A traditional blender is a kitchen and laboratory appliance used to mix, crush, purée, or emulsify food and other substances. It is made up of a blender container with a rotating metal blade at the bottom that is powered by an electric motor in the base. It is also referred to as a regular blender, stationary blender, stand blender, or countertop blender. Most households have at least one, which is why it has earned the moniker "traditional blender."
In contrast, a hand blender is self-explanatory. It's a blender that you hold in your hand. It is also known as an immersion blender and a stick blender. It is essentially a stick with blender blades attached to the end.
Here comes the million dollar question. Is one better than the other? The short answer is no. Despite the fact that they are both referred to as blenders, they are 2 different appliances. They each have distinct functions and capabilities. While both have their advantages, there are times when one is superior to the other, and we’re going to look into that in a minute.
If we consider the number of servings, a hand blender would suffice if there are only 1 or 2 servings. However, if there are more than three servings, a traditional blender clearly wins. It will save you a significant amount of time.
However, a hand blender is much more versatile, takes up less space, and is easier to clean than a traditional blender. It's small enough to fit in a fairly small drawer and light enough to pull out with one hand. Meanwhile, because of its simple design and ability to blend directly in a pot, measuring cup, or jar, it is far easier to clean.
One notable difference between traditional blender and hand blender is power. Traditional blender is much more powerful and able to blend those firm ingredients such as frozen foods, ice and so on.
It is recommended that you use a traditional blender when making smooth purées, creamy soups, creamy dips, frozen cocktails, and smoothies made with frozen fruit and ice because traditional blenders work better when it comes to blending firm ingredients and producing a better blended texture.
You can, however, use a hand blender to beat eggs, make whipped cream, chunky salsa, smoothies without firm ingredients, pancake or waffle batter, vinaigrette and dressings.
When it comes to blitzing fruit and vegetables into smooth drinks or sauces, both traditional and hand blenders are effective. However, which type of blender you choose will be determined by what other tasks you intend to use the blender for and how much storage space you have.
Originally written by: Wan Ahmad