Blenders, Food processors and Juicers – Helpful Kitchen Appliances
When it comes to kitchen appliances, most people don’t know the difference between a food processor, a blender and a juicer. Before we discuss the types of blenders in the market, it is important you know the differences of these kitchen appliances so you can make a wise purchasing decision.
I have given a detailed info on each of them so you can pick the right one suited for your needs. All of these appliances save you time and energy in the kitchen.
Blenders are best suited for smoothie or nut butters. They liquefy ingredients in a few minutes and this includes harder foods like vegetables, fruits, oats, nuts and ice. If you are one of those people that love homemade smoothies, then you are required to buy a blender than a juicer or a food processor.
A blender is the kitchen appliance that offers the healthiest way to have your veggies etc; it blends the fiber and skin so you don’t end up losing any nutrients.
You get to enjoy super foods more easily when they are blend and are packed with vitamins, healthy nutrients and antioxidants.
Besides blending fruits and veggies, blenders can be used to prepare purees from nuts, make creamy soups, prepare creams, prepare pesto or vegetable milk and even crush ice.
Before buying a blender, there are considerations to take which will be discussed later on. Do you want a heavy duty blender or a personal blender? Will you be using it frequent or occasional?
Factors to Consider when buying a Blender
Size; Are you looking for a personal blender or a commercial blender serving many people? You should put into consideration how many people you will be making smoothie for before buying a blender.
Personal blenders are usually small in size compared to heavy duty or commercial blenders. If you like making parties, go for a heavy duty blender.
Blenders with more feature and function; some blenders have juicer and chopper attachment. A blender with juicer attachment is an added advantage in that you won’t need to buy a separate juicer for making your juices.
The type of blenders with chopper attachment function like a food processor and so you will not required to buy one. They will have enough power to chop hard foods and will come with chopper bowl.
Blender with food processor attachment will automatically impress you and save you money of buying more kitchen appliances. A point to note is that; always make sure these attachments are actually working and can be detachable before buying.
Jug; there are glass jug blenders and plastic jug blenders. Glass jug is easy to clean internally and most double as detachable cup where you can consume your smoothie straight from it saving you time to look and clean another cup to use
Lid; When buying your blender, check if the lid is tight to prevent ingredients from spilling while blending.
Base; It is advisable to buy a blender with metal base so it can be stable when blending is going on. Plastic base lack the weight that is needed to stabilize a blender and so it rattles when blending and this creates inconveniences as you are forced to slow it down.
Power; The higher the power, the quicker the blending will be. 250 watts power is enough for a personal blender, same with 350 watts etc for normal blending. For commercial blenders, go for higher power.
Types of Blenders and their Uses
Hand held blender, stick blender or immersion blender
Hand held blender, also called stick blender or immersion blender is a stick like appliance with blades that you immerse in your bowl with ingredients that you want to blend. As the name suggest, you need to hold it in order to make your smoothies.
It does not have a fixed jug and body and this makes it more mobile. This version of blender is much cheaper compared to the other types of blenders. However, it requires more efforts to use it and even bend it onto the corners of your bowl in order to reach food.
Best Stick Blender
Cuisinart Hand Blender or Cuisinart Stick Blender
|- cuisinart stick blender features 2 speeds; low and high
-Its motor power is 200 watts
-the hand held design is able to reach bowls, pots and pitchers
-has 3 year warranty
- Cuisinart hand blender Comes with a 2 cup beaker
Immersion blenders or hand held blenders can further be categorized as;
a. Corded Immersion blenders
Corded immersion blenders are purchased with a power cord that will limit your movement. However, lacking batteries make them lightweight. This type of immersion blenders are the common type.
b. Cordless Immersion blender
This is a cordless immersion blender that uses a battery to power them. It will offer you flexible handling as you can use it anywhere in the kitchen. Some could be a little heavier to lift and have limited operating time. However, most use a rechargeable battery.
c. Heavy Duty Immersion blender
This is an immersion blender used in professional kitchens. It is usually bigger and made of good quality materials. It usually performs harder tasks when compared to other immersion blenders. It usually processes larger amounts of foods because it is powerful.
2. Jar/ jug blenders or Countertop blenders
This is a blender with a fixed jar or jug. One places it on the top of a counter and are a bit heavier than immersion blenders.
They not only blend soft foods but are capable of blending harder ones and can be used too for grinding, chopping, mixing and pureeing.
