I’m a bit of a kitchen appliance hoarder. When I found out that we were moving to DC, I knew I’d need to start weeding out some appliances. I had a HUGE ninja blender with two separate blender attachments and a old cusiniart food processor that was also ginormous.
I wasn’t crazy happy with the ninja and decided to go ahead and start searching for a smaller blender and food processor. I wanted a combination blender/food processor unit, but they are surprisingly difficult to find. Plus, I wanted a real processor – one with attachments, shredding disks and one that’s actually solid. Most of the food processor attachments for blenders are basically useless and rather flimsy. I was almost set on picking up one of the cuisiniart models with so-so reviews, but I just wasn’t sold on them.
Then, magic happened. I stumbled upon the Oster Pro 1200 Blender & Food Processor. Guys, it’s amazing. It’s small enough (and pretty enough) it sit on the counter under my kitchen cabinet, it’s crazy powerful, has tons of settings and a totally kick ass food processor.
The blender comes with a thick glass, 6 cup jar that has liquid measurements right on the side. It’s got a wide enough pour spout, 7 different settings and a venting insert in the lid that is removable so you can add things while blending. And guys, it’s got power. I read that most blenders have about 300-5oo watts of power, this clocks in at 1200 (more than my old ninja). I haven’t run into anything that I can’t break up, but you do have to add liquid. I also thought I got a defective lid when it arrived, but apparently I was wrong. The lid has a plastic insert in the center that you can remove to add items when you’re blending. You can also turn the plastic insert to allow hot items to vent. Well, it doesn’t completely seal when its locked. I thought I was going to end up with smoothie all over me, so I contacted customer service and they sent me a new lid. Well, the new lid was exactly the same. I went ahead and tried it out and it’s fine. I haven’t had any disasters yet. I’d still put a towel over it when blending hot liquids, just to be safe.
We mainly use it for smoothies, but we’ve also made frozen drinks, salad dressings, purees and more. Honestly, I use the food processor the most. The food processor holds 5 cups and comes with all your standard attachments. You get a reversible metal shredding / slicing disk, a feed tube and a chopping blade. I’ve shredded/sliced everything in this thing. I’ve tried cheese, carrots, apples and radishes. I’ve made up pie dough, I’ve made dips, salsas… it’s great. When you use the processor attachment, it lowers the wattage count so you’re not over doing it. 1200 watts would be a lot for a food processor. You can still choose your speed (the manual recommends pulse, low or medium). It’s such a time saver. Plus it’s dishwasher safe. Can’t argue with that.
The unit I bought also came with a large 24 oz smoothie cup. I went ahead and purchased another separately so that Ivan and I could both have one. You just attach the blender base / blade to it and stick it on the motor. Then you screw the to-go lid on and you’re good. I’m not overly impressed with the cups. They work great for blending, but I put water in it one day and my cup started leaking where the lid met the cup. They have not leaked smoothie on me, but they leak with thin liquids. Plus its too big it fit in my cup holder in my car.
So long story short, I highly recommend this blender / processor unit. Especially if you’ve got a small kitchen. You won’t find anything similar for under $100 – it’s got great power AND comes with an honest to goodness food processor. Having one base for both the food processor and blender is key AND it’s pretty compact for a full size blender / processor. The blender jar holds 6 cups, the processing bowl holds 5. You get all your standard processing attachments and the unit is compact. The blender with base only measures to 7 x 7 x 14.
It’s currently in stock on the Oster website, which is the only place I was able to find the complete kit. It goes in and out of stock a lot, so if you want it, I’d buy it now. When I picked this blender out, it was out of stock and I had to wait a few weeks for it to become available. I bought it as soon as it was available again. It got put on backorder and then it went back out of stock right after I received mine. It’s clearly in high demand. So if you see that it’s available, I’d order it ASAP. It’s listed at $89.99 and if you sign up for the Oster email list, you’ll get a coupon for 10% or 20% off (I can’t remember).
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