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A look at the Sunbeam Oskar Original Food Processor and it’s modern day alternatives
Here’s the deal:
1983 was a big year, and a lot of important things happened back then, but one of the most important events was the release of the OSKAR.
The food processor market had been all but dominated by names like Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach for what seemed forever, but then the Sunbeam Oskar changed everything the world thought it knew about blenders.
Why the hype?
Well Sunbeam’s Original Oskar Food Processor actually got a lot of home cooks interested in blenders. It’s a machine made with newbies in mind, and those who simply refuse to have a whale of a blender sitting on their kitchen tops.
The Pros of the Sunbeam Oskar
- It’s smaller than most other blenders and food processors
- It’s easy to clean
- It’s very affordable
- It’s easy to use
In the words of Sunbeam’s Directors:
“The Oskar is a friendly processor that doesn’t require you to go to gourmet cooking school to use it”
It’s all in the Name:
Oskar is an acronym for Outstanding. Superior. Kitchen. All-Rounder.
It seems like Sunbeam was definitely targeting home cooks who had never used a food processor before. I wish I could just give those guys a pat on the back because man did they nail it! But I suppose there is a downside to all man-made things right?
The Cons of the Sunbeam Oskar
- Because it’s so small, the Oskar is very limited to how much it can chop and shred.
- It just doesn’t measure up to what today’s high-speed blenders are capable of.
Since you’re probably not going to find a Sunbeam Oskar Original Food Processor on the market today (well at least not a new one in any case) I decided to show you what your alternatives are.
Best Modern Alternatives to the Sunbeam Oskar Original Food Processor
1. Black and Decker FP1600B
This high capacity food processor is great for mincing, chopping, dicing, slicing and grating fruits and veggies. It has an 8 cup capacity bowl, which is really more than enough to get prep done. The durable, BPA-free bowl sports a continuous-flow feed pusher and chute, which I really appreciate. I love the fact that it comes with 2 settings, on and pulse, which is enough to get a variety of tasks done.
- It has a big bowl
- It comes with a stainless steel chopping blade and reversible slicing disk
- The big chute is great
- It’s loud!
- Removing the lid before you can take out the bowl is a pain
2. Ninja Master Prep
I’ve got a lot to say about the Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender, but for now let me just quickly sum it up. It’s a professional-grade blender and chopper that’ll easily tackle frozen blending. It’s sturdy as hell and doesn’t have loose parts that’ll start rattling and rolling any time soon. It sports an interchangeable 400-watt power pod (with 2 conveniently sized bowls), which is totally unique, plus it also has a non-slip base for added safety.
- It’ll do frozen blending
- The bowls have anti-spill designs to keep mess at a minimum, plus they come with lids so you can use them for storage too.
- It has an interchangeable 400-watt power pod
- It only comes with a pulse function
- It comes with a very short warranty (1 year)
3. Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor
For chopping, grinding, slicing and dicing, I love recommending the DLC-2ABC from Cuisinart. It looks great, it’s made with durability in mind and it’s fitted with parts that’ll probably never let you down in the kitchen. It comes with patented reversible steel blades that are sharp, durable and driven by a powerful 250-watt motor. The 3-cup BPA-free plastic bowl is just big enough to get prep done with a breeze and the simple operation is something I always appreciate.
- It looks great
- It’s very versatile
- It’s easy to use
- I wish the bowl had been a little bigger
- Compared to the Ninja, the motor is a little weak, but then again, this is not a full-scale food processor right?
So I’ve shown you why people ranted over the Sunbeam Oskar Original Food Processor, and I’ve also shown you 3 great alternatives to the Oskar, which should do what the Oskar could and so much more. They’re all still small enough not to intimidate newbies and powerful enough to get prep done STAT.
Coming up next I’ll be giving you a great in-depth review of the Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender before I move on to my thoughts about the KitchenAid 9-and-12 Cup Food Processor 5-Disc Set, so don’t miss it!