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Oster Pro 1200 Blender vs Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

Don’t let the Ninja AMZ493BRN’s features fool you, as the Oster Pro is a more rounded option, balancing effective blending, compact design, and affordability.

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Oster Pro 1200 Blender

Cuisinart SmartPower Blender

Oster Pro 1200 Blender vs Cuisinart SmartPower Blender

Overall Verdict

For those seeking a blender that offers a good balance between affordability and performance, especially for basic to moderately complex tasks, the Oster Pro is a strong contender.

In comparison to the Ninja AMZ493BRN, the Oster provides better value. While it lacks the Ninja's flashy design and extensive accessories, it compensates with more consistent and rounded performance across a variety of tasks. Additionally, its compact design is a significant advantage for those with limited kitchen space.

The Ninja AMZ493BRN, powered by a 1200-watt motor, initially impresses with its ability to transform ice into a snow-like consistency. However, this capability is somewhat diminished by its less-than-satisfactory performance with almonds, leafy greens, and frozen fruits.

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Pros & Cons

  • Good value for the money
  • Well-organized control buttons 
  • A lot easier to clean and assemble than many of its rivals
  • Excels at preparing green smoothies, almond butter, and crushed ice
  • Compact size, suitable for most kitchens.
  • Glass blending container can withstand high-heat blending tasks. 
  • Detachable blade assembly for thorough cleaning.
  • Good for preparing protein shakes.
  • Lackluster capability in making frozen fruit smoothies 
  • Gimmicky control panel
  • The lid is tricky to remove.
  • Stiff buttons reduce responsiveness. 
  • Blade assembly housing lacks firmness.

Key Specs

Dimensions
H14.5 x L7.3 x W7.6 inches
H14.6 x L8.3 x W6.7 inches
Weight
7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)
6.7 lbs (3.0 kg)
Capacity
48 ounces
40 oz
Motor Power
1200 wattages
500 wattages
Various Speed Settings
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$82.85
$70.55

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.1
3.7

Smoothie

9.0
6.8
The Oster Pro motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features two distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 1 minute and 30 seconds
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Smoothie Test
The Oster Pro motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features two distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 1 minute and 30 seconds
A white paper displays two smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of the Oster Pro smoothies blended for 30 seconds, a full minute, and 1 minute and a half.
The Cuisinart SmartPower Blender motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features three distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
The Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Smoothie Test
The Cuisinart SmartPower Blender motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features three distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
A white paper displays three smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower smoothies blended for three minutes, 3 minute 30 seconds, and four minutes.
Blending Time
1 mins 30 seconds
4 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Smooth

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

0.0
0.0
The Oster Pro motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
The Oster Pro motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with a Oster Pro blender, spread on white paper.
The Cuisinart SmartPower motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower Frozen Fruit Smoothie
The Cuisinart SmartPower motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
5 mins
5 mins
Result
Chunky
Failed

Protein Shake

8.5
9.0
The Oster Pro  motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 1 minute 49 seconds.
The Oster Pro  motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 1 minute 49 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Oster Pro, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 2 minutes.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower Protein Shake Test
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 2 minutes.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
1 min 50 seconds
2 mins
Result
Slightly Smooth
Smooth

Almond Butter

8.3
0.0
The Oster Pro is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 6 minutes.
The Oster Pro is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 6 minutes.
A sample of almond butter created with a NutriBullet blender, spread on white paper.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 4 minutes.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower Almond Butter Test
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 4 minutes.
A sample of almond butter created with the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender is beside a smartphone and the blender’s motor.
Blending Time
3 mins 30 seconds
4 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
coarse

Crushed Ice

10
0.0
The Oster Pro blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Oster Pro blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Oster Pro blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower Ice Crushing Test
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The scale's screen shows 8.17 oz of uncrushed ice cubes remaining from the  Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender.
Ice Fineness
Very Fine
Coarse
Unblended Ice
0% of 12 oz
68% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.4
6.0

In the Box

A display of the Oster Pro blender and its accessories, including the user manual, 24 oz cup with lid, and carton box, on a table.
Unboxing the Oster Pro 1200 Watt Blender
A display of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender and its packaging box on a table.
Unboxing the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender

Dimensions

Illustrated dimensions of the Oster Pro blender showing the height, length, and width in inches
Illustrated dimensions of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower showing the height, length, and width in inches.
Height
14.5" (36.8 cm)
14.6" (37.1 cm)
Width
7.6" (19.3 cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)
6.7 lbs (3.0 kg)
Length
7.3" (18.4 cm)
8.3" (21.1 cm)

Build Quality

7.0
6.0
A close up of the Oster Pro motor base and container
The Oster Pro Motor Base and Container
A closeup of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender’s motor base and container
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower Motor Base and Container

Blades

8.0
6.5
A close-up of the Oster Pro’s blades
A close-up of the Oster Pro’s blades
A close-up of the Oster Pro’s blades
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blade assembly
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blade assembly
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Blades 1
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Cross
Blade Count
6 sharp blades
4 sharp blades
Removable
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Motor Base

The Oster Pro Motor Base
The Oster Pro Motor Base
A close-up of the Oster Pro Motor Base
A close-up of the underside of the Oster Pro’s motor base
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Motor Base
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base’s underside
Rated Voltage
120 V
120 Volts
Rated Power
1200 W
500 Wattages
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
Yes
No
Weight
4.5 oz (128 g)
3.0 pounds
Cord Length
2.9 ft (0.9 m)
3.8 feet

Blending Container

Illustrated dimensions of the Oster Pro blending containers showing their heights and diameters in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Oster Pro blending containers showing their heights and diameters in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Oster Pro 48-oz container showing the height and diameter in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Blending Container showing the height, depth, and width across in inches
Material
Glass
Glass
Capacity
48.0 fl oz (1.4 L)
40 oz
Weight
3.2 oz (91 g)
3.6 pound
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small to large batches
Small to medium batches

Lid

Oster Pro 1200 Blender Lid
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower two-part lid
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower two-part lid
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower two-part lid
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Closing Type
Friction
Friction
Features
Lid plug
Lid-plug

Control Panel

8.0
5.5
A close-up of the Oster Pro Control Panel
A close-up of the Oster Pro Control Panel
Oster Full-sized Blender Min Speed
Oster Full-sized Blender Max Speed
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower control panel
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower Control Panel
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower control panel
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
Activation
Press-button
Press-button
Min Speed
4,546 RPM
14,000 RPM
Max Speed
16,006 RPM
21,346 RPM
Presets
Yes
Yes
Digital Display
No
No
Built-in Timer
No
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Extra Accessory

Material
Plastic
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
N/A
Removable
Yes
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.8
7.1

Ease of Blend

7.5
6.0
Illustrated dimensions of the Oster Pro 24-oz cup showing the height and diameter in inches.

Noise Level

7.1
6.2
The Oster Pro blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its noise level nearby. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
Max Level
99.7 dB
104 dB

Assembly

8.5
8.0

Cleanability

8.5
9.0

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