance blender comes with two beautiful color cookbooks with recipes to inspire you. Categories include everything from Smoothies, Sensible Sips, and Sustaining Soups to Nutritious Butters, Satisfying Spreads, Trimmer Treats, and Baby Food.
For more than 100 years, the Oster brand has defined innovation and power. Oster brand has maintained this standard of quality with its Versa Performance blender, which carries a seven-year manufacturer's warranty for added protection and peace of mind. Get great results with the Oster Versa Performance blender.
- 1400-Watt Motor: makes quick and easy work of many recipes that most typical blenders can't handle
- 3 Programmed Settings, Plus Pulse: Smoothie, Soup, and Dips/Spreads are as easy as the touch of a button
- Variable Speed Dial: for the control and flexibility to blend to your desired consistency every time
- Stainless-Steel Blade: tough, 6-pronged stainless-steel blade spins at over 250 MPH, crushing, pureeing, and blending with ease
- 64-Ounce BPA-Free Tritan Plastic Jar: with no-mess spout, easy-to-read measurements, and secure-fitting lid
- Tamper Included: tamper lets you move difficult-to-process ingredients down into the blade for perfect blends
- Quick Connection Top: place the jar securely on the base without twisting, snapping, or forcing it into place
- All-Metal Drive: connecting pieces are made of metal (instead of plastic) for reliable, long-lasting performance
- Sturdy Base: sturdy base prevents movement or slipping during operation
- 2 Recipe Books Included: Gourmet Cuisine and Fresh & Fit Recipes, which includes nutrition and calorie facts
- 7-Year Limited Warranty: Oster brand covers all the power and performance of this durable machine with an incredible 7-year limited warranty
Tip: Save money and reduce waste by freezing over-ripe fruits and vegetables to use in delicious smoothies and soups later.
What's in the Box?
Oster BLSTVB-RV0 Versa Performance blender, 64-ounce low-profile jar, tamper, 2 recipe books
Top customer reviews
Let me cut to the chase, it's a very good design, and well executed, and a good value in today's market. I do have one small quibble, which I note below, and for that reason I am only giving it three stars for now. (revised to five stars, see below)
For my first test of the VERSA I had peeled and cored two large apples, a thick skinned variety (Sonata from WA state) to make an apple sauce fruit compote to top banana ice cream. So I was looking at that small pile of roughage on the cutting board and thought, why not? So into the VERSA went skins, seeds, stems, and cores, with sufficient water, to see whether it could emulsify tough vegetable fiber as well as a Vitamix. (I have a Vitamix 5200, but it's not at this location, so to be fair this is not a direct comparison.) My impression was the VERSA might have taken a bit longer than a Vitamix, and maybe didn't do quite as good a job, but... better than any other less expensive blender I've tried.
But who blends apple core, skin, seeds and stems for breakfast? Not me, so then I decided to give it a real world test. For that I made a nut/seed "milk" using 2 teaspoons of flax seeds, and 1 teaspoon each of chia seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, quinoa, almonds, and pumpkin seeds, all in raw state (harder to emulsify, but arguably more nutritious). Raw flax seeds are the toughest to emulsify in a blender, most will leave them in some kind of partially whole state, and you might as well not bothered adding them.
I mixed on low for a few seconds, and let soak for a few minutes before blending, which is what I would normally do making a seed nut milk base for certain smoothie recipes. I'm happy to say it passed this test with flying colors, again, not in direct comparison, but I would say the result was as good as I would expect from a Vitamix.
Bottom line is I'm keeping the VERSA for use in my second location. I do have one small quibble however, when I first tested the tamper with just water in the blender I noticed it was (just barely) long enough to reach the top two blades. At first I thought I must be doing something wrong, because the tamper should not be long enough to reach the blades(!), and how could Oster's engineers have got wrong something so obvious? Well I don't know the answer to that, but I double checked what I'm doing and as far as I can tell, yep, the tamper is just a wee bit too long, resulting in little black plastic flakes in the blender carafe! I'm sure if it is a production glitch it will be ironed out quickly, my machine came from a big box store and was likely from the first production run. I called Oster customer service who suggested I return it to where I bought it with an explanation, and order another directly from their own warehouse, which I did. For the time being I will give it 3 stars, until I figure out if it's something I did, or just an early production glitch. I'll update this review when I know more.
Meanwhile, bottom line, this really is an excellent blender at a very competitive price. It's good looking too, IMHO. The Versa might even cut into Vitamix sales a bit, it would not surprise me one bit.
Update - I received the replacement yesterday and it's all good news, the tamper issue is fixed. The problem in my first sample came down to the lid - it allowed the tamper to reach down further into the carafe, and reach the blades. On the new lid the part that stops the tamper from going down further is just a teeny bit higher. I'm going to assume this was a one off problem, or worst case, an early production glitch that won't affect anyone buying a unit now or going forward. Anyway the tamper issue is almost a non issue for me because I use the tamper so infrequently anyway.
