Juicers, Blenders and Extractors: What’s the Difference?
August 29, 2018

There’s no doubt about it: adding smoothies, juices and soups to your diet is an easy and effective way of improving your health. But what’s the best tool for the job? With juicersblenders and extractors like the NutriBullet to choose from, it can all get a bit confusing. Check out our handy guide to find out what’s what.

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Jug Blenders

The traditional jug blender is more versatile than juicers and extractors thanks to its larger size and different speed settings. They’re great for making large batches of smoothies, which is ideal for families, and you can simply store the jug in the fridge for later if you’ve any left over. They can also double up as soup makers, so you get more for you money. Given that jug blenders are usually much cheaper than other types, your cash will go a lot further.

As for the content of the smoothies or soups, they still contain all the fibre which means none of the fruit or veg goes to waste.



Nutrients in juices are easier for the body to absorb because the fibre is removed –great news if you’re on a low-fibre diet or detox. This means that the enzymes don’t have to fight through the fibre to reach the ‘trapped’ nutrients, so a much higher level of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients can enter the bloodstream much more quickly.

Because the fibre is removed, juicers have a separate section for the pulp, which is discarded. The amount of juice produced is a lot lower when compared to the amount you get from blenders, but it’s very nutrient-dense.

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Nutrient Extractors

Extractor blenders like the famous NutriBullet break down the cell walls of stems, seeds and skins, unleashing nutrients left inside while retaining the fibre. They have a much higher RPM (revolutions per minute) than regular blenders, so they achieve super-smooth consistencies and have no problem whizzing up tougher foods like nuts and seeds.

Most extractors come with serving cups and lids, so you can make a quick smoothie-to-go or store some in the fridge for later. They’re also very compact so they fit easily on your countertop, and have removable blades which are super-easy to clean.