beehive blender: Oster vs. Waring -- help a girl decide please!
If you own one of the two blenders above -- THE OSTER BEEHIVE OR THE WARING PROFESSIONAL (links at bottom of this post with photos), or you have owned one, could you please share your overall perception? Would you buy your blender again? What do you like about it? What irks you? (hopefully nothing -- but I want the scoop before I purchase) Anecdotes welcome!
Please know that I am not interested in feedback on other blenders -- just these two. In my blender-seeking-research, I have scrutinized the existing CH threads regarding blenders, including that tome of 200+ posts from niki this summer! I've analyzed reviews on other sites as well, but I trust hounds the most in terms of cookware recommendations.
I have narrowed my search down to these two blenders, both beehive designs, both with minimal switches/speeds/buttons (just on-off, really). I love the way these look, I like the button simplicity, and I have used both brands (at home of mom/friends) in the past. My mom's Oster has been going for 25 years, and friends rave similarly about Warings.
USAGE: I will use this probably five times a week for blended soups, sauces, mayo, dips, etc -- plus smoothies frozen drinks now and then (once a month).
*With the Oster, I could purchase a snazzy-looking blend-and-go cup, and just froth up a drink and race out the door. But I'm not a crazy smoothie person, so I'm trying not to let cute accessories sway me* ;)
PRICE: Price-wise, these end up about the same, and again -- I cannot go any higher than this price range, so please no luxury-blender suggestions to confuse me. The Oster is on sale for $50 (from $60) this week at Target. Or, at Linens-n-Things, I can cash in my 20% off coupon for the Waring, which is $70 (regularly $80, but there's a $10 rebate), making it just about $56.
UPKEEP: I don't own a dishwasher, so I will be washing these by hand.
That Oster is more powerful than they Waring, by 150 watts. I am partial to Oster since that is what I have always used. I looked high and low when I had to replace my last blender, and like you I wasn't flush with money to spend on a blender, and I ended up getting another Oster. I like mine, and it crushes ice well. It's an older one than what you are looking at.
I just treated myself to the Oster beehive and so far it lives up to its billing. It is just as loud as people say but it is on for such a short time that it doesn't really bother me. I seriously doubt I would have been any happier with one of the blenders that costs $100s more.
That's the thing. I replaced a cheaper Oster with the Oster Beehive (I have to make a small confession here - I actually have the black pro series beehive - not sure how much if any difference there is between this one and the one the OP is contemplating.) Anyway, I replaced the old Oster precisely because it wouldn't crush ice properly. This one does a tremendous job.
I own the Oster. Purchased it for many of the same reasons you listed - I like simplicity. I've found that it makes a wonderful bar blender and does well for things that are not so, shall we say, delicate. I've pureed soups, parsnips, white beans - you name it. It purees like a champ. It also makes decent smoothies.
I HAVE made mayo and even Hollandaise with it, though I think I would have preferred something with one or two more speed adjustments for that. It will work, but I've found that it is possible to whip too much air into the emulsions - so be careful.