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Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 Review

By: Kelly Burgess on December 13, 2016

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Intuitive controls
  • Very good performance from purees to ice
  • Three speeds and a variable control

Cons

  • Jar not dishwasher safe
  • Some durability complaints
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Breaking it down

Performance

Ranks up there with high-end blenders. The Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 is starting to earn a good amount of buzz for blending performance equaling that of blenders costing twice as much or more. In testing at TheSweethome.com the Versa does very well in blending nut butter, creating "velvety" purees and smooth smoothies. It struggles with emulsions they note (and we note that emulsions are much easier if you use a food processor or immersion blender), but most won't find its minor flaws deal breakers, they say. TopTenReviews.com's testing of the Versa reaches similar conclusions, saying, "the Oster Versa did a solid job on soup, smoothies and ice." Owners are even more enthused than the experts and we saw a number of positive comments about how well the blender mixes even tough, leafy greens. A tamper is included that helps with heavier blending loads, although TheSweethome.com describes it as "too short and oddly shaped." Feedback is mixed on noise, experts generally agree that it's very loud, but owners are split.

Ease of use

Simple to use, but not dishwasher safe. With intuitive, easy-to-operate controls, the Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 could not be easier to use. The blending options feature three presets, for smoothies, soups and dips/spreads. There's also a variable speed dial to adjust the blending speed during the manual or pulse cycles. One downside that some are unhappy about is that the jar is not dishwasher safe, but most say it's easy to clean by pulsing the machine with hot water and a bit of dish soap, then rinsing. Oster calls this model "low profile," but, at 17.5 inches tall, it's about the same height as comparable blenders. The jar has a 64-ounce capacity.

Durability

A few mixed reviews. Experts give the Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 high marks for durability; it earns an Excellent in that category from ConsumerReports.org, and TheSweethome.com reports they've been using their Versa for two years and it's still going strong. One note: we did read comments about a burning smell coming from the Versa when it's trying to process heavier ingredients, and TheSweethome.com says they've experienced that as well; so this may not be the best blender for you if you need something for frequent, heavy-duty use -- take a look at the Vitamix 5200 (Est. $500) instead, which we cover in its own section. Of course, there are owners who say their Versa failed prematurely, or began to leak oil from the bottom after a few months of use, but they're definitely in the minority. The Oster Versa comes with a seven-year warranty and customer service is reported as responsive.

Our Sources

Christine Cyr Clisset and Lesley Stockton, Sept. 20, 2016

The Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 is still the top choice here, "after two years of long-term testing." Although Christine Cyr Clisset and Lesley Stockton note that the Vitamix 5200 is still the best blender overall, the much less expensive Versa, they say, is best for most people, offering a great balance of performance and price.

Angie Parkinson, Nov. 29, 2016

In a roundup of the top ten blenders of 2016, which included hands on testing, the Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 is ranked fourth overall. Angie Parkinson notes that the Versa "is a high-power blender for a modest price." She also says the presets make it easy to use out of the box, yet likes that the dial means you can fine tune the speeds as well.

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate dozens of countertop blenders, including the Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 blender. While it ranks in the middle of the pack here, earning a score of 59 (the top-ranked blender gets an 86), that's not out of line with most of the mid-priced blenders tested -- only a handful of very pricey blenders earn a score in the 80s and a recommendation.

Editors of Good Housekeeping, July 2015

Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute give the Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 an overall score of 4 stars out of 5 and a glowing review. It excelled at virtually every task thrown at it, from grinding coffee beans to pureeing soup. They do note that it's loud and the jar is not dishwasher safe.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2016

With roughly 510 owner reviews posted, the Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 earns an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. It gets kudos for its powerful performance and ease of use. We did spot a few complaints of overheating easily but also some positive reports about Oster's customer service.

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