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Oster Versa Pro Review

The price for this blender seems high compared to its relatively poor performance
Oster Versa Pro
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Price:   $250 List | $239.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Good at grinding, solid at crushing ice and making blended drinks
Cons:  Substandard smoothie skills, not that convenient to use
Manufacturer:   Oster
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  May 4, 2022
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RANKED
#11 of 13
  • Smoothies - 30% 4.3
  • Ice - 20% 7.7
  • Convenience - 20% 4.9
  • Pureeing - 15% 6.6
  • Grinding - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

While the Oster Versa Pro did well in some of our blender test metrics — blending a solid margarita, grating hard parmesan cheese with ease, and crushing our ice crushing test — it has some severe drawbacks. It is particularly deficient at mixing smoothies, which is a primary use for many people. It is oddly expensive, costing more than other models that scored much higher. All in all, it's hard to recommend this kitchen appliance, as it isn't a great value option and doesn't perform well enough overall.

Editor's Note: We updated this review on May 4, 2022, with information on which blenders we'd recommend over this one.

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Pros Good at grinding, solid at crushing ice and making blended drinksGreat blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butterGreat ice crushing, easy to clean, timed presets, large capacityIce crushing, simple, sleek, easy to clean, amazing margaritasVery inexpensive, solid for smoothies
Cons Substandard smoothie skills, not that convenient to useNo presets, no digital timer, food sticks under blade, motor overheats and smellsLoud, subpar grindingNo presets, no timer, slight rustingCan catastrophically leak if base isn't attached, struggled with grating hard cheese
Bottom Line The price for this blender seems high compared to its relatively poor performanceThis budget blender holds its own with the top-tier products fairly wellAn easy-to-use blender with an extra-large pitcher, great for parties or families who enjoy blended drinks but not for soup or flourA no-frills, budget-friendly pick for those who prioritize a strong ice-crushing performanceIf you are shopping for a blender on the tightest of budgets, this one will do the job
Rating Categories Oster Versa Pro NutriBullet Blender Ninja Professional... KitchenAid K150 3 S... Hamilton Beach 58148A
Smoothies (30%)
4.3
8.3
7.6
6.6
5.9
Ice (20%)
7.7
10.0
9.4
10.0
7.3
Convenience (20%)
4.9
5.2
8.1
7.3
5.5
Pureeing (15%)
6.6
10.0
6.4
6.2
6.1
Grinding (15%)
8.0
6.7
6.6
6.7
2.7
Specs Oster Versa Pro NutriBullet Blender Ninja Professional... KitchenAid K150 3 S... Hamilton Beach 58148A
Model Number BLSTVB-RV0-000 ZNBF30400Z BN701 KSB1325 58148A
Power Peak 1.9 HP 1.6 HP Peak 1.9 HP Peak .87 HP Peak .94 HP
Dimensions 12.1" x 16.8" x 11.6" 16.5" x 9.8" x 7.5" 6.75" x 9" x 17.5" 8.5" x 7.1" x 14.8" 14.7" x 6.5 " x 8.7"
Jar size 64 oz 64 oz 72oz 48oz 40 oz
Dishwasher safe No Pitcher; top rack only Yes Yes Yes
Accessories Tamper Tamper -none None None
Digital Timer No No Yes No No
Presets Yes, 3
  • Smoothie
  • Soup
  • Dips / Spreads
None Yes, 3
-Smoothie
-Ice Crush
-Ice Cream
None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

Oster Versa Pro blender - the oster vesra pro.
The Oster Vesra Pro.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


To find out which blender is truly a cut above the rest, we bought the best products available on the market today and pitted them against each other in a series of side-by-side tests to crown our winners. We judged the Oster Versa Pro in its performance in our five weighted rating metrics — Convenience, Smoothies, Ice, Grinding, and Pureeing — with the sections below elaborating on the Versa's results.

Oster Versa Pro blender - the versa pro wouldn't blend everything, leaving whole pieces of...
The Versa Pro wouldn't blend everything, leaving whole pieces of fruit behind during testing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Smoothies


The Smoothie metric takes credit for 30% of each blender's final score. We used four sample beverages — fruit and oat smoothie, Oreo shake, berry smoothie, and green smoothie — to judge the performance of each blender, looking at both taste and texture. The Oster Versa delivered a subpar performance here. The green smoothie produced by this blender was quite mediocre, with an exceptionally chunky texture that wasn't very pleasant to drink.

Oster Versa Pro blender - the versa produced a chunky green smoothie lacking a uniform flavor.
The Versa produced a chunky green smoothie lacking a uniform flavor.
Credit: Austin Palmer

We caught plenty of unblended greens in the sieve when we poured the smoothie — the main cause of the unsavory texture and inconsistent flavors throughout.

Oster Versa Pro blender - the versa pro did not do well at breaking down the cell walls of the...
The Versa Pro did not do well at breaking down the cell walls of the kale.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Performance did not improve when making a berry smoothie; the Versa left an entire strawberry unblended and the majority of the seeds intact.

