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Oster Versa 1100-watt Professional Performance Blender Review

oster versa 1100 watts pro blender

The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is often con­fused with Oster VERSA Pro 1400-watt (BLSTVB-RV0) which is more pow­er­ful and could be con­sid­ered as a cheap­er alter­na­tive for Vita­mix. Even though 1100 watts mod­el is less pow­er­ful but it is equipped not only with a tra­di­tion­al blend­ing con­tain­er but an addi­tion­al food proces­sor and sin­gle serve attach­ments that make this machine a ver­sa­tile kitchen appli­ance.

Read our review to get famil­iar with all pros and cons of this very good machine.

How­ev­er, if you are not sure about this blender you can alter­na­tive­ly check our arti­cle Best Blender under $200 – Cheap­er Alter­na­tive to Vita­mix 2017 Guide or Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender vs Nutri Nin­ja Auto-iQ Com­pact Sys­tem BL942/BL492.

Functionality and Versatility

The 64 oz. jar, sin­gle-serve, and food proces­sor attach­ments with appro­pri­ate blade assem­blies allow the Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender to per­form a vari­ety of tasks.

Smooth­ie: The 64 jar and sin­gle-serve attach­ments make smooth drinks from soft, hard, or leafy ingre­di­ents. It is also per­fect­ly suit­able for green smooth­ies and will process kale or spinach stems with­out crunchy pieces left. How­ev­er, it is not able to homog­e­nize the straw­ber­ry, blue­ber­ry, or rasp­ber­ry seeds com­plete­ly in the drinks, you will find some seeds unprocessed. How­ev­er, it well process­es nuts, chia, and flax seeds in drinks.

Juice: This machine does not come with any juic­ing attach­ment thus is not able to make the clas­sic juice by sep­a­rat­ing the liq­uid from fiber, but it is quite capa­ble of pro­duc­ing very smooth drinks aka “whole juice”.

Frozen ingredients/desserts: This machine is also very good at pro­cess­ing ice and frozen ingre­di­ents in smooth­ies and slush­es with­out any chunks left. It is also able to crush ice into snow-like con­sis­ten­cy with­out liq­uid added, but you have to add up to 6 large ice cubes and process with the pulse func­tion until the desired result. Thus, this blender is per­fect for mak­ing sor­bet, ice cream, and oth­er frozen desserts. The recipe book that comes with the unit also includes sor­bet and slushies’ recipes.

Soup/ hot ingre­di­ents: The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) will not heat liq­uid via fric­tion but you can process hot liq­uids in this blender and it is equipped with the filler cap that allows vent­ing steam. Thus the blender is per­fect­ly safe to process ingre­di­ents from the stove or pre­pare bul­let­proof cof­fee.

Puree­ing: The S‑blades that come with the food proces­sor attach­ment with con­tin­u­ous speed are per­fect for mash­ing pota­toes, puree­ing baby food, or churn­ing out pesto and hum­mus. The food proces­sor attach­ment is easy to han­dle cooked veg­eta­bles and soft uncooked ingre­di­ents.

Chopping/food prep: The food proces­sor attach­ment with the s‑blades and slic­ing disc and using pulse func­tion, low and medi­um con­tin­u­ous speeds, or Dip/Salsa pre-set pro­gram allows to shred, slice, mix/chop food effi­cient­ly for the vari­ety of recipes.

Shred disc also will slice veg­gies, shred­ded cheese, car­rots, and cab­bage for slaw and a crunchy sal­ad or slice 0.25 inch­es thick pota­toes for fries.

Nut milk: The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) machine is pow­er­ful enough to make an excel­lent qual­i­ty nut milk. You may need a nut bag to strain the liq­uid for the best result.

Nut but­ter: This machine is able to make creamy nut but­ter using a food proces­sor attach­ment with s‑blades on low or medi­um con­tin­u­ous speeds. The cook­book that comes with the blender includes a recipe for Peanut But­ter, Agave Almond But­ter, Hazel Nut Spread, Maple Nut But­ter, Cocoa- Hazel­nut Spread, and Coconut Macadamia But­ter.

