GFK says that Indian consumers purchased over ten million units of choppers, food processors, mixer grinders, hand blenders, and other kitchen appliances. The sales increased by 5% in the last year.
Even though a mixer grinder is one of the most used appliances, buying one is not so easy as you think. When we go to an appliance store and ask for a mixer grinder, 99 % of the salesmen ask us to look at food processors as well. Most of us would have faced this problem.
The words “mixer grinder” and “food processor” are interchangeably used, and many sales newbies would not know the difference. So, today, we will provide you with a solution for this question by discussing the difference between a mixer grinder and a food processor and if the former can replace the latter.
What Is A Mixer Grinder?
The four standard jars you get in a mixer grinder set is –
- Liquidizer jar
- Dry/Wet Grinding jar
- Chutney jar
- Juicer jar
A mixer grinder does the job of both a mixer and a grinder, i.e., it can mix and blend the ingredients thoroughly and grind wet and dry ingredients. A mixer grinder offers you the option to grind dry and wet ingredients, make smoothies, juice, pastes, chutneys, batters, and so on.
An ideal mixer grinder for an average-sized family would be a 750 watts mixer grinder. It has a powerful motor and offers a speed of around 18500 to 20000 RPM. Most brands provide three to four jars for a 750 watts grinder, and the pricing is affordable.
What Is A Food Processor?
Unlike the mixer grinder, a food processor has five jars –
- Master jar
- Liquidizer jar
- Dry/wet grinding jar
- Chutney jar
- Juicer jar
The difference would be in the master jar. Since this appliance can use different blades and disks for various purposes, you can use a master jar for kneading, mincing, slicing, cutting, chopping, grating, and so on.
Basically, a food processor does the job of a mixer, blender, grinder, chopper, juicer, grater, and even a knife. Any food processor ranging from 700 watts to 1200 watts is suitable for working in an Indian kitchen.
Difference Between A Mixer Grinder And A Food Processor
The first thing you need to understand is that if they function the same, then there won’t be a market for one of the appliances. So, both the appliances have different functions. A mixer grinder and a food processor can chop, grind, mix, blend, mince, and make purees.
Due to the separate attachments like whipping blade and kneading blade in a mixer grinder, you can also whip cream and milk and knead the dough. You can knead with a food processor, but you cannot juice or whip. So, a food processor is not the appliance for you if you enjoy making soups or liquid drinks.
Given below is a summarised table showing the difference between a mixer grinder and a food processor.
|Sr. No.||Area of Difference||Mixer Grinders||Food Processors|
|1||Price and affordability||A mixer grinder is more affordable than a food processor. Generally, it cost half the price of a food processor.||A food processor is more expensive than a mixer grinder.|
|2||Popularity||Most Indian households are more familiar with a mixer grinder. One of the reasons for this might be since it is affordable than a food processor.||A food processor is less popular than a mixer grinder.|
|3||Functionality or usage||Mixer grinder can mix, grind, mince, blend, juice, chop. Separate attachments like whipping blade and kneading blade are available which helps to whip cream and knead dough respectively.||A food processor can chop, grind, mince, mix, grate, slice, knead, and make a puree. You can not use a food processor to make milkshakes or juice or whip cream.|
|4||Blades||Most mixer grinders have fixed blades but certain ones get separate attachments.||You can change the blades in a food processor when required.|
|5||Power consumption||An ideal one is a 750 watts mixer grinder. 500 watts and 1000 watts grinder can be used for small and large families respectively.||A food processor can consume power anywhere from 600 watts to 1200 watts.|
|6||Material used||Stainless steel||Unbreakable carbonated materials|
|7||Cleaning and maintenance||Easier to clean||Compared to a mixer grinder, it is a bit difficult.|
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Can You Substitute A Mixer Grinder For A Food Processor?
This question depends entirely on your needs. To an extent, you can substitute a mixer grinder for a food processor since it can do most of the function of a food processor. Personally, the one thing that I think a mixer grinder can not do is grate while a food processor can not juice or whip liquid items.
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