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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 three major commercial blender brands we carry are Blendtec Blenders, Vitamix 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 Blendtec Stealth 885 has a sound enclosure to minimize noise while blending.
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 Commercial STEALTH 885 Blender and Blendtec Connoisseur Commercial Blender 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. These models have a 3.8 peak horsepower motor spinning their wing-tip blade, so it will blend virtually anything you throw at it.
In addition, Blendtec has come out with colored FourSide and WildSide blender jars for its commercial blenders. These jars come in red and yellow to help prevent cross contamination of allergens.
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 Will It Blend videos.
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 VitaMix Commercial Drink Machine Advance Blender, but even these can hardly be considered entry-level. Expertly built and concealing 2.2-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 and high-capacity blenders like their Vitamix XL Large Capacity model that comes with a one gallon blending jar. 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