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Oster Pro 1200 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 20, 2022 at 09:57 am
Oster Pro 1200 Picture
7.8
Multi-Purpose
7.5
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
8.1
Ice Crushing
8.0
Soups
7.5
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,200 W

The Oster Pro 1200 is a budget-friendly full-size blender with a 48-ounce glass jar and a 24-ounce personal jar. It can hot blend, make good smoothies, and produce bar-quality crushed ice. It also makes decent almond butter, although it's a long process since you need to stop the blender every once in a while to push the ingredients towards the blades. The jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre build quality, and its removable blade assembly feels flimsy.

Our Verdict

7.8 Multi-Purpose

The Oster Pro 1200 is good for multi-purpose use. It comes with a 48-ounce glass jar that you can use for hot blending and a smaller personal jar that's good for making smoothies. This blender can also produce bar-quality crushed ice and decent almond butter. It's easy to clean by hand, and its jars and lids are dishwasher-safe. Ηowever, it doesn't feel very well-built, and its gear design isn't very durable.

Pros
  • Can hot blend.
  • Makes good smoothies.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
7.5 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Oster Pro 1200 is good for smoothies and protein shakes. It makes well-blended smoothies using its personal jar and the 'Green/Frozen Smoothies' preset mode. There's also a to-go lid included for the jar, so you can easily take your drink on the go. Unfortunately, if you add leafy greens like kale, there are small unprocessed pieces leftover. It also makes a somewhat grainy, leafy smoothie in the main jar.

Pros
  • Easy to clean by hand.
  • Makes good smoothies.
Cons
  • Struggles to completely liquify kale.
8.1 Ice Crushing

The Oster Pro 1200 is great for ice crushing. It doesn't take too long to make bar-quality crushed ice using pulse mode. Ηowever, it doesn't feel very sturdy or durable, and the manufacturer says you should only add up to six ice cubes to the jar at once, which some may find limiting.

Pros
  • Makes bar-quality crushed ice.
Cons
  • Maximum six ice cubes at once.
8.0 Soups

The Oster Pro 1200 is great for soups. You can use its 48-ounce main jar to process hot ingredients like roasted vegetables. It does an okay job of processing raw kale in smoothies and shouldn't have an issue blending softer cooked ingredients. Unfortunately, though, it has a mediocre build quality.

Pros
  • Can hot blend.
  • Makes good smoothies.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
7.5 Professional Use

The Oster Pro 1200 is good for professional use. It's versatile since it can hot blend, make bar quality crushed ice, and produce well-blended smoothies. The 48-ounce main jar is made of glass, which some may prefer. Unfortunately, while it can handle tougher tasks like making almond butter, it takes some effort, and you may need to use a tool to push thicker mixtures towards the blades. It's also not very well-built, and its gear design may not be very durable over time.

Pros
  • Easy to clean by hand.
  • Can hot blend.
  • Makes good smoothies.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • 7.8 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.5 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 8.1 Ice Crushing
  • 8.0 Soups
  • 7.5 Professional Use
  1. Updated Jan 20, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 13, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
14.4" (36.5 cm)
Width 7.0" (17.9 cm)
Depth 7.5" (19.0 cm)
Weight
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Oster Pro 1200 Βlender is on the small side for a full-size blender. It's quite easy to store on your counter or in a cupboard.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Oster Pro 1200 Βlender has a mediocre build quality. The buttons on the front of the motor base are clicky and easy to use, and the motor base has vents to allow heat to escape. The main jar is made of thick glass and has a sturdy-feeling handle. The plastic personal jar also feels decently well-built and has a resealable lid. Ηowever, the design of the gears and blade assembly may not be very durable. The gear on the motor base is square-shaped but fits into a star-shaped gear on the jar. Since the parts don't fit together perfectly, it's harder to place the jar on the motor base. This design can wear the gears out more quickly because it causes more friction as they slip against each other. Also, the blade assembly feels loose and not very well-made. It has a plastic tab that feels like it may break if you put pressure on it. The blades are only held in place by a rubber gasket that has a loose fit when the assembly isn't attached to one of the jars. There's also a small gap between the gasket and the metal plate of the blade assembly, which can trap ingredients and add steps to the clean-up process. Ηowever, you can easily remove the blade assembly from the jar by removing the gasket, so it's easy to take the blender apart. This also means you can't use it safely if you lose or damage the gasket, though.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
Glass
Jar Capacity
48.0 oz (1,419.5 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Oster Pro 1200 Βlender comes with a 48-ounce glass jar. It's dishwasher-safe, and there are measuring marks engraved on its side in cups.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
24.0 oz (709.8 ml)
Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

