The Good The Oster Beehive has a classic look. It doesn't leak, and can do the basics if you give it a push.
The Bad This was the worst performer of the blenders we've tested. The squared-off jar keeps it from cycling through foods on its own, meaning you'll need to stir frequently.
The Bottom Line The Oster Beehive is a subpar blender, both lagging behind other budget models and falling short of its classic namesake.
The Oster Beehive Blender gets stung by lackluster performance
Sometimes, the classics should be left in peace. Case in point: the Oster Beehive blender, a 21st century version of the original 1940s Osterizer. The old version was built like a tank with a metal base and a rounded jar designed to cycle food toward the blades. This new one aims to mirror the original's retro simplicity and sleekness, but that illusion of a classic reborn fades quickly: The chrome-colored base is actually plastic, and the jar has been squared off so it no longer actually looks like a beehive.
I have no idea why they squared off the container. It doesn't make it easier to handle or more visually appealing than any rounded model we have in the office, and it hinders the blender's ability to cycle through foods while working. In fact, the Oster Beehive needs assistance completing even basic tasks like smoothies, and you can forget about any food-processing levels of multitasking. It failed all of our stress tests.
Even at $60, the Oster Beehive is less sturdy than its classic namesake, and less capable than any other modern blender we've tested. If you're looking for a budget blender, consider the $40 instead.