Oster 6647 Simple Blend 200 Review

The Oster 6647 Simple Blend 200 gives most users what they want: an inexpensive machine with standard features that makes frozen drinks and handles basic blending, chopping, and similar tasks.

A good conventional blender selling at a budget price, the Oster 6647 Simple Blend 200 (starting at $25, Amazon) pleases most users most of the time. Reviews on Amazon, for example, extol the performance-to-price ratio, citing feats such as transforming ice cubes into shavings and thoroughly blending ingredients for homemade lotions. Wrangling fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and nuts into creamy smoothies is par for the course. Some reviewers even assert that this small countertop appliance bests machines bearing up-market labels such as Ninja and Vitamix. One buyer says his wife is thrilled even though her heart had been set on a model with a triple-digit price tag.

And yet, this multi-serve blender claims its share of detractors. A handful of users report finding chunks of ice in their smoothies, watching contents drip down the outside of the pitcher, or seeing smoke billow out after just several weeks of use. A few reviews say the machine seems top-heavy and could use a sturdier base.

The features on the Oster Simple Blend 200 are basic. There are 10 speeds, including grate, grind, liquefy, purée, and blend, as well as an easy-clean option and an ice-crush setting controlled by low and high buttons; pulse is an extra function. The motor's peak power is 700 watts and the blending power settles in at 450 watts. The stainless steel four-tip blade is housed in an all-metal drive backed with a 10-year warranty. The 40-ounce shatterproof glass jar is dishwasher-safe and provides cup-measurement markings along the side. A small removable cup in the lid holds up to 2 ounces, enabling users to precisely measure add-in ingredients. A three-year "satisfaction" warranty applies to the entire package.

Dozens of user reviews suggest this blender is unlikely to disappoint. It's been on the market for a while and continues to prove its value.

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