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Ninja Professional Blender 1000 (BL610) vs Oster Pro 1200 Blender

Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al 1000 (BL610) is a very pop­u­lar gad­get in the seg­ment of coun­ter­top blenders under $100. It is often com­pared to Vita­mix, to be exact, the Nin­ja man­u­fac­tur­er pro­motes all its blenders as Vita­mix com­peti­tors. Is it fair? No, the Vita­mix pro­duces an array of mod­els with the price rang­ing from $250 (refur­bished mod­els) to almost $700 for the newest machines, and Nin­ja also has dozens of mod­els. So which Vita­mix mod­el will be the rival of Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL610? To be fair, none of them. Vita­mix has a long his­to­ry of man­u­fac­tur­ing blender with pro­duc­tion locat­ed in the USA, it also invests a lot of mon­ey into research and devel­op­ment of their prod­ucts while Nin­ja is the new com­pa­ny on the mar­ket that out­sources all its prod­ucts in Chi­na.

Yet, Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al 1000 (BL610) has the real com­peti­tors on the mar­ket and they are in the same price range of under $100. One of these com­peti­tors is Oster Pro 1200 which we are going to com­pare in this arti­cle with the Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL610.

Ninja Professional Blender 1000 (BL610)

ninja professional blender bl610

This machine comes with quite a pow­er­ful 1000 watt motor that is con­struct­ed with too many plas­tic parts includ­ing the motor to dri­ve con­nec­tion that is total­ly made out of plas­tic, thus its qual­i­ty is far from the best. The machine con­trol pan­el is equipped with only 3 speeds and pulse func­tion which does not allow a lot of con­trol to the user over the blend­ing process.

Unusu­al blades design and too many dif­fer­ent lock­ing mech­a­nisms make this blender quite com­pli­cat­ed to get ready for run­ning. The sharp and bulky blade assem­bly also quite inse­cure to use and may cause injuries to the user. Besides, 72 oz. poly­car­bon­ate con­tain­er is made from a low-qual­i­ty mate­r­i­al that tends to devel­op stress cracks or melts when used with hot liq­uid or washed in the dish­wash­er (although the pitch­er is sup­posed to be dish­wash­er safe).

This gad­get is not very ver­sa­tile and will per­form the fol­low­ing func­tions:

  • Smooth­ies but not the smooth con­sis­ten­cy, the green smooth are very grainy;
  • Crush­es ice well and able to make snow cones the ice cubes;
  • Chops veg­gies for mari­nades, sal­sas, sal­ad mix­es;
  • Puree­ing food but the qual­i­ty is not good at all;
  • Milling/grinding only soft grains like oats and will not be able to make decent flour from wheat for exam­ple.

Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL610 is not very durable and no won­der it comes with the only 1‑year lim­it­ed war­ran­ty that also is not well per­formed by the man­u­fac­tur­er, the replace­ment, and repair ser­vice for this machine will often be sub­ject to extra charges.

Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al Blender 1000-Watt (BL610, via Ama­zon

Oster Pro 1200 Blender

Oster Pro 1200 blender

The Oster Pro 1200 comes in two pack­ages the first includes the main pitch­er, sin­gle-serve cup and the sec­ond includes an addi­tion­al food proces­sor attach­ment.

This machine is equipped with a pow­er­ful 1200 watts motor.  The motor was built very well and sol­id with an all-met­al blade assem­bly and blade to dri­ve cou­pling. This machine con­trol pan­el is equipped with 3 speeds (low, medi­um, and high), 3 pre-set pro­grams (Green/Frozen Smooth­ies, Food Chop/Salsa, and Milk­shake) with reverse action and pulse func­tions. In total, it has 6 speeds and pulse mode what allow some flex­i­bil­i­ty to the user over the blend­ing process.

