Here are a few tips on the in’s and out’s of buying a commercial mixer. There are basically three types of commercial mixers that we will touch on and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each. The three we will touch on are the Stick Mixers, Counter-top Mixers, and the Floor Mixers.
Buying A Commercial Mixer for Baking
1. Stick Mixers: The stick mixers are great to liquefy. Mainly the work well for soups, sauces, and pureeing fruits and veggies. They do vary in price…one of these can cost you anywhere from $50 to over $1000, depending on the quality, size and what you are using them for.
2. Counter-top Mixers: The counter-top mixer you will find in all different places from the kitchen at Mom’s house to the pizzeria downtown. They can be used to make pizza, bread, doughnuts, pastries, all types of desert, potatoes and just about anything you need to mix. They also vary in size and price. For the small sizes under $100 I would recommend Kitchen Aid. They deliver a quality mixer the larger counter-top mixers can go up to $7000+. These would be more for businesses using it daily.
3. Floor Mixers: These also vary in range and the larger ones are big enough to fit a grown adult into the mixing bowl….but let’s hope that doesn’t happen. The floor commercial mixers are used more for high volume baking. Bakeries, pizzerias, deli’s and any type of business involved in mass food production might look at these. Do your research thoroughly before buying one of these. 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 had place! Sometimes one batch from the large commercial mixer is enough for the entire day worth of food in smaller restaurants. So make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. The prices on the floor mixers can range from $2000 to $20,000 on up.
Many great deals can be found online, but do your research. Nothing replaces good, quality research for a commercial mixer because there are some brands that just aren’t as good as the others.