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A consumer guide: Juicer, Blender or Smoothie Maker?

By Marry / March 29, 2016

Overview: Juicing versus blending

Every green food enthusiast is likely to find himself in search of a nutrition extractor at least once. And the question he must definitely deal with first and foremost is, which machine to buy. Given thousands of brands and types are eye-catchingly offered in stores or online commercial sites, making a rational choice seems to be overwhelming and exhausting than ever.

In fact, there is one good way that you can apply when making an investment towards a healthy lifestyle. The decision to invest on which gadget varies according to whether you want to juice or blend your fruits and vegetables. Juicing refers to the process of extracting only the juice for drink and leaving behind the pulp. In blending, the grinding does not release any pulp separately from water, allowing you to consume the whole thing. From here comes the advent of juicer, blender and smoothie maker. While juicer and blender differ clearly in their uses and operation, smoothie maker is more of a variation of blender than a single different type of machine.​

A good understanding of what you want to reap off from your drinking diet also offer another good tip when buying drink makers. Sometimes, you might see many brands, each with their own ways of naming their gadgets, i.e. Nutrition Extractor, instead of juicer or blender. Then, the only thing you need to do is to skim the instructions to see if the pulp is removed or not.

Although you may end up recognize that both a juicer, a blender or sometimes, a smoothie maker is desirable, this article will guide you through the most crucial information in the whole process. First, I will discuss the beneficial differences of juicing and blending. You should read on carefully and decide if it is a juice or a smoothie that you want. This will facilitate your next step, which is to buy a suitable gadget for a healthy dietary drink. The main part of this article will present a detail analysis of benefits and buying tips of each type.

To buy a satisfying appliance, it is important that you are clear about which aspect of benefits you want and how willing you are to spend time making drink. Let’s start first with what a juice has to offer toward your healthy lifestyle.

Benefits of juice and juicer

Here are what you should know about juice and juice extractors that might not be only useful for novices but for long-time fans of juicers as well.

  • Nutrient absorption: As your body does not have to digest the insoluble fiber in juices, nutrient contents can pass through your bloodstream in a quick and direct way to nurture your organism. Rumors have it that you will only get 70% of total nutrition available with juice. The fact is that with no fiber hindering your digestive power, you will absorb 100% of these nutrients.
  • Cleansing: If you want to detox either for losing weight or health-related issues, then having a juicer at home is a good idea. Fresh and healthy juices fully concentrated with vitamins and minerals is a wonderful tonic for your body. The fact that all such nutrients is densely contained in juice and free of fiber allow you to consume more in shorter time; therefore, accelerating the process of cleansing.
  • Healthy diet: Nutritionists suggest that each person should consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet for an optimal functioning heart and the whole organism. To many people, this seems impossible unless they juice them. The non-fiber juice will prevent you from getting full quickly. This way, you can consume a sufficient amount of nutrients.

Juicing is a great way to consume a large variety of vegetables that is, otherwise, unable with blending or normal eating.

Generally, it is not exaggerating at all to say that, with juicing, you really become what you eat. The health triangle comprising of three life aspects: physical, mental and social health is just closer than ever before when you juice daily.

Benefits of blending and blender or smoothie maker

Similar to juicing, blending is another way to include a lot of produce in your diet, and also to consume a diverse amount than we might eat. However, their mechanisms differ crucially and we should understand why and how they work to improve our health.

  • Fiber: The non-fiber juicing is good for you but does not mean that you should avoid blending, which is full of fiber in the pulp that remains in your drink. Fiber plays an important role in slowing down sugar absorption of your digestive system. This will help balance natural sugar level in fruits, prevent you from blood sugar spike and crash.
  • Weight loss: The insoluble fiber results in a slower, more sustained release of nutrients. This way, it keeps you full longer. People in weight loss diet can find smoothie an addictive component that can present in either the additional meals or the main ones.
  • Smoothie variety: With blending, there are unlimited ways to combine ingredients. You can include protein sources such as soymilk, Whey powder, or milk in your smoothie recipe to make a nutritious breakfast or late meal for a working night. In addition, while you hardly get any juice from such starchy fruits as bananas, berries or avocado, you can always make smoothie or blend them.
  • Storage: Smoothie and blending can retain nutrients within up to 36 hours in the fridge, whereas fresh juices quickly deteriorate in quality as soon as they are made and therefore must be used right away.
  • Taste disguise: Smoothie is good at covering the pungent taste of herbs and vegetables that is often more easily detectable in juices. The slight and sweet smoothie often find themselves better option for young children and picky eaters.

