Juicer Vs Blender: The Definitive Guide
What’s the difference between juicing and blending? This question gets asked often by people who are trying decide whether they need to buy a blender or a juicer. Does one produce a healthier drink than the other? Do they both do basically the same thing? The Juicer vs Blender issue has caused a lot of confusion and has led a lot of people to believe that these two kitchen appliances are actually the same thing. But the truth is, they’re not.
I’ve put together a complete guide to help you see the benefits of both, and give you an idea of what the best blenders and juicers on the market are.
Top 10 Juicers and Blenders
Top 10 Blenders
|Vitamix 5200||1380||$$$$||4.6||Buy Now|
|Blendtec TB-621-20||1560||$$$$||4.4||Buy Now|
|Ninja BL660||1000||$$||4.4||Buy Now|
|Montel Williams Health Master Elite||1200||$$||3.5||Buy Now|
|Waring Pro MX1000R||400||$$$||4.4||Buy Now|
|Hamilton Beach 58148 Power Elite||700||$||4.1||Buy Now|
|Oster BVCB07-Z||600||$||4.2||Buy Now|
|KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender||600||$$||3.8||Buy Now|
|Breville Hemisphere Control BBL605XL||750||$$||4.3||Buy Now|
|Oster 4093-008 Beehive ||600||$||3.8||Buy Now|
Top 10 Juicers
|Jack Lalanne's JLSS||Centrifugal||$$||3.5||Buy Now|
|Breville JE98XL||Centrifugal||$$||4.5||Buy Now|
|Breville BJE200XL||Centrifugal||$$||4.5||Buy Now|
|Hamilton Beach 67601||Centrifugal||$||4.2||Buy Now|
|Omega VRT350||Masticating||$$$||4.2||Buy Now|
|Omega J8006||Masticating||$$$||4.6||Buy Now|
|Juiceman JM400 Juiceman Jr.||Centrifugal||$||3.2||Buy Now|
|Black & Decker JE2200||Centrifugal||$||3.8||Buy Now|
|Hurom HU-100||Masticating||$$$$||4||Buy Now|
|Super Angel All Stainless Steel 5500||Twin||$$$$||5.5||Buy Now|
How Juicers Work
Juicing is all the rage today. With more and more people trying to live healthier lifestyles, juicing offers a quick and convenient way to get all the nutrients and freshness from fruits and veggies. But how do juicers work?
Juicers work by extracting all of the juice from the fruit or vegetable you put in it. It ONLY EXTRACTS THE JUICE. So things like the pulp and fiber are completely removed, leaving nothing but the juice left for you to gulp down.
Juicing allows for all of the nutrients to be broken down and absorbed into your body quicker, which is what makes the whole “juicing diet” effective. Your body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest all the good stuff, and you’re able to absorb more of it. So in other words, juicers extract all of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in fruits and vegetables, and leaves behind everything else.
There are 4 types of juicers:
- Triturating Juicers
- Centrifugal Juicers
- Masticating Juicers
Reamers are those little handheld juicers that require you to basically squeeze out all the juice against the reamer. I use mine to squeeze lemon juice for lemonade.
Triturating juicers, also known as Twin Juicers, are a little less well known, particularly to non-juicing enthusiasts. What separates Triturating juicers from the other types is their mechanics. They have two interlocking augers, whereas others only have one. What this means is that they juice a little slower, and allow you to get all the pulp out of your juice.
Not only can you make juices with Triturating juicers, you can also use them to make butter, pastas, frozen yogurt (FROYO!), and other snacks like baby food. Lastly, they prevent oxidation of your juices. Oxidation is what causes juices to go bad and lose their nutrients when you leave them in the fridge, which means you usually have to drink it right away. With Triturating juicers, you won’t have that problem. Your juice will stay fresh and packed with nutrients for days in the fridge.
Centrifugal juicers are the most popular type of juicers. They’re the upright machines you usually see sold in stores. They’re more cost effective than their masticating counterpart. The difference between centrifugal and masticating juicers is that centrifugal ones have spinning teeth/blades that you drop your fruit/vegetable into.
The produce gets shredded up into a pulp-like mixture, and the juicer extracts the juice from this and comes out of a spout for you to drink. The leftover pulp is collected into a container so it can be thrown out, or added into the juice if you’re into pulpy juice. They work great for soft fruits and vegetables, but don’t work as well with dark leafy greens like spinach or kale.
The downside to centrifugals is that you have to drink the juice from them right after you make it because it will start losing the nutrients pretty quickly.
