Juicers Vs Food Processors

The modern kitchen is equipped with various appliances serving many different functions.  These appliances accomplish these two things:

  • They reduce the time taken to do tedious kitchen activities
  • They perform those activities with better efficiency and higher precision than would be achieved manually.

The most common of these appliances are food processors and juice extractors.  The main similarity between them is that the base houses a motor and a power button which is used to run the blades that perform the functions for which they are meant.

That is all they share in common because they are totally different in structure and function.

Function -wise, whereas a food processor is used to easily and quickly chop, grind, knead, slice, shred and puree all types of food, a juice extractor, or juicer as it is commonly known is used to extract juice from fruits and vegetables.

Because of this, they have different components that make them suited for those functions. Food processors have many interchangeable blades and shredders of different sizes which enable them to do the many tasks that they do.

Juicers, on the other hand, have a fixed blade and as such are more limited in the functions they can perform.

Some juicers can perform a limited food processing functions such as blending or pureeing, but food processors, in as much as they can grind meet, make ice-cream, chop vegetables and puree, they cannot be used to extract juice.

We analyze of two of these appliances in regard to their features, pros, and cons. Then we use them to compare and contrast juice extractors and food processors.

We use appliances from the same manufacturer for ease of comparison.

The appliances are:

  1. Hamilton Beach Bigmouth Juice Extractor(67608A)
  2. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor (70725A)

Hamilton Beach Big MouthPro Juice Extractor (67608A)

This is one of the more common juice extractors you are likely to find in any kitchen.  It is a centrifugal juicer, meaning that it grates the fruit or vegetables into a pulp and then spins the juice out.

The juice then is then separated from the pulp by an internal strainer. This particular brand is highly rated for its ability to juice out the last drop. It has a powerful 800- watt capacity that makes it unrivaled in speed and efficiency.

The big mouth enables it to take in whole fruits like oranges a tomato thus eliminating the need for pre-cutting the other features that set out this brand from the others are as follow:

Features

  • 800 watts powerful motor
  • Extra-large pulp bin for collecting pulp that can be used in other recipes
  • Wide – 3” feed chute means less pre-cutting
  • Large BPA-free juice container
  • Stainless steel cutting disk and strainer
  • Cleaning brush to remove pulp from strainer and blades
  • Removable, dishwasher safe parts
  • 1-year warranty

Pros

  • The feed chute is big enough to fit whole fruits, so no extra preparation needed.
  • Powerful motor that can extract food from the toughest fruits and vegetables
  • Easy to assemble
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Extra-large bin pulp for collecting the pulp which can be stored for other use

Cons

  • You might it noisy at times
  • The juice oxidizes fast because of the high amount of air sucked in during the high-speed rotation
  • The juice jug is relatively small

The Hamilton 12 Cup Stack And Snap Food Processor

This is one of the most popular food processors in the market It is most loved for its simple and effective locking mechanism.

When assembling it, there is no complicated turning, twisting or locking associated with other brands. You simply stack the bowl onto the motor, snap it back and you are good to go. Because the bowl is sealed, you can process soups and sauces without worrying about leakages.

Another feature that makes this brand a winner is because of its large 12 cup bowl capacity. This enables you to process large quantities of food and the pouring spout reduces the messes.

Features

  • 450 watts powerful motor
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use function guide shows you which bade to use
  • Big mouth feed enabling to take in big chunks
  • Inbuilt cord storage
  • BPA-free plastic parts
  • Reversible slice/shred disk
  • Unique patented chopping S-blade
  • Unique design that requires no twisting and locking
  • Easy to assemble; simply stack and snap
  • Sealed bowl to prevent leaks
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Large 12-cup capacity bowl
  • 1-year warranty

Pros

  • Easy to operate, Very user-friendly
  • Big mouth chute that does away with the need for pre-cutting
  • Sealed bowl prevents leaks
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Unique S-blade for cutting, vegetables, and for mincing herbs and spices

Cons

  • Noisy after long operation time

Juice Extractor Vs Food processor – Summary

As we have seen, these two appliances are popular in the kitchen because they are well suited for what they do. They both are powerful machines that accomplish the work efficiently and conveniently.

Of the two, the juice extractor is the more powerful one with an 800-watt capacity compared to the food processor which has a 400-watt capacity.

They are both affordable and come with a one year warranty. Furthermore, the parts are dishwasher safe and free from the harmful BPA.

The major weakness they share is that they are quite noisy. Their functions are well defined, with the juice extractor being used primarily to extract juice from fruits and vegetables and the food processor performing a range of activities such as cutting chopping, pureeing etc.

The Juice Extractor Vs Food processor- Which one?

From the analysis, so far, we have established that food processors and Juice extractors are different appliances, well suited for different functions and they should not be mistaken for each other.

If you are interested in purchasing a product which will give you all sorts of juices, whether fruit or vegetable, then the juice extractor is what you need.

If on the other hand, you want a product to ease your work in the kitchen, helping you to chop, cut, dice, blend and knead at a fast speed and more efficiently, you will settle for the food processor.

The Food Expert
 

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