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Commercial Blender Selection Guide
Need help picking out a commercial blender? Everything Kitchens is here to help!
Blenders built for commercial, industrial, or other heavy-duty use precision parts and strong motors. Thus, a large budget and some careful consideration are required, as this will likely be a long-term investment. The following are five important issues to consider when you're in the market for a commercial (bar) blender:
- Environment. Is this blender for home or commercial use? Warranties are usually shorter for commercial blenders than for home blenders due to their higher, and more-demanding, usage. So if you plan to use your commercial blender at home, expect to have a shorter warranty than you would usually get with a residential blender. The trade-off, however, is that a higher-quality blender may never need warranty service. We hope this will never be an issue with any of the blenders we sell, but it is something to be addressed
- Noise. If being used in a restaurant, will this commercial blender be used in the back of the house or front of the house? This is important to know, as you may need to select a bar blender with a sound enclosure.
- Application. It is important to think about the intended application and usage level of your bar blender before pulling the trigger. You will need to select a horsepower and warranty length suitable for your intended purposes—you don't want to buy a sports car when you only travel on residential streets. Conversely, sparing expense on a racecar will destroy the unit prematurely and cause headaches along the way.
- Price Range. Do you want the best? Are you on a budget? Read the article below to see how to get the most blender for your price range.
- Brand Availability. The four major commercial blender brands we carry are Waring Blenders, Blendtec Blenders, Vita Mix Blenders, and Hamilton Beach Bar Blenders. We will discuss these brands below to help you decide which brand and model will work best for you.
The Waring Commercial Xtreme, Model MX1050XT is a loud-and-proud powerhouse of a blender best suited for the back of the house. Be advised that this model does not include a sound enclosure, but not to fear: Waring does make one which can be purchased separately through our site (the SE1000 Sound Enclosure), making this blender a best-of-both-worlds option for a front-of-house blender with power to spare. This Waring blender has 3.5-horsepower motor—the highest HP rating of all the commercial blender lines discussed here—giving this model unmatched durability and ice-crushing power. The MX1050XT is perfect for smoothies, margaritas, and just about any other blending job, and at a surprisingly reasonable price.
The Waring Blender BB150 is from a line of budget-friendly bar blenders with fledgling smoothie shops and coffee bars in mind, or anyone else looking to keep overhead costs as low as possible. These blenders come with glass or stainless-steel blender jars to fit your needs, and are suited for lighter-duty jobs, like blending the occasional beverage. You can view this model and the rest of the entry-level commercial line by clicking here.
In the list below we'll look at some of the other models from Waring's heavy-duty line of blender models, which includes the MX1000XT, MX1050XT, and MX1100XT. Each of these blenders uses a 3.5-horsepower motor and metal-on-metal gears from the blender to the jar, and all are identical save for the features highlighted below. Call Everything Kitchens toll-free at (866) 852-4268 to inquire about our quantity discounts.
Comparison of Waring Heavy-Duty Blenders:
Waring Blender MX1000XT - Toggle switch
Waring Blender MX1050XT - Touch pad
Waring Blender MX1100XT - Touch pad plus timer
Waring Blender MX1200XT - Toggle switch & variable-speed control
Waring Blender MX1300XT - Programmable
Waring Blender MX1500XT - Programmable w/ sound enclosure
Note that each of these blenders comes with a limited three-year warranty on the motor and a two-year parts/labor warranty through Waring.
As mentioned earlier, application comes into play here: bartenders will like the Waring Blender MX1000XT's easy-flip toggle switch, while others will appreciate the programmability of the latter two.
Deserving of its own paragraph is the MX1500XTS, Waring's flagship front-of-house blender. It includes the same housing, motor, and programmability as the above models, but also incorporates a special noise-reducing enclosure to provide maximum blend-ability with minimum noise bleed.
Blendtec has gone viral in the past few years with its "Will It Blend" series of videos (for the uninitiated, do yourself a favor and check them out on YouTube). While these videos are humorous and make for a good timesink, we can confirm that Blendtec blenders are absolutely as strong as depicted, blending objects like iPhones and golf balls into dust and unrecognizable shapes—even their home blender has a 3-horsepower motor. The Blendtec commercial blender line is pricier, but (in our opinion) well worth the money for heavy-duty use.
For front-of-house use, the Blendtec Smoother and Blendtec ABC Q-Series blenders include sound enclosures, which help to control noise bleed and sympathetic vibrations. Blenders from both of these lines may be used in-counter or on top of the counter for added versatility.
Blendtec commercial blenders come with a 3-year/20,000-cycle manufacturer warranty on all units, which is quite reasonable given the destructive power the brand encourages in its ads.
The latest addition to the Blendtec Commercial Blender family is the Blendtec Stealth Blender. So far the Blendtec Stealth has been deemed the quietest commercial blender in the world and is compatible with all of Blendtec jars.
We love Blendtec here at Everything Kitchens, and would recommend their products to anyone looking for a high-quality, high-power blender with useful features and a stylish look. Blendtec commercial blenders are also quite handy in the programmability they provide.
When you look at a Vitamix commercial blender, you'd swear you're looking at a tank. You can tell these blenders are top-quality just from their looks.
Vitamix does offer a few entry-level commercial blenders, such as the Vitamix Vita Prep, and Vita Mix Bar Boss, but even these can hardly be considered entry-level. Expertly built and concealing 2-horsepower motors, these blenders include your choice of 48- or 64-ounce jars and come with a 3-year warranty on parts & workmanship. VitaMix's bar blenders are popular among bartenders and in restaurants—keep your eyes peeled next time you go out and you're bound to see one. These Vitamix blenders feature easy-to-use toggles and dials, and are reasonably priced as far as commercial blenders go.
Of course, Vitamix also does high-end, from their workhorse commercial blenders to their Vitamix Advance series. They offer models for in-counter or on-counter use, so you get to choose how best to integrate your new mixer. Aside from the Blendtec models above, Vitamix is the only brand Everything Kitchens sells which offers in-counter blenders. Consider this as you decide between brands.
Hamilton Beach Blenders
Hamilton Beach is a brand you've no doubt seen in stores. But did you know they also offer commercial products, like commercial blenders? Their inclusivity and large-scale production means that a commercial blender can be had for a good price; the flipside to this coin, however, is that they do not specialize in blenders only, as brands like Vitamix and Blendtec do.
Hamilton Beach's commercial line offers the 3-horsepower HBH650, although most of their commercial blenders are 1 horsepower or less. Nonetheless, you can get a good entry-level blender from Hamilton Beach for light- to medium-duty use.
As an aside, Hamilton Beach Commercial also offers a food blender with a 1-gallon capacity. This is a bit of a niche product, but it's perfect for making salsas and other food items for back-of-house food prep. They also make an ice shaver, for readers who might not need all the uses of the other commercial blenders we sell.
We hope this guide helps you find a blender that is right for you. If you need further assistance, our customer service reps are happy to guide you in your decision: call us toll-free at 1-866-852-4268.
By Emily Church