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The Search For A Personal Blender
Doug and I have recently taken to drinking milkshakes. I like them because they're healthier than a lot of alternatives, and Doug likes them because they're tasty and healthier than a lot of alternatives. I got really tired of cleaning up the heavy glass blender jar multiple times a day, though, and I wanted to take my shakes to school, but didn't have any suitable to-go cups. After [personal profile] reppu bought a personal blender, I decided to do the same, so I went to Target and bought the Oster Personal Blender (which comes with a blue blender cup) and two extra blender cups (both pink).

Monday morning: I buy the blender and cups at Target and take them home happily.

Monday evening:
  1. I attempt to make a milkshake using a pink extra blender cup. The milk leaks all over the countertop. I am very unhappy.
  2. I fill the blue blender cup with water, screw the blender blades on, and turn it upside down over the sink. Water comes out.
  3. I'm in a hurry to go to school, so I don't stop to troubleshoot. I make the milkshake using the old-fashioned big heavy blender, grumbling all the while.
  4. I wash up the big heavy blender jar grudgingly, and take the pink blender cup to school anyway because it's the only one that fits in my backpack.

Tuesday morning:
  1. I bring the blender back to Target and exchange it.
  2. I insist on testing the new one by filling the blue blender cup that comes with the blender with water, screwing the blades on, and turning it upside down. PASS! ♥
  3. I happily take the replacement blender home.

Tuesday evening: I make Doug a milkshake in the blue blender cup. Everything goes smoothly.

Wednesday afternoon:
  1. I attempt to make a milkshake in the pink blender cup. Chocolate milk spreads all over the counter. At a slower rate than before, but still unacceptable.
  2. I try the blue blender cup, and it works fine.
  3. I fill the second pink cup with water, screw the blades on, and turn it upside down over the sink. Water leaks straight through.

I've identified the problem. The blade attachment has a loose component that seems to be the piece that triggers the blender blades when you put it on the blender base. The problem is, because it's loose, there are huge gaps where liquid can leak through; you can see the gaps when you hold the blade attachment up to a light and shake it lightly. The Oster product designer who thought it was a good idea to put a loose component on something that essentially functions as the bottom of a blender needs to be fired.

Due to this loose component, the way you screw on the blender is important, but so is the threading of the blender cup. For some reason, even though the pink cups and blue cups look identical to me (except for the color, of course), the blue cup holds the blade attachment tightly enough to close off the holes (the way the designer intended), and the pink cups don't, no matter how many times I try it.

Frankly, if there were alternatives to this on the market (as in, good-looking to-go cups that work with a blender) I would have returned this entire system and sworn Oster blenders off forever. However, there aren't enough alternatives (after this debacle I'm not buying personal blenders on Amazon) so I'm stuck with this. It works great and exactly the way I want it to when the loose component locks correctly... the problem is, that loose component doesn't always lock correctly. >_<

Tomorrow (Thursday morning):
  1. Back to Target with the two pink blender cups. Also going to bring the blade attachment for step #2 below.
  2. Target's employees are going to hate me, but I'm going to insist on testing every blender cup in the store with the blender blades, because I'm a demanding consumer who wants things to work perfectly.
  3. I'm going to buy the first three extra cups that actually pass the water test.
  4. Target can take the issue up with Oster.


Date: May 1st, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleen66
I LOVE our Magic Bullet. This would fill the need for what you are looking for.

Date: May 1st, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleen66
They can only be so tall for the blending to work proper.

I think the size with the handles is perfect for smoothies and shakes. They are like "medium" sized and help you not to make too much.

I use the bullet to grind my coffee too - it can cut veggies and other things... but thats like an art form. Check out You Tube for some handy hints with it.

But honestly, for a "personal blender" it works the best.

Date: May 1st, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleen66
they have these, which still have a handle, but a flip top lid:


Or the bullet comes with one tall cup with no handle -


With the base kit, they there is one tall, and one smaller "mixing cup" and then four mugs with handles. There are also solid screw tops as well as the drinking rings.

Of course, you have to go with what works best for you, though... I'm just trying to point out some options.

Date: May 2nd, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mmmdraco
The Magic Bullet cups are about the size around of a coffee mug if that matters. It does work well, though.

Date: May 2nd, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mmmdraco
Personally, I'd go with Magic Bullet and another something to pour your contents into when you need to go out. It's still a ton easier than prepping/washing the large blender and you can run the cups through the dishwasher.

Date: May 2nd, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reppu.livejournal.com
I have the Hamilton Beach personal blender if that helps. It's upright, so it can't leak, though you do have to pay attention to how you load it. I make protein shakes, so I load it juice-base first, then greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and top it off with protein powder. Works like a charm and doesn't require stirring! I will say that it took me a couple of tries to get that formula down though, and learn to balance the liquid/solid ratio, but I really like my little blender (which I also picked up at Target, though I haven't seen them lately).

Date: May 2nd, 2013 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fantasyecho.livejournal.com
It definitely is pretty wide, which doesn't fit well into my camping chair cup holder thing (I also have the Hamilton Beach one). And well if you're going to carry these things around, might as well be stylish about it, but it does seem you're limiting your options by not wanting to have the blades in the cup. I can't really fathom how that would work in terms of design without opening up all the avenues for stuff going wrong like the problems you've been having...

Date: May 3rd, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bigmog.livejournal.com
"I make Doug a milkshake in the blue blender cup. Everything goes smoothly."

I see what you did there!

Date: May 3rd, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bigmog.livejournal.com
I inherited a 1970's era blender from my dad and it's built amazingly well. Every morning I use it to make smoothies. Carrots, celery, walnuts, prunes, apples, banana, berries, coconut, cinnamon, protein powder. Whatever I have available, it all goes in!