Juicer vs Blender: Which is Right for Your Needs?

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The Juicer:

While a juicer will help you get the most out of your veggies with minimal effort, it does have some downsides that you should be aware of before deciding to buy.

First, a juicer is limited in what it can make. While you can technically whip up something in a juicer, it's generally not recommended due to the low liquid content.

If all you're really after is a veggie juice, you're going to get the most benefits from juicing fresh veggies. This is the biggest perk of juicers.

You'll get more fresh veggies in a glass of juice than you would by munching away on the veggies themselves.

Where a juicer shines is in its ability to extract every possible drop of juice from veggies. This makes it the perfect setup for someone who's watching their weight.

Sugar counts are much higher in juice than they are in smoothies, so if your goal is to lose weight, you shouldn't have juice for breakfast.

You can also get more fresh veggies in juice, which is good because fresh veggies are better for you than frozen or canned veggies.

If you juice your own veggies, you'll know exactly what's in them, so you can ensure you're getting the nutrients you need more easily.

The Blender:

Not only does the blender generally work better with a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, most blenders can come with double-duty blades that can chop ice into snow.

When using the blades that can chop ice, I always add some water and blend the mixture until it is a bit slushy. It takes the snowball effect off the ice and prevents ice-crystals from forming.

Although I prefer my grandmother’s battered KitchenAid mixer, I also like blenders for their functionality. Although I don’t use it as often, I get the job done without much hassle.

What other impressive feat does a blender have compared to a juicer?

Because suction is not used when operating a blender, it can make smoothies, soups, milkshakes, purees, pates, and nut and seed butter.

If you like to have a variety smoothie every morning, a blender is a must. Aside from peanut butter, you can make your own vegan butter, put a spin on hummus by turning it into a creamy dip, and create a milkshake out of pretty much any kind of fruit out there.

If you’re just starting to cook vegetarian meals after a meat-heavy life, a blender is a great tool to transition into it.

A Must-Have For Gardeners:

When it comes to making breakfast in the morning, I’ll take a smoothie over cereal any day of the week. That’s where my inexpensive blender comes in handy!

You may even have one already, but just in case you don’t have one yet, I’m going to tell you about the best blender that I’ve found so far.

The best blender is the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender.

I've used a blender in the past, but I've never had one that was so powerful that it could crush ice, and grind coffee beans, without leaving any clumps behind. I was always afraid of making this investment in the past because of this problem. But lo and behold, this little blender has become my new best friend.

For those of you who are probably wondering how I might fill up all this time in my house, let me tell you- I don’t.

Fitness:

What is Your Fitness Goal?

Many people can be confused about which to use, a blender or a juicer. The benefits of a blender and juicer are both well-documented, but they can also be easily misunderstood. If you are on the right track for your fitness goals, you choose the best juicer for your needs.

Both juicing and blending remove the fiber from your food.

The benefits of fiber in fruit and vegetable intake have long been studied. Fiber gives you a nutritionally superior meal.

Juice Benefits:

Whole food juicing is touted for detox and cleansing. Sharp, intense flavors of squash, beets and apples, pears, cucumbers and melons can cause the liver to release more bile, and increase the effectiveness of that enzymes to detoxify the body.

Juiced protein powders add quick-and-easy protein to your diet.

Juicer benefits don’t mean you cannot juice fruits and vegetables that are not sweet. Fresh vegetable juices are the main juicing product.

Blending Benefits:

When your goal is weight loss, you can blend fruits and vegetables. There are few weight loss juicing diets out there, but there are some blending diets. Blenders work very well for weight loss.

Nuts, seeds, and beans can be ground up into flour, paste, or butter for cooking.

Versatility:

When and Where?

Choosing a machine that is perfect for your needs can be frustrating. The problem with both a juicer and a blender is that they are both very versatile. Choosing one means you had to give up something else. Both a juicer and a blender can be used to make fruit salad, sauces, dips, soup, spreads, jams, and much more.

While a juicer can juice fruits that a blender cannot, such as wheatgrass, a blender can blend ingredients that a juicer cannot, like ice, nuts, seeds, and whole fruits and vegetables. Despite the fact that you will not get the same end product from both a juicer and a blender, each can create a product that will work for you.

Noise

Here is where you will see a major perk to choosing a juicer over a blender. While there are whisper quiet blenders on the market, they are not the norm. Most blenders make about 80 decibels of noise while running at high speed. Juicers on the other hand, only operate at about 70% of that noise level.

Storage:

Blenders take up way less space than juicers. They are often countertop appliances and only need a small place in your kitchen. There are compact blenders that can fit into a cabinet so they are not in the way at all. They are also smaller, lighter, cheaper, and easier to clean than juicers.

Easier To Store: If you plan on slicing it up, storing it, and heating it later, a blender is a better option. It’s easier to see the remaining food in a blender than it is in a juicer so you’ll always know exactly how much you have left.

Warranty: Most blenders come with a warranty, so you are not risking your money if you’re not sure you want a juicer. Juicers tend to be more expensive than blenders but you won’t know if it’s worth it until you try it.

Durable: Blenders can crush ice. So if you use your blender a lot, you should consider getting one that is more durable than a simple, cheap one. Blenders are very simple and are not made with the best quality materials so be sure to buy a quality product.

Cleaning:

The cleaning process will vary depending on the type of juicer you have, but most juicers are easy to clean.

You’re looking at spending a total of around 3 minutes cleaning the juicer, with 30 seconds to take care of the sieve and equipment, and 2 minutes to take care of the fruit and wipe everything away.

Always use a little brush to try and get any pulp out of the sieve before it gets down to the strainer.

This process shouldn’t be done during the juicing process because that can slow things down and you also want to get the juice out as quickly as is possible.

Our Favorite Models:

{1}. Hamilton Beach 6590A Big Mouth Juicer
{2}. Breville BJE200XL Juice Fountain Cold
{3}. Citrus Juicer
{4}. Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite
{5}. Black & Decker CJ625SIL Juicer Extractor
{6}. Black & Decker JE2200B Juicer
{7}. Hamilton Beach 74250J 8.5-Cup Food Processor
{8}. Magic Bullet
{9}. Oster 8-Cup Food Processor

Conclusion:

Juicer or Blender – Which is Right for Your Needs?

Both juicers and blenders serve their purpose. I use both drinking fresh vegetable juices and blending smoothies.

It’s very important to invest in a good tool to extract the juice from the fruits and vegetables.

Watery and low quality juice or extra pulp and fibre can be obtained with both tools. Juicer is definitely a lot more expensive and harder to clean than your everyday kitchen blender.

Using juicer will leave you with excess pulp and fibrous matter. However, some juicers will have a pulp-separating auger to avoid some waste.

Blenders will not strain the excess fibres, but you’ll end up with a pulp at the bottom.

The amount of extra fibres and matter depends not only on your choice of juicer or blender, but also on the chosen fruit or vegetable.

For example, kale leaves cannot be juiced in juicer, they must be blended.

Some recipes call for blending fruits or vegetables. It’s obvious that you should not do this in a juicer.

If you only want to drink vegetable juice once or twice a day and don’t like the extra fibres, you might choose a blender.

If you drink vegetable juice every day, blenders are less appealing.