Powerful motor and sleek design I've used this blender daily for about a week now. When I first unpackaged the product, I thought it was sleek with a retro vibe. I was very pleased with the glass jar. All blender parts can be put in the dishwasher. However, the (separate) manual for the food processor is lacking and from what I gather, the food processor parts are hand wash only. The food processor jar is extremely thin, light weight clear plastic. I do not expect the food processor jar to hold up long term. It's too bad that they didn't use glass or a thicker plastic for the food processor attachment. When using the food processor, the handle keeps rotating. I find it odd that the handle does not lock into place. I've consulted the manual several times but I don't see where this is addressed. Also, the base of the food processor twists on and off easily. I had to be very careful not to make a mess when picking it up from the blender so that the base wouldn't become detached and create a mess. I wish that the base had a better locking mechanism. The "Off" button also doubles as a pulse button. There are two speed settings, low and high, which can be used in conjunction with 7 speed settings. The box states that there are 16 speed settings but they are counting "Off" as a speed and "Ice crush" twice. Really there are only 14 speed settings. The motor is surprisingly powerful. I had no problems crushing ice, dicing produce, or making hummus and smoothies. In conclusion, The Oster Precise Blend Blender Plus Food Chopper is a convenient, easy to use multifunction appliance. I like the prospect of the Food Processor attachment but I feel that it's not durable enough to hold up long term and that there are several design flaws. However, the blender attachment and the motor should last for years to come. I received the Oster Precise Blend Blender Plus Food Chopper in exchange for my honest review.
I wanted a blender that would blend ice and frozen fruit for smoothies. Picked up a Hamilton Beach blender this morning, brought it home, and was unable to get the large chunks of ice to grind up. It wasn't happening!! Took it back to the store and saw the Ninja. Although it was significantly more expensive than the Hamilton Beach model, I am completely pleased with its performance.
A very useful tool and convenient tool, requires concentration, and cleaning. You need to be careful because of the power and heating/cooking capability, bit it does work well. Strong motor, but you again need to understand the unit's characteristics, and cooking capability. Measurements and amounts need to be gauged carefully. Definitely not a device for little children to be around or use. Also its a more sophisticated tool for the kitchen. You can always pour the soup afterwards in a pot, and tweak it. The recipes are pretty good in the instructions, not necessarily optimal nutrition. The materials are reasonably good, plastic base, strong motor, glass container I really like. Don't overfill, it can splatter hot liquids. I would rather see a real metal or stainless base. This is an economy of scale, cost manufacturing decision. 20 years from now, with the right interface, our robots can use this. Would make a great device for hospitals making home made tube feeding formulas or home care for geriatric patients. Compared to our old Waring Blender , its somewhat Surreal but great for Geeks. Needs an iPhone or IPad interface, maybe an HDMI adaper or multimedia entertainment screen. :) I have yet to try it, but ought to be a great machine for making Mango Lassi. Definitely an evolved product from the Industrial Revolution for the sophisticated buyer. Of course I wonder what the kitchen must be like from the blender's designer ? Likely designed in the US, made in the PRC. Also a nice evolution to the hotplate, with cross cultural appeal. We bought because of the handle for its blending capability for hot liquids. This is the product for an archeologist to find 10,00 years from now, along with Google glasses and an iPhone.
I'm using this to blend my morning coffee. The motor and blade do a great blending job, even on Low power, and I love being able to detach the blending attachment for cleaning, but it doesn't look like that blending attachment is going to last very long. After barely over a month of blending 1 cup of coffee per day, the hollow plastic blending attachment is pretty badly cracked. I realize this is from the thermal stresses that result from immersion in very hot coffee, but a blender ought to be able to handle typical food temperatures, which do include boiling liquids... (Soups, coffee drinks, etc.) This one is not holding up. Hopefully I can order replacement attachments somewhere. Last nit-pick, in the product photo there are three attachments shown. The description lists only two, and you only get two: the whisk and the bladed blender with a clear plastic housing. I'm not sure what that third attachment in the picture is, but it's not included! Seems a little misleading to me. I'll probably use this one till it dies, then look elsewhere for a sturdier replacement. I don't really feel like I got my money's worth on this particular purchase.
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