Hands-on Gear Review

Oster Versa Pro Review

Price:   $250 List | $183.43 at Amazon
Pros:  Good at grinding, solid at crushing ice and making blended drinks
Cons:  Substandard smoothie skills, not that convenient to use
Bottom line:  The price for this blender seems a little too high compared to its relatively poor performance
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Model Number:  BLSTVB-RV0-000
Power:  Peak 1.9 HP
DImensions:  12.1" x 16.8" x 11.6"
Manufacturer:   Oster

Our Verdict

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


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
David Wise and Austin Palmer

Last Updated:
Monday
October 16, 2017

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The VERSA is thoroughly bested by our Best Buy award winner, the KitchenAid Diamond 5-Speed. The KitchenAid scored better in terms of overall performance and retails for about $80 less, making it a substantially better value. The Oster VERSA does outperform the Ninja Blender DUO, though the Ninja includes a set of personal smoothie pitchers for those that want to grab their smoothie to go. Both the Ninja and the VERSA retail for a comparable price, though you would be much better served by the KitchenAid for practically every use case.

The Oster Vesra Pro.
The Oster Vesra Pro.

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.

The Versa Pro wouldn't blend everything  leaving whole pieces of fruit behind during testing.
The Versa Pro wouldn't blend everything, leaving whole pieces of fruit behind during testing.

Smoothies


Taking credit for the largest portion of the final score, our Smoothies metric is responsible for 30% of the overall 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, earning a 4 out of 10 overall.

The green smoothie produced by this blender was quite mediocre, with an exceptionally chunky texture that wasn't very pleasant to drink.

The Versa produced a chunky green smoothie lacking a uniform flavor.
The Versa produced a chunky green smoothie lacking a uniform flavor.

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.

The Versa Pro did not do well at breaking down the cell walls of the kale.
The Versa Pro did not do well at breaking down the cell walls of the kale.

However, the smoothie produced by the VERSA was superior to that made by the Nutri Ninja. Performance did not improve when it came to making a berry smoothie, leaving an entire strawberry unblended and the majority of the seeds intact.

The not so blended berry smoothie of the Versa Pro. Even leaving a whole strawberry unscathed.
The not so blended berry smoothie of the Versa Pro. Even leaving a whole strawberry unscathed.

The same thing happened with the fruit and oat smoothie, with it taking three full smoothie cycles to get the drink even remotely palatable. Even then, it still had a very grainy texture with plenty of unblended almonds and oats interspersed throughout the drink. However, the VERSA did finish out this quartet of tests with an alright showing at making an Oreo shake, producing a decent drink that only had a single chunk of ice cream that remained unblended. We did have to stop and scrape down the sides of the pitcher to get the drink to successfully blend though.

The Versa Pro had a nice smooth margarita with a few larger chunks interspersed in the beverage.
The Versa Pro had a nice smooth margarita with a few larger chunks interspersed in the beverage.

Ice


Taking credit for 20% of the total score, our Ice metric was substantially kinder to the VERSA than our Smoothie metric. The Oster VERSA earned an 8 out of 10 for its solid performance at crushing ice and blending a margarita.

The VERSA did a good job at crushing a pitcher full of ice, though it doesn't feed the ice very well, requiring us to pulse the power to the blender. It did completely crush the ice in about 15 seconds, even with the pulsing.

Making quick work of ice needing to utilize the pulse button.
Making quick work of ice needing to utilize the pulse button.

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 did have a very smooth texture and was close to an ideal margarita.

The Versa Pro includes a tamper for some of those more difficult blends.
The Versa Pro includes a tamper for some of those more difficult blends.

Convenience


Ranking on par to our Ice metric, Convenience also accounted for 20% of the overall score. To assess how convenient to use the VERSA is, we looked at how easy to clean it is, whether or not there are preset functions, the presence of a digital timer, how easy the lid is to remove, and if 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 didn't do terribly well, meriting a 5 out of 10 for its relatively lackluster performance.

The VERSA is not dishwasher safe, so manual washing is required. This model isn't 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. The lid also had some difficult to clean areas, really 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.

The Versa Pro needs to be hand washed.
The Versa Pro needs to be hand washed.

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

There isn't a digital display  but the interface is clearly labeled and easy to read.
There isn't a digital display, but the interface is clearly labeled and easy to read.

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 in at 83.8 dBa in our test, compared to around 90 dBa for the loudest models.

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.

Pureeing


Accounting for 15% of the total score for the VERSA, our Pureeing metric consists of a trifecta of tests: mixing and heating soup, as well as pureeing nut butter. The VERSA did reasonably well, meriting a 7 out of 10 for its performance.

The Oster struggled a little with the nut butter test, getting exceedingly hot and forcing us to stop the test part way through. However, after we gave it a little break and added a tiny bit of extra oil, the VERSA eventually made a high-quality nut butter that was on par with the A2500.

The VERSA did a mediocre job at mixing the 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.

A fair amount of unblended tomato soup was leftover by the mediocre performance of the Versa Pro.
A fair amount of unblended tomato soup was leftover by the mediocre performance of the Versa Pro.

This product did heat up the soup, though not as much as we would have liked, only hitting about 138°F.

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.

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 performance of the VERSA on how well it grated parmesan cheese, powdered sugar, and milled cornmeal. It did reasonably well, earning an 8 out of 10 overall.

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

95% of the corn meal easily passed through the sieve.
95% of the corn meal easily passed through the sieve.

This blender also did very well at making powdered sugar, though the final mixture was just a little bit grainier than the Vitamix Pro 750 or the Vitamix A2500. This VERSA finished out our testing process with a solid performance at grating parmesan cheese, though the final blend was just a tiny bit coarser than the Cuisinart's.

Value


The VERSA isn't a very good value, as it costs a lot and scored quite low.

Conclusion


The Oster VERSA Pro somewhat failed to impress us and is a little hard to recommend. It is on the pricey side, with other models costing less and outperforming it, and its overall performance wasn't even close to the top-of-the-line models we tested.
David Wise and Austin Palmer

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