Think of someone using jackhammer in your kitchen and this is how loud it sounds when shaving ice. Maybe the ice i use is ‘too’ frozen?. I can’t find the right time to use this blender again because it’s a big inconvenience to others around me. I’m thinking i should have gone for one of those shaved ice makers instead.
I bought this to shave ice for daiquiris, margaritas, and smoothies. My current blender just couldn’t chop the ice fine enough, so i decided to give this machine a try. Well the cons are that this machine is very noisy, and very slow to shave the ice. The ‘auto’ setting also shuts off after a few minutes and you have to use the manual pulse button to finish the job. But the pro is that it produces very finely shaved ice. Oster blstet-c ice shaving blender, for meeting my expectations.
The shaved ice takes a lot of work to get any amount worth while. Then it melts to fast when you put in the liquid. Better off just using the blender to crush the ice cubes with the liquid already in it. Comes out like a smoothie then. So the ice shaver part is a waste of space really and it is large.
We make smoothies and frozen drinks all the time. I can’t tell you how many blenders i have torn up trying to blend up ice cubes. This really does shave ice very easily into restaurant quality without tearing up or wearing out the motor it is loud, but any blender is noisy, so that is to be expected. It was easy to set up right out of the box and start making snow cones or smoothies. You will spend as much on a good blender that still can’t chop up ice as well as this. And when you compare it to the shaved ice and margarita machines, it is a much better price. I think it probably works as well as those, and you also have the blender option to use for anything else all in one machine.
Firstly i have to comment on the negative reviews, specifically the people saying it ‘doesn’t blend’. There are several components; all of which need to be attached to the one below and locked into place properly. It’s easy to think you’ve done it right but you need to use a bit of force to get them to all snap into place. It means the blender isn’t going to fly apart and smash you in the headthe blender’s controls are simple and functional. It’s a beautiful looking machine and works perfectly fine if you read the instructions and clip it together properly. I would most certainly choose this over a cheap plastic ice shaver; it is sturdy, multi-functional and aesthetically pleasing.
I only gave this 4 stars because i haven’t used the blender portion yet. Otherwise it’s perfect for what i bought it for.
- For the price, it’s ok
- It’s okay
- Best product ever bought on Amazon.
I got this for a gift exchange where my sister-in-law was the recipient so from her interaction with this blender, she loves it. We were able to see it in action after christmas and it shaves ice like a champ. For those of you who may be interested in this as compared to the margaritaville shaver and drink maker it really can make drinks about as equally nice. The big difference is of course, that the margaritaville machine has the ice shaver and blender together whereas this machine requires you to remove the shaver to blend together your drinks. As the main use will be for this machine is to make shaved ice drinks, it definitely performs splendidly. I feel that is is pretty equal in consistency to a margaritaville machine, but at a fraction of the cost. If you are considering a margaritaville machine, i would highly suggest this to save some money. We did try using the machine as a blender for a fruit smoothie and it was adequate but not anything especially amazing. The fruit was pureed but still a little ‘grainy’ and not completely smooth. Really where this shines is in its ice shaving abilities.
Makes ice so fine that we enjoyed snowcones all summer. I highly recommend this one.
I have only used it a few times as i just received it less than a week ago, but there are a couple of things i have noticed. First, when using the ice shaver – there were a few ice cubes remaining in the bottom that did not shave. Second, when using just the blender – i have noticed it leaves clumps of uncrushed ice when making smoothies. My other oster blender made much better smoothies.
Have been using for close to a year now. The machine makes great ice shavings. It is a quality manufactured product, although there are a couple of plastic part i would prefer to be metal. The down sides: very noisey. Takes several minutes along with dozens of button pushes to shave a tray of ice. I think ice from an automatic ice maker might be a little softer and less trouble than tray ice.
Have been making 3 to 5 large sized snow cones daily for 3 months now. I love this for making snow cones and to have home-made shaved ice. I’ve even used it at our family and friend gathering over the holiday and it performed admirably. I’ve tried several different types of ice. Below are my personal opinions and observations:overall, i like using crushed ice from the fridge. It makes perfect snow cone/hawaiian shaved ice/ white powdery fluffy-goodnessusing the cubed ice from the fridge makes lots of noise (understandable); though if i’m making enough to fill up the separate blender carriage the engine smells a bit over worked. It works well, though i wouldn’t do this on a daily bases. If you buy commercial ice don’t buy the kind with the hole in the middle- it makes for an uneven shave and is not good for continued usage. The other kind of store ice works well when you let it warmup a bit first- i keep it out on the counter for about 20 mins or in a small plastic cooler. And if you are able to, buy sonic ice (or an equivalent-if there is one) & it is best of the bestcons- the blender, not the shaver, is glass.
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I love to chew ice, but it is bad for your teeth. I found that if i made ‘snow-cone’ ice, i was just as satisfied without hurting my teeth. This makes perfect shaved ice, super quick. I used to have a small, cheap snow cone maker, that took forever to do 1 cup of ice. Now i can do a whole bag of shaved ice in just minutes. And more importantly, it looks good on the counter.
Very loud but makes great frozen drinks.
Bought for our use at home and now when we have company this machine is the star of the show. Everyone loves the special drinks we make for them and find this item very good for the price. Can’t imagine a summer without this.
