With so many commercial blender options out there, choosing the right model for your business can be a chore. This guide breaks down the types of blenders along with the features to look for when buying a commercial blender. Whether you are looking for a robust commercial smoothie blender or a small handheld immersion blender, we'll help you consider your options and make an informed decision. Check out our commercial blender reviews to find out what customers are saying about our blenders.
There are three types of commercial blenders: food blenders, bar blenders, and immersion blenders. Commercial blenders are designed to handle frequent use in a high-volume setting and can be used in a variety of ways from mixing thick smoothies and milkshakes or blending frozen cocktails to creating creamy soups and sauces.
After you decide which type of blender is right for you, you'll also need to pick out a blender jar. Blender jars are available in different styles suited for certain applications. Think about these considerations when choosing a blender jar:
When choosing the best blender for your business, you will need to consider what it will be used for, the minimum amount of horsepower it needs, its control type, how quiet it needs to be, and its ease of cleaning.
The type of blender that you need depends heavily on the environment where it will be used. For instance, making smoothies all day will require a completely different blender than making only a few margaritas per night.
First off, consider the type of business you run. What foods will you use the blender for? Will you be using it to puree creamy soups, or will you be making tantalizing smoothies? Then, think about how often you'll be using the blender. Some blenders are designed for lighter-duty use and wouldn't last in an environment where they are used to make dozens of drinks every day.
Also, some blenders have features like programmable controls or timers that make them more efficient for use in high-volume kitchens and bars. If you are going to be making the same recipe over and over, or you want to set the blender for a specific time and perform other tasks while it does its job, some of these features can make up for the higher price tag by saving you hours of time and labor.
To help keep the noise down in your establishment, you can choose a blender that has a sound enclosure. This feature is a polycarbonate shield that surrounds your blender during use to reduce the amount of noise produced by the unit. It may reduce the immediate accessibility of the jar and controls, but if noise is a problem for your business, choosing a unit with an enclosure may be your best choice in the long run.
More horsepower isn't always better. Once again, it all comes down to your application. If you will be making thick smoothies or milkshakes all day, you'll definitely need a unit with more power. But if all you need is a blender to turn out a couple of margaritas every night you can save some money by going with a smaller, less powerful one.
Common HP Ratings
|1/2 HP||Light food preparation, no more than 50 servings per day.|
|1-1 1/2 HP||Medium food preparation, up to 75 servings per day.|
|2 HP||Medium to heavy food preparation, between 75 - 100 servings per day.|
|3 1/2 HP||Heavy food and beverage preparation, more than 100 servings per day.|
There are three types of blender controls: toggle / paddle, electronic, and programmable controls. Each type has its own benefits and an application where it works best.
Toggle / Paddle Controls
At the end of the day, there are plenty of things you would rather be doing than cleaning your equipment for the next day. To make life easier on yourself, consider some of these features that are designed to make cleaning a blender easier and more efficient.
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