So…you’re in the market for a commercial blender. Congratulations! Believe it or not, this is a pretty exciting place to be. Adding one of these babies to your kitchen can bring a whole new dynamic to your rocking repertoire of amazing apps, excellent entrees, and delectable drinks and desserts! We know…it’s going to be pretty unbelievable. But before rushing out to buy one of these fantastic appliances, it may be worthwhile to pause, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. There are literally hundreds of different models of commercial blenders out there – trust us, it’s a real jungle. Before you descend into the wilderness, here are a few points to consider before purchasing a commercial blender.
In high school, all the bomber jacket bad boys would measure the power and performance of their high speed muscle cars by horsepower. Well, the world of high speed blenders isn’t much different. Except for the bomber jackets.
Or the bad boys.
Or the muscle cars.
But the horsepower? The horsepower is spot on!
The blending power of a commercial blender is usually measured by its horsepower – with models containing engines that range from less than ½ horsepower to almost four. Consider what you are planning to blend. We use ice cubes as a point of reference. If you are planning on consistently blending concoctions that contain ice cubes (think tasty tropical treats!), you’re probably going to want between a 1 ½ and 2-horsepower motor. Worth noting: One unit of horsepower is equal to about 750 watts. Some models of commercial blenders measure strength in watts. Also worth noting: This does not mean plugging a horse into your wall will power a room’s worth of light bulbs.
While the old adage may hold true in other walks of life, size does indeed matter in the world of the industrial blender. Before purchasing a prospective model, take a moment to consider the amount of food or liquid you plan to blend at one time. Potential serving sizes will also play a part. Additionally, in order to increase the longevity of your appliance, a good rule of thumb is never to fill the blender jar more than 75%. Be sure to keep this in mind when selecting a blender. Our recommendation: If storage space is not an issue, go a few ounces larger than you think you’ll need.
For a professional blender, blender jars are generally made from one of the following materials: stainless steel, glass, or plastic. If you’re shooting for durability, stainless steel is your best bet. But if you’re the most careful person on the planet and therefore not concerned with durability, it really just comes down to preference. Those in the glass or plastic camp may prefer the visual appeal of watching the blender in action. The stainless folks champion the sleek styling and modern appearance. You be the judge.
Credit: AmazonWhile food blenders may oftentimes be judged by their top half, it is important not to forget about the appliance’s motorized base when making your decision. Like their neighbor upstairs, it is common for a blender’s base to be designed using either plastic or stainless steel. While stainless steel may look sleeker, plastic is undoubtedly easier to clean. High end models may sometimes offer chrome as a base material option. While it’s certain to turn heads in your kitchen, be sure you know what you’re getting into before buying a blender with a chrome base. Yes, chrome blenders look really, really sweet. This is an empirical truth. But keeping them looking really, really sweet? That will require daily attention and care.
On the blade front, stainless steel is the only way to go. Worth considering: Are the blades removable? For the discerning buyer, not having removable blades may be a deal-breaker. Remember – this will be your appliance, and therefore your responsibility to maintain. Removable blades make a world of a difference when cleaning. Do us a favor – have mercy on your future self.
Once you’ve narrowed down the size and characteristics of your potential model, it’s time to hone in on the controls. Review your recipes (or potential recipes) to understand what types of settings they may call for. A few popular settings include:
- Puree: For the soup enthusiasts. A puree setting will blend even the chunkiest chunks of vegetables into oblivion.
- Mix: This control won’t chop or blend, but it will combine different ingredients. Save your manicure.
- Liquefy: Smoothies, anyone?
Many high quality blenders come with up to sixteen different motorized speeds. While somewhat impressive upon first glance, even the most experienced chef will likely only need four to six settings.
A commercial blender is a worthwhile tool for any cook, regardless of their skill level or experience. We hope you enjoy creating all sorts of memorable dishes and drinks with your new culinary toy. Happy blending!