It is hard to find a kitchen these days that does not own a blender. It has become one of the most essential tools in a kitchen like a knife or a stove which you simply cannot do without. Most of the recipes involve some form if mixing, chopping, mashing, pureeing or blending which is either impossible or very difficult without the assistance of a kitchen blender. If you are planning on adding a blender to your kitchen or you already own an older model and want to upgrade your kitchen with a more versatile, more advanced tool, the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you want a hand blender or a countertop blender.
It’s hard to say which one is the better choice among the different types of blenders since they are both excellent blending tools and it really depends on your preferences and the dishes you usually cook in your kitchen. Let’s have a look at their differences and their uses to help you make a choice.
The good ones among countertop blenders can be the most powerful blending tools that can work with hard fruits and vegetables, frozen fruits and even ice and make the most delicious, creamy smoothie you can imagine in merely seconds. If you think you are going to use your blender often for blending through hard ingredients, a countertop blender is what you need since a hand blender wouldn’t be able to pull off a job like this.
A countertop blender is by no means restricted to smoothie making. There are countless recipes in which you can make use of this amazing tool like sauces, dips, dressing, pancake batter and much more. The good thing about this type of blender is that it blends inside a contained environment so that the food will not splatter in the area around it. However, since they are stronger and can work with a wider range of ingredients as compared to a hand blender, they are generally also the pricier option among the too.
Although a hand blender can also make all sorts of blended recipes from smoothies and sauces to pancake batter, dips and more, they are best known for their use in making soups since they make the work so much simpler than with any other tool. The reason is their ability to blend hot ingredients inside the pot to make hot soup in only seconds. With a countertop blender you will need to take out a lot more time to make soup since you will have to let the ingredients cool down a bit before putting them in the jar, blending them and then transferring the blended mixture to the pot to reheat it.
Another great thing about a hand blender is you will never be limited with the capacity that you can process since you don’t have to put the ingredients in a jar to process them. You can process ingredients in any container depending on the amount that needs to be processed. You will also admire the easy cleanup they offer with a single blending shaft which can be hand washed easily or put inside a dishwasher if the blender is dishwasher safe. They are also lightweight and compact so that that they won’t even take up your storage space and can easily hide away in a cabinet or hang on a wall with a wall hanger.
The downside of using a hand blender, however, is you can only use it to blend soft ingredients with sufficient liquid because the motors of most of them cannot deliver as much power as a typical countertop blender can.