As an accomplished Chef, my meals at home are always festive with many courses. We often serve homemade sorbet as an intermezzo course and making sorbet from scratch can be time consuming. I purchased this machine to make "snow" from pureed fruits and fruit juices. WOW -- works like a charm!!! It actually makes a new type of food, that I have never seen before anywhere! Frozen Fruit Snow. I never use the blender, because I purchased the machine for its snow making qualities. In my opinion, the finished product is not shaved ice, like Hawaii or your typical crushed ice like a carnival snow cone. It is like a snow, I love it. For my purposes, it is the cats meow. It might not be the sturdiest machine in the world, but it seems durable enough to last the typical family 15+ years. I use the machine once or twice a month, and expect it to last at least 15 years.
We used the shaving blender last weekend for a party. It worked fantastic for shaving the ice. Things that are good: Easy to use Quick to use Gets the job done Makes excellent frozen drinks Things that could be better: Could be a little more quiet There is a small safety lever in the top of the unit that when the lid is applied, it depresses allowing the lid to lock securely in place. The shaver will not operate if the lid is not secure. We had a very small piece of ice get in that lever and it took a few minutes for us to figure out why the unit wouldn't work. (The unit does provide a red light when it cannot operate).
Oster BLSTET-C Ice Shaving Blender is a great product. It would be better if the Pause button work. I guess that is why the item is an open box (returned); due to when box arrived the original sealed was double tape. Paid that much money for an Ice Shaving Blender I believe I should get a better product. I dont have time to return/ship the item back to Over Stock & order something else & might have to return again. I use the Stop button instead. I hope that Over Stock should return returned/open box items back to the manufacture & only ship new/un-open box item to Over Stocks value customers.