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.