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Oster Pro 1200 Blender vs Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

The Oster Pro offers an adequate blending capability with its higher-powered 1200-watt motor, clearly surpassing the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher in both power and versatility.

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Oster Pro 1200 Blender

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Oster Pro 1200 Blender vs Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Overall Verdict

The Oster Pro comes equipped with a 1200-watt motor. Despite its struggles with frozen fruits in our test, this blender is a worthy consideration for those seeking a blend of performance and affordability, given its adequate ability to crush ice, create almond butter, and liquify fibrous green.

With a lower-powered 700-watt motor, the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher seems to lag in performance and proves to be sufficient for only basic tasks. Its build quality and usability also leave much to be desired. You might find yourself often grappling with an unintuitive control panel and a stubbornly tight lid, which can make the blending process less smooth and more cumbersome.

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
  • Moderate nut and dried berry blending
  • Ease of clean
  • Lackluster capability in making frozen fruit smoothies 
  • Gimmicky control panel
  • Inability to process greens and frozen ingredients
  • Subpar build quality 
  • Hard-to-remove lid 
  • Unintuitive control panel

Key Specs

Dimensions
H14.5 x L7.3 x W7.6 inches
H14.5 x L6 x W8 inches
Weight
7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)
6.6 lbs (3.0 kg)
Capacity
48 ounces
40 oz
Motor Power
1200 wattages
700 wattages
Various Speed Settings
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$82.85
$45.53

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.1
1.0

Smoothie

9.0
0.0
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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender motor base and its container filled with apple, banana, and kale, stand on a table. Next to it, a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Smoothie Test
Blending Time
1 mins 30 seconds
4 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Failed

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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher 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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Frozen Fruit Smoothie
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher 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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
5 mins
5 mins
Result
Chunky
Failed

Protein Shake

8.5
6.7
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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher 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 4 minutes 30 seconds.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Protein Shake Test
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher 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 4 minutes 30 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Black+Decker Crush Master, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
1 min 50 seconds
4 mins 30 seconds
Result
Slightly Smooth
Coarse

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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher is beside a white plate containing almond with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 4 minutes.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Almond Butter Test
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher is beside a white plate containing almond with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 4 minutes.
A sample of ground almond created with the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher  blender.
Blending Time
3 mins 30 seconds
4 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Failed

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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Ice Crushing Test
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The scale's screen shows 9.48 oz of uncrushed ice cubes remaining from the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender.
Ice Fineness
Very Fine
Failed
Unblended Ice
0% of 12 oz
79% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.4
4.7

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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender, along with the user manual and carton box, arranged on a table.
Unboxing the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Dimensions

Illustrated dimensions of the Oster Pro blender showing the height, length, and width in inches
Illustrated dimensions of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender blender showing the height, length, and width in inches.
Height
14.5" (36.8 cm)
14.5" (36.8 cm)
Width
7.6" (19.3 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Weight
7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)
6.6 lbs (3.0 kg)
Length
7.3" (18.4 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)

Build Quality

7.0
5.0
A close up of the Oster Pro motor base and container
The Oster Pro Motor Base and Container
A closeup of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender blender’s motor base and container.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Motor Base and Container

Blades

8.0
4.5
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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Assembly
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Stacked
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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Motor Base
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
A close-up of the underside of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
Rated Voltage
120 V
120 Volts
Rated Power
1200 W
700 Wattages
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
Yes
No
Weight
4.5 oz (128 g)
3 pounds
Cord Length
2.9 ft (0.9 m)
2.2 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 the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher showing the height, depth, and width in inches
Material
Glass
Glass
Capacity
48.0 fl oz (1.4 L)
40 oz
Weight
3.2 oz (91 g)
3.5 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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher two-part lid
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Two-Part Lid
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Closing Type
Friction
Friction
Features
Lid plug
Slot

Control Panel

8.0
4.0
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 Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender control panel
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Control Panel
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender control panel
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher 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
16,103 RPM
Max Speed
16,006 RPM
19,966 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
6.5

Ease of Blend

7.5
5.0
Illustrated dimensions of the Oster Pro 24-oz cup showing the height and diameter in inches.

Noise Level

7.1
7.7
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 hamilton beach wave crusher blender blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its recorded noise level. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
Max Level
99.7 dB
96.3 dB

Assembly

8.5
6.5

Cleanability

8.5
8.0

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