The Oster Pro 1200 gad­get comes with very rare for such a pow­er­ful gad­get 48 oz. the main pitch­er made from stress and tem­per­a­ture resis­tant glass, 24 oz. poly­car­bon­ate sin­gle-serve cup and 5 cups poly­car­bon­ate food proces­sor bowl (for the pack­age with food proces­sor attach­ment only).

This machine is designed with the remov­able all-met­al pre­mi­um-qual­i­ty blade that is used for both the main pitch­er and sin­gle-serve cup.  The addi­tion­al food proces­sor bowl also includes shred­ding and slic­ing blades.

So, this sol­id and well-built machine able to per­form the fol­low­ing func­tions:

  • Smooth­ie of very smooth tex­ture, it also pro­duces excel­lent qual­i­ty green smooth­ies and will even han­dle straw­ber­ry and oth­er seeds in the drinks;
  • Crush­es ice eas­i­ly makes frozen desserts and able to pre­pare snow cones desserts;
  • Puree­ing raw and cook food is also eas­i­ly han­dled by this machine, it is also able to puree to very smooth con­sis­ten­cy the tough ingre­di­ents like car­rots;
  • Hot liq­uids, this blender is designed to process hot liq­uids up to the boil­ing tem­per­a­tures since the main pitch­er is made from tem­per­a­ture resis­tant glass;
  • Chop­ping food for sal­ad, hum­mus, sal­sa, or shred­ding veg­gies for coleslaw is now to the prob­lem to this blender, espe­cial­ly the one with food proces­sor attach­ment;
  • Nut milk is also pos­si­ble to make with this machine;
  • This machine is even able to process decent nut but­ter, although with some efforts;
  • Grind­ing and milling herbs, chop nuts or mill oats is pos­si­ble with this blender but it will not han­dle hard­er grains.

Besides, the Oster Pro 1200 comes with 3‑years lim­it­ed war­ran­ty on all parts and 10 years on motor. Oster cus­tomer ser­vice is very good and help­ful.

Oster Pro 1200 Blender, via Ama­zon

Ninja Professional 1000 (BL610) and Oster Pro 1200 Differences and Features

 Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL610Oster Pro 1200
Motor1000 watts with the plas­tic motor to the blade cou­plings;1200 watts with the all-met­al motor to the blade con­nec­tions;
BladesRemov­able blade con­struct­ed as a plas­tic tow­er with 6 sharp stain­less steel blades fit­ted around it;All-met­al blade assem­bly, remov­able but could be kept most of the time and removed only for a full clean­ing.
Con­tain­ersNot good qual­i­ty poly­car­bon­ates con­tain­ers with a ten­den­cy to devel­op cracks;Pre­mi­um lab-qual­i­ty stress and tem­per­a­ture resis­tant glass con­tain­er for the main pitch­er, qual­i­ty poly­car­bon­ate sin­gle-serve cup and food proces­sor bowl;
Using & Clean­ingNot easy to assemble/disassemble for run­ning with a lot of clicks and lock­ing required. Not safe to han­dle for clean­ing due to the very sharp blade and dan­ger­ous blade assem­bly con­struc­tion;Very easy to use in gen­er­al but remov­ing the blade assem­bly for a full clean­ing or using with the sin­gle-serve cup will require lit­tle efforts;
Con­trol pan­elEquipped only with 3 speeds (low, medi­um, high) and pulse func­tion;Equipped with 3 speeds (low, medi­um, high), 3 pre-set pro­grams (Green/Frozen Smooth­ies, Food Chop/Salsa, Milk­shakes) with reverse action and pulse func­tion;
War­ran­ty1‑year Lim­it­ed War­ran­ty. Bad rep­u­ta­tion Cus­tomer Ser­vice.3 ‑year Lim­it­ed War­ran­ty for blender parts and 10 years for a motor. Very help­ful Cus­tomer Ser­vice.
Per­for­mance