Jug or countertop blenders are further classified into;
a. Personal Blenders or Portable Blenders
The most arguments about this type of blenders is that they are small, easy to operate, clean, cheap and easy to carry from home to your working place.
Some of the jars of these personal blenders have been designed to be used as a smoothie cup hence ideal for someone who travels and would like to take personal blender with them.
Personal blenders are surely a great way to maintain your healthy living and at the same time to enjoy your favorite healthy drink and smoothie.
You can blend lots of recipes using this portable blender. After using Amazons best blender for 2 years now, and then analyzing other 10 models by testing, I can confidently recommend the best personal blenders on the market.
Best Personal Jug Blenders
Oster Blender-The Oster® Blend-N-Go® My Blend® Blender
|-Has 250 watt blade
-The Oster® Blend-N-Go® My Blend® Blender crushes ice nicely with 400 watts
-Has travel sport bottle that doubles as a water bottle or serving jar
Oster blender is Dishwater safe
-Cord length is 16”
- Oster blender is good for smoothies, café frappes and protein shakes
-3 year satisfaction guarantee
2. Bella Blender- BELLA Personal Size Rocket Blender
|-Has 240 watt power
-Bella blender has stainless steel blending blade & grinding blade for pulverizing dry foods.
-Has additional accessories that are dishwasher safe; 1 tall blending cup, another short one, 2 shaker tops,2 lids,1 drinking cup and 2 comfort lip rings.
-Bella blender can mix, chop, blend, whip & more.
-Sleek& attractive blender
-Can handle vegetables, nuts, fruits, spices and coffee beans.
b. Smoothie Jug Blenders
Smoothie blenders are mostly designed to make smoothies and soups. They blend nutritious drinks that will boost your immune system and at the same time you get to enjoy a drink with your preferred ingredients.
Best Smoothie Jug Blenders
|-Vitamix 6300 is a powerful kitchen equipment with 3 pre programmed settings
-It makes hot soup, smoothie and frozen dessert recipes
-Vitamix 6300 lets you have control of speed, you can make smooth puree or chunky salsas with variable speed control
-Has 64 ounce container for large servings too
-Make natural nut butter with Vitamix 6300
-Cord is 6 ft with stainless steel cutting blades
2. Oster beehive- Oster 4093 Classic Beehive Blender
|-Oster beehive blender has 600 watts ice crushing power
-Has toggle switch that controls 2 speeds
-Its dishwasher safe glass jar has 5 cups capacity
-Oster blender has stainless steel
-1 year warranty
-Perfectly makes smoothies, sauces, soups and nuts
c. Heavyduty Blender -Commercial Heavy Duty Jug Blenders
Commercial heavy duty jug blenders are specifically designed for professional use. They are usually big, heavy and powerful for multiple purposes and perform large tasks unlike personal blenders.
Best Heavyduty Blender/Best Commercial Blender
|-This is a very powerful blender with 1800 watt motor and 3 horsepower
-Cleanblend blender has 64 ounce container
-Has 8 blade assembly that are stainless
-Cleanblend has tamper wand for processing of nut butter, soups and ice creams
-Makes hummus too in minutes
-Great for green smoothie or protein mix
Its official, everybody needs a juicer in this era. This is because most juices in the shops are getting less nutritious and fresh by the day.
It is therefore important to own a juicer that will meet all your needs especially to all those patients that need to boosts their immune systems.
A juicer separates the liquid and the fiber from fruits and vegetables. This results in a juice that is easy to drink.
Juicers ensures you adhere to a healthy lifestyle while at the same time you consume your favorite or recommended fruits and vegetables in the form that makes them easy to swallow, example being carrots that are needed for healthy eyes.
Juicers are further categorized into fast juicers/centrifugal juicers and slow juicers/cold press juicer/masticating juicer.
Best Juicer on the Market- Kuvings whole slow juicer review
Kuvings Juicer-kuvings wide mouth slow juicer
|-Has a wide mouth so no precutting when feeding kuvings juicer
-Features slow speed to preserve nutrients and extract more juice, reducing noise emission.
-has a 240w motor
-Kuvings juicers comes with a cleaning tool set, recipe book and smart cup
-Easy clean, easy assembly system
-Kuvings juicer has 10 year limited warranty
-Its made in Korea
A food processor is an energy and time saving kitchen appliance. It chops, grates, shreds and slice foods that are difficult to do by hands or take time to prepare.
You can have a look at this link where much has been discussed on food processors.
They are less powerful than juicers or blenders because they don’t pulverize foods to liquids.