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Oster Versa Pro Series Blender
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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
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It was between this and VitaMix (VM) at $400-$500 (I rapidly ruled out Ninjas based on even their highest level machine having plastic coupling of blade to motor (underneath the cup) and the reviews saying they pretty much crap out suddenly after a few months). I'm delighted I got this for Smoothies. If I was a professional chef, making pastry dough, perhaps I would need the VM. I make only Smoothies.
This easily smoothies ice cubes, frozen tangerines and bananas, etc. I freeze everything now--including spinach-in-a-bag, leftover yogurt, etc.--and just grind it in this Oster to a smooth pulp. I see no residual skin, pulp, etc.
This machine even has a dedicated button for smoothies--it works for a minute or so, then turns off by itself. You can do other things...it just runs perfectly. Nice!
This machine has no tamper stick like VM, the kind that one sticks in the top to mush food around. Why? It doesn't need one--the blade works in both directions, even when you hit the Smoothie button (ten seconds one way, ten seconds the other, etc. automatically). So, food doesn't get stuck, and it does a swell job. Might it be tougher on the motor to be bi-directional? See warranty note later in this review.
Adding water, and how much, is the key to smoothie making. Too much, too thin; not enough, hard time making smoothie. You'll get the hang of it.
I do not use the To Go cups bc they don't hold enough solids to make enough drink for my tastes. I haven't tried the food processor and likely never will.
This machine, just like VM brand, has a 7-year warranty! Basically, you pay to return the machine, they replace it and ship you a new or refurbed one (at least that's what it says for both VM and Oster online; I haven't tried it).
Key: the Oster official website sells replacement parts. The container, the blade, the gaskets ($1 each) and the lid are, all together, about $50. They have free shipping over $50. I love that I can replace the blade, or the gasket, should it be needed. I bought a whole "replacement kit" of these items from Oster. Comparatively, the VitaMix item--the full set that I described--are $125!! Vitamix Eastman Tritan Copolyester Soft-Grip 64-Ounce Container with Wet Blade and Lid (VM parts can be seen on Amazon). Bust a VM blade and you'll be springing for the whole enchilada since the blade is built into the blending container base; Oster allows single parts to be replaced (I think the new blade was $6.99).
Clean up is a snap; run lid under water to wash it, then half fill the Oster container with water, blend on high for 15 seconds, open to air dry. Boom! No taking off the blades, or the rubber ring, or all that jazz. Cleanup takes under a minute, so I do it before I even drink my smoothie.
It is powerful at 1100-watts (normal $40 blender is about 250-watts). I debated the Oster $199 model with the 1400-watt motor, but for smoothies, this one is ideal. Strong! Ice---no match! If one is a chef, maybe consider the 1400-watter to knead dough or make thick peanut butter or something. For the smoothie guys, this is enough.
It's loud. I got a pair of earplugs to keep by the blender, no joke! Love these earplugs, and I suggest you order them with this blender unless you just want to put your two fingers in your ears each time, which is cool, too. Howard Leight by Honeywell R-01538 Quiet Band Hearing Protector with Reusable Pods These earplugs fit perfectly around the base for storage--no kidding!
Tip: I considered a "juicer", but those are a beeeatch to clean, and I want pulp and rind. Sure, it's a touch thicker to drink, but I have had no issues. None at all. There is so much waste with juicers. Here, no waste. Grind seeds and all. The thickness depends on how much water one adds (fruit to water ratio).
I tried Almond Milk as a base, but it rots in one week in the fridge, and cold water is so easy, now I just use tap water. Soy milk, cow's milk, you can use any of it that you have lying around.
I add protein power, like Vanilla or Chocolate. Sure, I could add pea protein or nut protein, and would if I had them lying around, but in a quick minute, just toss in a scoop of the stuff bodybuilders use. And sweetener, the videos online would tell you bee honey or what not, and I tried it, but in the end, good old sugar or Sweet and Lo and this thing's sweet enough.
You can get so many pre-diced frozen fruits in the store. Strawbs, pomegranate, cherrys, blah blah. Sure, I use fresh when I can, but to get a bag of, say, pineapple chunks (frozen and pre-cut) and toss them in here with a rotten banana and yesterday's unfinished dinner salad and, bam, some chocolate protein power to kill off the skunky taste--man, it's like Thanksgiving in Key West every day!
