Trying to decide between a juicer and a food processor can sound extremely simple, but more often than not, a choice between two seemingly similar appliances is stressful and easier said than done.

They both offer wonderful options and open up a world of possibilities to those who own them, not to mention that operating them is simple, and the learning curve is relatively small, to non-existent.

The easiest choice would be to get both, but in the real world, budgets are tight, and limiting. 

If you’re currently in this situation, you need answers, and you need them fast. You require facts and advantages that speak clearly to you and demonstrate how each appliance outperforms the other in order to make the best decision possible. But the research is so tedious!

Worry not, I already took care of that for you.

Below, I’ve prepared a list of the most common aspects potential buyers consider before choosing between either appliance.

That being said, even with all the useful information you’ll get, in the end, your decision should be based on your budget, eating habits, and personal preferences. What works for other people might not work for you.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

Choosing the Right Appliance

With so many options out there, making this decision will be tough, but I hope that, by knowing the basic facts and tools at your disposal, this process will be simpler, and quicker for you.

The main aspects to consider should be:

  • Price
  • Versatility
  • Healthy Recipes
  • Ease of use
  • Durability
  • Warranty coverage

Throughout this list, you’ll likely be surprised at how similar both appliances can be in some areas, and how greatly they differ in others.

#1 Price

Basic models are not expensive

You’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to break the bank to get a good juicer or food processor. In fact, you can find a basic model from reputable manufacturers for less than $100.

And while you can find more expensive models that go all the way up to $800, if you’re only looking to prepare personal-sized meals, you’ll probably just end up paying for extra bells and whistles that you don’t need.

#2 Versatility

When it comes to versatility, food processors have the upper hand. Let me tell you why.

While you can prepare all sorts of healthy concoctions with juicers, food processors allow you to chop, dice, mince, and transform virtually any food, and this difference is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, we’re trying to compare apples and oranges here.

If you’re someone who doesn’t do a lot of cooking but can’t start your morning without a freshly-squeezed glass of orange juice, versatility won’t matter. A juicer will be a godsend.

That being said, it’s not completely impossible to get good juices with a food processor, but evidently you will get much better results using a juicer for that. Not to mention that the latter has a built-in pulp basket, whereas food processors do not, so you’ll have to take some extra steps to remove the unwanted substances.

Juicer with a cup of juice and some fruits beside
A juicer is used only to extract liquid from fruits and vegetables.

#3 Healthy Recipes

Either appliance offers wonderful options

This is where things start getting tricky, because both appliances open up a world of possibilities in terms of healthy recipes. If you’re a fitness lover, the sky’s the limit.

On the one hand, juicers will offer the possibility of creating a myriad of cleansing options that you can take either in a fasted state, after your workout, or before going to bed.

Food processors, on the other, will allow you to prepare entire meals, and individual ingredients for your culinary masterpieces.

Again, the right answer will lie with your personal preferences and needs. If you’re not looking to cook too much, a juicer will work great, whereas if you love trying new recipes and preparing delicious meals for family and friends, a food processor will make you very happy

#4 Ease of Use

There’s always a leaning curve

While it’s true that nowadays most manufacturers make their products as user-friendly as possible, it would be a lie to say that either appliance lacks a learning curve. This is completely normal.

That being said, learning how to use your appliance properly and take advantage of all the options it has to offer should take no more than a single read through your user manual, and a couple of minutes.

Basic juicers should be up and running a little quicker, as all you have to do is put the fruit or vegetable inside them and activate the appliance, whereas food processors have different blades for different purposes, and might need a little more concentration and dedication from you.

#5 Durability

Even if you get the cheaper models, you’re still spending your hard-earned money in an appliance, so you’ll obviously want it to last for as long as possible in optimal condition, right?

The durability of either one will depend less on the appliance itself, and more on the way you use it. Technology has come so far, that even the most basic models will provide you with a great results and long-lasting materials.

Again, while the more expensive models will offer you a greater variety of options, most of the additional zeros on their tag don’t come from extra durability, but from bells and whistles that are, more often than not, useless to you unless you’re running a restaurant or have very specific needs.

Having said that, try to always buy your appliances from a reputable vendor. Sure, you can find knockoff brands for probably less than $40, but I can almost guarantee that they will fail within months. Remember, buy cheap, buy twice.

#6 Warranty Coverage

Last, but definitely not least, is the warranty coverage.

This might come as no surprise to you, but most manufacturers will offer a one-year warranty for the parts inside their products, offering to fix them for free provided that the fault came from using them under normal conditions. What does that mean?

Well, let’s say you’re using your juicer and the user manual says not to operate it for over 20 minutes at a time. If you ignore these indications and there is overheating damage, your manufacturer will not cover it. Even if you’re still within the one-year period.

That being said, if you plan to follow the indications of your manufacturer to a tee, you can always get a warranty extension. Some companies offer a 5-year plan, while others can go all the way up to 10.

At the end of the day, as long as you buy your juicer or food processor from a reputable vendor, and use it normally, it should last for a long time.

What About a Blender?

At this point, you might be considering just going for the food processor and using your blender to get the juice. While in theory that could get you similar results, a juicer is much more comfortable to use.

Take orange juice, for example. If you want a freshly-squeezed glass from a blender, you’ll have to remove the peel, scrape off the pulp and then throw everything in the jar. A juicer, on the other hand, is already equipped with a set of tools that can get the job done much easier and quicker.

If you’re on a budget and really want a food processor, by all means, go ahead and use your blender. But if you know that you’re going to be juicing constantly, you might want to ponder on that for a bit longer.

Again, it’s all a matter of personal preference.

Food processor and blender
If you don’t want to invest in a good juicer, you can still make juice with a blender.

Conclusion

Food processors vs juicers, that’s the million-dollar question.

At a glance, they both seem very similar, but once you explore them in detail, it’s easy to realize that they fulfil very different purposes. Deciding which one to buy gets even harder when you take a look at the prices and find that they’re both in equal price tiers.

While the purpose of this list is to help make this decision easier, at the end of the day, it will all come down to your personal preferences, eating habits, and budget.

If you’re someone who enjoys a freshly-squeezed glass of orange juice in the morning, a juicer will be the best investment you’ve ever made, whereas if you love cooking for yourself and others, a food processor is the way to go.

Whichever option you end up choosing, just remember to always buy from a reputable vendor.

Avoid knockoffs, and operate your appliance under your manufacturer’s instructions. This will not only guarantee its durability and functionality, but also keep your warranty intact in case of defects or failure.

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