Blenders are essential to make frozen drinks at the bar but they are also necessary if you are making your own sauces or soups. There are plenty of blender types so make sure you gather as much information as possible to buy the right blender for your kitchen.
- Capacity: If you serve a lot of frozen drinks then you will need a bigger blender jar that way you can fill multiple orders at once. Start by determining what size drinks are on your menu. The larger drinks you serve the larger jar/container capacity you will need.
- Material: Commercial blenders come in plastic, glass, and stainless steel. From an esthetic perspective, glass and plastic may be good for you if your guests like to watch their drink being made. However, if you have stainless steel appliances and want your blender to fit in, then go with a stainless steel blender. Stainless steel blenders also offer the most durable material.
- Power: Blender power is measured in horsepower, so the higher the horsepower the more powerful the blender. You will need more horsepower if you are mixing frozen fruit or other solids. Also take into consideration the thickness. The thicker the drink, the more horsepower you are going to need.
- Control features: Most blenders will only have an on/off switch but your drinks may require a high/low, pulse, or timed feature. Make sure to consider these convenient features to increase efficiency and serve drinks faster.
- Size: Determine how many blended products (sauces, salsa, purees) you serve every day. Your blended cup can range from 32oz to 1 gallon. You want to take the amount of servings you push out every day and figure it in terms of ounces. If you put out 25-50 servings of soup then you should consider a 40+ oz blender. If you have over 100 servings then you should consider a gallon-sized blender.
- Power: Like many machines, a food blenders’ power is measured in horsepower. If you are that business pushing out 25-50 servings of soup every day then a ¾ horsepower blender will be sufficient. If you are the business pushing out over 100+ servings a day then you will need a 3+ horsepower blender.
- Control features: An on/off switch is sufficient if you are doing light blending. A pulse switch is a good feature to consider if you are prepping for beverages. If you are a medium-heavy food prep kitchen then you should look into a time feature and 2 or 3 speed controls.