A Food Mixer Or A Food Processor?

Have you ever asked yourself one of the following questions!

Which is the better appliance to buy? A food mixer or a food processor?
Food Processor and Mixer in one? Or two machines?
What should I get – a food processor or food mixer?
Can a food processor make the cake dough, whip cream; make buttercream, can it serve the same purpose a mixer does?
Can you make a meringue by a food processor
Can a food processor grind meat? (Source:YahooAnswers)

If yes; let us get answers to these questions by first asking and answering ourselves the following basic questions:

  • What is a food mixer and what is it used for
  • What is a food processor and what is it used for
  • What a food mixer can do that a food processor cannot do.
  • What a food processor can do that a food mixer cannot do.

Both food mixers and processors like many other kitchen gadgets do extremely well at certain types of food preparation and recipes. Let us compare the food processor and mixers to find out which one do what and what it cannot do it well.

What is a food processor and what is it used for

The Food processor is a kitchen appliance that is designed for everything chopping, slicing, grating and shredding using spinning blades.  You can use it for chopping onions, tomatoes and breadcrumbs, slicing both soft and hard vegetables, grating cheese, shredding chicken and more.

There are other food processors that can do what a mixer or a blender can do and these are called multi-functional food processors; they come with additional attachment to aid this: a beater for beating eggs and creams, dough hook for kneading, whisk for whisking , blender for making smoothies and soups, grinder for grinding coffee and more.

The multifunctional food processors are normally bigger than the normal food processors and slightly expensive too.

If you want a food processor for personal use go for a mini chopper; but, if you want it is for a family use or for preparing large amount of food, go for a full sized food processor.

Read more about food processors types, best brands and prices here and check out our top 5 best food processor 2017 here.

However; if you are more into baking: making cakes, pizza or bread dough, pastries and more; go for a full sized stand mixer

What is a food mixer and what is it used for?

The food mixer is also a kitchen appliance, is designed for everything whisking, beating, mixing and kneading. All food mixers come with 3 standard attachments: a whisk for whipping egg whites for meringue and chocolate puddings, dough hook for kneading dough, beater for mixing cake mixtures and more.

They also come with a splashguard for protecting food from spreading everywhere and a recipe book to get you started.

Other stand mixers like Kenwood and Kitchenaid come with a lot more additional attachments; however other extra attachments are charged separately. The extra attachments include: blender, food processor, ice cream maker, pasta roller, grinder, meat mincer and much more.

Check examples of these top 5 best kitchenaid attachments for more insights on what additional attachments can do.

Additional attachments are the ones that transform a stand mixer into a full functional kitchen machine.

For personal use go for a hand mixer and for family use or for making large batches of food go for a full functional stand mixer. The hand mixer can also whip, mix and knead but it is not as versatile as the stand mixer as it cannot accommodate extra accessories.

Like mini-choppers; hand mixers are suitable for handling small batches of food.

Read more about food mixers, their types, best brands and prices here and check the top 5 best food mixers here

Which is the better appliance to buy? A food mixer or a food processor?

As you can imagine; it depends on your needs:

Are you more into baking or looking for the best kitchen appliance for kneading dough? Then go for a stand mixer.

Are you a vegetarian or loves everything chopping, slicing, grating and shredding then go for a food processor.

Food Processor and Mixer in one? Or two machines?

If you want more of what a stand mixer or food processor can do? Then go for the multifunctional stand mixer (two in one machines); choose one from leading brands like Kenwood, Kitchenaid or Bosch. It is worth the investment.

Otherwise if you just want a kitchen machine for baking go for a stand mixer and, if you want it for chopping, slicing and grating only go for a food processor.

Food processor can make the cake dough, whip cream, or serve the same purpose as a mixer only if they come with the stand mixer attachments: a beater, whisk and a dough hook.

Always remember to read reviews or product description to know if what you are reading is the one you are looking for.

Can you make a meringue by a food processor?

To make a meringue you need a whisk attachment for whipping the egg whites .  Food processors do not come with whisk blades unless otherwise stated.  Stand mixers however do come with a whisk and a creaming beater.

For filling you can use food processor knife blades or a stand mixer creaming beater.

Here is a step by step process on how to make meringue using both stand mixer and the food processor .

For making a butter cream filling in a food processor; you also need a food processor with a whisk attachment.

That is all about food mixers and processor; you can also check our blenderr and smoothie makers plus the best juicers reviews to help achieve ’10 a day’.