Oster Versa Pro blender - the not so blended berry smoothie of the versa pro. even leaving a...
The not so blended berry smoothie of the Versa Pro. Even leaving a whole strawberry unscathed.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The same thing happened with the fruit and oat smoothie. It took three full smoothie cycles to get the drink even remotely palatable. Even then, it still had a very grainy texture, full of unblended almonds and oats. However, the Versa produced a decent Oreo shake, with only a single chunk of ice cream that remained unblended. We had to stop and scrape down the sides of the pitcher to successfully blend the drink, though.

Oster Versa Pro blender - the versa pro had a nice smooth margarita with a few larger chunks...
The Versa Pro had a nice smooth margarita with a few larger chunks interspersed in the beverage.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ice


Taking credit for 20% of the total score, the Versa performed much better in the ice crushing test. It successfully crushed a pitcher full of ice, although it doesn't feed the ice very well, requiring us to pulse the power to the blender. It completely crushed the ice in about 15 seconds, even with the pulsing.

Oster Versa Pro blender - making quick work of ice needing to utilize the pulse button.
Making quick work of ice needing to utilize the pulse button.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The margarita produced by the Versa was quite nice, though there were some irregularly large ice chunks dispersed throughout the drink. The rest of the drink had a very smooth texture and was close to an ideal margarita.

Oster Versa Pro blender - the versa pro includes a tamper for some of those more difficult...
The Versa Pro includes a tamper for some of those more difficult blends.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


Ranking on par with our Ice metric, Convenience also accounted for 20% of the overall score. To assess how convenient the Versa is to use, we looked at its ease of cleaning, the presence of preset functions and a digital timer, how easy the lid is to remove, and whether you could place the pitcher back on the base after washing to dry or if you needed to spread the components out on a dish rack. The Versa only scored average here.

This blender is not dishwasher safe, so manual washing is required. It's also not the easiest to clean by hand, as there are a few sharp edges and hard-to-reach places on the pitcher that can trap food. Similarly, the lid had some difficult-to-clean areas, requiring you to clean it with a toothbrush-style brush. However, there is plenty of ventilation if you place the pitcher back on the base for it to dry, provided you put it slightly offset to allow air to reach underneath. It still will dry much faster when spread out on a dish rack or mat.

Oster Versa Pro blender - the versa pro needs to be hand washed.
The Versa Pro needs to be hand washed.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This model lacks a digital timer, but it features a few preset operations. These are clearly labeled on the blender itself and very easy to use.

Oster Versa Pro blender - there isn't a digital display, but the interface is clearly labeled...
There isn't a digital display, but the interface is clearly labeled and easy to read.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The lid is also fairly easy to remove, though it can provide some difficulties at times. This blender is on the quieter side compared to the rest of the group, measuring 83.8 dBa in our test, compared to around 90 dBa for the loudest models.

Oster Versa Pro blender - the versa pro makes a good nut butter with a little tlc and patience.
The Versa Pro makes a good nut butter with a little TLC and patience.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Pureeing


Accounting for 15% of the Versa's total score, our Pureeing metric consists of a trifecta of tests: mixing and heating soup, as well as pureeing nut butter. The Versa did reasonably well here.

It struggled somewhat in our nut butter test, getting exceedingly hot and forcing us to stop the test partway through. However, after we gave it a little break and added a touch of extra oil, the Versa eventually made a high-quality nut butter that was on par with the Vitamix A2500.

The Versa did a mediocre job making tomato soup, creating a thicker mixture that required us to force it through the sieve. There was also plenty of leftover unblended food in the sieve.

Oster Versa Pro blender - a fair amount of unblended tomato soup was leftover by the mediocre...
A fair amount of unblended tomato soup was leftover by the mediocre performance of the Versa Pro.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The Versa heated up the soup, though not as much as we would have liked, only hitting about 138°F.

Oster Versa Pro blender - ready to grind some corn meal, the versa pro does a great job at it.
Ready to grind some corn meal, the Versa Pro does a great job at it.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Grinding


For the final 15% of the score, we assessed how well each appliance did when tasked with grinding up hard food. We again used a trio of tests, rating the Versa's performance with grating parmesan cheese, powdered sugar, and milled cornmeal. The blender scored reasonably well here.

95% of the cornmeal produced by the blender from milling popcorn passed right through the sieve without any difficulties.

Oster Versa Pro blender - 95% of the corn meal easily passed through the sieve.
95% of the corn meal easily passed through the sieve.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The Versa did very well at making powdered sugar. It also had a solid performance at grating parmesan cheese, though the final blend was slightly coarser than some of the premium blenders' grated cheeses.

Should You Buy the Oster Versa Pro?


All in all, we were not impressed with the Versa Pro. It scored towards the bottom of the pack in our blender test fleet, and we definitely would not recommend this model if you're a smoothie fanatic. This blender will do the job if you're using it primarily for crushing ice or making blended cocktails like margaritas, but we think you can get more for your money elsewhere.

What Other Blenders Should You Consider?


For a lower price, you can pick up the NutriBullet Blender, which scored on par with or just slightly below the premium models in many of our test metrics. If your budget allows, we suggest either the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro or the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series, which topped the charts in our review and should not disappoint regardless of your blending tasks.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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