Oster Beehive Blender Review

Oster 4093-008 5-Cup Glass Jar 2-Speed Beehive Blender, Brushed Stainless

Oster 4093-008 5-Cup Glass Jar 2-Speed Beehive Blender, Brushed Stainless Rating:
List Price: $69.99
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  • 2-speed toggle with 600 watts of ice crushing power
  • 5-cup dishwasher-safe glass jar is Thermal Shock tested to withstand extreme temperature changes
  • Stainless steel Ice Crusher blade for perfectly crushed ice every time
  • Oster 10 Year DURALAST All-Metal Drive Limited Warranty for lasting durability
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
  • Dimensions: 15.75" x 8.25" x 8", Cord length: 16"

What is it?

oster beehive blenderA two-speed blender (with regular and high options) with 600 watts of power behind its motor, a sleek, metallic finish, and a design that warrants its Beehive model name.

What we like:

Our first impression was “Wow, this blender looks nice.” Sleek doesn’t even begin to emphasize how immaculate this looks on a kitchen counter.

When we finally finished ogling the outside, we looked deeper into the product. It uses a metal shaft instead of plastic, which seems like a welcome addition. We’ve seen other blenders that use plastic pieces that cause trouble when the plastic breaks after repeated use (though some users have still reported trouble with this model, see below). The glass jar is also nice, especially since it’s rated as safe to go from hot to cold temperatures without endangering the glass.

What we don’t:

Users are divided on how well the blender can handle repeated use: some have reported the blender can have difficulty as soon as the sixth use, with the drive axle breaking at that point. Others have used it for two years to make daily smoothies with no issues.

Why some have experienced the breakdown and others have not is still undecided. Some have hypothesized that the users with broken blenders are overloading them and expecting too much from the motor. While this is all unproven, it’s safe to say that you should play it safe and add frozen fruit or ice cubes slowly so that the motor has an easier time with them.

Also, the metal parts of the blender are also at risk of rusting if water is left on them for extended periods of time (for example, if it’s left in a dishwasher too long after it finishes).

By: Barry Pousman

Where’s it made?

North America

Should you buy it?

The chic design looks absolutely terrific on any kitchen counter, and the blender has the potential to be worth every penny, but it’s far from a safe bet. Be wary of the potential problems you might experience with the drive shaft, and recognize that while it’s marketed with a special ice-crusher blade, you’ll need to treat this blender carefully and not risk giving it more than it can handle. While not risk-free, the thought of two years of daily smoothies for a very cheap price still catches our eye.