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Food processors vs stick blenders


You’ll want the right tool for the right kitchen job. We compare a food processor against a stick blender to show which ones work best in different scenarios.


I just read this report, with a view to possibly replacing an old stick blender: jumped to the link for stick blenders, but - the first thing I looked for in the full test details, was the power of the unit… Nada!
Was this an oversight??


Forgive me, I’m not overly familiar with this type of appliance and I want to make sure I am understanding your query correctly before I speak to our product testers. I couldn’t see much of a basis of comparison on the market in terms of factors like Wattage, RPM and so forth. We test stick blenders based on their ability to process food into a paste or sauce, on chopping ability and how easy they are to use. Is it possible to view blenders based on their power, and would this factor trump their performance for certain applications? Apologies once again, I’m sure I’m probably missing something obvious!


Maybe or maybe not. We have only had 2 stick blenders but thought the newer one, with a higher wattage motor, was noticeably better than the previous one. But this NDTV review squarely addresses their experience with wattage. It appears our new stick blender is probably better for another reason than wattage :wink:


My s/b is quite old, but when I purchased it, it was apparent that the more power that a motor offered, the more effectively it would work. Which is the main reason I looked for that particular specification. I went to the Breville website: one of the models I checked out had a 700w motor - I wanted to compare it with the the others, without having to go to individual websites.
I realise that the power consumption for this kitchen appliance isn’t important for environmental/electricity purposes, but I do think that a motor’s power should be a standard inclusion in any tests.


Thanks all, I’ll pass on the feedback :+1:


Thanks for the NDTV review, The BBG! It made very interesting reading (& watching Oz MasterChef, I have been surprised at the variety of uses with s/b & accessories - the model must be far more powerful than mine…).


I concur with @evanstrish3. I always look for more wattage, as they tend to be able to deliver more power to cope with harder/thicker/more ingredients.


I’ve had my Breville BSB400 for about 5+ years now, and it works a treat. I don’t do as much cooking as I used to, and only occasionally use my food processor (usually for baking), but use the s/b quite often, especially for soups. It’s also good for chopping up small quantities of things like nuts.

I particularly like that the moving parts are detachable from the handle, which makes it safer, and compact to pack away in the jug.