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Est. Price: $299.99
Professional performance blenders, also referred to professional grade blenders, seem to be the latest rage in kitchen appliances. And, why wouldn’t they be? Unlike a traditional blender (the kind you’ve always used to make frozen drinks) a professional blender is really a multi-purpose appliance. Want to chop vegetables, mix batter, or make bread dough? A professional blender, such as the Oster Versa 1400-watt blender, can do all of that and more. With the press of a button and the twist of a dial, your prep time in the kitchen will be reduced significantly.
Right out of the box, I noticed that the Oster is a substantial blender. The base is large and heavy duty. In fact, the entire blender measures 17.5 inches in height. It barely fits under my kitchen cabinets, but it does fit. The base itself is 8 inches tall, so the jar is 9.5. This is important information because the 1400-watt model that I have on my kitchen counter is the short version. If this is an appliance that you are going to rely on regularly, you’ll probably want to keep it out where it is easily accessed. Height and space requirements are all important considerations.
Another purely aesthetic observation is that the bottom of the blender base as well as the handle on the jug are both red – bright red. If you are a person who likes to color coordinate (and many of you do), this is something to be aware of. The Oster Versa blender with a tall jar is all black.
Durability and Ease of Use
No one could ever accuse this blender of not being durable. The heft of the base alone rivals the Vitamix. This is a solid based blender, which stays put on the highest setting. Another reason why the base is so substantial is because this blender has the ability to heat the contents while it blends. During these cold winter months, hot soup straight from the blender sounds pretty good (and easy to make). No, there isn’t a built-in heater, but the motor is so powerful that when you use the blender on the soup setting, friction (resulting from high speed blending) causes the contents to heat up in the jar.
I like how the jar attaches securely to the base. The components that connect the jar and the base are both made of metal instead of plastic. This provides a tighter and more durable connection. And, because the base of the jar is metal, there is nothing to take apart and clean after every use.
One other thing that I did notice right away is that the lid has a very tight seal. Some of the soup recipes require you to blend the contents for around 5 minutes. This gives the blender ample time to run at high speed and warm the soup. That said, you don’t want a blender where you have to keep your hand on top of the lid to prevent any explosions or accidents.
Price and Performance
Right now, the Oster Versa is available through some retailers at a discount for just over $200. Compare that to the price of a Vitamix, and the Oster Versa is a great value. I was able to chop ice, blend smoothies, make sauces and puree a soup with the same ease and results as the Vitamix that I recently tested. If you are looking for a professional performance blender, the Oster Versa is worth considering.