The Oster Blender Pro 1200 is a beginner-friendly, entry-level model that’s reasonably priced and capable of turning out perfectly blended smoothies just as well as higher-priced models. While it’s not perfect, it’s versatility, in addition to its powerful motor more than make up for a couple of drawbacks. This model comes loaded with controls, preset blending programs, and features a large Boroclass glass pitcher and an included smoothie cup, which is perfect if you love taking a smoothie to the office.
Overview and Features
If you’ve been struggling to make smoothies using regular low-priced blenders, then why not try the best blender for green smoothies? This model is equipped with a powerful motor that can handle anything from crushing ice to blending nut butters and churning out smoothies that are perfectly blended.
This model can handle chopping, grinding and pulverizing a wide range of foods. In fact, some users claim they use it to grind up coffee beans, make pudding, salsas, soups, and more.
The twelve hundred watt motor is powerful enough to make nut butters, green smoothies, and crush ice. The average wattage rating for models in this price range is around five to six hundred watts, so you can see why the Pro is so popular. The motor is powerful enough to allow the blades at the bottom of the pitcher to spin in reverse or forward motions. When in reverse, the blender will push the larger contents toward the bottom of the pitcher. This will be a good option if you’re having trouble completely mixing ingredients.
This blender features a compact design that makes it counter-friendly. However, despite its sleek design it weighs in at just a little over thirteen pounds. The brushed nickel base gives it a classic look that’s sure to complement your existing appliances and kitchen décor.
This model comes with a forty-eight ounce Boroclass glass pitcher that offers a six-cup capacity. The pitcher comes with a lid that also doubles as a measuring cup. These, days, most blenders come equipped with plastic pitchers, which are prone to holding onto odors and tend to get scratched up pretty easily. This model’s thick glass pitcher is class all the way.
Want to make a perfectly blended green smoothie before work? No problem. The included twenty-four-ounce smoothie cup can be used to make a single-serving smoothie and comes with a lid, so you can take your smoothie with you to the office, or store it in the fridge for later. When blending, you’ll use this cup in place of the full-sized pitcher, just be careful that you screw it on tightly, or it can leak during the blending process.
Most models of blenders these days will only come with a few setting options, which doesn’t really give the user enough control over the blending process. The base of this blender is equipped with a total of nine buttons, complete with LED lights.
The buttons include:
- Frozen fruit and greens
- Salsas and food chop
For most tasks, you’ll primarily stick to the speed buttons, however, the pulse feature can come in handy if you don’t have a tamper and need to draw the food down into the blades. The high-speed setting should be used for more challenging foods such as leafy greens, nuts, or coffee beans. The lower setting is perfect for softer foods such as bananas, berries, and ice cream.
This model comes with a few blending presets; milkshakes, salsa/food chop, frozen smoothies/green. The smoothies cycle is too short if you’re preparing a green smoothie, so you may need to push this button a second time if you note that that the pitcher’s contents aren’t completely smooth. However, considering most blenders can’t handle pureeing leafy greens at all, the fact that this model can, and without overheating or struggling, is pretty impressive.
The food chop preset can finely chop up fruits and veggies, which is perfect if you’re making a salsa or preparing ingredients for the evening meal. However, you can get the same results if you press the pulse button. The milkshake button can be used to turn out a perfectly blended milkshake, and can easily make short work of large cubes of ice.
This model comes with a limited five-year warranty on the base and pitcher. This type of coverage shows consumers that the manufacturer stands behind their products and gives those shoppers looking for a reliable, durable blender, every reason to buy.
The motor features a rotation speed of nineteen thousand RPMs, which is more than powerful enough to crush ice or grind up leafy green veggies with ease.
When you use one of the three preprogrammed functions, the blender’s blades will use a dual-direction technique that pulls the food into the blades, preventing any food from sticking to the sides of the pitcher. This will prevent you from having to constantly remove the lid to scrape the sides of the pitcher.
This model is tough enough to grind up coffee beans, make creamy nut butters, chop of ingredients for soups and salsas, and can even make short work of tough veggies for your favorite smoothie. It can also be used as a juicer and can handle pulverizing leafy greens such as chard, kale, dandelion greens, collard greens, spinach, and more. To learn more about using your blender for juicing, be sure to stop by and read my article on slow juicer recipes.
Ease of Use and Maintenance
As I mentioned earlier, this model is very beginner-friendly. Disassembling and assembling the removable parts is a cinch.
To clean the blender, remove the pitcher, rinse it out and toss it in the dishwasher. The base should be wiped down using a damp sponge or cloth. Any removable parts should be soaked in soapy water, rinsed, and promptly dried. The small smoothie cup is also dishwasher safe.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Three blending presets
- Smoothie cup
- Large glass pitcher
- Five-year warranty
- Twelve hundred watt motor
- Does not include tamper
Oster Blender Versus Blender By Cleanblend: Smoothie Blender
Like the Oster, the Cleanblend specializes in making smoothies, but it can also handle blended coffee drinks, salsas, dressings, batters, sauces, and more. It features an eight-blade system that can take on green veggies, ice, nuts, and tough fruits and veggies. It’s also equipped with variable speed control and comes with a five-year warranty. In terms of bells and whistles, it offers comparable features but doesn’t come with any presets like the Oster does.
However, in the power department, the competing model offers eighteen hundred watts of power, while this model only features twelve hundred watts. This clearly shows me that the competing blender is capable of handling a wider range of foods and blending tasks, but that also means it comes with a higher price tag.
In fact, the competition is going for almost twice the price as the Oster. But, if you’re in need of some serious blending power or you’re looking for a commercial-grade model, then the Cleanblend blender may be a smarter option. If you’re simply looking for a powerful, reliable blender for home use, then the Oster is a better fit.
Conclusion and Rating
While this isn’t exactly the most expensive model on the market, you will come across blenders that are more affordable. However, if you decide to go with a cheaper model, just be prepared to replace it a few months down the line or even sooner if you’re planning on using your blender to make green smoothies daily. This model by Oster is made from tougher stuff and can easily withstand daily use. Overall, the powerful motor, combined with the variety of functions and preset programs will make your next smoothie making experience a fun one. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.