Dough/batter: The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) does not include any dough mak­ing attach­ment and thus is not designed for doughs/batter knead­ing.

Grinding/milling: This blender is able to han­dle dry ingre­di­ents like lentils, oats, or rice using pulse to make good qual­i­ty flour. It is also can ground spices, or grind down the cof­fee to an espres­so grind.

The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is designed to per­form a vari­ety of tasks. The food proces­sor that includes s‑blades and shred disc adds a lot of ver­sa­til­i­ty to the machine and allow them to shred, slice, and mix/chop food. So the pulse func­tion is must be used for mix­ing and chop­ping food while con­tin­u­ous speed for blend­ing and puree­ing.

Speed Settings and Programs

oster versa 1100 watts control panel

The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt equipped with an On/Off but­ton, pulse and reverse blend tog­gles, two pre-set pro­grams (Dip/Salsa and Smoothie/Frozen Drink), and 3 speeds (Low, Medi­um, and High) reg­u­lat­ed by dial knob. The blender does not have con­tin­u­ous speed incre­ments and if you move the dial in between Low-Medi­um or Medi­um-High speeds it just oper­ates at the low­er speed.

The On/Off but­ton is used for acti­vat­ing the blender and for stop­ping the con­tin­u­ous cycle when it oper­ates one of the three speeds. The pre-set pro­grams are auto­mat­i­cal­ly shut off at the end of the cycle or could be man­u­al­ly stopped with the On/Off but­ton before the pre-set time.

Pulse and reverse blend func­tions are acti­vat­ed by press­ing the tog­gle. These func­tions are very use­ful for remov­ing air pock­ets when blend­ing thick ingre­di­ents.

The 64 oz. jar and sin­gle-serve attach­ment are designed to be used with all func­tions the blender equipped while the food proces­sor attach­ment can be used only with low and medi­um speed and pulse func­tion.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender comes with 3 attach­ments and each has its assembling/disassembling pro­ce­dure.

Blender: The blender jar is equipped with remov­able blades thus it takes some efforts to assem­ble. First, con­nect the blade assem­bly to the jar with the seal­ing ring in between, screw in the cap tight­ly to pre­vent leak­ing. Place the jar with blades assem­bly on the base unit, it does not have any lock­ing sys­tem but sits very secure­ly. Then fill the jar with ingre­di­ents, place the two-part lid on a place and it is ready to run.

The jar lid is equipped with a cap that has a few pur­pos­es. It could be removed to add some extra ingre­di­ents dur­ing blend­ing, it can release the steam when blend­ing the hot food and could be used as a wrench to fasten/unfasten the blade assem­bly to the jar. Some cus­tomers com­plain that the blade assem­bly could be dif­fi­cult to screw/unscrew and they do not pay atten­tion to the user man­u­al which clear­ly explains the addi­tion­al func­tion­al­i­ty of the cap/wrench.

Tam­per: This machine does not include any tam­per but it is equipped with the reverse blend func­tion that allows to remove air pock­et and help with vor­tex when blend­ing tough and thick ingre­di­ents. How­ev­er, it is pos­si­ble to buy the tam­per sep­a­rate­ly for this machine from the Oster web­site.

Sin­gle-serve attach­ment assembling/disassembling: It is more or less the same as the 64 oz. jar and includes adding ingre­di­ents to the cup and screw­ing the blades to the cup (with seal­ing ring) using the fix­ing cup. Just place it on the base unit and is ready to run.

Food proces­sor assembling/disassembling: The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender comes with one bowl, the assem­bly shaft, the s‑blades, slic­ing disc, and lid. The food proces­sor attach­ment is quite easy to assemble/disassemble. It just requires to con­nect the assem­bly shaft to the bowl, con­nect the s‑blades or slic­ing disc to the shaft, lock the lid by match­ing the arrows on a lid and the bowl and turn­ing it until click, so it is locked. And it is ready to oper­ate.

