Commercial mixers are some of the most useful and versatile pieces of equipment you can invest in! With numerous innovative features and attachments from belt drive systems to bowl guards, our restaurant mixers will be a vital asset for any commercial kitchen.
To aid in selecting the perfect unit from a variety of commercial mixer brands, we even have a mixer sizing chart to break down the size needed for various types of jobs. If you need to know dough mixer, vertical cutter mixer, or planetary mixer uses, we have you covered. Whether you're a pizza shop that mixes hundreds of pounds of dough a day, or you're a restaurant that only needs to make mashed potatoes once a week for a dinner special, we have the right commercial mixer for you!
A planetary mixer definition identifies these vertical mixers as units with an agitator that turns on an offset shaft, while the mixing bowl remains stationary. Interchangeable agitator attachments let you mix anything from dough to icing to meringues and puddings.
Dough mixers (also known as spiral mixers) consist of a spiral-shaped agitator that remains stationary, while the bowl revolves around it. This specialized design makes them great for mixing large quantities of dough at a time.
Vertical cutter mixers feature a large covered mixing bowl, a high horsepower motor, and an interior agitator that lets them perform a variety of functions for fast, bulk production.
In addition to the different mixer types, you can also choose from different styles. You'll want to consider how big you want your mixer to be, and along with that where you want to place it in your kitchen. Smaller (less than 10 qt.) countertop mixers are designed to fit on a countertop, while slightly larger (10-20 qt.) stand mixers are often best suited for an equipment stand. Just about anything above that size is considered a floor mixer and is designed to sit directly on the floor.
These can experience belt "slip," or insufficient grip between the belt and drive, which reduces the velocity ratio of the mixer system. If repairs are required, they tend to be cheaper to fix than a gear system.
Gears eliminate the risk of drive system slip. However when repairs are needed, they tend to be more expensive than a belt system.
Mixers typically feature several different operating speeds which affect how quickly the agitator (or bowl, in the case of spiral mixers) revolves.
Be sure to read the manufacturer's literature, as certain products will mix better at certain speeds, and on a planetary mixer the different agitator attachments will perform differently.
Also consider whether the mixer lets you change speeds during operation. Some models allow you to adjust on the fly, which can be a big boost to your productivity.
Keep in mind that not all mixers are engineered to handle the mechanical stresses associated with adjusting on the fly--for those mixers you must shut the unit off before changing the speed. This helps prevent internal damage and ensures the end user's safety during operation.
Larger mixers tend to have a higher horsepower motor than smaller models since they're mixing more material at a time, and larger mixers are also better suited to handle thicker, stiffer dough (like pizza dough), which require more power to mix than lighter mixtures.
The most common variety, manual lifts raise and lower the bowl via a wheel or lever. On some smaller countertop planetary mixers, however, the bowl does not move. Rather, the entire upper housing of the mixer, mixing device included, tilts back and permits access to the bowl.
As the name implies, this system raises and lowers the bowl automatically with buttons or a similar interface. This is more common on larger mixers with larger mixing bowls.
A plastic or wire housing around the top of the bowl, the guard prevents hands, clothing, or foreign objects from coming in contact with the agitator during mixing, and most mixers are required to include one to comply with OSHA regulations.
Your staff should understand the dangers of operating the mixer; for example, trying to bypass the guard by putting hands / fingers / utensils in or under it during operation can have very negative consequences and your training should cover the proper way to operate and clean commercial mixers for the safety and security of your staff.
The standard duty mixer is ideal for a catering business, restaurant, or cafe that makes batter and dough in house. These mixers are good for egg whites, whipped cream, cake batter, and occasional batches of pizza dough on low speed.
The heavy-duty mixer is a reliable and durable option for high-volume bakeries, pizzerias, and central kitchens that make batter and dough in-house. These mixers are great for preparing a variety of foods, including cake batter, mashed potatoes, pastry or pie dough, and pizza dough.