Impressions after using everyday for a week - it's all good news, I like it more after using it. Let me compare it a little further to the Vitamix, the best blender I've used. Yes, I feel VM is the better blender on an absolute basis, but the Versa is a better value for most people. The reason is even the least expensive VitaMix is basically a commercial grade machine, over specd and overbuilt in every way. For example, the VitaMix carafe has much thicker walls than the Versa, it's effectively impossible to break, whereas it looks like the Versa carafe might crack if you dropped it on a tile floor and it hit on the wrong angle. Another example, the VitaMix motor base is considerably heavier than the Versa's, and seems to me has considerably more power on tap also. That might be the reason the Versa motor is protected with a soft start circuit - it ramps up to full power over a second or two. The VM can go from dead stop to full power at the flick of a switch, and it has the torque to do that pretty much no matter what you have in the carafe.
These are features that cost more, but don't add anything to daily use for most people. The Versa, to it's credit, has borrowed many of the better design ideas from VM, but it's not a clone, there are some intelligent trade-offs that make it a more cost effective design for average users. If the VitaMix were near the same cost as the Versa, sure I'd get the VM every time. But it isn't - enter the Versa - it's THE blender choice for folks who would choose a VitaMix other things equal, but were stopped by price.
I called the warranty/support number, and the guy on the line was polite and sympathetic, but he charged me twenty bucks for a "Blender Accessory Refresh Kit" which I quickly learned does not fit this model in the slightest.
I called again and explained what happened, and the woman said she'd put in a request to refund my credit card the twenty dollars, and send out a replacement pitcher under warranty. Still waiting on that. Been without a blender for a few weeks.
At this point, I regret not shelling out for the Vitamix. I wish I could get my money back for the entire purchase. I can't recommend this to anyone, and I would not buy it again.
I purchased the Ninja hoping to make smoothies more easily than in my blender or food processor, and it does. The Ninja has multiple nasty-sharp blades, can pulverize ice cubes, and can handle most of what I throw at it. It's quick to assemble, and easy to clean. It does a better job than the food processor or blender of pulling in the food and pulverizing it, instead of just spinning around underneath it making mush on the bottom without blending the top. It's a pretty good deal for the price and got me into the smoothie habit.
The VERSA is definitely a step up, and my Ninja is now in storage.
The Ninja's 450 watt motor is reasonably powerful, but the VERSA's 1400 watt motor is a beast. When I put fibrous vegetables like carrots or kale in the Ninja, it makes a thick puree. It's definitely drinkable, but it's got a lot of texture. Putting these ingredients in the VERSA produces a completely smooth liquid.
I sometimes put chia seeds in my smoothies. With the Ninja, a lot of the seeds survive and are floating in the final product. With the VERSA, they disappear.
The Ninja has no speed control, and can only be pulsed; the only way to adjust the end result is by pulsing longer or shorter. Because the manufacturer recommends doing only 15-second pulses, leaning on it for several minutes to make something really smooth seems risky. But it's great for quickly chopping an onion or making salsa, and most smoothies are done in thirty seconds.
The VERSA has a simple variable speed control dial. Even at the low end it's powerful, and at the high end, it's very loud and whips the contents into a frenzy. You can leave it on for several minutes and not worry.
I tried to make tahini using only sesame seeds in my food processor, the Ninja, and the VERSA. The food processor burned itself out and shut off before making a dent in it because the blades just spun beneath the coarsely ground seeds which stuck to the sides. The Ninja did a better job, but even with its multiple blades it wouldn't pull the seeds in enough to turn them into butter. I stopped trying for fear I'd just ruin it. I'd like to say the VERSA made short work of it, but it didn't. I had to repeatedly use the pusher tool (which fits nicely through the hole in the top and won't reach the blades) to press the seeds into the blades, and the motor eventually shut itself off. After a few minutes I continued, and eventually I had tahini. A very tough job, but only the VERSA could finish it.
The VERSA has three special settings, and I've tried two. One allows you to push a button to make a smoothie, and it automatically changes speed to allow contents to settle into the blades before blending them, and shuts itself off when it imagines the smoothie is done. It works well with ingredients that will blend fairly easily, but with ice cubes or carrot chunks, you may have to turn it back on to finish the job. It also has a setting to make soup. You place the ingredients in, press the button, and walk away while it howls. After about four or five minutes, hot soup! Apparently the speed of the blades alone heats it up. I found if the ingredients are already hot when added, they get even hotter--extremely so. There are soups that can't be made properly just by blending raw ingredients and heating them quickly, but it's very nice to be able to toss some broccoli, seasonings, stock, and cream into the VERSA, push a button, and have hot soup in five minutes.
Unlike my blender, which unscrews at the bottom to remove the blade for easy cleaning, neither the bottom nor the blades of the VERSA are removable. The best way to clean it is to put some soapy water inside and turn it on for ten seconds. I've had no trouble.
The appliance is heavy and seems built to last. With the carafe it fits under my kitchen cabinets. The carafe is made of thick BPA-free plastic, and holds up to 64 ounces.
In summary, if all you need to do is make smoothies from typical ingredients--frozen berries, bananas, juice--the Ninja does a great job, and will make hummus, salsa, etc. nicely for a reasonable price. If your horizons are a little broader and you want something that will do a great job on almost anything, the VERSA is a well-designed workhorse.
UPDATE: The rubber seal around the carafe top on my VERSA became loose very quickly after I received it. It continued to work, but I could see it was only a matter of time before it broke and it didn't seem like it was supposed to be that way. I called Oster and they sent me a replacement under warranty, and it works perfectly--the first one must have been defective.
SECOND UPDATE: After about eight months the replacement rubber gasket has stretched just like the first one. It's apparently a design defect. Too bad, although everything else works very well.