Is there a difference between an immersion blender & food processor?
In short – yes! An immersion blender is a handheld blender with a small spinning blade that is immersed into ingredients to create smoothies, soups and sauces. A food processor has larger, flat blades at the bottom of the work bowl, or discs that sit at the top and can chop, shred, grind, puree and more.
Food processors feature a work bowl where processed ingredients are collected, while a key feature of the immersion blender is that you blend directly in the bowl or pot you’re using for the rest of your prep, so it takes up less space and cuts down on dishes. Depending on the model and make, both immersion blenders (also known as hand blenders or stick blenders) and food processors may offer attachments or accessories to widen the scope of their capabilities.
KitchenAid® food processors, for example, can bring versatility and power to any recipe with accessories like a whisk attachment that’s available with some models, or a reversible slicing and shredding disc. KitchenAid® hand blenders can also enhance your culinary adventures by allowing you to blend in various containers and pots. Interchangeable blending arm accessories, like a chopper, are available to help expand their versatility. You can also find accessories like the whisk attachment to help with your quick whipping needs.