I bought this wanting to make margaritas, but i also ordered some hawaiian ice syrup for the kids. So far i’m very happy with the product. Pros:=====- great build construction- works fine with my ice from the freezer even though they recommend store bought ice- nice wide chute for shaved ice to come out, and i can just hold up paper cone to it and pulse- nice catch for melted ice water (but i do wish it was a bit bigger)- not really all that loud if you ask me- nice setup to shave ice first on top of fruit, and then swap shaver and blender and perform more blending. – great price versus other devices i looked at- nice lookingcons:======- wish it held maybe a bit more ice- if you leave ice in too long, the small water reservoir will overflow, should be bigger- pretty tall, if space is a concerni’ve still not mastered my margarita’s to compare to restaurant bought, and the ice shavings are very fine but still bigger than restaurants. I didn’t double blend it though so will try that next.
This blender is a piece of work. I have had three others in the last six month that died on me. I use blenders mainly for crushing ice for margaritas and smoothies. I can make a full pitcher of crushed ice in under a minute. The only other blender i would compare this based on price and quality would be the ninja. However the ninja doesn’t crush the ice as fine as you would want in a drink. There are different blades you can get for the ninja but i honestly don’t want to mess with a kitchen appliance. I want it to be there and ready when i need it and oster delivered on that need.
I bought this blender to replace one i’d had for about 25 years. We mainly use it to make smoothies and the old one had difficulty crunching the ice so i did some shopping and found this one. I was undecided about keeping it at first but ultimately did and it is working all right for our needs. Pro’s: it is attractive and has a large, stable base so the blender doesn’t hop around on the counter like my old one did. It has a glass jar with a very wide top so it is easy to get things into the jar without making a mess. The lid closes down firmly so nothing splatters up and out of the top during blending. Another thing i like is that the jar and blade unit comes completely apart for good and easy cleaning of each section. I haven’t used the ice shaving unit yet as we are only making smoothies, but i suspect it works similarly. Con’s: at first, i couldn’t seem to get the ice or frozen fruit to blend. The unit would jam up as if the ice and fruit were too much for it. This was rather disheartening since i had bought it to blend ice and frozen fruit into a smoothie. I did find that adding a small amount of water any time it jammed up enabled blending to occur again. After a few weeks of using it, i have been able to determine exactly how much additional water is needed to create our smoothies and not have the blender jam. In the end, i decided to keep the blender since i figured out how to make it work for us, and the pro’s at that point outweighed the con’s.
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Received this as a gift (which i preselected) yesterday. This oster is beautifully made. Easy to use and does the job. I primarily wanted this to make frappacinos, smoothies, icee type drink and other frozen concoctions. Obviously, you’ll need to gauge the liquid to shaved ice proportions to suit your preference. First time out of the box was perfect. If you are considering the $250-300 margaritaville, the oster is a great product and costs considerably less. In my case, the cost of this oster willpay for itself in 6-8 weeks.
A bit bigger than expected but its quality and performance are as good as expected from this brand, no complains here.
We needed to be able to crush ice in our blender and this is crushes ice nicely.
I didn’t buy this on amazon since oster website had it cheaper and with a free food-processor attachement. But here is the catch, the food processor doesn’t work with the blender, i found out the hard way. 🙂 i called oster to complain and they were clueless. Also you can’t find any replacement parts(like seals, etc) from oster or anywhere else. So this product is dicontinued and oster gets a 1-star for supporting this product(and selling it with an attachement that doesn’t work with it)the product itself is a 5-star. It is very good for this price range, it shaves fluffy ice(very small crunchy crystals of ice) and it blends smoothies very well. The motor is not super powerful, but for that price it is very good. It is very well designed and looks very cool and not very bulky. Actually, oster gets a 0-star(not even 1-star), for the above reasons and because they twice removed my review from their website when i wrote a similar review on oster. Com (that’s why i put this review on amazon.
This works as advertised – – we have frozen drinks any time that we want, as stated it is great.
Decent, but my blendtec makes the ice much finer.
5-Cup dishwasher safe and scratch resistant glass jar is thermal shock tested to withstand extreme temperature changes
I love it to make my protein shake in the mornings. Works good for any drink when crushed ice is in it.
Who needs to buy expensive, packaged popsicles when you can make your own flavored shaved ice at thome?.
Overall, i have really loved this blender/mixer. Downside is it’s incredibly loud, but it also gets the job done. I have had it a few months now and it’s still going strong with no issues. I did find, however, that if you use the recommended ice type that it will produce a more snow-like product. Otherwise it will have larger bits of ice in it that were noticeable to me. I really liked the ‘drain’ for the top compartment that holds the ice. It helps keep everything clean and mess free. It was also simple to set up and get running. If i get overzealous and fill the blender to the top, with some fruits, i will have to keep stopping it and push the mix back down to the blades a few times until it settles right. But this is no different than with any other blender i’ve had.
Love it so far; ice is shaved quickly and perfectly for blended drinks and/or snow cones. Don’t know why i waited so long to buy one of these.
Bought this item as a present for christmas. Was well beyond what as expected. Would buy one for all my family members.
I was skeptical looking at what this could do. Using it about 2 weeks now and works great. Great for morning smoothies and a few evening drinks. Will be so good when summer arrives for those hot days.
This was purchased, as a gift. I have not heard any complaints.
Both manual and pre-programmed electronic blending and ice-shaving settings for results with one touch that takes all the guess work out
It performs well, but the ‘shaver’ doesn’t really ‘shave’ as you would think you are getting from the snow-cone shop. The granules are not as fine. One thing that i do not like is that you really can’t use whole-cubes when shaving. You need to use crushed ice to start with. But it’s a real pain if you don’t have a crusher.
My only negative comment is having a separate pitcher, but it still works as i hoped. I like to make snow cones and the ice is fluffy.