In the Market for a Blender?

January 3, 2012
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Blenders have been used for decades to mix drinks and food products both quickly and efficiently. Their reliability and fast operation has made commercial blenders a must have and a mainstay in the foodservice industry over the years. There are differences in the construction and performance of every blender, which can be major or minor. Understanding these differences and how to purchase a model that is right for you will guarantee errorless blending in your bar.  

Differences in Commercial Blenders  

There are three main elements to consider before buying commercial blenders: Construction, Controls, and Blade Types + Motor Strength. Hamilton Beach, Waring and Vitamix are the top manufacturers of bar equipment and supplies online at MissionRS.com. This quick guide will tell you what you should look for.  

1. Construction  

When buying a new blender, the quality of the materials used will more than likely determine how long the machine will last. The more inexpensive models are constructed with a plastic exterior and a simple container. While these blenders are functional, they are not as durable as models that are made from stainless steel. The frequency of use along with what you’re blending will determine what type of construction that you need; if you’re shopping for a commercial use in a bar, restaurant, or smoothie shop, you need to opt for a more heavy-duty blender, while a smaller service restaurant or bar with less usage could handle a simpler model.  

This high tech blending station by Vitamix comes with an advanced container and 34 optimized programs to meet every blending need.

 

2. Digital or Manual Controls  

The next element to consider when buying a new blender is what kind of control features you’d like to have. You have a choice between push buttons or a digital keypad. Both versions work equally well. Each motor is shielded to reduce operating noise when each button is selected. Digital keypad blenders offer a more convenient way to prepare drinks on a timed circuit compared to manually pressing buttons and checking the mixed contents for proper blending.  

This heavy duty blender by Waring has a digital keypad with an electronic membrane and a 64 ounce unbreakable polycarbonate container

 

3. Blade Types and Motor Strength  

Lastly, understanding what kind of blade type and motor strength you need will help you make the right choice for your business. The quality of the blades is what ultimately gives you the finished blended product. The more inexpensive models are built with motors that are a few notches down in the strength department, and therefore may not be able to successfully handle certain tasks, like chopping an entire container full of ice, for example. Some of the more expensive units have stronger motors and more power to efficiently chop ice and solid foods. Which bar blenders you’ll need mostly depends on how fast drinks need to be made and what level of quality is acceptable for your restaurant or bar’s production. 

This super basic bar blender by Hamilton Beach has a two speed toggle switch, s/s blades and a poly-plastic configuration.

  

Browse through our selection of commercial food blenders & bar blenders at MissionRS.com!  

If you have questions on finding the right unit for your business, please call us at 800-319-0690 and one of our sales reps will be happy to help you! You may also send us an email at info@missionrs.com and we will reach out to you with a list of options.

2 Responses to In the Market for a Blender?

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    January 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    great site, good info!

  2. Sam
    January 25, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I am always browsing online for tips that can aid me. Thanks!

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