I like that you don't have to take the stems off the strawberries or nothing. Seeds in your oranges--who gives a rat's patoot. And you know those oranges that you peel and it's like, darn, I'm leaving more white rind on here than I'm taking off. "Shed your skin, you crazy little, out-of-season Sunkist!" Well, before it was painful to eat that rubbery thing, knowing that you spent, like, a buck on the big ones and darn if you're going to toss it away--now, bam, just chuck it in the Oster "garbage disposal for the gullet" and it minces up so you can gulp it down like drinking a fruity picante. You win!
Whenever we buy fruit, Jello cups, pudding, whatever, it all gets brown and old before we can eat it. For instance, yogurt: you know that "Oh, poo! Today's the expiration date, and I have a ten-mile hike this afternoon. Should I chance it?" Now, no problem...pop that bad boy in the freezer. In a week or so, when you're just lounging around watching the NY Jets eat sod yet again, spoon that vintage yogurt into the blender with a crummy packet of Swiss Miss Cocoa mix that's been growing cobwebs in your pantry, add some water, and beat the living daylight out of the thing. Then throw in some cashews that have been greasing up the bottom of a dish on the footstool for a couple weeks, plus a few of those licorice jellybeans that no one wants to ever eat, and bam, hit the smoothie button and go take a leak. It runs itself and shuts itself off. Come back in a couple minutes and, voila, dinner is served!
This blender comes with a fancy "cookbook", but unless your kitchen has a ton of plantains, Valencia grapes, papayas and kiwi lying around, you'll likely just end up throwing some bananas in this baby and calling it a day.
It's liberating to know that those "Hey, those bananas are looking pretty rancid!" moments can be tamed; just peel them, throw them in a gallon freezer bag, and boom, smoothie them anytime. Enjoy salads? I now buy bags of 1/2 priced salad--you know, the type with the big flourescent stickers that say "Buy Me!", but that ought to say, "I'm poison" because in, like, twelve hours it'll become compost right there in your grocer's freezer--well, buy a few bags just to freeze! Between getting my salads half price, plus using no salad dressing, I figure I'll have this blender bought and paid for in, like, a year and a half.
Bloobs for cereal, can't eat them before getting fuzzy, right? Now just freeze them and, in month, make a blueberry-vanilla protein powder smoothie. Toss in some Gushers Fruit Snacks that your kids left lying around and it's delish! Booyah!
Be the master of your kitchen again, the way it was supposed to be!!
If I drink a smoothie, plus eat a frozen macs and cheese Smart One and a 1/2 jumbo bag of Cool Ranch Doritos (to add some crunch *wink, wink*), I'm good for hours and hours. Maybe even all night (but, admittedly, at midnight I'm too tired to make another smoothie, so I just eat a Ring-Ding and call it done).
I drank 1-2 smoothies a day for a month and it has changed my life. They are nutritious and filling. This review is going to make you think I've lost my marbles, but I swear on a stack of Sports Illustrated magazines that I have ground up and drank everything that I have mentioned in this review. This thing is intense! You'll start putting your hand behind the couch cushions just looking for things to grind up and drink.
I suspected that I might get the ka-poops with all that pulpy fiber coursing through my colon like a tractor-trailer truck on a lonely highway, but it hasn't happened. Maybe, like my ex-wife said, it was the Devil Dogs and Chicago Red Hot frankfurters that were tearing me up. All-natural doesn't seem to twink me out as much as I guessed it would.
Yes, I tossed in a jigger of honey Jack once or twice. My brother, Mark, turned me on to the stuff and I'm a lightweight when it comes to booze. But, with icing, this baby is cold anyhow, why not? So sue me. I'm human. Honey Jack D likes the Oster, too. Never complained, anyway. Hope this review helped someone who is on the fence about living a healthy lifestyle. :-)
UPDATE: have owned it now for nearly four months, no issues. Used daily. Smoothies. Awesome! But when sticking hand in couch cushions to find things to grind and drink, here's something I learned the hard way: it's not powerful enough to grind Washington quarters and copper pennies.
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.