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Blenders Vs Juicers: Which Should You Choose?

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: January 23, 2024

Having a piece of equipment in your kitchen that whips up multiple ingredients quickly while providing you with beautiful soups, smoothies and juices at the push of a button is handy. 

However, it can feel a little tricky to decide what this piece of equipment should be… is a juicer the best bet? Or should you be choosing a blender

Blenders Vs Juicers 

It’s essential to weigh up the pros and cons of each appliance before making your choice, and fortunately, this blog will provide you with all the information you need to do just that. So please sit back, relax and let’s dive in. 

Blenders 

First up – let’s establish what a blender is. It does exactly what it says on the tin. A blender mixes all ingredients added into a liquid form to provide the consumer with a drink, soup or smoothie in a few simple presses of a button.  

Blenders come in all shapes and sizes but generally comprise the blender jar, jar lid, cap, blade cutter, o-ring seal, bottom screw-cap, drive clutch and motor. The blender jar is the large container where all ingredients are added to blend. The small cap on top of the lid provides a small opening to add ingredients or pour liquids into during the blending process.  

Pros And Cons Of Blending 

Now that we have defined a blender let’s look at the pros and cons. As mentioned, blenders like this one, use all of the ingredients added to the jar, meaning that they are a great way to reduce waste. Blenders are a great way to address this issue if you are conscious of your carbon footprint and are keen to lessen the amount of food waste you create as a household. 

By simply throwing fruits and vegetables in their entirety into the blender, you can make an impact environmentally in one easy step. Another plus point to the blending process is how the ingredients are digested in your body.  

Due to the usage of entire fruits and vegetables, the body has to work a little harder to digest the ingredients. It sounds like a negative. However,  this means energy is released more slowly throughout your day, giving you more energy for longer. Being sustained for more extended periods of the day and not having to worry about the next meal is perfect if you have a hectic schedule, a busy job or aren’t a massive fan of food and meal preparation.  Check out two healthy blender recipes here.

As well as leaving you sustained from an energy perspective, blending ingredients is also likely to leave you feeling more full precisely because all of the ingredients are incorporated to produce a denser drink or soup once blended.  

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Juicers  

Moving on to juicers – is this the choice for you? Let’s look into them in more detail. Firstly, let’s ascertain what they do and how they work. 

Juicers like this Philips model are different to blenders because they remove the juice from the fruits and vegetables you are using, so do not use the entirety of the food source.  

It can be a bit of a minefield when looking at the different types of juicers, as many have other names, and the names are somewhat technical. So let’s break it down.  

There is the centrifugal force juicer, known to be the quickest type of juicer. Then, there is the masticating juicer, a slower appliance that takes a little more time to create your drink or smoothie. 

Next up is the twin gear juicer, which is popular because it competes in the juicing process in a quiet, inoffensive way and is known to extract more nutrients from foodstuffs when compared to its other juicing counterparts. Last up, we have the juice press. This is widely regarded as the best type of juicer out there because it creates juices via a two-stage process. Firstly crushing the food and then separating and juicing what’s left.  

Pros And Cons Of Juicing  

Ok, now we have broken down how juicers work and the different types you can choose from; let’s look at the positives and negatives of this appliance.  

Firstly, as briefly mentioned above, juices tend to be easier to digest and more quickly absorbed into your system because all of the pulp has been removed from the final product. Whilst this is great in getting something nutrient-rich into your body quickly, it does mean that the energy you gain from the drink will not sustain you for quite as long as a blended product would. It is also likely you will be less full for a shorter period.  

However, the juicing process is a big plus for those who like their drinks, smoothies, and soups without any pulp. With blended products, there is no getting away from bits, seeds and skin, which can be a deal breaker for those looking for a smooth end product.  

Another plus for juicing is that you can pack lots of nutrients into one glass if you are willing to juice plenty of fruit and vegetables. In addition, as the juicer removes the pulp, there is more space in your glass for multiple flavours, foodstuffs with high nutritional value and lots of opportunities to experiment with different flavours.  


Juicer vs Blender: Decision Time 

Now you have read more about each appliance and the pros and cons of each, and I hope you are feeling clearer about which feels best for your needs.  

A survey found that blending ingredients ensured more fibre was included in the end product than when the same products were juiced. However, the same study found that juicers retained more vitamin C than blenders. 

Clearly, both appliances hold benefits from a usage perspective and from a vitamin and digestion point of view, and these bits of information are essential elements to integrate into your final decision.

  

For those who like a smoother, less bitty drink, a juicer is probably the best option. Using a juicer, the end product will slide down much more smoothly and in a less bulky fashion. However, a blender could be a better choice for those who are more conscious of the actual nutrient makeup they consume. Blenders utilise all fruits and vegetables placed inside them and often have a higher vitamin density than juiced products because nothing is left out.  

It is important to note that both offer a convenient way to create vitamin-rich food and incorporate it into your diet.  

  • Blender

    Juicer

  • Vitamins

    full range

    full range

  • Texture

    puree

    liquid

  • Pulp

    yes

    no

  • Range of recipes

    bigger

    smaller

  • Ease of use

    easy

    easier


Blenders Vs Juicers: Summing Up 

Whichever you choose – enjoy using it and make the most of adding more beneficial and healthy foods into your diet.  

Chef and Restaurant Owner Matty Riedel
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