|5 - 7 Qt. Mixers||10 - 12 Qt. Mixers||20 Qt. Mixers||30 Qt. Mixers||40 Qt. Mixers||60 Qt. Mixers||80 Qt. Mixers||100 Qt. and Above|
|Egg Whites||0.25 qt.||0.5 qt.||0.75 qt.||1.5 qt.||1.75 qt.||2 qt.||2 qt.||4 qt.|
|Icing||2 lbs.||5 lbs.||9 lbs.||18 lbs.||25 lbs.||36 lbs.||65 lbs.||100 lbs.|
|Mashed Potatoes||3 lbs.||5 lbs.||12 lbs.||23 lbs.||30 lbs.||40 lbs.||60 lbs.||100 lbs.|
|Mayonnaise (Qt. of Oil)||1.5 qt.||3 qt.||6 qt.||12 qt.||13 qt.||18 qt.||30 qt.||50 qt.|
|Pancake Batter||2 qt.||4 qt.||6 qt.||12 qt.||16 qt.||24 qt.||32 qt.||N/A|
|Shortening & Sugar, Creamed||3 lbs.||6 lbs.||12 lbs.||24 lbs.||35 lbs.||48 lbs.||65 lbs.||120 lbs.|
|Whipped Cream||1 qt.||2 qt.||3.5 qt.||6 qt.||8 qt.||12 qt.||16 qt.||30 qt.|
|Cup Cakes / Muffins||3 lbs.||12 lbs.||20 lbs.||30 lbs.||45 lbs.||60 lbs.||90 lbs.||165 lbs.|
|Layer or Sheet Cake Batter||3 lbs.||8 lbs.||15 lbs.||30 lbs.||40 lbs.||60 lbs.||90 lbs||165 lbs.|
|Pound Cake Batter||3 lbs.||8 lbs.||14 lbs.||30 lbs.||40 lbs.||55 lbs.||100 lbs.||185 lbs.|
|Sponge Cake Batter||2 lbs.||5 lbs.||9 lbs.||18 lbs.||40 lbs.||36 lbs.||65 lbs.||140 lbs.|
|Bread / Roll Dough, Light||4 lbs.||5 lbs.||18 lbs.||45 lbs.||45 lbs.||75 lbs.||170 lbs.||180 lbs.|
|Bread Dough, Heavy||N/A||3 lbs.||16 lbs.||30 lbs..||35 lbs.||60 lbs.||140 lbs.||175 lbs.|
|Doughnut Dough, Raised||N/A||2 lbs.||7 lbs.||15 lbs.||25 lbs.||30 lbs.||60 lbs.||100 lbs.|
|Pasta Dough||N/A||4 lbs.||7 lbs.||8 lbs.||15 lbs.||30 lbs.||65 lbs||100 lbs.|
|Pie Dough||3 lbs.||5 lbs.||13 lbs.||27 lbs.||35 lbs.||60 lbs.||75 lbs.||60 lbs.|
|Pizza Dough, Light - Medium||N/A||3 lbs.||10 lbs.||20 lbs.||32 lbs.||60 lbs.||155 lbs.||125 lbs.|
|Pizza Dough, Heavy||N/A||4 lbs.||20 lbs.||40 lbs.||45 lbs.||70 lbs.||155 lbs.||190 lbs.|
Mixer accessories can be used to increase the versatility of your unit. Some of the most common ones include:
Used for mixing ingredients, mixers come standard with an appropriately-sized bowl (i.e. a 60 qt. bowl for a 60 qt. mixer) but one advantage of planetary mixers is that you can generally trade this out for a smaller bowl if you want to mix up smaller batches.
A flat beater provides a wide, flat surface that is perfect for mixing up batter for cakes and brownies, and also firm to hard cookie dough. You can also use it for making icing and even mashed potatoes.
The wire whip is made of wire strands arranged in an oval shape. Its primary use is for mixing light items like custards, puddings, and whipped cream, and it's also great for creating the light, thin texture found in meringues and souffles.
This attachment consists of a spiral-shaped hook, which allows your mixer to knead and fold pizza dough, bread dough, and more.
The pastry knife is designed to mix and cut heavy pizza and pie dough, easily combining even thick ingredients.
A bowl scraper continuously scrapes the sides of the mixing bowl as the agitator turns. This makes it a great way to minimize ingredient waste and reduce the need for manual bowl scraping.
Perfect for shredding up items like vegetables and cheeses into fine pieces, these attachments consist of a housing with shredder disc, and you can adjust the size of the finished product by using a different disc.
These attachments usually come with a feed pan and stomper to direct meat down into the chopper unit where the meat is ground up or chopped.
Similar to the shredder in concept, a slicer attachment features slicer knives that cut food into smaller pieces; use it to cut up potatoes, fruits, cabbage for salads or cole slaw, and more. Many slicer attachments can also be converted into shredders by replacing the slicer blades with a shredder disc, instead.
A good support platform for countertop mixers, a mixer table provides added stability and we offer models with offset edges to contain spills. You can also choose from mobile units that come with casters, and others that have tray slides so you can keep bun pans close at hand.
Proper use and care can help extend the life of your mixer. Keep these simple steps in mind for a better overall experience with any mixer you purchase.