Should I Buy a Food Processor or an Immersion Blender?

Product & Shopping Questions

Q: I'm a college student on a budget with limited storage space. I'd like to have a blender or food processor for making smoothies and since many recipes call for a food processor. Is it better to buy an immersion blender or a 3-cup food processor?

Sent by Audrey

Editor: For making super-smooth soups, smoothies, and sauces, I've found that I actually prefer the immersion blender over the food processor. The immersion blender can handle most frozen fruits, though I've found it does best if larger fruits (like whole frozen strawberries) can be chopped into smaller bits.

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