Hand mixers, stick mixers, stand mixers, food processors or Thermomix – all these kitchen appliances are called mixers. And even if they can all mix, the differences between these kitchen appliances are big. We will introduce you to the most important types of blenders and clarify which preparations they are suitable for. This allows you to understand the similarities and differences and find out more easily which mixer you actually need.
Types of Mixers: How to Choose the Best Commercial Mixer
Prepare fresh pesto, puree soups, mix shakes – with a stick blender – also called puree stick – you can puree various foods. Even for crushing the meat, a stick blender is used. It is an electric kitchen appliance for the hand, whose fast-rotating cutting knives are attached under a cover to the rod’s lower end. This purifies the mixture – e.B. directly in the soup pot. If you want to puree masses with low liquid content, such as cooked chickpeas, it can go on your arms until a delicious hummus is formed. Rod mixers are partly offered with interchangeable attachments and different blades and are correspondingly versatile. However, kitchen machines or stand mixers are better suited for the fine, creamy processing of raw ingredients or frozen ones.
- handy size
- easily dusty
- Easy operation
- can be exhausting during prolonged operation
- not all foods can be creamy-finely crushed
- The device can quickly reach its limits
Beat the cream or ice cream, stir cake dough or whisk a little – with a hand blender, you can mainly make stirred or liquid preparations. The electronic device has a handle, which is usually mounted on the top. The mixture material is mixed by two stirring rods that rotate against each other or kneaded into dough or whipped into cream. For this, the ingredients are placed in a bowl or bowl. Depending on how long and stirred, the hand mixer’s operation can go to your own forces. A button for the automatic ejection of the agitators is available on most models. Some devices also have different attachment parts, such as passing rods, puree rods or even universal shredders. The latter two are also to be bought individually as products.
- quick and easy cleaning
- The device is easy to use and well in the hand
- some devices offer multiple attachment options
- The device can be easily stored in the kitchen due to its small size
- can be exhausting during prolonged operation
- if you want to mix and crush in addition to stirring, the use of additional attachments is required
- not suitable for mixing smoothies
Kneading, rasping, stirring, pureeing or even juicing – a food processor is an electronic kitchen appliance that can offer many different applications depending on the design. The food processor is mainly used when larger quantities have to be processed. Especially when a stick mixer is no longer sufficient. Modern kitchen machines consist mainly of a basic unit, usually also the electric motor, a container or a stirring and collecting bowl made of metal or plastic, and various attachment options. The container or the stirring and collecting bowl can usually be removed from the device for cleaning. Kitchen machines are available either in a simple or slightly more elaborate design. High-quality equipment is available with devices that reach all areas of the collecting bowl or stirrer. This is the case, for example, with a planetary agitator in which the stirring tools are moved eccentrically.
The possible accessories:
- Beaker with impact device (for liquids or egg white)
- Grain mill
- Mixing bowl with stirring hook
- Fruit press
- Meat grinder
- Water heater
- Mixer attachment
- fast crushing of all foods
- large quantities can be processed
- not suitable for green smoothies and smoothies in general, as the mix results are insufficient
- All-round devices need more space with each additional function
- loud noise backdrop
- not every household needs all functions or are needed
- Cleaning the attachments can be expensive
- requires a lot of storage space as most devices are less compact
Mix, grind, crush, beat, mix, stir and knead the Thermomix. Self-cooking, steam-cooking and weighing can be this multifunctional food processor. According to the manufacturer, 12 functions make the Thermomix a unique kitchen appliance. The device consists of a basic unit consisting of an electric motor and a control unit. Besides, there is a removable mixing pot or mixing container made of stainless steel with an integrated heating system. In the mixing container, there is a cutting ester with four blades, which crushes the ingredients. If the container is in the left-hand run, ingredients are only mixed while crushed in the right-hand run. This is achieved because the cutting star’s four blades are blunt on the left side and sharp on the right side. The scale integrated into the device also makes weighing ingredients particularly convenient. The Thermomix stands for faster, easier and digital cooking. The latest model, the Vorwerk Thermomix TM5, has been on the market since 2014 and features a touchscreen that makes the device operable and programmable. Various recipe chips connected to the device guide the user through the virtual recipe world and guide them step by step through each recipe. The recipes are precisely matched to the Thermomix so that only the ingredients have to be added. The device then sets the time and temperature itself.
