I’ve never understood the hype about Vitamix blenders. From my perspective, they are large, overpriced blenders that can make nice smoothies. I’ve looked up reviews on YouTube where people pulverize entire apples in a Vitamix blender, just to show how powerful they are. Well, that’s nice, but I don’t need to blend whole apples, or rocks, so why would I need a blender with that much power?
I know people who are hardcore green smoothie fans, and they swear by their Vitamix. I’m assuming that they do a better job at blending super-fibrous veggies like kale? I wouldn’t know, I don’t like drinking kale in my smoothies.
Up until now, my $100 KitchenAid blender has been good enough. I throw frozen fruit and juice in there, and it makes a decent smoothie. I can do the same with ice cream and milk for shakes, or even blend cooked veggies for soup. Why would I need anything else?
Then the Oster Versa showed up on my front door.
When I opened the box, my initial reaction was “OMG it’s a monster!” This blender is huge compared to my [amazon text=KitchenAid blender&asin=B001AS3GA2]*. It looks nice, but there’s no way that it can fit on my kitchen counter, which is kind of a shame. I think it’s pretty stylish!
I started using this blender at the beginning on January, and it’s holding up really well. I’ve made smoothies, shakes, and dips in it with (mostly) good results. It’s hard to talk about a blender without showing you how it works, so please take a look at this short video:
As for the hummus… ugh. That was frustrating.
So, I had already filmed the video footage for this post but I hadn’t gotten around to editing it yet. Then the other day I decided to make hummus in the Oster Versa, instead of my [amazon text=KitchenAid food processor&asin=B000NNFB9O]* (which is what I usually use). I used my own recipe, not the one in the Oster cookbook, but they are fairly similar. I threw in all of the ingredients, and nothing happened. I know the manual for the Oster Versa says that sometimes food can get stuck, so you have to use the tamper (a plastic stick) to help move the food around. I tried everything. I used the tamper. I spooned some of the chickpeas and tahini out. I added more oil.
Nothing happened. So I grabbed my iPhone to get some additional footage for my review. Too bad I forgot to hold it horizontally… *facepalm*
The chickpeas, hummus and garlic was just too much for the blender to handle. I had to scrape the mixture out with a long-handled wooden spoon, because you should never ever stick your hands into the Oster Versa. The blade is very sharp! Once the mixture was in my KitchenAid food processor, it came together just fine.
Washing the hummus out of the blender was also a pain in the butt. Ordinarily, the washing up process is easy. You just add some warm water and dish soap to the jug, put the lid on, and run it on high for a minute or so. Then rise and allow to air dry. This works fine when you’ve made smoothies or shakes, but the hummus just did not want to come out.
The tahini is pretty sticky, and I think that’s what got stuck under the blades. I imagine that if you were to make nut butters in this blender, you would have similar issues cleaning up. I had to let the warm soapy water sit for a while, and then I used a bottle brush to clean under the blades.
Although, strangely enough, my mom made a peanut butter milkshake in the Oster Versa and didn’t have any issues with peanut butter sticking under the blades. Maybe it’s because she added the peanut butter to the milk, and not directly on top of the blade? I don’t know. Either way, the blender is great for everything except hummus.
The Pros of the Oster Versa Performance Blender:
- It’s more powerful than a standard blender.
- It’s very easy to use because it has both manual and pre-set options.
- It makes great smoothies, milkshakes, and nut-milks.
- The jug holds a lot, and it has a tight lid. You probably won’t have many spills with this blender.
- It’s a lot cheaper than other high-end blenders! It usually retails for $249.99.
The Cons on the Oster Versa Performance Blender:
- It’s too tall to fit under most cabinets, and the base it quite large.
- It’s extremely loud.
- It can be hard to clean, because you can’t remove the blade to wash the jug.
- It’s not a replacement for your food processor.
Who Should Buy an Oster Versa:
- Anyone who wants a Vitamix, or Blendtex, but can’t afford one.
- Anyone who regularly makes smoothies or other drinks with hard to process ingredients, like nuts or kale.
- Anyone who makes their own nut-milks.
Who Should Not Buy an Oster Versa:
- Anyone with a tiny kitchen and/or little storage space.
- Anyone who lives in an apartment building, and has to use their blender in the morning.
You can purchase the Oster Versa online from [amazon text=Amazon&asin=B00TQUY9E8]* or directly from the Oster website.
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