Which one should you buy, a blender or a juicer? What are their differences?
We don’t always want to eat our fruits and veggies in the form of salads. Thankfully, our inventors have figured out all kinds of machines to help us enjoy the vitamins and nutrients from fruits and veggies in the fastest and tastiest ways possible.
Being the creative minds they are, the engineers have made so many kinds of processors that it’s a headache to even distinguish between them from the look sometimes.
They do so for a reason, and this article aims to explain at least the most important part of it for you. It analyses the differences among the two most popular fruit and vegetable processors on the market: the blender and the juicer.
If you are trying to decide if it is a blender or a juicer you’re in need of, you will find the answer here.
A blender, as the name suggests, blends everything you feed it with. It makes smoothies out of fruits like banana, strawberries, tomato, coconut, or avocado.
Blenders are great for the leafy greens too: their sharp blades have no problem turning the soft green leaves into liquid.
As it doesn’t remove the pulp, a blender keeps all the fiber in the fruits and vegetables. This fiber helps aid the natural digestion process and prevent constipation by keeping waste moving through your intestines.
Because it is fibrous, it takes your body longer time to absorb all of the nutrients from the smoothie a blender makes. The sustained release of energy makes you feel full for a longer time.
A blender works fast – its sharp blades spin for at least 10,000 rounds per minute. The normal speed is 20,000 to 29,000 rpm in most modern blenders. The high speed translates to quick time for your drink to get ready. It also means, however, that heat will build up easily. The higher temperature accelerates oxidation, which destroys some of the nutrients in your drink.
Blenders are extremely affordable. It’s very easy to find a good blender for under $100. Some famous blender brands are NutriBullet, Vitamix, Oster, Breville, and Hamilton Beach.
A juicer extracts juice from fruits or veggies and removes the pulp. The result is a juice that is low in fiber, but rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It is easy on your digestive system, and is extremely quick and easy to absorb into the bloodstream.
Juicers can process most fibrous produce, including as carrots, apples, celery, ginger, kale, spinach, and even wheatgrass.
However, some types of juicers are better at processing leafy greens than the others.
Different types of juicers also work at very different speeds. Fast juicers, or centrifugal juicers, can spin as fast as a blender to cut the produce and extract the juice. Slow or masticating juicers, meanwhile, work at several hundred rounds a minute, squeezing the produce to extract juice.
The price range is very large for different kinds juicers. A good fast juicer can be found at about $70 – $150, while most masticating juicers are priced at several hundred dollars. The most popular brands for juicers include Breville, Omega, Hamilton Beach, Black and Decker, and Kuvings, among others.
Overall, the major differences between a blender and a juicer can be summarized in this table:
|Blends and mixes juice and pulp||Extract juice, remove/reduce fiber|
|Makes smoothie||Makes low-fiber juice|
|Sustained release of energy||Fast release of energy|
|Suitable for soft watery fruits/veggies||Suitable for hard and soft fruits and veggies|
|$30 - $100||$40 - $2000|
|Best Blenders on the Market||Best Juicer on the Market|
Now that you know the differences between the two fruit and veggie processors, which one is the right one to buy?
If you are aiming to mainly improve your digestive health with fiber, a blender is the best candidate. Enjoy making delicious smoothies with berries, bananas, and avocados.
For fresh juices to boost your energy and nourish your body quickly with lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, a juicer would be a better choice.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a blender and a juicer together if your budget and your countertop allow that.