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Bringing back the blender

The Oster 8-Speed Blender features a design that almost looks retro.

Not quite modern, not quite retro. Bed Bath and Beyond

Blenders are like toasters in that they are icons of the kitchen. As such, they enjoy a wide range of options and designs not normally reserved for simple appliances. However, a quick search reveals that--like toasters--when choosing a model design, options abound. As a result, both appliances share an interesting fate in the eyes of the consumer: the appliance needs to not only pass as a quality machine, but also make us feel as if the design transports us somewhere or to a different time. That's not to say we don't shop for other appliances based on the way they fit into our kitchen decor, but I don't recall seeing too many vintage-inspired designs for other products.

The Oster 8-Speed Blender is a blend in and of itself. Featuring a modern design reminiscent of classic beehive styling, the blender bridges the gap between past and present. The all-metal drive system ensures performance, while the eight different speed settings allow for a good range of control. The 40-ounce capacity glass jar is dishwasher-safe, while the entire assembly stands 14 inches tall. The blender, being a 450-watt machine, isn't the most powerful blender available, but at a price point of around $40, the trade-off may be worth it. Especially if you like the way it looks in your kitchen.