Both juicers and blenders create delicious, healthy drinks and have steadily grown in popularity in the world of healthy eating. However, while they have similar functions, they also have distinct differences that will change the consistency, taste and nutritional value of your drink.
In this blog, Innoteck explores the differences between juicers and blenders, including their functions, benefits, and drawbacks. So you can make an informed purchasing decision and get started on making drinks that are as tasty as they are healthy. Keep reading to find out which appliance is right for your individual tastes and preferences.
Difference Between A Juicer And A Blender
There are a few differences between these handy kitchen appliances. Below we will look at what each appliance does before summarising the differences between them so that you can have a complete understanding of blenders, juicers, and what you can expect from each.
What Does A Juicer Do?
A juicer, quite simply, extracts the juice from fruits and vegetables. It does this by separating the juice from the pulp and fibres of the fresh produce so that only the liquid is left.
There are different types of juicers available in the market, but they all work in one of two ways to process fruits and vegetables: centrifugal or masticating.
Centrifugal juicers have a rapidly spinning blade that chops the produce into fine pieces. These pieces are then pressed against a strainer by the force of centrifugal motion. This separates the juice from the pulp and fibres, and the juice is collected in a container. (Our Innoteck Blender and Juicer set uses a centrifugal mechanism).
Masticating juicers, on the other hand, crush the produce with a slow-moving screw or auger, which presses the juice out of the fruit or vegetable. The juice is then collected in a container, while the pulp and fibrous material becomes food waste and are expelled through a separate outlet.
Juice extractors can be used to make vegetable juice, fresh fruit juice, or a mixture of both.
Centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers both create a convenient and easy-to-digest way of accessing the health benefits of fruit and vegetables and are very popular for these reasons.
What Does A Blender Do?
A blender, compared to a juicer, is a versatile kitchen appliance that can blend, mix, puree, or emulsify food and liquids. Countertop blenders have a container to hold ingredients and motorised blades that, you guessed it, blend ingredients together.
A blender works by creating a vortex that pulls the ingredients toward the blades as the motor spins the blades at high speeds. As the blades chop and blend the ingredients, the liquid becomes smooth and homogeneous. The sharp blades use very high speeds to blend tricky ingredients like frozen fruit, baby food, nut butters, leafy greens and more.
Blenders can be used for a much wider range of tasks than a juicer. These tasks include:
- Making smoothies, shakes, and juices
- Pureeing soups and sauces
- Grinding nuts, seeds, and grains
- Crushing ice for cocktails or smoothies
Overall, blenders are essential kitchen appliances that can be used for a variety of tasks.
Summary Of Blender Or Juicer
So, both blenders and juicers are excellent kitchen appliances that are used to prepare nutritious and delicious drinks and smoothies. However, the differences are seen in their functions as well as their outcomes.
A juicer separates the juice from the pulp and fibres of fruits and vegetables, producing a smooth, nutrient-dense liquid. In contrast, a blender blends all the ingredients together, producing a thicker and more fibrous mixture that includes all parts of the produce. Juicers are ideal for extracting the maximum amount of nutrients from produce, while blenders are better suited for making smoothies and drinks that include the whole produce.
If you prefer juice without pulp or textures, then a juicer is the right choice for you. If you’re a fan of smoothie consistency and fibre, a blender is the best option. And if you like the sound of both, invest in our 3-in-1 juicer and blender set.