Written by Lisanne

What is the difference between a stand mixer and a food processor?

Google 'kitchen machine' and they both pop up on your screen: a kitchen mixer and a food processor. Not surprising, because with the right attachments the functions of these two kitchen appliances are nice and close to each other. Yet they really have their own, specific qualities, and it is quite useful to know them before you get started. Read on to discover what you use best for a kitchen mixer and a food processor.

Stand mixer vs food processor

Stand mixer Food processor
Whisking, kneading, mixing Daily use/Main function Regular use / Possibly after installing an accessory.
Chopping, cutting, grating Regular use / Possibly after installing an accessory. Daily use/Main function
Mashing For occasional use/Possibly after installing an accessory For occasional use/Possibly after installing an accessory
Thick juices Regular use / Possibly after installing an accessory. Regular use / Possibly after installing an accessory.
Thin juices Regular use / Possibly after installing an accessory. Regular use / Possibly after installing an accessory.
Making pasta Regular use / Possibly after installing an accessory. Not suitable
Prepare meat Regular use / Possibly after installing an accessory. Not suitable

Whisk, knead, and mix

Kitchen mixer: Undefeated kneading champion

Knocking, kneading and mixing are the most important functions of a kitchen mixer. This powerhouse comes standard with a whisk, mixing and dough hook that take over work-intensive kneading, kneading and mixing. The whisks stir or knead from above in the open, deep mixing bowl, which provides space for many ingredients at the same time. A kitchen mixer is very powerful due to its high output. In this way, it also easily kneads sticky pizza dough to the desired thickness.

Food processor: Handy baking aid

You can also whisk, knead, and mix with a food processor. The dough is kneaded a little less thoroughly than with a stand mixer because you attach the kneading blade to the bottom of the bowl. Its power is usually also somewhat lower. Because the mixing bowl is often slightly smaller than that of a stand mixer, you also bake smaller cakes.

Chop, cut, and grate

Kitchen mixer: Handy cutting aid

With a kitchen mixer, special blender and chopper attachments are included to take care of the chopping, cutting and grating work. That way you can easily extend the possibilities of a kitchen mixer. You depend on the solidity of the attachments and the sharpness of the supplied blades. This is important for example with very hard ingredients (nuts or chocolate) or very soft (cheese).

Food processor: Super fast master chef

The food processor is the chopping, cutting and rasp champion. With this kitchen appliance, various cutting and grating discs are included, with which you can cut vegetables and fruit in slices or blocks in no time, or grate it very finely. There are also special discs for cutting fresh fries, for example. A food processor is also very suitable for cutting jobs that other machines sometimes have difficulty with, such as cutting nuts, chocolate, or cheese.


Kitchen mixer: For (very much) sauce

In a kitchen mixer you can make a nice sauce or dip, for example with the supplied blender attachment. You can make Mayonnaise directly in the mixing bowl. This must be done in large quantities at the same time, otherwise the ingredients will not be mixed properly. For soup you can use a blender attachment, but make sure you can use a heat resistant can.

Food processor: For a thick dip

In a food processor you make your sauces and dips directly in the mixing bowl. Especially thicker mixtures are suitable for this, for example pesto. Soup is made in the blender attachment, provided the jug is heat resistant.

Thick and thin juices

Kitchen mixer: versatile juice maker

To make thin juice (with little fruit flesh), use a juicer attachment with your kitchen mixer. In a blender attachment you make thicker juices, for example a smoothie of your favorite vegetables and fruit. Do you want to crush ice for a milkshake? Then check whether the blender attachment is suitable for this.

Food processor: for ice-cold drinks, too

To make thin juices, use a juicer attachment as with a kitchen mixer. Smoothies can be made in the mixing bowl or in a blender attachment, although the blender is more convenient for pouring. Ice grinding is a breeze for most food processors.

Make pasta and prepare meat

Kitchen mixer: Handy addition

You can also install a pasta or meat grinder attachment on a kitchen mixer. This way you can turn fresh pasta or minced meat yourself. The thickness of the pasta or minced meat depends on the attachment you use, but in most cases it can be adjusted.

Food processor: Not suitable

Did you imagine all of it, those spaghetti and meatballs? Unfortunately, a food processor doesn't have room for a pasta maker or meat grinder attachment. Chopping garlic, onion, and a tomato for a delicious pasta sauce is possible, of course.


For beatings, kneading and mixing, you should use a kitchen mixer. This powerful kitchen appliance is built to quickly process large quantities of cream, dough and batter. Do you want a kitchen helper who can help you quickly with that annoying rasp, cutting and chopping? Then you can choose the best for a food processor. This mini-chef chops, cuts and grates vegetables and fruit effortlessly to any desired thickness. However, the functions of a kitchen mixer with the right attachments can be expanded a little more, for example to make pasta and meat yourself. Are you a real hobby cook, then you are probably the best with a kitchen mixer.

Article by:
Lisanne Kitchen Mixer and Food Processor Expert.

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