Food processors and blenders are popular kitchen appliances. While many believe that owning one of either is sufficient as they think they perform the same function, the truth of the matter is, each has specific features that makes one more suitable than the other when it comes to a particular target food quality, composition, or texture.
A food processor is a kitchen appliance that has interchangeable disks and blades for several functions such as shredding or grating cheese or vegetables, slicing or chopping vegetables, pureeing, grinding meat, dried fruit, or nuts, and mixing and kneading dough. Its bowl is designed to be wide and short to better accommodate these solid or semi-solid foods that are usually worked on inside it.
A blender is another kitchen appliance primarily used to mix, blend, or emulsify soft food and/or other liquids. It has a tall and narrow design allowing it to contain more and work with such ingredients, and has blades and blending speeds more suitable for producing shakes and smoothies, for example.
Food Processor vs Blender
So what is the difference between a food processor and a blender? Both are kitchen appliances used for food preparation, having similar functions in that they have blades used to process various foods and ingredients; however, one machine does a better job than the other depending on what is being prepared. A food processor, with its short and wide design is able to contain more solid food and has specially built blades and disks that may be interchanged depending on the function needed. These move at a slower speed, enabling them to grate cheese, chop, shred, slice vegetables, grind meat, dried fruits, and nuts, mix and knead dough, and also puree. On the other hand, a blender, with its tall and narrow build, is designed to hold softer food such as fruits or yogurt, and liquids such as milk or juices. It has smaller blades that move at a faster speed than a food processor’s, therefore resulting in a mixture that is finer, if not of a liquid form, making it the machine of choice when it comes to creating shakes and smoothies.
|short and wide build for containing solid food||tall and narrow build for containing softer food and liquids|
|has interchangeable blades and disks||has one set of blades|
|blades move slower||blades move faster|
|used for grating, shredding, chopping, grinding, slicing, mixing, kneading, and pureeing solid food (e.g. for vegetables, meat, or nuts)||used for emulsifying, mixing, or blending soft food and liquids (e.g. shakes and smoothies)|
Below is a video that thoroughly explains some different common functions of a food processor and a blender, and when they are best used.