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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.

The Oster:

The Waring:

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. I have never used a higher end Oster, but my Waring crushes ice and blends far more smoothly than my mom's $20 Oster. I know, unfair comparison.

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        1. re: Pei

          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.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: Plat du jour

            "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."

            I KNEW there was a reason why I didn't want to let go of my older Oster. I just made room for it on the shelf in the basement.

            1. re: Plat du jour

              My Oster has 14 speeds and that makes it so nice to use. No thinking involved, just read the buttons! LOL!

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              Oster 4093 Classic Chrome Beehive Work Top Blender

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              1. My vote is for the Oster- it has used the same direct drive hookup since forever, so jars are interchangeable from one to another (other then a weird In2itive one they made for a couple years around 2000). When I was setting up my house 10 years ago, I thought I needed a high end blender and bought a Kitchen Aid Pro, which is now sitting on the shelf in the basement deemed the 'appliance graveyard'. Its not because it doesn't work or anything, it just doesn't work right for me- the glass carafe is to heavy & clunky, and it just isn't as easy to use as the Osterizer I had grown up. I finally picked up a used Osterizer from the 1970's, along with a lot of the little Oster mini blending jars- http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_os-0... for blending/mixing small amounts. Since then, I've upgraded to a current model, 12 speed Oster blender, which came with the ToGo cup. I love that I can use the carafes and accessories from the vitage Osterizer, my Mom's old Osterizer, the mini-jars, etc with the newest Oster I own- not many companies have that much interchangeability over decades of manufacture. Having the extra full sized carafes is nice when I'm really doing a lot in the kitchen, since I don't have to stop to wash the carafe between uses- I just grab another one.

                One difference between the Oster & the Warning is the blending coupler, where the bottom of the carafe meets up with the motor to transfer power. The Warning blenders uses a rubbery/plastic, interlocking teeth mechanism; where as Oster uses a square metal drive pin directly into the blades. Over time, from removing or inserting the blender carafe before the motor fully stops, the rubbery teeth can get damaged to the point you're blender doesn't work as efficiently. Besides, the burning rubber/plastic smell is never good in the kitchen.

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                1. re: anniemax

                  I think I will end up with the Oster -- now I'm just torn between the beehive (just one switch, between on and pulse) and the 12-speed. Considering that I like to do mayo and aioli, etc quite often, would I need the multiple speeds, I wonder? Wouldn't the pulse function work for that? I'm honestly not sure... I know I don't want a food processor, at least right now, even though they're great for mayos and sauces. I've always done dips, sauces, etc in the blender with no problem... hmmm. My mom has the 12-speed Osterizer, and loves it. My sister has been whipping up at least one MONSTER batch of smoothies a day for the past five years in that blender... I like the way the beehive looks better though. Plus, I think I always end up blasting up toward the fastest/strongest speed anyway.

                  The Waring has two speeds, high and low.

                  What a quandary -- a fun one! I may buy both and see how they look in my kitchen.... :) I would love to try whipping up a mayo in each, but I don't think I can actually get away with returning a --used-- blender!

                  1. re: foxy fairy

                    Go for the beehive one. If you look around, you can find ones with a two- or three-speed dial. I got one at Wal-Mart earlier this year and it was a two-speed one.

                2. American Test Kitchen reccomened it as their top pick, so, since I was in the market for one, and it was well within my price range, I went for it. I love it. It is all anyone really needs. You can have it at full speed or you can pulse, and really you never need anything more then that. It is sturdy, and easy to wash. It is also on sale at Target this week for $49.95. I am talking about the Oster Beehive. Go for the two speed!

                  1. Just wanted to report: BOTH of these blenders are flops. We bought the Waring, took it home, and when we unpacked it and stood looking at all of the plastic parts we shook our heads. The parts around the blade seemed like they'd snap in two after one use. Clearly, we must have sampled one of the upper echelon of Waring blenders in the past, not this cheap model.

                    So I bought the Oster instead. I've used it - let's see, I think three times. Today I was whipping up hummus when I started to smell something burning. I asked my sweety, who confirmed -- some part of the blender was burning. It will be returned this afternoon.

                    I guess I'll have to move into the higher-end blenders??? Or maybe I should go for a food processor, since I do a lot of dips, mayos, etc.

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                    1. re: foxy fairy

                      I'm sorry to hear that both blenders bombed for you. But I have had my Oster beehive (it's actually the black "pro" series blender) for a while now, use it all the time and it's been fine. I doubt there's an appliance out there where you never run the risk of buying a lemon, no matter how much you spend.

                      1. re: flourgirl

                        I agree! I really like the Oster beehive a lot. Take it back and get a replacement, and see how that one works. I also could not be without my FP, but they really do a lot of different things.

                    2. I have the Oster and don't really love it...I've used it very sparingly because of the very narrow shape of the 'bowl'. Just my 2 cents...

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                      1. re: jbyoga

                        I am going through the same choice dilema - Beehive or Waring refurbished 50th Anniversary Edition. I actually bought the Warning yesterday and made my first smootie just now. Worked well enough, although noisy, and the motor smells a bit, and it left some ice cube chunks. There are soooo many different Beehive models on Amazon, but Target only carries the 600 watt model in their stores. I would rather buy 'in person' than online.

                        You have so highly recommended the Beehive and I would like to know the exact models that you are using. I occasionally make mayo and am wondering if I can do that in the Beehive which is only On/Pulse/Off.

                      2. One nice thing about the Waring is that the shape of the traditional cloverleaf container helps with thorough blending. If you stick with that shape you will not have any problem with replacement containers.

                        If you mostly crush ice, then you need "more power."

                        I have two "vintage" blenders, one of each, and they are both still going strong.

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                        1. re: mlgb

                          Thanks mlgb - I used the Warning again for my smoothie with the same results. I can live with the noise, but the motor smells a bit, perhaps because it is new, and again, chunks of ice were at the bottom of my glass. I use milk, sweetner, a drop of vanilla, frozen strawberries a heaping tablespoon of yogurt and two cubes of ice. I think I'll pop off to Target today and buy the beehive and compare them.