The blender goes above and beyond when it comes to getting a smooth consistency. It’s designed for liquids, so smoothies, soups, my delicious margaritas and even salad dressings are best made in the blender. And you can really fill it up and not have to worry about leakage like you do with the food processor. (Just remember to put the lid on!)

 My food processor takes over when my knife just doesn’t do the trick. When it’s not critical that my ingredients are evenly cut, I like to chop vegetables like mushrooms, carrots or onions, for example, into tiny little bits by pulsing them in my food processor to use in soup or as a filler in meatloaf. That’s something that my blender would have a hard time with. And it has interchangeable blades—one for grating and even one for making dough for pies or pizza. But what I really like it for: frozen desserts. Turns out you don’t need an ice cream maker to make a delicious frozen dessert. (Good news for a gadget-phobe like myself.) Chop up frozen fruit in your food processor and add a small amount of sugar or fruit juice to sweeten it up. Add some yogurt and you have instant frozen yogurt. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and you have a healthy after-school treat.

 Anything solid in the blender can be a challenge. It really needs liquid to work efficiently. The tiny blade whips up air pockets around itself and the narrow shape makes it hard for solid food to make contact with the blade. So you can leave your veggies and frozen fruits to the food processor. If you’re making a smoothie using frozen fruit, make sure to use liquid, such as milk or even yogurt, to puree properly.