Commercial Food Mixer Buying Guide

Like any big piece of commercial restaurant equipment, buying a commercial-grade food mixer is a large investment. Blenders and mixers are an indispensable tool in any restaurant kitchen. Not only do they mix, but when outfitted with different mixer attachments, they can grind, chop, slice, and more. Ultimately you want to make sure you make the right decision long term and that the unit you choose will help make your business's daily operation a success. At Mission Restaurant Supply, we have a selection of quality floor, countertop, and hand mixers. Deciding what the best choice is, given all the options, is often a daunting and overwhelming process. Cost for most everyone is one of the most important factors. Oftentimes, spending that extra dollar on a top-notch piece of equipment will pay off in the long haul because it means you're committed to quality and better warranty terms and service options. However, we understand that price is an important factor for everyone, and that's why we carry great lines at all different price points and for all different applications. Making careful calculation of the pros and cons when deciding on a new commercial-grade piece of equipment is paramount to the future success of your operation. Let us help you find what you need for your business.

Manufacturer

A good place to start when choosing a piece of commercial equipment, in this case a food mixer, is the manufacturer. Every manufacturer has its own, distinctive features, and knowing what these are might sway your decision favorably.  Furthermore, having trust in the history and performance behind the brand can help instill confidence in your decision. Here are some of the top mixer manufacturers available here at MissionRS.com: Hobart: Hobart is the grandfather of commercial mixers. In fact, the brand actually came up with the idea of a mixer in 1908 and they have been developing ever since. Here's an excerpt straight from their site: " In 1908 a Hobart engineer named Herbert Johnson was watching a baker mix bread dough with a metal spoon. Instinctively he knew this simple mechanical action could be performed more efficiently and consistently by a machine driven by a motor. By 1915, the Hobart 80-quart mixer had replaced the metal spoon in bakeries across the country. A century after Herbert Johnson invented it, the Hobart mixer is the most popular and trusted brand in the foodservice and food retail industry." Univex: Since 1948, Univex has been manufacturing commercial mixers with a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Here are some words from the company: "All Univex mixers feature our unique hybrid drive system that lets you choose from four standard operating speeds or any speed in between...even while the mixer is running. They also come standard with a durable stainless-steel bowl that won't rust out or lose its finish, a #12 attachment hub for adding food-processing attachments, and an ingredient chute for easily adding ingredients to the bowl while the mixer is running." Waring: For the past 75 years, Waring has made a name in the industry for manufacturing quality immersion blenders, complete with s/s removable shafts and comfortable, ergonomic handles that can "power through any task." Waring has distinguished itself from other manufacturers by having both commercial and consumer-driven lines. Robot Coupe: For the past 30 years, this Jackson, Mississippi company has become a standard in the foodservice industry, and they proudly state that they are "the inventor and world leader of food processors" on their website. Robot Coupe's heavy-duty immersion blenders, found on MissionRS.com, not only allow for a number of tasks from mixing, blending, emulsifying, and pureeing, but the removable s/s knife and mixer blade assemblies make cleanliness and sanitation a key priority and positive attribute. You know you're buying quality from a trusted, American manufacturer when you purchase a Robot Coupe.

Size

The next factor to take into consideration is the type and size of mixer that'll best suit your needs. If you're operating a bakery, a pizzeria, or a restaurant where large volumes of dough, sauces, and more are needed constantly and in large volume, buying a large, heavy-duty, floor mixer is probably the best option for you. Conversely, if you are cranking out minimal volume of the aforementioned things or if you don't have the need for a mixer every day, a countertop or stick mixer might be the better option. Floor Mixers are probably the most popular type of mixer in a commercial setting due to their high powered nature and the large quart capacities they're able to undertake. Floor mixers have the power to mix a large amount of product in a very short amount of time, thus cutting labor costs and making food prep easier on a daily basis. Depending on your establishment and how much you are going to be preparing, a floor mixer might be the best investment for you. Our floor mixers range from 20 qt to 60 qt holding capacities.  These model types are ideal for cafeterias, caterers, restaurants, bakeries, and much more. Avoid the hassle of machinery breaking down and not doing its job efficiently day after day by purchasing a unit you know you can trust and that you are sure can handle the volume of food production your business requires. Shop Floor Mixers Here!   Countertop Mixers are a great choice for a vast array of uses and businesses, from small bakeries and coffee shops to smaller restaurant kitchens. Our countertop mixers available at Mission Restaurant Supply come in 7 qt, 10 qt, and 20 qt capacities and they feature gear-driven motors with heavy-duty exterior construction. Countertop mixers maximize space by being off the floor and on the tabletop. These models normally come outfitted with a spatula, a wire whisk, and a dough hook attachment with the stainless steel bowl, and some include a feed chute as well as a splash guard. Though much smaller than the robust floor mixers, our countertop mixers are all commercial-grade and they are built to handle the rigors of a commercial kitchen. However, these countertop models are also popular among our serious home chefs who constantly seek out quality and commercial-grade products for their home kitchens. Shop Countertop Mixers Here!   Hand Mixers Just like the grandiose floor mixers or the smaller, yet still robust countertop units, Hand mixers (otherwise known as stick mixers or immersion blenders) are a tool for food prep that mixes large quantities of soups, stew, sauces, and more. It differs from the floor and countertop varieties because it is a hand held device that has a built in motor, a long shaft, and a blade that is able to mix, chop, and emulsify at a high speed. One of the most important things to ensure when buying a hand mixer is that the size of the mixer will meet the size of the task at hand. The shaft should be long enough to mix thoroughly through the deepest part of your pot, and our range of shaft sizes from 7 inches to 29 inches, allows you to pick freely.  Furthermore, ensure that you pick the right power motor for your daily operation. If you will be blending heavy duty sauces, stews, and more, make sure you get a mixer with an adequate wattage so that the motor doesn't quit or overheat. The larger the job, the larger the motor you'll need and vice versa. Many of our models have a removable whisk assembly so that you can have that added feature if applicable to your needs. Also pay attention to whether or not the unit is single speed or if it has a variable speed feature. Variable speed is a major bonus that allows for greater mixing results. Contact our staff of friendly customer service agents today for guidance on which hand mixer is the right choice for you. Shop Hand Mixers Here!

Cost

At the end of the day, price is a factor that everyone considers before making a sale. Our mixers cover all different price points, and now it's easier to understand why. Our most expensive mixers are extremely heavy-duty, and they are built to handle all the rigors and the consistent, daily usage of a booming commercial kitchen. Our least expensive are your basic stick mixers that could be used both in the back of the house and in your own home.  Doing the research is often the hardest part when investing in commercial restaurant equipment, but we are here to help break down the details for you. Remember that investing in a quality manufacturer you can trust is important, and remember to think about the future of your establishment and to take into account potential growth that could increase the demands of your mixer down the road. Price is important as well and make sure you look at all your options before jumping into an investment- there could be an alternate, less expensive option that meets the demands of your business to a tee. Visit us online at Missionrs.com to find the right unit for you or call us today at 1-800-319-0690 and let us help you!

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