I use my blender for frozen drinks, mostly fruit smoothies. My old Oster blender was starting to struggle after about 25 years, so I scoured the internet to find a good replacement. There are some very expensive blenders that do not have uniformly positive reviews and many of them have plastic jars and need to have the ingredients tamped down. That is, they do not create the vortex that leads to even blending, while the Oster does not need any help. I wanted a glass jar, and my years of using my previous Oster made me disposed to try another because they really do a good job.
This newer model has a more powerful motor than my old one, and since I probably overload the jar with too many frozen fruits, I need the extra power. While I do use the preset frozen drink program, I usually have to finish off using the manual setting to completely crush and blend. I'm not sure that I see a difference in the ability to crush using this new blade pattern with blades underneath as well, but this is a powerful unit, quieter than my old one, and it is stable and sturdy.
I considered the Vitamix, but watching the demos at local stores left me unimpressed. The Ninja series look very dangerous to clean, and again, no vortex. For smoothie lovers, I think this blender is a great, and reasonably priced, option.
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