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    I Reviewed Popular Blenders On The Market Today And Here Are The Differences

    I compared Oster, Ninja, and Vitamix.

    Hi, I'm Krista and I'm here to give you an honest review of an everyday product from a VERY frugal mom's perspective. So, let's talk blenders!

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    I chose three popular blender models that have nearly the same features, but very different price points. The brands were (from left to right): Vitamix, Ninja, and Oster.

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    Oster Texture Select Blender

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    Power: 1,200 watts

    Settings: Three food settings (smoothie, shake, and food chop), three texture settings (thin, medium, and thick), and four manual settings (low, medium, high, pulse)

    Cleaning: Dishwasher safe, 64-ounce plastic blending container

    Warranty: One-year limited manufacturer's warranty

    Extras: Includes a five-cup food processor attachment

    Price: $79.99

    Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

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    Power: 1,400 watts

    Settings: 12 pre-set Auto-iQ® smart settings (smoothie, ice cream, hearty soup, saute, sauce/dip, smooth soup, extract, mixer, cocktail, and water)

    Warranty: One-year limited manufacturer's warranty

    Cleaning: Hand wash only, 64-ounce glass blending container

    Extras: 800-watt heating element that boils water

    Price: $159.99

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    Power: 1,380 watts

    Settings: Five food settings (smoothies, hot soups, dips/spreads, frozen desserts, and self-cleaning), variable speed control dial, and pulse for manually creating desired texture

    Warranty: 10-year full warranty

    Cleaning: Dishwasher safe, 64-ounce plastic blending container

    Extras: Built-in wireless connectivity, touch screen buttons, and a programmable timer

    Price: $524.95

    Test #1 – Smoothie

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    The Oster blender had a smoothie setting, so I used that. It seemed to blend pretty well pretty quickly.

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    This one didn't have a timer, but I think it probably blended for about a minute in total. The smoothie setting was a slight start/stop pulsing method.

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    It was hard to see the consistency on the spoon, so I used my finger to show that it blended really well. There were a couple small chunks here and there, but there weren't any huge chunks that didn't get mixed, so that is good.

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    The smoothie setting for the Ninja blends for 45 seconds.

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    This one also used a pulsing method for mixing everything. Just by watching it mix, it seemed comparable to the Oster brand.

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    However, when I poured it out, it definitely had more chunks than the Oster one did. The vegetables weren't chopped or blended as finely in the smoothie.

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    Krista Torres / BuzzFeed

    I was impressed at how quickly this blended up the vegetables, especially because some of them were not chopped small at all.

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    It blended for a full minute, but after ten seconds you could tell everything was already pretty well blended.

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    This one had no chunks at all. It was very creamy and it had a frothy sort of texture to it.

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    All three blenders had the exact same amount of ingredients, so it was interesting to see how much more vibrant the color was in the Vitamix blended one. From top to bottom: Vitamix, Oster, Ninja.

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    Test #2 – Applesauce

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    The Oster did a decent job of blending the apples up. There were some chunks where you could see the skin of the apple on it. Overall, though, it wasn't bad.

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    Again, the Ninja had a few more chunks than the Oster brand, but the texture was pretty comparable to the Oster.

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    Krista Torres / BuzzFeed

    The Vitamix was definitely the smoothest out of the three. I did notice a few very small chunks in it, but nothing with the skin on it like the other two had.

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    Test #3 – Ice Cream Shake

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    This made a great milkshake. It blended well and had just the right consistency.

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    The Ninja setting for ice cream seemed to mix instead of blend. The ice cream didn't get entirely blended, just really shaken up, which ended up making it bubbly.

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    I almost feel like the Vitamix might be too powerful to make something as simple as an ice cream shake. I used the same amount of milk as I had in the last two, but it seemed runnier because it was blended so intensely. I can say everything was completely blended, though!

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    Overall thoughts:

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    Oster pros: Affordable, lots of blending options

    Oster cons: Unsure of lasting durability – the base seemed light and sometimes rocked back and forth

    Ninja pros: Warming feature that allows you to make soups/sauces directly in the blender, comes with a glass pitcher which can be preferable, heavy base that seems durable

    Ninja cons: The cord is very short, chunkier consistency

    Vitamix pros: 10-year warranty on everything, warming feature that allows you to make soups/sauces directly in the blender, smooth consistency

    Vitamix cons: Expensive

    There was a significant difference in the consistency of what was made in the Vitamix, but if you're not ready to shell out half a grand, then I would go with Oster. It performed better than the Ninja and is less expensive!

    The Vitamix blender was given to BuzzFeed for free, but we were not obligated to review it.