Pro­duce grainy smooth­ies, espe­cial­ly from leafy and hard ingre­di­ents, how­ev­er very good at crush­ing ice even with­out liq­uid added and able to make a good qual­i­ty frozen desserts and shaved ice drinks, not able to puree food up to the smooth con­sis­ten­cy, but good at chop­ping and minc­ing vegs, grinds, and mills only soft grains;

 

Out­puts good qual­i­ty drinks includ­ing green smooth­ies, able to crush and shave ice in drinks even with­out liq­uid added to pro­duce frozen desserts, mar­gar­i­tas, and oth­er ice drinks, process very smooth qual­i­ty puree from soft and hard food, designed to process hot liq­uids, chops veg­gies well for sal­sa, coleslaws and oth­ers, makes nut milk and even able to pro­duce nut but­ter, able to grind herbs and soft grains into pow­er.
Dimen­sionsThe foot­print is 10.6 x 8.2 inch­es, pro­file height is 15.8 inch­es with 72 oz. pitch­er on top of the base unit. The weight is 9.0 pounds.

The foot­print is 8.5 inch­es x 10.2 inch­es, pro­file height is 14 inch­es tall with the 48 oz. pitch­er on the top. Weight is 13.4 pounds.

 

How to Choose Between the Ninja Professional BL610 and Oster Pro 1200 Blenders

From the above com­par­i­son, it is clear that Oster Pro 1200 is the much bet­ter choice over the Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL610 for any­one who is search­ing for a ver­sa­tile and good qual­i­ty blender under $ 100. It is supe­ri­or in all aspects such as qual­i­ty of per­for­mance, ver­sa­til­i­ty, and dura­bil­i­ty. Oster per­forms a wider range of func­tions than Nin­ja and at the high­er qual­i­ty. It pro­duces very smooth green smooth­ies, excel­lent­ly crush­es ice, purees food, well han­dles hot liq­uids, and even able to make almost per­fect nut but­ter. While Nin­ja excels only at crush­ing ice with pro­cess­ing mediocre qual­i­ty smooth­ies and not able to han­dle even hot liq­uids.

The Oster also a solid­ly built machine with an all-met­al blade assem­bly, dri­ve con­nec­tion, and high-qual­i­ty glass pitch­er while Nin­ja is con­struct­ed with a lot of plas­tic parts and a low-qual­i­ty poly­car­bon­ate jar. Also, Oster is famous for its dura­bil­i­ty among the con­sumers while Nin­ja Blender’s aver­age life expectan­cy is rang­ing from 1 to 1.5 years.

Summary

Prod­ucts with an aggres­sive adver­tise­ment are so often over­sold and over­praised. For exam­ple, Nin­ja has very entic­ing adver­tis­ing that com­pares its blenders to the Vita­mix and claims the same per­for­mance results as Vita­mix at the price tag of a few times cheap­er. But Vita­mix is the estab­lished brand with an excel­lent rep­u­ta­tion and long-last­ing his­to­ry of pro­duc­tion. The Nin­ja claim is too good to be true.

The rea­son­able advice to the con­sumers, check care­ful­ly all para­me­ters, do home­work, and do not buy on impulse that is com­plete­ly based on infomer­cials because it often hap­pens, that the infomer­cials rep­re­sen­ta­tion of prod­ucts could be far from real­i­ty.

Check here our arti­cle Best Coun­ter­top Blenders under $100.

Posted in Ninja Reviews, Oster Reviews

2 Comments

    • ej

      I pur­chased the Nin­ja believ­ing that a blender capa­ble of crush­ing ice had to be amongst the best. I felt good about my choice. The con­stant tele­vi­sion pro­mo­tions con­firmed that I had made the cor­rect choice. But then my sis­ter-in-law used it to make smooth­ies. She com­plained about them being grainy and not being smooth at all. She claimed her Oster made bet­ter and tru­ly smooth smooth­ies. I had to find out if this was true. It is and the Nin­ja will soon be replaced!

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