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Oster Versa Pro Performance Blender Review

By: Kelly Burgess on November 20, 2017

Bottom Line

The Oster Versa Pro Performance Blender is right up there with the big (and more expensive) boys when it comes to heavy-duty blending performance combined with intuitive use, say reviewers. It's great-looking too, with a stylish black and red exterior that earns a lot of admiration.

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
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down

Performance

Ranks up there with high-end blenders. The Oster Versa Pro Performance Blender 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 Wirecutter 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. Top Ten Review'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 Wirecutter 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 Pro Performance Blender 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 not that much shorter than about the same height as comparable blenders. The jar has a 64-ounce capacity.

Durability

A few mixed reviews. Experts give the Oster Versa Pro Performance Blender high marks for durability; it earns an Excellent in that category from Consumer Reports, and Wirecutter reports they've been using their Versa for three 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 Wirecutter 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.

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