Clean­ing: The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is quite easy to clean, all the con­tain­ers are dish­wash­er safe while most of the blade assem­bly is hand wash only and it is not a prob­lem to clean with the soap and brush. The con­tain­ers with blades are also could be washed in a self-clean­ing way. Just add some dish soap to the con­tain­er with half of the water and run it on a med and high speed, then rinse it out in the sink or with a cloth.

Base Unit and Motor Power

This Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is equipped with the pow­er­ful 1100 watts motor, a max­i­mum of 28,000 RPM, and all-met­al dri­ve con­struc­tion. So, the gear that is attached to the motor and all the parts of the blade assem­bly is met­al. That ensures good qual­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty of the sys­tem. Besides, the motor is equipped with the auto­mat­ic shut­off sys­tem which stops the machine when it is over­loaded and thus ensures that it will not die pre­ma­ture­ly.

The base for the machine, although, made from plas­tic but the good qual­i­ty one and seems well-made and durable.

Containers

The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender comes with 3 con­tain­ers:

  • The 64 oz. main jar with lid and cap that allows adding extra ingre­di­ents dur­ing blend­ing or releas­ing steam when blend­ing hot foods;
  • The 5 cups (40 oz.) food proces­sor bowl, plas­tic lid, and food push­er;
  • Two 20 oz. sin­gle-serve cups with two blend–and-go lids that fit most of the car cup hold­ers;

The 64 oz. the con­tain­er is made of pre­mi­um qual­i­ty shat­ter-proofed and tem­per­a­ture resis­tant Tri­tan copoly­ester mate­r­i­al has the clear mark­ings and a soft-grip han­dle. The oth­er con­tain­ers are also made from qual­i­ty strong poly­car­bon­ate with­out any crack­ing prob­lems.

Blades

This Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender comes with 2 sets of remov­able blades and food proces­sor blades assem­bly:

  • The blade assem­bly for the 64 oz. pitch­er that includes 4‑point stain­less steel qual­i­ty blades, seal­ing gas­ket and fix­ing cap;
  • The sep­a­rate small­er in diam­e­ter blade assem­bly for 20 oz. sin­gle serve attach­ment which also includes 4‑point stain­less steel qual­i­ty blades, seal­ing gas­ket and fix­ing cap;
  • The blade assem­bly for 40 oz. food proces­sor bowl that includes a razor-sharp stain­less steel S‑type blade, assem­bly shaft, and stain­less steel slicing/shredding disc.

All blades are made of durable and qual­i­ty stain­less steel. Both caps that screw the blades to the con­tain­ers are plas­tic and also well made.

Special Features

Col­ors: The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is avail­able in one col­or that is a black base with red trim­ming on the 64 oz. con­tain­er and to-go lids.

Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished: There is no cer­ti­fied refur­bished machine avail­able for this mod­el.

Use in coun­tries out­side of USA/Canada: The machine comes with the 110–120 volt­age sys­tem and suit­able for oper­a­tion in USA/Canada and oth­er coun­tries with an appro­pri­ate volt­age. This machine is not avail­able cur­rent­ly with a 220–240 volts sys­tem, how­ev­er, it could be used in oth­er coun­tries via a volt­age trans­former.

Noise

Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is quite a loud machine that out­puts approx­i­mate­ly 95–100 deci­bels. The usu­al advice to reduce the noise out­put is to place the rub­ber mat under­neath the blender base unit.

War­ran­ty and Cus­tomer Ser­vice

The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt Pro­fes­sion­al Per­for­mance comes with 7 years lim­it­ed war­ran­ty for the blender parts and life­time sat­is­fac­tion guar­an­tee on the all-met­al dri­ve. Such a gen­er­ous war­ran­ty ensures its good qual­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty. Although the lim­it­ed means that the machine ser­vice may imply extra charges for ship­ping and repair, but the Oster cus­tomer ser­vice has a very good rep­u­ta­tion and does not over­charge its cus­tomers.