Comparison of juicer, blender and smoothie maker

Now we will explain the pros and cons of each item to aid you in choosing the most suitable gadget for your kitchen. When you cannot really decide which one to buy, it is best that you compare and contrast the appliances’ features based on your own needs. If finally, you are still unable to choose one considering the health perks you want, it seems that you should have both of them for varied situations.

If you have a budget and can only afford one at the moment, then the information below may find itself helpful to you.

Juicer pros and cons

Pros

  • Juicing machine is designed so that the juice and pulp are separated when processing, giving you a smooth and clear drink in the end.
  • Some of its modern models can also be used for other food and drink prep tasks such as grinding coffee bean or mincing meat.
  • Juicer is very vegetable-friendly in the aspect that it does not require us to cut up into smaller pieces for processing.

Cons

  • Juicer consumes a lot of time for preparation and maintenance. Because there are many parts included in a juicer, it often takes much more time to clean and dry compare to a blender or smoothie maker does.
  • It can not be used for starchy and less juicy fruits such as berries and avocado, except some special extended versions that cost significantly.

When to buy a juicer?

You should buy a juicer if it is the nutrition values that you emphasize for your daily diet rather than the time spent for preparation of each drink. Investing in a juicer will bring you all the health benefits discussed above regarding you have a gadget at hand whenever you want to prepare yourself or the family a delicious healthy juice.

How to buy a juicer?

Similar to other home appliances, juicer comes in different shapes and sizes. The two most popular ones are centrifugal and masticating. Centrifugal juicer has a powerful motor that allows the blade to spin at a very fast speed. It often runs loudly due to the design in which an outer container is used for storing pulp. This feature helps clean easier and therefore very timesaving, despite it being quite loud when operating. Other types could run quieter but with an inner container and longer cleaning time afterwards. With all such favorable features, centrifugal juicer is economical and simple to use. It is best suited for beginners who have just started to juice.

In addition to centrifugal, the masticating juicer works even better with a variety of green produces and food. Such feature is possible because of the single gear that works at slower pace but crushes the food much better. If you want a more powerful machine, then the twin-gear, aka triturating juicer may be another option you can look at.

Other factors when considering a juicer includes: easy maintenance, motor power, warranty time, handy travelling, price and output quality.

Blender/ smoothie maker pros and cons

Pros

  • Blender offers you a wide range of choice whenever its come to making a delicious and healthy drink, considering the fiber and multivitamins it provides.
  • Most models are versatile, meaning that they can handle multiple tasks ranging from blending to grinding hard stuffs like coffee bean, pepper and nuts.
  • Blender will not waste food because it uses up the whole of them.
  • Blender is easy to clean.
  • You can use blender to make meal replacement for weight loss purpose or for your young kids. Blenders help you turn five-star restaurant recipes into sweet and smooth drinks that both adults and children love.

Cons

  • Smoothie maker has a tap that make it not as easy to clean as blender. Although it seems subtle to have a dispensing tap to pour your smoothie straight into your mug, it tends to pour slowly and is difficult to clean.
  • Blender is often bulky to store and therefore not convenient for travel purposes.
  • You often cannot make juice with a blender although some models contain a filter for juicing, but this cannot thoroughly separate the pulp from the juice.

When to buy a blender/smoothie maker?

You should consider buying a blender if it is not the density in nutrition that you want but rather an option that balances several needs in one: time-saving, health concerned and delicious taste.

How to buy a blender/ smoothie maker?

Similar to juicer, there are several factors to include when considering a blender. Price ranges in accordance with the level of versatility. The more options it has to offer, the higher price it comes with. Basically, there are four main types of blender, including: high-performance, conventional, personal and immersion. This is not to mention smoothie maker, which as I mentioned above, is a variation of blender where a little function is added (the dispensing tap), because it is not widely available in today’s market.

While high-performance and conventional are both pricey, they offer great features and powerful motors that can serve up almost everything you can think of for a smoothie treat, such as frozen drinks, silky-smooth smoothies and fiber-packed whole fruit juices. Conventional is the lower intensity version of high-performance but still can make very good frozen cocktails and smoothies.

You might also like: 10 best blenders for smoothies

Personal blender is desirable for those who want to make their power shake or smoothie on the go. The mixing jug is also the travel jar, making it convenient to prepare meal replacement to bring to class or work. But personal blender does not have a powerful blade compared to the two above. It sometimes comes with an additional blade specifically used for grinding nuts and hard stuffs.

Lastly, immersion is a cylindrical device with an exposed blade that you can directly merge into your mixture of vegetables and fruits. Although it is not necessarily a replacement for a real blender, it is a good option for frequent travelers.​

Conclusion

In general, buying a juicer or blender could be a bit overwhelming at first. With this guidance, we hope you enjoy this pleasure of selecting a suitable appliance that enables you to approach closer to a healthier and happier lifestyle.


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