Design and Construction
Both the Oster Versa 1100 and 1400 are designed like traditional blenders: a blending jar connected to a motor base. Despite several similarities in their design and construction, these blenders possess key differences that help distinguish one from the other. The Oster Versa 1100’s blending jar is made from Tritan, a tough BPA-free plastic. The jar lid is symmetric and easily fits on the jar without any manipulation. The rubber seal on the lid ensures food does not spill out during blending. The blade assembly for the blending jar consists of detachable 4-point stainless steel blades designed to blend both in the forward and reverse direction. The 1100 also features an all-metal gear drive housed in its motor base and a metallic connection point between the blending jar and the base. The base itself is quite huge and sturdy, and coupled with the metallic drive guarantees the durability of the Oster Versa 1100.
The Oster Versa 1400 offers users the opportunity to choose between two BPA-free Tritan blending jars at the point of purchase: a Standard Jar or a Low-Profile Jar. While the Standard Jar is slim and tall, the Low-Profile Jar is short and fat. However, both jars are of the same capacity and choosing between them is a matter of preference and storage options. Both jars come with secure and spill-proof lids. Unlike the Oster Versa 1100, the 1400 has a non-detachable 6-point stainless steel blade assembly. The blades are not designed for alternate movement, and so, only blend in the forward direction. The 1400 is similar to the 1100 in terms of the all-metal gear drive and connection point, huge and sturdy motor base, and overall durability.
The clear plastic blending jar of the Oster Versa 1100 is fitted with a stylish red handle, the jar lid is black, and the feeder cap in the center of the lid features a red and black color combination. Apart from the red rectangular band surrounding the connection point, the motor base is a study in black. Other attachments accompanying the product also embrace this red-and-black color scheme.
The color scheme of the Oster Versa 1400 depends on the type of blending jar selected during purchase. If the Standard Jar option is chosen, users are treated to a color scheme devoid of red accents: the jar handle is clear and transparent like the rest of the jar, the lid is black, the feeder cap retains its clear plastic color, and the motor base is completely black. The Low-Profile Jar option incorporates red accents similar to the Oster Versa 1100. The jar handle is red, the lid is black, but the feeder cap is clear and transparent with no hint of color. Unlike the 1100, the 1400 Low-Profile Jar blender eschews the red band on top of the motor base, preferring to exhibit the bold red color on the feet instead.
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Blending Jar Capacity and Size
The blending jars for both the Oster Versa 1100 and 1400 have the same capacity: 64 ounces. According to most users, this jar volume is adequate for most of their blending needs. Despite having the same volume, these jars are designed somewhat differently from one another, and when placed on their respective motor bases, give the blenders varying heights. The Oster Versa 1100 blending jar and the Low-Profile blending jar of the Oster Versa 1400 are similar in design and height. Due to the low-profile nature of these jars, the blenders can be easily stored in kitchen cabinets. Alternatively, they can stored in the most accessible and convenient place; on the countertop, underneath the upper cabinets.
However, the Standard blending jar is quite a bit taller than the other two jars and makes the Oster Versa 1400 too tall to be effectively stored in the cabinet.
For both blenders, the front of the motor base serves as the control panel or interface. The Oster Versa 1100’s interface consists of several buttons and a speed dial. The dial is used to manually set the blender to the desired speed: Low, Medium, or High. The blender is designed with two preset programs or cycles: Dip/Salsa and Smoothie/Frozen Drink, and these cycles can be selected via the specified buttons on the panel. The interface also features an on/off button, a reverse button to reverse the direction of the blades in the event of clogging or air pockets, and a pulse button that serves a variety of purposes.
The Oster Versa 1400’s control panel features a speed dial that rotates between three options (Pulse, Medium, and High) and specific buttons for its three preprogrammed cycles (Smoothies, Dips/Spreads, and Soup).
Apart from its blending capabilities, the Oster Versa 1100 is capable of performing a variety of other cooking functions including mashing potatoes, making nut butters, and shredding vegetables and fruits for salads. This versatility is possible via accessories and attachments included in the product packaging. These include a food processor jar, two single-serve smoothie cups, 4-point blades for the smoothie cups, and a S-type blade and slicing/shredding disc for the food processor. The jar and cups are made from BPA-free plastic while the blades and disc are made from stainless steel and completely detachable.
The Oster Versa 1400 comes with two recipe books and a tamper. The tamper helps to push food down the jar, get rid of air pockets, and dislodge food clogging the blades, as the blender lacks the ability to reverse the direction of its blades.
Ease of Assembly
On opening the box, users of the Oster Versa 1100 would find the blender and all its attachments disassembled into its component parts. To use the blender, all these parts must be effectively coupled together. Though there is a manual included to aid the process, a lot of users claim the task is time-consuming and quite difficult. Blades have to be attached to their respective jars and cups and sealing rings have to be affixed to lids. To make matters worse, the machine must be disassembled again after each use for cleaning and storage.
Since the blades of the 1400 are permanently attached to the jar, users do not have to go through the unenviable task of coupling and decoupling. Assembly is quick, easy, and straightforward.
Cleaning the Oster Versa 1100 is a tedious task. The blender has to be disassembled into its component parts and each component cleaned thoroughly. Although these components are dishwasher safe, it is advisable to clean them manually.
Users of the 1400 do not have to spend time separating the components of the blender and can get right to cleaning.
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Power and Performance
Both blenders are named according to their power ratings. The Oster Versa 1100 has a power rating of 1100 watts while the Oster Versa 1400 is rated 1400 watts.
As expected, the 1400 is a much better blender than the 1100 performance-wise. When compared, the blended contents of the 1400 end up being smoother and more consistent than that of the 1100.
Both blenders are designed to automatically switch off when the motor becomes overloaded or overheated. A sensor on the blender base is designed to detect when the blending jar is out of alignment with the base and shut the blender down.
Both Oster Versa blenders come with a full warranty coverage spanning seven years.
Pros and Cons of the Oster Versa 1100
- Versatile due to its large number of attachments
- Alternating blades
- Dishwasher safe
- Less powerful
- Difficult to assemble and clean
Pros and Cons of the Oster Versa 1400
- More powerful
- Easy to assemble and clean
- Absence of attachments makes it easier to store
- Blades can only move in one direction
- Lacks versatility