Is Oster Versa Really a High Performance Blender?

Posted on Mar 1 in Articles | 1 comment

One of the blenders that I have recently come in contact with is the Oster Versa Performance Blender.

It’s not that I’m trying to be pessimistic. But with the bad experiences that I had few some of Oster’s cheaper offerings, I didn’t know what to expect of the Versa performance blender.

Surprise! Surprise! After few trial runs with it, I am quite impressed. Maybe it was because I didn’t know what to expect and the bar that I’ve set is too low.

But anyway, let’s dissect and see what you can expect out of one of the more expensive offering from Oster.

My Take on Oster Versa Performance Blender

Versa Peformance Blender: Oster's Flagship

Versa Peformance Blender: Oster’s Flagship

Perfect Height

If you’ve been through enough blender reviews, you’ll find that the most common concern that bothers a lot of blender owners is the height of the blender. When not properly designed, the height of your blender tends to be a misfit and you will need additional storage cabinet to store it.

To my delight, the Oster Versa blender conveniently fits on any countertop so that you can keep your other appliances as well.

You don’t have to worry about storing the blender in a cabinet when you’re not using it. Unless you have designed your kitchen with all the extra storage spaces, then you will appreciate it if your blender is able to fit beneath the upper cabinet.

Perfect Color

The color of the blender fits in well with the other appliances I have including my refrigerator and stove. I like the black base, but I would like to see bigger numbers so that I can tell how it is blending foods.

I thought that this blender would simply chop items and combine them together in a way that I couldn’t get with a small chopper or spoon. This blender has a sharp blade, and the speed is powerful.

Nice Smoothie

One of the things I like making is a smoothie, and the Oster Versa will slice through all of the pieces of fruit I put in it with no problem.

But I have to confess that I wouldn’t consider it as the ultimate blender for making smoothies. More often than not, I have to lift up the jug and shake it up a few times in order to get the level of smoothness that I love.

Issue with the Lid

One thing I don’t like is that the lid sometimes doesn’t fit securely. I have to make sure it is properly snug before I turn the blender on. This is because when operating at higher speed, the lid tends to come off.

A benefit of the blender is that I can throw in everything from the seeds to the core of the an apple or other whole pieces of fruit and I know that the items will get emulsified. However, everything doesn’t get blended, so I tend to only add the actual pieces of food that I know I will eat so I don’t have to worry about seeds.

Durability

I have also used the blender to chop pieces of ice so that I can have the crushed ice in my drinks. Thinking that the blade would be dull, I took it out to see if I could sharpen it, but it was as strong as ever. The blade is made of stainless steel which is something I like because I know that it is durable.

This blender is very durable with the pitcher because I have dropped it on the floor with items in it, and the pitcher hasn’t got a crack in it (at least for now).

Control panel view of Oster versa performance blender

Control Panel Design

Something that I would change about this blender is the structure of the buttons. The simplicity is great, and I like the function of the knob to change the settings, but I have seen other blenders with buttons for each setting.

If I don’t have the knob exactly in the right place, the blender won’t work at times. I do like the large handle because it makes it easier to pour items from the blender in a cup or bowl.

Jar Design

I have found that I have trouble getting the pitcher to fit in the dishwasher, so I have to clean it in the sink. I don’t like this because I don’t want to risk cutting my fingers while I am cleaning inside the pitcher and the blade area.

The handle is comfortable to hold, but it would be nice to have a little more grip. I like the sensor on the base of the blender because it will notify me if the pitcher is set correctly. However, there have been times when I have thought it was on securely only to discover the pitcher wobbled while it was blending.

Warranty

When looking for any electrical appliance, one thing that I always like to consider is the period in which a product is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Whether or not I eventually have to activate the warranty, it is a secondary matter.

But for a manufacturer to say their product is guaranteed to last at least 7 years compared to 1 year means a lot of difference. It shows the level of confidence that the manufacturer has on the quality of their product.

That is exactly what I found out of the Oster Versa Performance blender. While the warranty for most other Oster products last only for 1 year, the versa blender’s warranty last for 7 years. This means that you can be assured that you don’t have to go back to the market and start hunting for a brand new blender for at least the next 7 years.

The Key Takeaway

Overall, I love having this blender in my kitchen. It came with a recipe book, and I have made several of the things listed. It is fun to make dips in, and I like making salsa for my child’s friends. If I had to get another blender, I might look at my options, but the Oster Versa would be a consideration.

So, do you think this blender is what you have been looking for? Have you given hand blender a serious consideration? Find out the best immersion blenders that will make you the envy of fellow moms and neighbors.

One Comment

  1. The instructions ask that you don’t wash the pitcher in a dishwasher, but rather fill it with water and a drop or two of dish soap and “blend” the mixture to clean the jar. (and then rinse with water afterwards) There are other blenders that require you clean them in this way, so it isn’t unique to them. It’s so far the absolute best blender I’ve ever used, and I only purchased it because all of my years of reading blender reviews kept coming back to two major brands that cost 400-600 dollars. I can’t see spending that much on a blender unless this one gives out before its time.
    My only complaint is that the directions don’t tell you that you have to move the knob in a certain position in order for the settings to light up. I initially thought the lights weren’t working on my blender, because I’d never had one that lit up before. It was only an accident that I discovered that turning it a certain amount to the left made the lights work, and activated the settings.
    I’m impressed that I’ve been able to process homemade soup that would rival anything I’ve ever gotten in a restaurant.
    This is the first expensive appliance I’ve ever owned, and so far I’m really impressed with it.

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