The cooking of food and baking usually requires the mixing of various ingredients which can be made easy with the help of a device called a stand mixer.
Whether it is cookie batter or cake batter, vintage stand mixers provide you with excellent features for you to cook/bake perfectly.
Compared to hand blander the stand mixers are user friendly as it helps you in mixing or blending for a long span of time without any extra effort.
In order to save your money and time while cooking you may need to invest in these two products.
But wait. If you choose wisely you can pick one of them and still do all your tasks without any fuss.
The differences that exist between a hand blender and stand mixer should be therefore understood before you buy any of them.
Stand Mixer Vs Blender: Difference
The blender is generally a device that can be used to make your day to day the mixing and blending kitchen tasks easy.
When we talk about mixing power or preparing any heavy batter then a vintage stand mixer is always preferable for a kitchen.
These mixers go well with blending, beating, or mixing which definitely gives a good and perfect result.
|Stand Mixer||Hand Blender|
• Easy to use
• More powerful
• Quick and time saver
• Various attachments available
• Easy to use and clean
• Easily fits in a drawer or cabinet
• Large & heavy
• Not convenient to store
• Takes the space on your countertop
• Not convenient for small food quantities
• Not versatile
• Not very powerful
• Need to hold by hand
|Good for |
A professional baker who needs lots of kneading, mixing and blending
|Good for |
The difference between a stand mixer and blender can be understood based on the following…
1- The Use:
Blenders are used in making smoothies, soup, milkshakes, fruit purees, and crushing.
They cannot be used for work that needs more power like kneading dough.
However, the presence of different parts like beaters, flat beaters, and the dough-hook makes the Stand mixer even more useful.
It can be used to knead the dough, mix eggs, cakes, strokes, and other stuff.
The other attachments provided along with the stand mixer aids you in making stuffing sausage, rolling pasta, and making ice creams.
2- Speed and Power:
The Blenders are very slow and the stand mixers have great speeds compared to the blenders.
Thus, saving you a good deal of time in cooking.
You should definitely not use the blenders if the task requires you to use the stand mixer!
On a similar note, the blender has smaller motors and provides you with low power.
But the stand mixer has a larger motor and provides more power that can be used to achieve tougher tasks.
3- Appearance and Structure:
The blenders can be operated electrically and can be held by hand which makes it easy to be operated manually too.
But the Stand mixers are heavy and comes with a stand that carries the weight and can be operated only electrically.
The advantageous part of the machine is that it can be left on its own when you are busy with some other work.
4- Performance and Efficiency:
Stand mixers are better than blenders in performance and efficiency for the reasons stated above.
And as said above, try using stand mixers where you think that you require extra energy for cooking the food.
5- The Cost:
While purchasing any kitchen appliance, the factor that should be kept in mind is the price tag.
Most of the time the price will be proportional directly to the size of the appliance.
Thus, it can be easily said that the Stand mixers are costlier than the blenders.
The use of big motors and additional features are yet other factors that increase the cost of the stand mixer.
Hand Blender Vs Stand Mixer: What to Choose?
Based on my personal experiences, for mixing of ingredients or foods, vintage stand mixer plays a very important role in your kitchen.
They are especially favorable when you want to cook food in large quantities.
I personally love using my KitchenAid stand mixer because of its quality, design, and unique features.
However, compared to the vintage stand mixers, handheld blenders are portable and are great for daily usage.
These are great when you want to prepare food in a small quantity.
As it’s lightweight compact and easily fits into your kitchen cabinet it is convenient to store.
So, based on how often you are going to use them, you should choose the one that is most convenient for you in the kitchen.
Factors to Consider when Choosing the Best Stand Mixer for Your Kitchen
Stand mixers are available in the market that varies in size, structure, and functionalities that make the selection process of one particular stand mixer so confusing.
Some tips are given below that will help you in making the decision of choosing the best stand mixer easy.
The things that need to be considered are:
1- Usage Time and Frequency of Use:
The stand mixers can be used to whip butter and cream, to make cakes, cookies, brownies, and granola.
Even tougher works can be done with its help like in-home bread making and working with pizza dough.
It can be even used for mixing dishes having ground meat and for mashing potatoes.
In these cases, high power is needed, and stand mixers with large motors should be purchased.
If the stand mixer is going to be used only occasionally, there is no need of buying stand mixers of great power and large motors.
You can go with a cheap stand mixer which is easily available for frequent uses.
2- Volume of Food to Be Processed at A Time:
The volume of food that needs to be processed at once should also be taken care of.
In the market, the feature used to rate the stand mixer is its capacity and so the information about how many cups of flour can be processed at once is readily available.
Suppose you need a smaller mixer but you buy a large one or vice-versa then definitely you will end up with a mess.
Therefore, it is very important to look into the requirement first and then accordingly go for the best price in the market.
Such mixers do not require any replacement very soon in a way it also proves to be convenient.
3- Room for Storage and Durability:
The stand mixers will vary in size and the larger one consumes much space. Some stand mixers have tilt-back heads or an extra cabinet that will raise space constraints.
So before buying large stand mixers or even smaller ones, it should be checked whether the needed space is there for keeping the appliance.
Additionally, when you are investing money on a kitchen appliance, the main thing that has to be taken care of is the durability of the product.
The type of motor used, whether it is made of durable metal or something else is used in the construction should be checked.
The belts should not wear off by frequent use and the company should be able to support us well with their services.
Take time to understand the needs and buy a stand mixer that will suit it and for sure it will be the best purchase.
Buying a perfect vintage stand mixer is a tough task to accomplish. However, it requires only a small investment that you need not do again for years.
It is therefore essential that you determine properly about the stand mixers’ capacity, features, power, brand, guarantee, etc for making the best buy.
First, look into your needs and then accordingly buy the best stand mixer that can suit your requirement for years to come.
Welcome to my blog RetroKitchenAppliances. I am Genelia and I live here in Budapest. Passionate about cooking, kitchen technology, and appliances since childhood, I have planned to start with this blog where I can share my passion with the world. Hopefully, you will find the articles, tips, reviews, and buying guides here helpful.