Food Blenders and smoothies makers are more or less the same. The key difference is that smoothies maker has a tap attached to the jug you use to pour smoothie. Blenders do much more than smoothies.
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You are better off buying a quality blender that a smoothie because it does much more than what a smoothie maker does.
Blenders are great at helping you achieve ’10 a day’ equivalent to 800g a day of fruits and vegetables.
As you might be aware United Kingdom is one of the countries that promote a ‘World Health Organisation (WHO)’ campaign of eating at least 10 portions a day of fruits and vegetables each day. Previously it was ‘5 a day’ .
Types of Food Blenders
There are 2 main types of food blenders:
An immersion blender also called a handheld or a stick blender
An immersion blender also called handheld or a stick blender is a kitchen appliance in which using it involves immersing it into the food mixture, turning it on and let it do its job. It can be used for making soups, mayonnaise, whipped cream and even making baby food. It is handheld, easy to use and very cheap in price compared to the jug blenders.
The immersion blender is quite handy as it allows you to blend even hot food in its own pot. To make sure everything is blended properly; make sure to whirl the blender around the pot.
Countertop food blender also called jar or jug blender
Countertop food blender also called jar or jug blender is a kitchen appliance with a blending container.
Compared to the stick blenders where you have to insert a blender in the food mixture; with the jug blenders, you have to add the food mixture into the jar to be mixed.
The Countertop blending container can be of glass, plastic or stainless steel materials with the one with glass materials being more expensive compared to others e.g. Vitamix.
Jug blenders are more versatile, featuring various speed control settings and many more add-ons like cups .
You can use the jug blender to make smoothies, soups, sauces, frozen desserts and more.
Blenders’ prices range from £15 to £800 with the type of blender, materials used, accompanied attachments, the brand and your personal needs and budget determines the blender you end up buying.
The best blender brands in the market today include Ninja, Nutribullet, Brevile, Vitamix and Magimix to mention but are few.