If you’re a diligent cook, chances are that you’ve been caught in the middle of the kitchen, trying to figure out how to mix ingredients for your next culinary masterpiece. There’s always two options: go back outside and use a hand mixer or start pouring everything into a blender. Which should you choose?
For those who want to whip up their favorite soups, smoothies, or desserts without fear of making a mess, it can be hard working with only a blender. A handheld mixer has better speed control and is perfect for those who like their ice cream on the chunkier side (especially when using frozen fruit). A blender also has a wider variety of functions that can help you make all sorts of meals, such as pesto, dressings, and spreads.
Now you’ll have to decide if you want a stand mixer or a blender. Here’s a quick breakdown of each one to help you decide which one is best for your needs. You’ll have to think about what types of food and drinks you usually cook or make and choose the option that will work best for your home kitchen.
Blender: Blenders are really popular in America at the moment because they’re so versatile and easy to use. They’re great for creating healthy smoothies, soups, dressings, sauces and desserts right in the same container. The blender can also make hot soups, warm soups and milkshakes.
Stand Mixer: If blending sounds too technical, then you’ll want to opt for a stand mixer. This type of kitchen appliance can do literally everything from whipping up cookie dough to kneading bread with the dough hook, making pasta and making cake batter. But keep in mind that stand mixers aren’t for everyone. They require more elbow grease than a blender or hand mixer does, and you can only whip up a small batch of ingredients at one time because they’re so big. So if you plan on making a large amount of food at once, it might be better to go with something else.
But even though a stand mixer or blender may seem overwhelming, don’t worry. They’re actually easy to use.
The most important thing you need to think about is how much you want to spend on your kitchen appliance and what functions it has. The more money you’re willing to spend, the more functions and accessories will be incorporated into the appliance, making it better for more people. So think about how much time you want to put into using your new kitchen tool and how much quality food you’ll be doing in the future. Something that’s cheap but doesn’t work isn’t worth it in the long run – so invest in a good quality product if you want to get the most out of your money.
As you can see, it’s not just about the brand and product. You have to think about how you’ll be using the tool if you want to make sure it’s worth your hard earned money. Whether you want a blender or a stand mixer, make sure it’s up to your standards and will work well in your kitchen before you decide to purchase it.
Since I’m not familiar with the types of food that are made with a stand mixer, I’ve included both products: a high end one in the picture on the left (the KitchenAid Pro Line) and an entry level one (the Hamilton Beach Black & Decker) for those who care more about cost than quality.
What I would like to know is: how do you compare the two? Is one better than the other? Do you prefer one over the other, or have both brands been able to deliver good kitchen tools in your household over time?
Here are a few points in favor of each device. In case it helps you make up your mind, I’ve included a couple of reviews on both products as well. So if you’re looking for a mixer or a blender, read on and let me know what you think.
1) The Stand Mixer
(Left: the KitchenAid Pro Line, Right: the Hamilton Beach Black & Decker Entry Level)
Pros: Can be used to mix, knead and whip ingredients at once. Many of the modern stand mixers have a dough hook to help you make pasta right in your own home as well. They have better speed control than blenders do and are more versatile to use for a wide variety of recipes. They’re also great for mixing larger quantities of ingredients in a single batch. This can be a great time saver if you’re preparing large meals and need to whip up a variety of things at once.
Cons: If you aren’t careful, you can splash yourself with hot ingredients, such as soups or sauces. They are also large and cumbersome, which means they take up lots of counter space in your kitchen. And you don’t want to have it on while standing near the unit while the motor is running, or else you’ll risk getting your hair or clothing caught in the mixer and end up having to pay for an emergency room trip.
2) The Blender
(Left: the Vitamix 5200, Right: the Oster Pro 1200)
Pros: Blenders can be used to mix, shake, whip and liquefy a variety of ingredients. They are very versatile and can be used to make a wide variety of food and drink recipes. They’re also useful for making hot foods such as soups or smoothies. And unlike stand mixers, you can walk away from a blender while it’s working because it has air vents that prevent the food from getting trapped inside the blades if you accidentally forget about it.
Cons: Blenders aren’t as powerful as stand mixers, so if you’re looking for something that can make a massive batch of food (such as soups, dressings, or candy), you might want to look into a machine that has more power. Also, blenders don’t have the same amount of speed control as stand mixers do. They also have the potential to create a mess if something drips down into them or splashes onto the counter top. And if you’re using a blender to make hot foods, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to take the blending container off and lock it into the base.You may end up leaving the blade spinning inside the food, which causes more air bubbles and can result in an incomplete cooking process.
You’ll find lots of reviews for both appliances by simply doing a search on the product name. A lot of people have posted videos and comments about their experiences with each one on Amazon. And if you’re in an area where Blendtec or Vitamix products are distributed, you can always go there in person to ask your sales representative (and sample) what they have in stock before making a purchase.
Can you use a stand mixer as a blender?
Yes. Many stand mixers have a blender attachment piece that can be used to make shakes, smoothies, soups and even margaritas. The only difference between the two appliances is how they are used and the amount of power they have at their disposal. They both use motors inside them to do the mixing and whipping or blending, but food that gets put in with a blender doesn’t need as much mixing power, so it will take less time to create certain foods in it than it would be for food that goes into a stand mixer. One of the best things about stand mixers is that if you have a large family or guests over for dinner, you can make three huge batches of dessert at once.
Does a stand mixer make a difference?
Yes, a stand mixer can make a huge difference. It’s a very versatile tool. You can use it to make almost any type of food that you’d use in a blender, so you get the same benefits of cleaning up after making soups, ice cream and other hot foods but also have more room on your counter top. We’ve used our stand mixer to make pasta, pie crusts and hamburger patties.
What is the advantage of using a blender over an appliance such as a stand mixer?
A lot of people ask me if it makes sense to just grab the stand mixer whenever I want to make something for dinner. At the end of the day, I think it’s about having a tool that is easy for everyone to use. If you have more people than just you enjoying a meal at your house, you shouldn’t force them to use a device that they may be uncomfortable with.
That’s why I like to keep my blender and stand mixer separate. With two different tools, it’s easier for everyone in the family to get their food made just how they like it with minimal effort on their part. Another point in favor of keeping both appliances on hand is that if someone happens to go through one of them before I’d planned on buying another appliance, I’ll already have the other one waiting in the wings.
Is it worth buying a stand mixer?
Yes. It’s worth the money to buy a more powerful stand mixer if you’re going to be making large batches of food, such as soups or sauces, or are making larger quantities of desserts. If you use it daily, it can save you time in the long run and help to keep your kitchen organized.
How do I make sure I have a good stand mixer?
What you should look for is a brand that has a five-year warranty on any motor that’s used inside the blender. A five-year warranty means that if something breaks after its first year, the company will replace it at their expense.
As a stand mixer and blender user, I have found that they are both beneficial to have around the house if you are someone who likes to cook. They take some of the legwork out of food preparation by using their motors to do most of the work for you. The best way to decide about purchasing either one is simply by thinking about how much time you spend in the kitchen. Also, consider how much space you have on your counter top and how many people are going to be eating your food in one sitting. A blender can be used for a wide variety of things such as making smoothies and cocktails, or even liquefying foods in order to make them hot or cold at certain times of the day.