- Kitchen machine that combines many functions in one unit: cooking, steaming, pureeing
- fewer cookware as many work steps can be done in just one device
- easy and comfortable cooking thanks to digital recipe instructions
- Time-saving, because some preparation steps are automated by timer → you don’t have to be “with” all the time
- no specialist for green smoothies, with fibrous leafy green, the result is rather of chunky, fibrous consistency
- Loud noise background – Stiftung Warentest says during the test: “When grinding almonds, the inspectors measured a sound power level of almost 97 decibels on the Thermomix for a short time. It’s so loud that it hurts.’
- Cooking generates a lot of steam, so at best, you put the Thermomix under an extractor hood
- it cannot be fried
- very high acquisition costs
- only 2 years warranty by Vorwerk (as of April 2018)
- bulky requires a lot of storage space
With a universal shredder, also called a lightning chopper, multi-chopper or moulinette, various foods can be shredded, shredded and chopped. The term goes back to the French word moulin (mill) and can be translated into “small mill”. The device consists of a robust and non-slip stand block with rubber feet, in which the electric motor is located. On this housing, there is a removable container, which is mostly made of plastic. These devices often have an on and off switch and a push-button to start the crushing process. On some models, the operation of the device can be started by applying pressure on the container. However, multi-choppers are also available in reverse versions, where the engine blocks are located at the top of the containers. The chopping container then forms the foot, so to speak, while the device can be operated from the engine block. The electric motor rotates the cutting knives during the crushing process, and the different ingredients are then shredded, chopped or pureed in different ways depending on the use of the knife. For example. B nuts, parsley, onions, peppers and other vegetables can be crushed, and hummus or baby food prepared. There are larger and larger models with different cutting knives, as well as smaller variants. However, most appliances are kept very compact and can, therefore, also be stored in the kitchen in a light and space-saving way. Even more compact are devices without electric motors. These small kitchen aids are suitable for manual crushing, such as walnuts, parsley, or onions. The shredding process is usually created by applying pressure at the upper end of the device. The knives parenting at the hacker’s base, then come across the container’s ingredients and crush them by applying pressure from top to bottom.
- Easy cleaning of the removable container
- quickly crush, chop and puree a wide variety of ingredients
- not suitable for mixing smoothies, as ingredients can only be chopped or pureed in a short period of time but cannot be finely mixed
- can mostly only process smaller quantities
Green smoothies, fruit smoothies, nut milk, nice cream, soups, dips or nutmeg – with the stand mixer, the ultimate discipline is mixing and pureeing ingredients of different textures. The more powerful and differentiated the blender is, the creamier and finer it can produce creamy-fine masses even from hard-to-pure ingredients. For example, high-performance mixers are the absolute mixers among the stand mixers, who can prepare the finest green smoothies in a matter of seconds even from fibrous ingredients such as kale or wild herbs, or puree, crush or grind vegetables and fruits, frozen, legumes, nuts, seeds in a short time. Less powerful stand mixers are more likely to be reduced to easily purgeable ingredients such as fruits, pre-cooked vegetables, etc. and require more time to achieve a good mix result. You should know when to purchase which foods the stand mixer should process and what you want to prepare with it! Technically, stand mixers are constructed as follows: A stand mixer consists of a container made of plastic or glass and a standing block with an electric motor (motor block). The knives that cut the mixed material are firmly integrated or removable in the mixing container depending on the model. Before starting the mixing process, the ingredients are filled into the mixing container, and the container is closed with a lid. After starting the mixing process, the mix Arabe is crushed by the knife’s rotation around its own axis. As described above, the mix result’s quality depends on the performance of the respective stand mixer. You can find out which differences are to be expected in detail, which stand mixer is suitable for which preparations, on our next page on the topic of stand mixers.
- quick and easy preparation of a healthy meal
- takes a lot of work out of you during the preparation
- Hard-to-chew or fibrous ingredients can be finely pureed (especially high-performance mixers)
- with high-performance mixers, all preparation options such as smoothies, ice cream, nut muse, plant milk, dips, sauces, dressings, various desserts
- Easy operation
- quick and easy cleaning
- partly high acquisition costs for high-performance mixers.