Choose the best blender or juicer for your needs with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Blenders and juicers have different styles and features to fit your needs. They both can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle, or simply mix up some of your favorite drinks. With the help of our buyer’s guide, you can learn the difference between the two, and find the one that works best for you.
What’s the difference between blenders and juicers?
A blender uses the entirety of whatever you throw in it. You can crush up full vegetables, fruits, ice and more to make smoothies, mixed drinks and soup. Nothing goes to waste in a blender.
Juicers extract liquid from fruits and vegetables, leaving behind pulp in the appliance or in a separate container. Some argue that the extracted juice packs more essential vitamins and minerals, perfect for a healthy lifestyle. Whether you go with a blender or juicer, they’re both a great way to add more healthy vegetables and fruit to your daily diet.
Types of Blenders
Hand Blenders – A hand blender is used for blending in a pot or bowl. It’s great for mixing soups or ingredients that won’t fit in a traditional blender. Plus, you can easily store it in a drawer, freeing up counter space.
Full-Size Blenders – A full-size blender is perfect if you’re making drinks or smoothies for multiple people. They also work well if you need to blend larger ingredients. Just keep in mind that they can take up counter space. They also can have pretty powerful motors, that can get loud when in use.
Single Serve Blenders – If you want to make a single smoothie or a small cup of soup, a single serve blender is a great choice. Some single serve blenders even come with a to-go cup option. Simply mix everything in the blender, pop off the blending cup, throw on a lid and you’re ready to go.
Blender Features to Keep in Mind
Some blenders have powerful motors that easily demolish ice and tough veggies and fruit. On the other hand, if you try to blend up hard food or ice with a blender that doesn’t have a strong enough motor, you can actually burn out the motor. If you plan on making a lot of frozen drinks or smoothies, or plan on using your blender regularly, go with a more powerful motor.
If you plan on blending a variety of foods–think soup, salsa, smoothies–go with a blender that has multiple speed settings. You’ll see blenders with options that can include puree, pulse and more.
Types of Juicers
Centrifugal Extractors – These juicers use centrifugal force to spin fruits and vegetables against a grater or strainer. The extracted juice comes out of a spout, while the pulp is separated into a different container or stays inside the juicer.
Masticating Juicers – Often called “slow juicers,” masticating juicers compress fruit and vegetables to squeeze the juice out of them. You’ll be left with dryer pulp because more juice is squeezed out.
Steam Juicers – A steam juicer uses steam to extract juice from fruit and sometimes vegetables. It’s typically used for canning juice, not for immediate consumption.
Juicer Features to Keep in Mind
If you want to only juice fruits and vegetables, a centrifugal juicer will do the job. If you plan on extracting kale, spinach and other leafy ingredients, you’ll want to invest in a masticating juicer. Multiple speed settings can help you juice everything from grapes to tougher ingredients, like root vegetables.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find blenders and juicers from top kitchen brands like Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid and Ninja. Plus, you can stock your whole kitchen with our variety of small kitchen appliances. From starting your morning with a cup of coffee from a coffee maker to snacking on a bowl of popcorn from a popcorn popper, we have you covered. For more tips on everything for your kitchen, visit our In the Kitchen blog.