The Oster Beehive Blender 4096 has been a favorite of both consumers and industry experts for years. It gets rave reviews from owners posting to Amazon.com, who praise the retro styling and overall simplicity. Owners say it makes good smoothies and is a reliable performer. In hands-on tests, the Oster Beehive Blender 4096 fares well when compared with other inexpensive blenders. Reviews are mixed on this blender's ability to crush ice for making frozen drinks, and all agree that it's loud. The KitchenAid KSB560 (*Est. $100) costs a little more and gets better reviews overall.
We found the best reviews of the Oster Beehive Blender 4096 from Good Housekeeping, where editors test dozens of blenders' performance and evaluate them on ease of use and customer service. The Oster Beehive Blender 4096 is also reviewed by owners, who give real-world performance feedback, at Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com.
1. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping editors put 38 blenders to the test, evaluating performance in chopping, smoothie-making and grinding as well as user-friendly design, ease of use and customer support. The Oster Beehive Blender 4096 gets high marks for performance and user friendliness.
Review: Best Blenders: Reviews and Ratings, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
There are about 50 reviews at Amazon.com for the Oster Beehive Blender 4093. Overall, most owners are happy with it, praising its simple design and ease of use, but there are many noise complaints.
Review: Oster 4096 Designer Series Beehive Blender, Chrome, Contributors to Amazon.com
Several dozen consumers who own Oster Beehive Blenders review the blender at Buzzillions.com. Owners say it's a powerful, durable blender with a good pitcher that's easy to clean. A few complain that it's noisy or lost power after several months.
Review: Oster Classic Beehive Blender, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
The editors of PerfectSmoothie.com evaluate several blenders, although their methods aren't detailed. The Oster Beehive Blender is praised for its stylish retro feel. The blender performs well, say reviewers, but it is not as powerful as the more expensive Vita-Mix 5200.
Review: The Best Blenders for Making Smoothies, Editors of PerfectSmoothie.com
A handful of consumers provide brief reviews for the Oster Beehive Blender 4096.
Review: Oster Classic Beehive 4096 Blender, Contributors to Epinons.com