Oster is the blender I use for making smoothies and it works quite well for that purpose.
It’s cheap and yet it still does the job.
The BVCB07-7 is a newer model with extra features that takes that simple formula that Oster has used for years to create something even better.
These extra features cost a bit more but it’s worth it.
First, it comes with a stronger motor, 600-watts to be exact.
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And instead of the manual push button controls, this one comes with a sleeker control design that has seven speed settings (that includes high and low pulse options) to crush ice, blend smoothies or chop vegetables.
If you’re not making any pizza dough. And don’t have enough cash to spend on a fancy blender like a Vitamix then the Oster is just what the doctor ordered.
- Has 600 watts blending power on tap
- Offers some versatility with 7 different blending speeds (yes that includes a high and low pulse)
- All metal drive will last longer than blenders with plastic drives
- Stainless steel blades
- Dishwasher safe glass jar
- One year warranty
- 13.8″ tall
- 6 cup plastic pitcher
- Price – you can purchase one for less than $65 in Amazon
- Clearly marked controls
- Compact size is great for small homes where space is a premium
- Glass jar great can handle hot recipes
- Short warranty
- Only designed for blending, crushing ice and chopping vegetables and nothing else
- Heavy glass container
- Expect this to be very loud
Feature wise this blender is really basic but it does have two preset options for chopping food like vegetables and making smoothies.
This feature works well in theory. But it doesn’t get the smooth consistency you want in your smoothie when you use that function alone.
You’d still need to use the pulse button to do that.
Also Oster recommends that when blending green smoothies, you’d have to start blending the greens and liquids first before adding the other ingredients like frozen fruit.
So there is a little bit of a learning curve but not too much.
This glass jar is pretty much standard in nearly all Oster blenders.
Definitely heavy compared to plastic containers and something that may not be suitable to folks who can’t carry heavy stuff.
But remember that glass will last longer than plastic and will not deform. Also, it’ll be able to withstand temperature changes better.
Basically this machine can make three things very well – crush ice, make smoothies and chop vegetables for salsa dips.
Don’t use this machine to pulverize peanuts or anything that will stress the motor because it will burn out.
You cannot use this blender for stuff like hummus or nut butter.
Let’s how this well the smoothie function works in this video.
Unfortunately the blender stalled and the ice crush setting had to be used to make it smooth.
This means that the preset function doesn’t really do the job well and you’ll have to do a visual check.
What I do when make smoothies is just use the pulse function all the way through, it won’t take more than a minute to blend anyways.
But if you’re looking to blend a lot of leafy greens like spinach (when I mean a lot I’m talking about a whole jar of these), you may want to consider looking for a blender that’s more powerful.
Weaker blenders at the lower end of the price range might not be able to handle fibrous green very well. It will tend to stall and it will take longer than usual to blend everything to a smooth consistency.
If you’re into making hummus, check out this recipe from Oster…
Yes, as long as you rinse the residue after using it, clean up should be quick.
You can clean it two ways, first is filling up the jar halfway with water, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid then pulse high. Rinse afterwards.
Second ways is using the dishwasher. But before shoving the jar inside, just give it a quick rinse.
|Jug capacity||6 cups (glass)|
|Blade Type||4-prong stainless steel|
|Preset blending cycles||Frozen drinks|
Most consumers love how this blender performs, saying it was a notch above their 450 watt counterparts.
Consumers said that motor has enough power to blend frozen fruits.
Some even mentioned they were able to blend kale. Take these statements with a grain of sail because blenders in this price range tend to struggle with frozen fruit.
But this is a great sign that this model does offer consumers with a cheaper alternative to the Nutri Ninja, Blendtec and Vitamix’s of the world.
Take note that this machine is loud as most blenders are anyways so if you have small toddlers at home, keep them away from this machine or they’ll cry.
Like most budget blenders, this one has its share (although a very small percentage) of consumers complaining about quality control issues namely a blown motor, broken ring, loose parts, etc.
Overall, this is a good budget blender that a lot of the consumers say is a good alternative to the $500 Vitamix, it will blend smoothies and is capable of chopping vegetables to make dips.
If you’re planning of making either of the two but don’t want to burn your wallet then this is a very good option.
If you look at the product information in Amazon it states that it only comes 10 year warranty on the motor, a 3 year satisfaction guarantee and a 1 year warranty on the product. Oster’s product page also mentions the same thing. Here’s the link to the warranty information.
You can buy this in Amazon for just a little of $70 and it’ll be eligible to their free 2-day shipping if you join Prime. Extended warranty of up to 4 years is also available if you want that extra peace of mind.
This juicer would be great for people looking to try smoothies the first time. It isn’t as expensive as a Vitamix but it would still perform up to par with recipes that don’t include a lot of leafy greens.
When I say a lot, I mean a big bowl full of spinach or kale.
You’ll notice with blenders with smaller non-industrial type motors, going through fibrous ingredients like spinach or kale will bog down the motor and you’ll have to start and stop multiple times.
Some say the motor was strong enough doing so while others say it stalled. It would depend on how much you put in. Just make sure to add enough water, around 2 to 3 cups.
But if you’re recipes includes only a handful then by all means go for this blender as it will do just fine.