It comes with a 24-ounce plastic personal jar and a matching to-go lid. The jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
6
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Oster Pro 1200 Βlender has six blades. The blade assembly is held in place only with a rubber gasket, so you can easily remove it for cleaning. The manufacturer advertises that the blender has 'dual-direction technology' that lets it reverse its blending direction to clear jams. Ηowever, this wasn't noticeable during testing, and you can't manually activate the feature.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The main jar has a two-part lid with a clear centerpiece that you can remove to add ingredients mid-blend. There's also a resealable to-go lid for the personal jar. It screws onto the jar, but unfortunately, the cover for the spout feels flimsy.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)

The power cord isn't very long but should still reach a nearby outlet. There's no stowaway compartment or place to wrap the cord when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Oster Pro 1200 Βlender motor base
  • 48-ounce '6 Cup Boroclass Glass Jar'
  • Two-part lid
  • 'Extra Wide 3.5" System' blade assembly
  • 24oz 'Smoothie Cup'
  • To-go lid
  • 'Quick Blending Tips' booklet

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
4,500 RPM
Max Speed
18,000 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
94 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Oster Pro 1200 blender has buttons for three speed settings, 'Low', 'Medium', and 'Ηigh'. There's also a button for pulse mode, which yields the fastest blending speed. Once you plug the blender in, you need to press the on/off button to turn it on before it will run, which is a nice safety feature. There's a light that flashes when the blender is 'on'. The blender is advertised to have seven speed settings, which seems to include the three preset modes and pulse mode as well as the low, medium, and high settings.

7.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 9 min
Texture
Sticky
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Oster Pro 1200 blender is decent for almond butter. The final product is easy to spread on toast but has a sticky and slightly crunchy texture. It also takes quite a bit of time and effort to make. Using 'pulse mode' followed by blending on high speed seems to produce the best results, but sometimes a space forms around the blades, so you may need to stop the blender and use a spatula to push the ingredients back towards them. Once the oils from the almonds start to be released, you can finish the process with the medium speed setting.

7.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Grainy

The Oster Pro 1200 blender makes good smoothies. Using the personal jar and the 'Green/Frozen Smoothies' preset, it doesn't take long to make a cold, well-blended smoothie. There are some small bits of kale leftover that give it a slightly grainy texture, though. This may be because some ingredients can get splashed up the sides of the jar when the blender starts.

6.5
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Foamy and Leafy

The Oster Pro 1200 blender makes an okay smoothie in the main jar. Using the 'Green/Frozen Smoothies' mode, it struggles to fully process kale and frozen banana chunks, so there are small pieces of these ingredients leftover. You also need to open the two-part lid and use a tool like a spatula to push everything towards the blades to achieve this result. On the plus side, the blender doesn't warm up the ingredients very much, so the smoothie is cold.

8.5
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
2 min
Ice Quality
Bar Quality

The Oster Pro 1200 blender is excellent for crushed ice. While we usually use 12 ice cubes at a time in a full-size blender, the manufacturer says you should only use six ice cubes at once in this model. Working with two batches of six ice cubes each and using pulse mode per the instructions in the manual, it takes about two minutes to make bar quality crushed ice. There were a few very small unprocessed pieces, but overall the ice was a great texture for adding to cocktails. However, since the manufacturer doesn't recommend processing more than six cubes at once, it's not as good at crushing ice as blenders like the Vitamix Explorian E310, which produces similar results in less time.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
Yes
Timer
No

The Oster Pro 1200 has three speed settings, 'Low', 'Medium', and 'Ηigh', as well as a pulse mode, which gives you the fastest blending speed. The three preset modes run different preprogrammed cycles of speeds depending on the mode chosen: 'Green/Frozen Smoothies', 'Food Chop/Salsa', and 'Milkshakes'.

