One of the first kitchen blenders was made by Oster, and it was the industry standard for years. Many people, in fact, would say that they were osterizing when they were using a blender. Since then, many other manufacturers of kitchen appliances have added blenders to their product offerings, but the Oster brand is still a premier name and their blenders, especially the Pro 1200, are some of the best available.
The Oster Pro 1200 blender is a very powerful unit. Its motor is rated at 1100 watts for blending and 900 watts for crushing ice. What this means is simple-this blender will be able to handle just about anything that you try to mix. Many blenders, to keep costs down, use smaller motors. This may save you a few dollars, but the first time you try to crush ice or blend dense foods, you end up with an overworked motor. Nothing good can come from this and often you are left with a dead blender.
One of the first things that you will notice with this blender is the control panel. Instead of 2 speed options that are found on some blenders, you have 7 to choose from. The panel is well designed and very user friendly. You can pulse foods, you can set the blender at a steady speed or you can choose the mixing speed that you want to use. This is especially handy if you are chopping foods like vegetables or fruits for juice.
The blades that are used are 50% larger than those found in earlier Oster models. The blade system also uses a dual direction motion to ensure a better chopping and blending. This can make a big difference if you are making a smoothie or juicing, you will end up with a much smoother product.
One of the fun features of this blender is the 16 ounce cup, with a travel lid, that can be used as a mixing jar. Now, if you want to make just one serving of your favorite smoothie, you can use this cup, mix the ingredients, snap on the lid and take off! The cup is dishwasher friendly and the lid is nicely leak proof.
The regular mixing jar is a good sized 48 ounces. It’s made of heavy duty glass, has a handy handle and a convenient pour spout. Both the mixing jar and the lid are dishwasher safe, making clean up a snap.
If you are looking to use a blender for juicing, this is a good way to go. While juicers will extract more juice from each fruit or vegetable, and do a better job of filtering the pulp, they also are twice the price of this blender. Usually you can find this blender for under $70, making it a very good value. It’s a great tool for other recipes besides juicing. Smoothies are easily made with this blender and you can chop foods and blend foods with little effort.