What is The Difference Between a Food Processor and a Blender


One of the most frequently asked questions we encounter at PrinceLA is to clarify the difference between a food processor and a blender.

While these magnificent labor-saving devices look broadly similar, they differ in some important ways as you’ll find out today.

To kick off, we’ll look briefly at each of these appliances in turn before we break down which appliance works best for which applications.

I. What Is a Food Processor?


A good food processor is a highly versatile workhorse and well worth adding to any home kitchen if you want to get more done in less time.

Whether you want to chop up some veggies without breaking a sweat or mix up some dough for your next cake, you can easily take care of this and more with a food processor.

Speed and ease of use are the primary selling points of food processors. You’ll be free to power through tedious and time-consuming tasks in a fraction of the time at the push of a button.

The average food processor has 4 components:

  • Base
  • Blades
  • Body
  • Lid

Blades are removable to simplify clean-up and widen your options. The body is typically made from transparent plastic so you can keep your eye on proceedings. You find the pulse and speed controls somewhere around the base.

Thanks to wide and generously-sized bodies, you’ll be free to fill your food processor with a bunch of ingredients. All you need to do is push the ingredients down the feed chute.

Blades, as mentioned, are removable. You’ll be able to replace these regular blades with attachments to streamline shredding, grating, or slicing. You can also roughly chop ingredients without breaking a sweat. Kiss goodbye to the knife and pile of veg and usher in your new best friend the food processor.

Handy bowl inserts widens your scope further. You can then multitask and perform a range of tasks at the same time.

Food processors come to the fore when you need to mix dry ingredients.

Conversely, they don’t perform strongly with wet ingredients. Liquids tend to clog up along the sides of the mixing bowl where the blades can’t reach.

If you’ve used blenders before and struggled when you fill them all the way up, you won’t encounter any such problems with a food processor. Cram ingredients in right up to the top, and you’ll notice no dip in performance.

Key Strengths of Food Processors

  • Baking (crust and dough)
  • Butters
  • Chopped vegetables
  • Dips
  • Shredded cheeses

II. What Is a Blender?


OK, now you should be familiar on the core strengths and weaknesses of food processors, so how about blenders?

As you should intuit from the above, blenders are tailor-made blending solid ingredients into liquid.

A blender has 4 components:

  • Base
  • Blades
  • Lid
  • Pitcher

The base of a blender is motorized. Just like with food processors, you can remove blender blades when it’s time for clean-up. You’ll find the controls on the base. Here, you can tweak the speed and mix settings to suit.

Blenders usually have conical pitchers. These come with handles and spouts for your convenience.

Lids are often equipped with removable plugs. This lets you add more ingredients without removing the lid, a small but valuable time-saver.

When you need to puree fruit and veg, whether for soups or smoothies, a blender is the perfect solution. The shape of the pitchers means all ingredients are funneled toward the blades. When the solid and liquid mass combines, the blades rotate. The resultant vortex powerfully mixes and shreds the ingredients.

Unlike food processors, you need to be wary of overfilling a blender. Ram it with veggies and you’ll end up risking overflow. Aim for three-quarters full as a maximum. Less is more with blenders.

Blender blades have a fairly limited reach.

Also, if you don’t have any liquid present, they struggle with dry ingredients.

An almost universal lack of attachments means blenders are much more limited in scope than food processors. You find some upscale blenders packing a few attachments. Investigate these if you want a more adaptable appliance.

Key Strengths

  • Dressings
  • Purees
  • Smoothies
  • Soups

III. Crossover Between Blenders and Food Processors

You should now be clear on where each of these handy kitchen appliances stands and falls.

There is some degree of crossover between food processors and blenders.

Fancy making some dips? A food processor should be your default option. If you only have a blender, though, you can give dips a shot. You won’t get the best results, but they’ll be more than edible.

Butters come out perfectly in a food processor. You can also make a reasonable approximation in a blender.

Soups and any kind of puree undoubtedly come out best in a blender. That said, you could still try your luck with a food processor.

IV. Conclusion

If you started today with no idea of the difference between a food processor and a blender, you should be in no element of doubt now.

For pulping solid ingredients into a liquid like a soup or smoothie, a blender is your best friend.

When you need to work with dry ingredients, a food processor is a highly versatile addition to any modern kitchen.

If you only plan to buy one of these appliances, you will get better overall value from the food processor because of its overall versatility. If, however, you’re planning to work principally rendering solid ingredients liquid, you’re certainly better advised to roll with a blender.

Still can’t make up your mind? Why not investigate some blender and food processor combo units?

There’s no right or wrong answer so focus on what works best for you.

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