8.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Oster Pro 1200 is very easy to clean. After making something liquidy like a smoothie in either jar, it's very easy to clean by rinsing out any debris, adding warm water and soap to the jar, and running pulse mode for about 10 seconds. After making something sticky like almond butter in the main jar, you need to do this same process a second time to get rid of most of the residue. Then you need to use a sponge to wipe the jar and blades, but that's quite simple since you can remove the blade assembly from the jar. It's an easy process, although you may prefer blenders that you don't need to take apart to clean properly, like the Blendtec Designer 725.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
1 Personal Jug
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

You can use the Oster Pro 1200 to process hot ingredients using its glass main jar. There's also a smaller personal jar that you can't use for hot blending, but it's a good size for single-serve drinks and comes with a to-go lid.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are a few variants of the Oster Pro 1200 with different accessories. Our model comes with a 48-ounce (6-cup) glass jar and a 24-ounce personal jar, and you can see our unit's label here. We expect our results to be valid for the other variants as well, although we haven't tested the performance of the food processing attachment or the '8-cup Tritan Jar', which is made of plastic and has a larger capacity, meaning it can handle bigger batches. If you come across another variant or your blender is different, please let us know in the discussion section below, and we'll update our review.

Name Color Main jar Extra features
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Nickel 6-cup boroclass glass jar 1x 24-ounce jar
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Nickel 6-cup boroclass glass jar 1x 24-ounce jar, 5-cup food processing attachment
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Nickel 6-cup boroclass glass jar 2x 24-ounce jar
Oster Pro 1200 Plus Βlack 6-cup boroclass glass jar 1x 24-ounce jar
Oster Pro 1200 Blender with Professional Tritan Jar Metallica Grey 8-cup Tritan (plastic) jar 5-cup food processing attachment

Compared To Other Blenders

The Oster Pro 1200 is a budget-friendly full-size blender. It stands out for its glass jar, which some may prefer to plastic. It also comes with a personal jar that you can use to make better smoothies than other inexpensive blenders like the KitchenAid K150 or the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function. Unfortunately, it's not very well-built compared to models like the NutriBullet Blender Combo or the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ.

Check out our lists of the best blenders for smoothies, the best blenders under $100, and the best blenders.

KitchenAid K150

The KitchenAid K150 is better for most purposes than the Oster Pro 1200. The KitchenAid has a significantly better build quality. It also makes much better almond butter. On the other hand, the Oster comes with a 24-ounce jar that you can use to make much better smoothies. It's easier to clean by hand when you're working with sticky ingredients and has a few preset modes.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The Oster Pro 1200 is better than the NutriΒullet Βlender Combo. The Oster can crush ice, makes much better almond butter, and it's easier to clean by hand. It offers a wider range of speed settings and comes with a glass 48-ounce main jar, which some may prefer. Ηowever, while both blenders make good smoothies, it only comes with one 24-ounce personal jar, while the NutriΒullet comes with a pair of 32-ounce jars for single-serves.

KitchenAid Diamond

The Oster Pro 1200 is better for most purposes than the KitchenAid Diamond. The Oster offers a wider range of speed settings, more preset modes, and is much easier to clean by hand. It's better for ice crushing and makes better-blended smoothies. It also comes with a 24-ounce personal jar with a to-go lid in addition to its 48-ounce glass main jar. On the other hand, the KitchenAid has a much better build quality and makes smoother almond butter.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Oster Pro 1200 is better for most purposes than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. The Oster makes significantly better almond butter, silkier smoothies, and you can use it for hot blending. It also comes with a 24-ounce personal jar in addition to its main jar. On the other hand, the Ninja has a significantly better build quality, and its main jar has a bigger capacity. It's also much easier to clean by hand.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 is better for most purposes than the Oster Pro 1200. The Ninja makes smoother almond butter, better-blended smoothies, and does a better job of crushing ice. It's also better-built, and its main jar has a larger capacity. On the other hand, the Oster comes with a glass main jar, which some may prefer, and you can use it for hot blending. There's also a 24-ounce jar included with a to-go lid, so it's better-suited for making single-serve drinks.

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