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Oster Pro 1200 Blender vs Ninja Compact Kitchen System Blender (AMZ493BRN) 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 vs Ninja Compact Kitchen System Blender (AMZ493BRN)

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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.

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
  • The blender's robust build promises a stable and reliable performance.
  • It excels at crushing ice, making it an ideal choice for preparing chilled beverages.
  • The provided set of accessories enhances the blender's versatility, allowing it to accommodate a wider range of tasks.
  • The user-friendly control panel makes operation simple and straightforward.
  • Lackluster capability in making frozen fruit smoothies 
  • Gimmicky control panel
  • It struggles with even simple tasks like making green smoothies, frozen fruit smoothies, and nut butter.
  • The containers are prone to scratches

Key Specs

Dimensions
H14.5 x L7.3 x W7.6 inches
H17.25 x L6.9 x W7.9 inches
Weight
7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)
9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)
Capacity
48 ounces
72 oz
Motor Power
1200 wattages
1200 wattages
Various Speed Settings
Yes
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$82.85
$143.93

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.1
6.3

Smoothie

9.0
3.9
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Green Smoothie Video
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.
Ninja Compact Kitchen System Blender Smoothie Video
The AMZ493BRN blender’s 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 Ninja AMZ493BRN smoothies blended for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, 3 minutes, 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and 4 minutes.
Blending Time
1 mins 30 seconds
3 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Chunky

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

0.0
6.3
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Frozen Smoothie Video
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.
Ninja Compact Kitchen System Blender Frozen Smoothie Video
The Ninja AMZ493BRN motor base stands beside a glass bowl containing a portion of blended smoothie. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 4 minutes and 10 seconds.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with the Ninja AMZ493BRN blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
5 mins
4 mins 10 seconds
Result
Chunky
Smooth
Suction

Protein Shake

8.5
7.8
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Protein Shakes Video
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.
Ninja Compact Kitchen System Blender Protein Shakes Video
The Ninja AMZ493BRN blender 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 3 minutes 40 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Ninja AMZ493BRN, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
1 min 50 seconds
3 mins 40 seconds
Result
Slightly Smooth
Smooth

Almond Butter

8.3
7.3
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Almond Butter Video
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.
Ninja Compact Kitchen System Blender Almond Butter Video
The Ninja AMZ493BRN is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula, blend assembly, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 6 minutes.
A sample of almond butter created with the Ninja AMZ493BRN blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
3 mins 30 seconds
6 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Smooth

Crushed Ice

10
10
Oster Pro 1200 Blender Crushed Ice Video
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.
Ninja Compact Kitchen System Blender Crushed Ice Video
The Ninja AMZ493BRN blender is beside a black tray containing ice it crushed.
Ice Fineness
Very Fine
Very Fine
Unblended Ice
0% of 12 oz
0% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.4
8.3

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 Ninja Compact Kitchen System Blender and its accessories, including the 40-ounce processor bowl, dough blade assembly, pro extractor blades assembly, 18-ounce single serve cup, user manual, and carton box, on a table.
The Ninja AMZ493BRN Unboxing

Dimensions

Illustrated dimensions of the Oster Pro blender showing the height, length, and width in inches
Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja AMZ493BRN blender showing the height, length, and width in inches
Height
14.5" (36.8 cm)
17.3" (43.8 cm)
Width
7.6" (19.3 cm)
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Weight
7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)
9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)
Length
7.3" (18.4 cm)
6.9" (17.5 cm)
Shaft Length

Build Quality

7.0
9.0
A close up of the Oster Pro motor base and container
The Oster Pro Motor Base and Container
A closeup of the NinjaAMZ493BRN blender motor base and container
The Ninja AMZ493BRN Motor Base and Container

Blades

8.0
6.0
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 Ninja AMZ493BRN’s blade assemblies
The Ninja AMZ493BRN’s Stackable Blade Assemblies
A close-up of the Ninja AMZ493BRN’s blade assemblies
A close-up of the Ninja AMZ493BRN’s blade assembly.
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Cross and Stacked
Guard Material
Blade Count
6 sharp blades
(1) 6 sharp stacked blades, (2) 4 sharp stacked blades, (3) 3 dull stacked blades, (4) 4 sharp cross blade
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 Ninja AMZ493BRN blender’s motor
A close-up of the Ninja AMZ493BRN blender’s motor
A close-up of the underside of the Ninja AMZ493BRN blender’s motor base
Rated Voltage
120 V
120 Volts
Rated Power
1200 W
1200 Wattages
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
Yes
Yes
Weight
4.5 oz (128 g)
5.5 pounds
Cord Length
2.9 ft (0.9 m)
3.0 ft (0.9 m)
Extra Feature

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 Ninja AMZ493BRN containers showing the height and diameter in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja AMZ493BRN containers showing the height and diameter in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja AMZ493BRN 72-ounce containers showing the height and diameter in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja AMZ493BRN 40-ounce processor bowl showing the height and diameter in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja AMZ493BRN 18-ounce single-serve cup showing the height and diameter in inches.
Material
Glass
Plastic
Capacity
48.0 fl oz (1.4 L)
72 oz, 40 oz, and 18 oz
Weight
3.2 oz (91 g)
2.5 lbs, 1.9 lbs, 0.6 lb
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small to large batches
Small to large batches

Lid

Oster Pro 1200 Blender Lid
A close-up of the Ninja AMZ493BRN’s lid
The 72-Ounce Container’s Lid
A close-up of the Ninja AMZ493BRN’s lid
A close-up of the Ninja AMZ493BRN’s lid
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Closing Type
Friction
Lock Mechanism
Features
Lid plug
Pouring Spout with Cap

Control Panel

8.0
9.5
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 Ninja AMZ493BRN’s control panel
The Ninja AMZ493BRN’s Control Panel
A close-up of the Ninja AMZ493BRN’s control panel
The Ninja AMZ493BRN motor base on a table with a hand pressing a digital tachometer on a tripod. Different blenders are in the background.
The Ninja AMZ493BRN motor base on a table with a hand pressing a digital tachometer on a tripod. Different blenders are in the background.
Activation
Press-button
Press-button
Min Speed
4,546 RPM
15,157 RPM
Max Speed
16,006 RPM
19,230 RPM
Presets
Yes
Yes
Digital Display
No
Yes
Built-in Timer
No
Yes
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
6.6

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
7.3
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 Ninja Compact Kitchen System 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
98.6 dB

Assembly

8.5
7.5

Cleanability

8.5
6.5