For the Oster to hon­or the war­ran­ty, the cus­tomer should reg­is­ter it and keep the orig­i­nal proof of pur­chase. The war­ran­ty is not trans­fer­able and valid only for the orig­i­nal pur­chase.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

There quite a replace­ment and extra acces­sories avail­able for the Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender via the man­u­fac­tur­er web­site or oth­er online retail­ers:

  • The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt replace­ment con­tain­ers (64 oz., 20 oz. and 40 oz. bowl), blades, gas­kets, and lid;
  • The tam­per is could be bought sep­a­rate­ly for this mod­el (although it is not includ­ed in the set);
  • The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) also com­pat­i­ble with Mason jar that could be used with sin­gle-serve attach­ment blades;
  • Some ice crush­ing and milk­shake blades are com­pat­i­ble with this mod­el.

Set Includes

  • 64 oz. (8 cups) main jar
  • 64 oz. jar blade assem­bly (gas­ket and fix­ing col­lar);
  • Lid and cup with the role of blade fix­ing wrench;
  • Two 20 oz. per­son­al blender cups;
  • 20 oz. cups blade assem­bly (gas­ket and fix­ing col­lar);
  • 5 cups (40 oz.) food proces­sor bowl
  • Food push­er and cov­er for food proces­sor;
  • Blade shaft to use with the cut­ting disc (slice and shred func­tions);
  • S‑type blade for food proces­sor;
  • Recipe Book;
  • Instruc­tion man­u­al.

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Dimensions

The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender foot­print is not big and mea­sures only 8 inch­es x 9 inch­es. The total height of the machine with the lid and 64 oz. con­tain­er on a top of the base unit is 17.5 inch­es. The machine weighs only 7 pounds and thus usu­al­ly trav­el over the counter dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

The only prob­lem with this machine that it comes with many attach­ments and requires con­sid­er­able space for stor­age.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is a pow­er­ful and ver­sa­tile machine;
  • The machine pro­duces good qual­i­ty smooth­ies includ­ing the green ones;
  • The sin­gle-serve cups to-go lids are no doubts a plus to any blender;
  • The food proces­sor is also out­put decent per­for­mance;
  • The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is the well-built machine with an all-met­al blade to dri­ve cou­pling;
  • The 7 years war­ran­ty con­firms the dura­bil­i­ty of the blender.

Cons:

  • Stor­ing all the acces­sories might be a chal­lenge;
  • The tam­per would be a plus for pro­cess­ing tough ingre­di­ents.

Oster Versa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender Consumer Reviews

This Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender is quite pop­u­lar with the con­sumer. The major com­plaint from the con­sumers, that it may require some efforts to dis­as­sem­ble the blades. How­ev­er, those cus­tomers do not pay atten­tion to the user man­u­al, which clear­ly explains that the lid’s cap is also designed as a wrench to help to screw/unscrew the blade assem­bly.

Ama­zon rat­ing — 4.1

Oster Versa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender Price

The Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) price dif­fers from dif­fer­ent retail­ers with­in the range of $119-$160. Ama­zon often offers a very com­pet­i­tive price and this is the place where the machine is fair­ly often avail­able at around $119.

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Summary

The Oster brand has an excel­lent 50-year rep­u­ta­tion, no won­der, the Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender has an all-met­al dri­ve and very decent war­ran­ty. Also, it does not only out­put a good blend­ing job but also decent food proces­sor per­for­mance while the sin­gle-serve attach­ment makes quick smooth­ies for tak­ing them out. So if you are look­ing for a well-built and pow­er­ful blender with­out plans break­ing the bank then this machine is very worth con­sid­er­ing.

Alter­na­tive­ly, check our arti­cle the Best Blender under $200 – Cheap­er Alter­na­tive to Vita­mix 2017 Guide or Oster Ver­sa 1100-watt (BLSTVB-103–000) Blender vs Nutri Nin­ja Auto-iQ Com­pact Sys­tem BL942/BL492.

 

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