Here are a few tips on the in’s and out’s of buying a commercial mixer. There are basically three types of mixers that I will touch on and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each. The three I will be discussing today are the Stick Mixers, Countertop Mixers, and the Floor Mixers.
- Stick Mixers: These are great for liquefying. They work well for soups, sauces, and pureeing fruits and veggies. They do vary in price greatly as one of these can cost you anywhere from $100 to over $1,000. It all depends on the quality, size and what you are using them for.
- Countertop Mixers: This is the most common type of mixer and you will find it in all kinds of places, from the kitchen at Mom’s house to the pizzeria downtown. They can be used to make pizza, bread, doughnuts, pastries, all kinds of desserts, potatoes and just about anything you can mix. They also vary in size and price. For small sized machines under $150, I would recommend a KitchenAid branded product. They deliver a top quality mixer, and their large countertop mixers can go up to $10,000+. These would be best suited for businesses that will be using it daily.
- Floor Mixers: These also vary in range and the large ones are big enough to fit a grown adult into the mixing bowl! They are used more for high volume baking. Bakeries, pizzerias, Deli’s and any type of business involved in mass food production should look into buying one of these. Do your research thoroughly before buying one though as these are costly machines. Also, if it is too large, your investment may not pan out, but if it is too small, then you might get yourself stuck between dough and a bad place! Sometimes, one batch from a large mixer is enough to cook an entire day’s worth of food in smaller restaurants. So, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. The prices for these floor mixers can range from $3,000 to $25,000.
Many great deals can be found online, but do your research. That’s definitely the best way to get a top quality commercial mixer because there are some brands that just aren’t as good as the others.