Some professional reviews rate the Oster 12-Speed blender and similar Osterizer models right up there with blenders such as the Cuisinart Smart Power SPB-7 (*Est. $70) and the Oster Beehive Blender 4096 (*Est. $70) , which are more expensive. Owners posting to Amazon.com mostly agree, saying that the Oster 12-Speed is a good value for a budget price. They like the glass jar and say it makes smoothies from soft fruit and purees soups with ease. However, both professional reviewers and consumers report that the Oster 12-Speed Blender is noisy and sometimes leaves chunks of ice behind in smoothies and icy drinks. Some find its many buttons, which stick out from the base, difficult to clean. The Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express (*Est. $20) , on the other hand, performs well in ice-crushing tests and does better in user reviews, which is why we chose it over the Oster 12-Speed as a Best Reviewed blender.
More experts focus on alternative Oster blenders, overlooking the Osterizer line as whole in most cases. We found the most comprehensive review, at Cook's Illustrated magazine, where editors pitted inexpensive blenders against one another in thorough comparative testing. Still, Good Housekeeping does provide a relatively detailed review of the Oster 12-Speed. We found many owner reviews for the Oster 12-Speed Blender at Amazon.com, where owners can comment on durability as well as performance.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Testers compare nine inexpensive blenders on their ability to puree broccoli soup, crush ice for smoothies and cream pesto. The Oster 12-Speed is one of the models included in this detailed test.
Review: Inexpensive Blenders, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, June 2005
2. Good Housekeeping
Editors test 38 blenders for features such as user-friendliness, performance in various blender tasks and customer service. They say the Oster 12-Speed struggles with making smooth, icy drinks, through it grinds coffee beans and chops vegetables just fine.
Review: Best Blenders: Reviews and Ratings, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
Consumers posting to Amazon.com award the Oster 12-Speed Bender an above-average rating in about 90 reviews. Most owners are happy with the Oster 12-Speed, saying that it blends well and is a good value. A few are dissatisfied, complaining that the blender is noisy and doesn't crush ice very well.
Review: Oster 6684 12-Speed Blender, Contributors to Amazon.com