Ok, just so you are clear, these two appliances do very different things – the juicer extracts the juice from veggies and fruit, while the blender combines ingredients which results in a homogeneous consistency. Also, note the blender I am referring to in this instance is not to be mistaken for a food processor or mixer.

So, you want to start making smoothies or juices but, have no idea which appliance to buy? Here is a snapshot on these two appliances so you can make an informed decision.

There are two main types of blenders, one you hold in your hand and the other which comes with a jug that is placed on a base. For making smoothies one with a jug is preferred. You only need to put in ingredients, switch on and you will have your smoothie in no time.

Here are some things to consider when purchasing a blender:

  • Cost: From my experience, the very cheap ones usually leave you unsatisfied and don’t blend that well. If you put nuts in, chances are you will still be crunching on those nuts or have a broken blender!
  • The Wattage: I recommend 500w plus if you want to blend fruit and veggies. The higher this figure the more power you have, the smoother your smoothie.
  • Speed Buttons: Some will have many to vary the speed of blending whereas others only have 1 or 2. Alternatively, a pulse button to give quick blasts (which I have found to be very useful). It depends on how much control you want when blending.
  • Ease of Cleaning: It is recommended to always clean the jug and lid out as soon as possible. Ensure you buy one that is easy to clean, especially if you are short of time in the mornings.

Here are some links to some blenders which vary in price:

Juice: Considerations when purchasing a juicer:

Juicing takes longer than blending. You have to pass the fruit/veggies through the feeder gradually – some force is used to push items through.

In my opinion buying a juicer takes longer to decide upon because there are many on the market and they have very different pro and cons. You need to really think what you will be juicing or juicing the most. For instance, I knew I would be mainly juicing fruit and veggies so I bought a centrifugal juicer. Later on, when I got really into it I bought a masticating juicer, now I have my wheatgrass shot in the mornings!

Overview of the kind of juicers available: Masticating. Slow/cold press juicer. Good for juicing wheatgrass/leafy greens and very soft fruit such as berries. They can be pricey with lots of parts to clean. On the plus side, some can make nut butters, ice-cream and pasta.
Twin Gear Juicer (triturating juicer). Unlike the masticating juicer with one gear, this juicer uses two gears (resembles two corkscrews). When you pass your fruit and veggies through the feeder, the gears come together slowly extracting the juice. Produces very little waste and can juice almost anything.

Centrifugal. The most popular, good with fruit and veggies that are robust, gives off a little heat but the juice extraction is quick. Left over pulp can be used to make crackers, burgers or fruit strips.

Here are some links to some juicers which vary in price:

For both juicers and blenders check out retail outlets such as Argos, Sainsbury’s or department stores like John Lewis, Debenhams, Selfridges etc.

If you are buying on-line look at reviews, amazon is good for that.

Written By: Lorraine Palmer: Lorraine Palmer is an expert on RAW foods who writes for Funky RAW magazine, she’s been featured in Chat, Daily Mail and graced the front cover of Wolverhampton (lifestyle) Magazine. Find Lorraine at https://www.facebook.com/veganrawcooked/


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