Oster Pro 1200 Blender
Oster Pro 1200 Blender is a versatile kitchen appliance and was introduced in mid-2015.
It’s an affordable low- to mid-priced blender, offering a powerful motor, Smart Settings Technology and Dual Direction Blade Technology, multiple containers, wider base and bigger blades than Oster’s previous models.
The package of the Oster Pro 1200 includes:
- Base unit housing the 1200-watt motor
- 6-cup dishwasher-safe glass container
- 24-oz BPA-free polycarbonate single serve Blend-N-Go container
- 5-cup BPA-free food processor bowl
- Dual-direction blade assembly suitable to glass container and single serve cup
- Stainless steel slicing disk and chopping blade
- User’s Manual
- Quick Start Guide
Features of Oster Pro 1200 Blender
The Oster Pro 1200 is equipped with a very powerful 1200 watt motor and a blade speed of 19,000 RPM. The processing power reduces to about 900 watts for crushing ice. The motor system is entirely constructed of metal drive shaft and connections that make the machine sturdy and durable.
The base unit of the Oster Pro 1200 is made from plastic with a brushed nickel coating. It’s nice to look at and easy to clean too.
The Oster Pro 1200 comes with a main pitcher of 6 cups (48 oz.) capacity, a single serve Blend-N-Go Smoothie Cup of 24 oz. capacity with a travel lid and a food processor bowl of a capacity of 5 cups.
The main Boroclass glass jar is made from a heavy lab quality, temperature- and stress-resistant borosilicate glass. Only a few brands still offer a glass container which is quite popular among users and Oster is one of them. Being made of glass, the container prevents leaching of any harmful chemicals into food. It’s dishwasher safe.
The large container has been innovatively designed. It has an extra-wide bottom that facilitates easy blending. It has a black plastic cap screwed to it which has a lever that ensures that the jar is locked to the base and won’t come off during operation. However, the pitcher’s plastic lid is not very tight. Users should contact customer service if they have an issue with it so that they can get the lid replaced.
The single-serve smoothie cup and food processor bowl are made from BPA-free polycarbonate. The single-serve cup is equipped with a spill-safe, secure lid with an open/close latch.
Programs and Speed Settings
The control panel of Oster Pro 1200 features Smart Settings Technology with one-touch control and has 7 buttons for programs and speed settings. 3 are for Food Chop/Salsa, Green/Frozen Smoothies and Milkshake, and 4 are speed modes – Low, Medium, High and Pulse. There are 2 more buttons: Stop and On/Off.
If users find any program settings too short for certain tasks, they can use the pulse mode or repeat the program.
Speeds and modes can be operated in both the directions, i.e. stages from low, medium and high, and back. By pressing the Stop button, users can interrupt any speed mode. The pulse button works until users hold it.
The range of speeds and modes on the Oster Pro 1200 offer users a good control over processing, because the speeds and modes can be adjusted to any requirements. Users can get detailed instructions on how to operate the machine for various purposes in the user’s manual, although it’s not required as using this machine is extremely easy.
The Oster Pro 1200 is equipped with blades with patented Dual Direction Blade technology that can blend in forward as well as reverse direction. The blade assembly pulls all the food towards the bottom, thereby continuously incorporating it into the vortex. So, it’s not needed to keep steering the ingredients while they are being blended. The blade assembly is removable. Blades are sharp and 3.5-inch in diameter. They are 50% larger than that of previous models by Oster.
This blade assembly is made of three 6-prong dual-direction blades that are protruding up and down and allow food to move freely with minimal air pockets. This gives users very good results and a perfect consistency for their drinks.
The blades, slicing disk, food processor chopping blade and the post on which they are mounted are all made of stainless steel which makes the blade assembly sturdy, durable and long-lasting.
Ease of Use
Using the Oster Pro 1200 is quite easy and doesn’t require any complex learning. With the well-marked buttons on the control panel, one can efficiently use the blender as they want. For processing the food, users should place the food processor bowl on the motor base, choose the desired mode and the machine will start chopping, slicing or shredding the food accordingly.
For making smoothies, the Blend-N-Go smoothie cup should be directly placed on the motor base and select the smoothie setting. The ingredients will be made into a smoothie with a perfect texture. Users can learn doing all this without having to refer to the user’s manual.
Since the blades of the Oster Pro 1200 are removable, some effort is required to assemble and disassemble it for using and cleaning. The user’s manual says that it should be disassembled and cleaned every time after use. Because this is quite inconvenient, users can clean it after every use only by rinsing it with water or blending some soapy water in it for a few seconds. It should be dismantled for a thorough cleaning at least once a month. It should be remembered that some dirt will build up in the gap between the container and the plastic jar cap bottom.
Since all the parts are dishwasher-safe, users can just throw them to the dishwasher for hassle-free cleaning.
Disassembly for Cleaning
Users should start by unscrewing the black plastic cap at the glass jar bottom. Next the sealing gasket should be removed. At this point, the blade system will be unlocked and can be removed. While reassembling, users should remember to screw the base tightly to the pitcher and place the resin gasket correctly. Otherwise, there may be leakage which is common with all blenders having removable blades.
Only one blade assembly serves the single-serve cup as well as the main pitcher. Hence users should follow the same procedure of disassembling and reassembling both of them.
Given its high-power motor, the Oster Pro 1200 is quite loud. Especially while crushing frozen ingredients or ice, it roars. A rubber mat placed under the unit while using it can significantly reduce the noise.
The Oster Pro 1200 comes with a 10-year DURALAST All Metal Drive limited warranty on the all-metal gears. However, a limited warranty refers to that any repair and replacement shipping should be paid by the customer. If for some reason a customer doesn’t like the item, they may return it within 14 days from the purchase date with return shipping paid by them unless the item is faulty.
Pros of Oster Pro 1200 Blender
- Powerful motor
- Strong, durable construction with all metal motor drives, couplings and blade system
- Excellent results
- Glass pitcher that is rare for such a powerful blender
- Users get good control over the blending process with the 7 speeds and programs
- Quite good warranty
Cons of Oster Pro 1200 Blender
- Louder than average
- Users may face an issue with the tightness of the main pitcher lid
The Oster Pro 1200 Blender is overall an excellent, powerful, durable and versatile kitchen appliance that has a lot of features for an economical price. Users can make small and large batches of food of high quality.
All in all, it’s a well-performing machine at an affordable price, along with having a compact design that can save user’s space on countertop and cabinet.
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