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Blender vs Juicer

Updated on February 12, 2014

Juicer & Blender - What's the difference?

What is good for blending and what's better for juicing? A blender and a juicer is commonly mistaken for being the same thing, but the two things work quite differently.

Generally speaking the process of using a blender to process ingredients is quicker and more rough, whereas a juicer produces a finer texture which is one of the reasons that it is the preferred option if making juices.

Here I'll show you the main difference between them, and explain how to get the most out of your blender or juicer.

blended berry smoothie
blended berry smoothie

Blenders

What do they do? What are they good for?

The basics of a blender that it rapidly cuts and breaks down everything that went into it. So if blending vegetables and fruit the juice is a mix of fibers, skin, stems, leaves, core, flesh etc. The blades quickly rotate and chops the entire produce faster than in a juicer. Blenders tend to be more noisy than juicers as they operate on higher speed.

Drink wise blenders are commonly used for SMOOTHIES and MILKSHAKES. But what is the difference?

I often get confused between the two,and there seem to be a bit of an overlap but generally speaking:

A SMOOTHIE consists of blended fruit and/or Vegetables and a liquid base in the form of either water, yogurt, milk, tea, coconut water, rice/soy/almond milk etc.

A MILKSHAKE consists of ice cream, milk and syrup (ex. chocolate, strawberry, caramel flavored). May or may not include fruit. So milkshakes are obviously not the healthiest choice.

Blenders are also great for making soups, dips, healthy desserts and drinks such as almond, soy and rice milk.

Juicers

and their benefits

The biggest thing when comparing juicers with blenders is that they separate the juice from the fiber, and produce a light fluid which is quickly absorbed in comparison to blended drinks such as smoothies.

However, both smoothies and juices have their place on the menu and are both good ways of introducing more fresh produce into our diet. When juicing you'll be left with a smaller or larger amount of pulp (depending on your type of juicer) in comparison to blenders where you'll be using everything that you put in.

When juicing it's important to choose ingredients carefully as it's not all produce which is suitable to use in a juicer, such as banana and avocado, so having both a juicer and a blender certainly isn't a bad idea.

What to put in a Juicer?

When it comes to juicing the variety of ingredients you can mix and match is almost endless. However some of the most common ingredients for juicing are:

Apples, pears, oranges: The basic ingredients of juicing

Beet: To maximize the nutritional value beets may be juiced with their tops.

Cabbage: High in Vitamin C and calcium

Celery: Celery is a great source of Vitamin B and is said to provide relief for headaches and help weight loss.

Root veggies: Carrots, sweet potatoes, radishes, beet root

Green veggies: Spinach, Parsley, cilantro, dandelion, cucumber

Citrus & Ginger: Lemon, grapefruit, lime, Ginger.

What to put in a Blender?

As you can see blender and juicers are two very different things which both have their place in the kitchen.

Some blenders do some fruit juices such as orange juice relatively well, but for best results use a juicer for juices and a blender for Smoothies, Milkshakes, soups, dips and other drinks.

However they work great in combination, so if you want to add ingredients to your juice which aren't suitable to run through a juicer, such as berries for example (I find you get more out of them by blending them), simply put the juice in the blender together with the berries and blend it all together, and finish the juice in that way.

Low water content fruit and veg such as banana, avocado, mango, berries and bok choy work well in smoothies as well as leafy greens such as kale and spinach in green smoothies.

Happy Juicing and Blending!

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    • LauraHofman profile image

      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very interesting and informative lens. Now I want a juicer! Will add to my birthday list...

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      hqbaldwin 4 years ago

      Very Well Done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thermomix is fabulous!! So easy to use and probably less than a minute to clean.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I like the juicing attachment for the KitchenAid mixer. So far it's worked the best for me. I enjoyed your lens:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the Magic Bullet for smoothies. I have a juicer, but the thing I don't like about it is that it is such a mess to clean up! Wish they could make a Magic Bullet juicer :) Thanks for the recipes!

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      antoniow 6 years ago

      Nice selection! Squidlike

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      ErinRivers 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing that great info on juicers and blenders. Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I learned something here. I always love fruit juice. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Judy Filarecki 6 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Thanks for the comparison. Mine are usually smoothies made in a Magic Bullet. It is quick, clean and the container that it is blended in is the mug you drink out of.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I have a blender but my mother has a juicer. Personally, I see little difference

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      @solutions4u: Thank you, great idea.

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      solutions4u 6 years ago

      Great information. A module on "What to Put in a Blender" would be a great adjunct to your "What to Put in a Juicer" module. That would be really useful and a great comparison "chart".

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      LynetteBell 6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      We used to have carrot juice in the mornings when we were following the liver cleansing diet. The juicer ended up very stained with orange color!

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      bechand 6 years ago

      we love them both :O)

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i prefer the blender. i'd rather have apple smoothie including its skin which is rich in pectin.

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      BusyMOM LM 6 years ago

      Great info! Thanks for sharing.

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      earthybirthymum 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love smoothies. I really like having a vitamix.

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      Thank you for this useful information. Fruit smoothies are usually good.

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Great information... I love fruit smoothies! :-)

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      great info I think I do blender for the juice I want next week.

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      Great info, and tips on the difference between a jucier, and a blender. I never seem to know what to put in them, so recipies, and tips are quite helpful. Creative You!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I always wondered what the difference was, thanks :)

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      I use a high-end blender to make smoothies, sauces, etc. Good basic info on this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A great distinction between juicers and blenders, you'll have people buy both!

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I love the new blenders on the market that are so powerful that they will blend whole fruits and vegetables into your healthy drinks rather than separating and throwing away the fiber like we did in the past with juicers. It really makes for a healthier drink!

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      Thanks for the simple distinctions between these two helpful appliances. Now I wonder what to do with all the pulp from the juicer.

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      I never knew there was a difference, I have always just used one. i am tempted to get a juicer, I love fresh juice and it would save in the long run.

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      Thanks for the information. I know now that I have to get a Jucier.

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you for stopping by JoshK47, I'm glad you liked it.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very good guide for people trying to figure out if they want a juicer or a blender!

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