Last but not least is the Masticating juicer. They are typically horizontal, They have a tube with an auger inside. You push your produce through this tube and the juicer crushes and squeezes it all up, separating the fiber from the nutrients.
Unlike centrifugal juicers, the masticating ones can juice pretty much any type of produce, including dark leafy greens. Not only that, but the juice stays good for a long time.
Because of all the benefits masticating juicers offer, they’re more expensive than the other types. But for the quality you get, the price is usually well worth it.
How Blenders Work
Blenders are used to make smoothies. That’s the fundamental difference between blenders and juicers. You can make other things with blenders besides smoothies, but I’ll get into that a little later. Smoothies are thicker than juicers, and usually have a lot more texture to them.
Unlike juicers, blenders don’t remove any of the fiber in the fruits or vegetables you put in it. That might sound like a negative since the removal of fiber is what helps the nutrients in juices spread through your body faster. But fiber is a necessary nutrient that helps clear out your colon. That’s why a lot of older people tend to eat high fiber cereals, it helps keep them regular.
Fiber also helps smoothies be more filling than juices. Those protein shake meal replacements you see in stores and supplement shops rely on fiber and protein to help you stay full even though you’ve only had one drink. Another benefit of fiber in smoothies is that it helps your body absorb sugar slower. The fruits you put in smoothies won’t give you a sugar spike, assuming that you’re using real fruit and not loading it with ice cream or sugary yogurts.
So how exactly do blenders work? The graphic below gives you a good visual of the process of blending a strawberry smoothie.
The easiest way to describe how a blender works is to think of a tornado. Blenders create a vortex when the blades at the bottom start whirling around. The liquids you put into the blender and the air create a vacuum, that sucks up all of the ingredients (like strawberries) into the blade where it’s chopped up and liquified.
For more details on the technical aspects of how a blender works, check out this article.
The great thing about blenders is that you’re not only limited to making smoothies. Due to the mechanics of blenders, you can use it to make:
- Hot soups
- Baby food
- Salad dressing
As you can see, blenders are extremely versatile, and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. But in order to really take advantage and make all these different foods, you need to invest in a high quality blender.
The Best Blender- The Vitamix
There really aren’t too many blenders on the market that can compete with the Vitamix. Gwyneth Paltrow raved about the high power blender in her cook book, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. Oprah featured it in her annual “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list in 2011. And it’s the highest rated blender on Amazon. To put it simple, you can’t lose with the Vitamix.
The Vitamix is so outrageously powerful that it blends all the ingredients within a matter of seconds and makes it extremely smooth. There’s nothing worse than a smoothie full of ice and fruit chunks!
The price will probably scare you a little. But my belief is that it’s better to invest in 1 awesome blender than 10 crappy ones. This bad boy is durable, the parts last an EXTREMELY long time, and if anything breaks, you get a 7 year warranty.
That’s my 2 cents on the Vitamix, and I highly recommend it. But you can always check out my blender reviews for other options.
Watch the Vitamix in action below:
Blender or Juicer?
The million dollar question! Should you go with a blender or a juicer? My honest opinion is that you should have one of each in your kitchen. Both have their own unique benefits that you can’t really get with the other.
Both are great for making healthy drinks and eating a healthy diet. If you’re trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, juices and smoothies made with all natural ingredients will give you a convenient way of getting it done.
If you’re looking to choose one or the other, you have to ask yourself whether you want more juices, or more smoothies. If you’re going on a juicing diet, then you’re going to go with a juicer. If you want something to make protein shakes or complete meal replacements, then a blender will probably be the better option.
Can I use a blender to make juice?
This is a common question that gets asked. Technically, you can use a blender to make juice. It has to be an extremely high powered one like a Vitamix however, and you’re going to have to put a lot more liquid in the blender than if you were trying to make a smoothie.
But again, keep in mind that blenders don’t separate the fiber like a juicer, which is is the main benefit of juicing. You’ll have to strain the end product of the blender to get just the juice. So it’s a lot easier to just use a juicer.
Can I use a juicer to make a smoothie?
Juicers alone won’t be able to make you a blended smoothie. Well at least not a good one. Juicers are made specifically for only giving you the juice from the fruits and vegetables you put into it, and nothing else. So you won’t be able to get that thick fibrous drink that you would get from a blender.
Invest in a decent blender and a nice juicer and give yourself the best of both worlds. They won’t go unused like the 5,000 appliances you have stashed away in your cabinets. You will definitely get your money’s worth with both of these green drink making machines.