Kitchen devices for the preparation of liquid or pasty mixtures appeared more than a hundred years ago. However, due to the cumbersome electric motors, these devices looked more like industrial concrete mixers. And only with the development of compact electric motors, household mixers took on the familiar appearance and got a permanent “registration” in European and American kitchens.

Blenders were invented in 1922 by the American Stephen Poplavski. Originally they were used exclusively for the preparation of cocktails and other beverages.

Later, these devices, like mixers, became universal kitchen appliances for mixing (although to this day there are special cocktail blenders). Today, both types of devices are functionally close to each other. Although, of course, there are nuances that must be considered when choosing a technique.

Blender or mixer?

If you want to buy a blender for making cocktails, it is desirable that it has a function “Ice pick”.

As soon as it comes to kitchen appliances, terminological confusion inevitably arises, because different manufacturers may have different devices for similar devices. For example, stationary mixers on a fixed stand are often called food processors or kitchen machines. It happens and vice versa: different types of technology are called the same.

This, for example, applies to blenders. There are two fundamentally different types of devices: bowl blenders and immersion blenders. Functionally, they are so far from each other that there is no sense in talking about “blenders in general”.

So what do we have? Four types of specialized devices can be used to mix products: mixers with a bowl on a stand, hand mixers, immersion blenders and blenders with a bowl. Consider them in more detail. Mixers on a non-removable stand. The technique is solid and relatively expensive. Just like a combine or a coffee machine, it requires a permanent place on the kitchen table.

These mixers are distinguished by their highest performance and are best suited for preparing large quantities of the mixture. The productivity of their work depends on the capacity of the bowl (up to 5–5.5 l). So when choosing, it is very important to pay attention to the weight of the device and the convenient design of the handle-holder.

However, some models provide a bowl and a stand, which allows them to be used stationary – it makes sense with a large amount of work. Also, the kit may include a stand for wall storage of the mixer itself and nozzles (beaters, hooks, etc.)

Submersible blenders. Used to prepare small amounts of the mixture – usually for one or two servings. Functionally, immersion blenders are closest to hand mixers. Both types of devices are manufactured by the same companies. 

Blenders with a bowl. The bowl located on top is put on the motor part of the mechanism. The main purpose of such devices is the preparation of liquid mixtures and cocktails. Structurally, these blenders are close to shredders, mini-combines and other similar equipment. The price range is very wide. There are both purely domestic models and quite professional models also

What and how to mix?

Initially, the difference between mixers and blenders was more significant than it is now, and was in the design of the working blades and the speed of rotation of the engine. The blender used a knife with sharp edges, which rotated much faster than beaters or hooks in a blender (in professional cocktail blenders, the rotation speed reaches 10 thousand revolutions per minute, and in household mixers it usually does not exceed several hundred revolutions per minute). Accordingly, the tasks were different, the mixer was mixing, and the blender beat up the liquid.