There are many types of kitchen machines and appliances designed to make it easier for you to prepare food. However, you don’t need to buy every kitchen machine in the market though, as they would just take up too much space. Instead you are better off knowing the various machines and what they’re for so you can find what you need.

Food and Stand Mixers

A mixer can perform a variety of kitchen food preparation tasks, allowing you to create home homemade but professional level dishes. Most of these machines come bundled with accessories like a beater, dough hook, and whisk for mixing, kneading and whisking.

The main purpose of a mixing machine is to mix cakes, whisk, whip and knead dough.  Mixing machines are very handy since they do most of the hard work for you especially if you’re preparing large amounts of batter, dough or cakes. In addition, they have variable speed control so there’s complete control over the food preparation. The more advanced models even have electronic speed sensors so speed remains constant even with different unique conditions. The last feature can be invaluable if you’re kneading dough or adding eggs to cakes.

Mixing machines also have special features such as extra power outlets so you can work with several types of attachments like a shredder, food slicer, a juice extractor, liquidizer, mincer, pasta maker and more.

Hand Mixing Machines

Hand mixing machines are portable appliances designed for easy whisking and mixing. These appliances have many features, but they work basically the same way, whereby the twin beaters fold air in the mixture to produce a light, fluffy texture, essential for cakes and mousses. These machines are equipped with kneading tools so kneading dough for pastries and breads will be easier.

Food Processing Machines

A food processor is most appropriate if you want a time saving kitchen appliance that won’t require too much effort on your part. A food processing machine is capable of grating, mixing, slicing, and chopping food, and while these machines are smaller than their mixing counterparts, they don’t take up as much space.

Also, their small size does not affect their functionality, and the majority is sold with a dough blade, knife, slicing and shredding plates, with additional attachments available for purchase. Among the extra attachments you can buy are mini bowls, dough tools, citrus juicers and whisking tools. You can also attach multi-mills and blenders on a processing machine for increased functionality.

Blenders and Smoothie Machines

Smoothie machines and blenders are versatile kitchen appliances designed specifically for blending sauces, shakes, smoothies and soups, and these can also be used to puree baby food. Every blender is equipped with a lid jug and a motor with a rotating blade at the bottom.

Capacity of blenders varies although the most popular models range from 1 to 2 liters, and they also have variable speeds for better blending. Most blenders have at least two speed settings, but others have more.

The more expensive blenders have special programs built in to perform particular tasks like crushing ice or create milk shakes. In fact some of these blenders have a mill built in to grind coffee beans, nuts, chop herbs and more. Some of the more powerful blenders also have a fruit filter specifically for making coulis or sauces.

Materials used for blenders are as diverse as the price range, speed and power, though the most popular are plastic jugs as they are light and easy to store. Glass jugs are also available, but they’re heavy and more susceptible to scratching.

Hand Blenders

Hand blenders are compact kitchen appliances designed for quick and easy blending and pureeing, and they are most useful for preparing baby food. Due to their size, they can only be used with limited amounts. Just like other blenders and mixing machines, there is a wide array of chopping, frothing and whisking attachments available.

Which One to Buy?

These are just some of the common types of kitchen food appliances that you’ll come across, but even then the choices are plentiful. To avoid mistakes, think about your specific needs and if the product fits your requirements. Be specific about what you’re looking for and don’t get caught up in all the extra features and accessories if you’re not going to use them.

At the same time you should read reviews online so you don’t end up with a lemon. Reading customer reviews is the most effective way to judge how well the product is being received by the people who bought them.

As you can see, mixing and food processing appliances have a lot in common, but they’re not exactly the same. While food processing machines are versatile, mixing machines can be just as effective in many cases. In the end, knowing what different kitchen machine products are available is necessary so you can make the best decision.