Juicers and blenders are common kitchen appliances that often cause confusion for homeowners when deciding which to purchase. While both can perform similar tasks, there are key differences between the two appliances.
- Blenders chop everything inside and create a smooth liquid, including seeds, skin, and pith, while juicers cut pieces and extract juice, separating the skin and seeds.
- Blenders generally have more powerful motors than juicers.
- Blenders can crush ice and make smoothies, while juicers are ideal for extracting juice from citrus fruits.
A blender is designed to chop everything that is thrown inside and make a smooth liquid by creating tiny pieces of vegetables and fruits and converting them into a smoothie. Blenders have rotating blades that move quickly to chop the products, not leaving anything behind. There are hand blenders that need to be immersed in the container and operated to produce a blend of fruits or vegetables, as well as blenders with a motor at the base and a jar at the top containing the fast-moving blades. Blenders can crush ice, make mixtures, smoothies, purees, and powder solids like herbs and spices.
A juicer is used to make juices of fruits and vegetables through a process that separates pulp and seeds, providing more nutrition from the produce. Before the advent of modern electric juicers, there were reamers that required pressing the fruit over a conical center with ridges. Manual pressing and rotation of the conical center separate seeds and pulp while the juice produced goes into a container below. Electrically operated reamers later entered the market, only requiring the user to press the fruit over the conical center. The latest electric juicers are centrifugal juicers that first cut the fruit into pieces and then spin the pieces to produce juice.
Comparing the two, a blender chops products and produces a liquid with the help of fast-moving blades, leaving nothing behind and mixing in seeds, pulp, and pith. In contrast, a juicer is designed to cut pieces and extract juice, separating the skin and seeds. Blenders have much more powerful motors than juicers, and they can be hand-held or container-based. Blenders can crush ice and make smoothies, while juicers are ideal for extracting juices from citrus fruits. For example, placing whole tomatoes into a juicer would produce tomato juice without seeds and skin, while putting the same into a blender would produce a liquid of tomatoes with crushed seeds and skin.