If you’re in the market for an inexpensive blender to create delicious smoothies, the Oster MyBlend may be the machine you’ve been looking for. I say ‘may’ as the cheaper price tag comes some limitations.
The Oster certainly excels in some areas and falls short in others. So, is the Oster MyBlend worth the investment or will it have you returning it to the store – in search of a worthy successor? Is the Oster up the challenge?
Find out in this review..
In the Box
- Power Base
- 1x Blade Housing
- 1x 20oz Bottle
- 1x Flip-top Lid
Using the Oster MyBlend
Using the blender is extremely easy. Start by adding your favourite ingredients to the sports bottle such as banana, fresh berries and Greek yoghurt. Next, add some liquid to the mix such as coconut water, milk or apple juice.
There is a marking on the bottle that indicates you’ve hit 20 ounces – try to stay under the marker. Screw the extractor blades into place and pop the sports bottle on to the blenders base – lining up the arrow on the cup with that on the base.
Begin blending by firmly pressing down on the top of the bottle or twisting it clockwise to lock it into blending. Blend for up to 40 seconds and lift the bottle from the base. Remove the extractor blades at attach the flip top lid. Take the bottle with you or enjoy on the spot!
What the Oster MyBlend Does Well
If you’ll be making iced coffees or smoothies with soft ingredients such as banana, spinach and fresh berries – this blender will do the trick. Its low power motor limits what you place into the sports bottle.
The overheat protection is a handy feature, ensures if you place the blender under too much stress, it wont continue at all costs – causing the motor to burn out. Once the motor reaches a certain level of stress, the blender will shut its self-down – giving the motor a chance to cool down.
Unique to the Oster is it’s 20 ounce travel sports bottle with sealable lid. The BPA free container is dishwasher safe and small enough to fit into the cup holder of most modern cars.
Clean up with this model is a breeze, simply add a touch of dishwashing detergent to the bottle along with some water. Blend for 5 to 10 seconds and you’re done! The instruction manual provides you with some basic guidance and some recipes to help get you started.
Where the Oster MyBlend Falls Short
As you may have seen in the above video, the blender does struggle with frozen blue berries. On the same grade of difficulty come nuts and kale. The blades didn’t seem to be able to process the seeds either so additional seeds are also out.
This is due in part to its small motor. For a blender to be truly effective, you need to be on the lookout for one that offers at least 700 watts. The Nutribullet’s base model offers 600 watts for roughly the same asking price.
A small point worth noting is the warranty period. As with most blenders – you get a single year. There are been a few returns through Amazon from people who used the machine daily – finding the plastic gears wear down easily (where the cup joins to the base) or general problems with the base.
For this reason, it would be a good idea to consider an extended warranty period – offered by Amazon and select retailers.
If you are after a blender to create smoothies, the Oster may not be the best selection give there are plenty of capable blender for around the same price. The Oster MyBlend was good for its day being one of the first on the scene to release a smoothie creator.
If your planning on using the blender every now and again, it may be a good choice. Just keep in mind the limitations in regards to the ingredients mentioned above and you’ll be just fine. Blending smoothies and other beverages needn’t cost you the earth – it all depends on your creation.