Oster has been making blenders since the 1940s, and its Osterizer model has been around just as long. Has it withstood the test of time? We’ll answer this question and more in this review of the Osterizer blender.
Features of the Classic Osterizer
It measures 15 x 10 x 8 inches. It is small enough to leave on the counter or easily stow away. It won’t take up very much space, making it a convenient addition to the kitchen that doesn’t hog counter space and fits easily in the cupboard.
The control switch is very easy to use. It features a single toggle switch, which gives you three options: on, off, or a two-speed setting. The speeds are simple: high or low. The lack of too many complicated options and settings makes this blender effortless to operate, even for those who have never owned a blender before.
There is a stainless-steel blade with a four-point design. It offers precise chopping and pulverizing of tough ingredients. The blade wont rust and can be washed with just dish soap and water.
The cap on the jar is easy to remove and replace, and doubles as a measuring cup for 2-ounce fillers, with convenient markings built in.
The blender uses an all-metal drive. Many blenders use plastic drives and need replacing after a year or two. But the Osterizer’s base, shaft, and blades are all metal, and there’s not a single plastic disk in sight. The company promises that the blender will continue operating seamlessly for up to 10,000 smoothies due to the all-metal drive. Oster offers a three-year satisfaction guarantee, and a 10-year limited warranty on the all-metal drive. However, if you purchase your blender from a third-party site, you may receive a different warranty. Amazon, for example, offers a one-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
What Do the Experts Say?
Most reviews from testers and consumers agree that the Osterizer effectively makes anything you could want to make. From thick smoothies and shakes to frozen drinks like margaritas, you can expect perfection every time. It can also evenly grind coffee beans, make soups from veggies, and even shred cheese for pizza and tacos. And you don’t have to worry about tough, messy ingredients, as even tomato juices and sauces will not stain the jar.
Most reviewers did not mind having only two settings, and appreciated the simplicity of operating the blender. It does involve some experimentation to find out how long to run the blender, but most felt satisfied with this part of the process. Many reviewers were also impressed with the power that this simple blender is capable of. A morning power drink with veggies, fruits, and protein powder takes about 30 seconds. Smoothies often take 20 seconds or less.
Many consumers have praised the blender’s design. It fits right into the design of any modern kitchen, and the beehive design stands out in a good way. It’s still small enough to be stowed away if you need the kitchen space.
The one negative aspect is its noise. It seems to be very loud, even when compared to high-powered blenders, and may harm those with very sensitive ears. Frequent questions include those on how to minimize the noise. So far, the best solution offered is to wear ear plugs to protect your ears, but nothing has surfaced as to how to actually minimize the noise. However, some reviewers feel that the noise level is a small price to pay when you consider all the positive aspects of the Osterizer blender.
As mentioned above, the Osterizer is very easy to clean. Due to the length of time that this blender has been available, it’s also easy to find replacement parts if you should need them. You might try the following places:
- Local appliance shops and department stores often have spare Oster parts available.
- Online sources will offer you plenty of places to purchase parts, at varying prices. But make sure that you are purchasing the correct part for your model, since you are not there in person to see it. And if you shop around, you can probably get a very good price.
- Oster customer service will be able to get you the part you need, and may even offer you a nice discount.