When you shop for a blender right now you have two choices, you can opt for a full sized blender with a large pitcher.
Or you can opt for something smaller with single serve jug when they’re in a hurry.
Out of the all the blenders in the market very few offer both.
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Cheaper option than a Vitamix
If you cannot afford such expensive piece of blending tool then have a look at the Oster Pro 1200 that comes with a 6-cup glass pitcher and a 24 ounce jug.
This offers you some sort of flexibility by allowing you to make small single serve drinks using the single serve cup or make larger batches of smoothies using the pitcher.
The 1,200 motor will also give you enough blending power to not just make smoothies but also crush ice, make salsa and frozen desserts.
Although it may not be able to make nut butter like the Vitamix because it lacks a tamper and the motor isn’t as heavy duty.
But it can pulverize dried nuts as you’ll see later on.
Outside that potential limitation this machine will be fully capable of doing the other functions at a fraction of a cost.
First, let’s look at the features…
- Has a 7 speed setting (that includes 3 pre-programmed functions)
- 1,200 watts of blending power (900 watts when you crush ice)
- 6-cup dishwasher safe Boroclass glass jar
- Also comes with a 24 ounce smoothie cup (although Oster did not specify if it’s BPA free)
- All metal drive system
- 5” wide 6 blade system allows this machine to make smoothies faster
- 3 year satisfaction guarantee warranty plus a 10 year warranty on the metal drive
- 14 inches tall
- Allows you to make singer serve drinks or large batches of smoothies without having to buy two separate products
- Very affordable
- Powerful 1,200 watt motor
- Large 3.5” wide blade has more reach
- Great warranty for a blender at this price range
- Glass jar is heavy
- This will not be able to make nut butter
- Oster did not specify if the smoothie cup is BPA free
What to expect from this small yet powerful blender?
Big and small
This blender basically allows you to make large batches of smoothies or sauces as well as single serve drinks thanks to the 24 ounce smooth cup that you can also use to blend.
It saves you time because you won’t need to watch two containers if you only need to make a small batch.
Despite the compact size, this machine delivers in terms of power thanks to its 1,200 watt motor.
It is fully capable of not just making smoothies but also frozen drinks, soups, salsas as well as crush ice.
Oster says that it has 900 watts of power available when you crush ice (more on that below).
Unlike most other compact blenders this comes with 3 preset functions so you can just push the button and walk away.
These functions are (1) green/frozen smoothies, (2) food chop/salsa and (3) milkshakes.
It also comes with 3 speed settings if you want to experiment plus it has a pulse function if you’re more comfortable with that.
This blender will look good in most modern kitchens thanks to its brushed metal finish and it isn’t tool tall, even with the 6-cup pitcher it only measures 14” tall so you won’t have any problem storing this.
My favorite part is the warranty.
When you look at other blenders in the similar price range those machines only come with a 1 year warranty,
Nutribullet and Nutri Ninja comes to mind but this comes with a 3 year satisfaction guaranteed warranty plus a 10 year warranty on the metal drive.
To see the features in a nutshell watch this video…
What can this make?
This machine can make smoothies, salsa, soups and blends (or frozen drinks like milk shakes or protein shakes).
It also has enough power to crush ice (like what I’ve said several times already this machine has 900 watts of ice crushing power).
Here’s a demo of the Oster making salsa using roasted apples, pumpkin, onions, habanero, tomatillos…
Surprisingly this machine can make more than the four I mentioned above.
Watch this video on how the Oster Pro 1200 is capable of crushing nuts (a mix of walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds) as well as making cashew cream using raw soaked cashew nuts.
Now here’s a demonstration making a green smoothie using the smoothie cup.
Ingredients include spinach, pineapple, banana and unsweetened almond milk.
Here’s another demonstration making salsa (this time from an actual consumer and not from Oster) with Jalapeno pepper, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime juice and kosher salt. I’m showing this to you so you know what to expect from the food chop/salsa function.
Is it easy to clean?
The compact size of the pitcher and the smoothie cup make this easy to clean.
By the way the glass pitcher can be washed inside a dishwasher. Or you can just simply fill it half way with water add a few drops of dishwashing liquid then pulse of 30 seconds then rinse thoroughly.
You can also wash it by hand but you have to be careful or you’ll cut yourself with the sharp blade.
Oster backs this up with a 3 year satisfaction guarantee and a 10 year all metal drive warranty.
This type of warranty is unheard of in blenders at this price range, it shows you the confidence that Oster has in its products.
(900 watts of ice crushing power)
|Jug capacity||6 cup glass pitcher|
24 ounce smoothie cup
|Blade Type||6 point stainless steel blade|
|Preset blending cycles||Green/Frozen Smoothies|
|Warranty||3 year satisfaction guarantee|
10 year all-metal drive limited warranty
Consumers really liked how this product worked, especially when you compare it to the Ninja.
One reviewer in particular detailed how this blender outperforms a Ninja.
More powerful than a Ninja
The Oster Pro has more power – 1,200 watts v.s. 1,000 watts and has a wider base which means more stability.
It has enough power to crush ice and pulverize dried ingredients like nuts (I’ve shared it with you earlier).
Even the smoothie cup is wider and the blades don’t protrude toward the edges as much as in the Ninja which means you can put more ingredients inside.
Preset controls work well.
The smoothie preset function in particular produced consistent smoothies everything.
And even when you add nuts to a smoothie recipe, it didn’t have any problems going through it.
The gear that connects the motor to the blade is made from metal, unlike Ninja’s or the Magic Bullet that is made from plastic. This will last longer and resist wear better over the long term.
Heavy glass jar
And while the glass pitcher is heavy, users don’t seem to mind it because of the very good performance.
The wide jar has a downside, one pointed out that you need big hands to open it or you’ll need a rubber jar opener if you have arthritic hands.
Food processor feedback
Some users were disappointed though with the food processor attachment mainly because it is small but that should not be an issue when you only make small batches of salsa or sauce.
Overall consumers loved how this product worked well, in fact better than the Ninja and other more expensive blenders. This could be one of the best bang-for-the-buck blenders in the market right now.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this blender in Amazon for less than $55 and it’ll be eligible to their free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
Extended warranties are also available of up to 4 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
To Wrap Up
This versatile, powerful and still compact blender is great for people looking for a medium sized blender that will not take a lot of space but still strong enough to make other types of recipes like salsa, desserts and frozen shakes.
The addition of the smoothie cup adds a lot of versatility to this product.
What I mean by that is you can actually use the smoothie cup to blend and not the pitcher which saves you time because you don’t need to wash the pitcher anymore just the small cup.
My favorite feature of this product is the price and warranty. At just under $70, you can acquire a blender with commercial power but still enjoy the space saving benefits of a compact blender.
This beats the likes of Nutri Ninja and Magic Bullet in terms of value for money though you’ll have to live with the heavy glass pitcher.