Commercial Immersion Blender Buying Guide
Efficiency and putting out the best quality product is at the top of any restaurant’s priority list, so any and every method to help reach those goals is always welcomed.
There are a number of ways to whip up soups, sauces, and foams, or even puree vegetables for your guests to enjoy. But as your restaurant grows — and the volume picks up — you need to ensure consistency and increase your output — and a commercial immersion blender is just the thing you need.
Our buying guide below to show you exactly what you need (and why) to maximize your kitchen’s blending capabilities.
Benefits of using an immersion blender
Precision: Immersion blenders range in size and power, have multiple speed settings and utilize multiple attachments, giving you an enhanced ability to achieve your desired texture for whatever you’re making.
Capacity: When using a countertop commercial blender, you need to put all your items in a specific jar, then transfer it to another container. With an immersion blender (also known as a stick blender) you can insert it right into the pot you were originally cooking food in, meaning you can work with up to 100 litres of liquid at once!
Efficiency: Using a stand-up blender also requires transferring your food back-and-forth between containers, which dirties multiple containers and decreases yield. An immersion blender allows you to keep food in the same pot it was cooked in — and blend hot items right as they cook!
Noise: By virtue of having slightly less powerful motors than a countertop blender, and being completely submerged into your food, immersion blenders are generally much quieter to use than their stand-up counterparts.
Storage/Cleanup: Most immersion blenders are easy to clean, many are dishwasher-safe (that have removable shafts) and they take up minimal storage space, being very narrow and long.
Because you’ll be holding an immersion blender above a pot full of, well, something, you need to feel comfortable!
Look for a handle that you can grip with one hand, and buttons are preferred to dials for the ability to adjust with just the one hand.
Ensure the on/off button and speed buttons are close to your fingers and feel natural to press. Try not to get a handle that is too large or makes the blender feel heavy, as you can get tired pretty quickly — especially if blending for an extended period of time.
Many manufacturers have ergonomic, non-slip grips to reduce fatigue and increase safety.
Non-slip rubber handles tend to be most popular, as well as grips that have buttons which don’t require too much force to activate.
Commercial immersion blenders generally fall into three categories: light, standard, and heavy-duty:
Light-duty: ~200-350 watts, 0.5 horsepower motor
Standard-duty: 200-600 watts, 1-2 horsepower motor
Heavy-duty: Up to 1,500 watts, 2-3.5 horsepower motor
Immersion blenders can range from 7500 RPM up to 18,000 RPM with on/off, two speeds and variable speed options. Beware of maximum run times as it depends on the manufacturer and model.
Most commercial immersion blenders run on a single-phase power supply, traditionally 120-230 Volts, 6.25 Amps and 50-60 Hz. Immersion blenders are mainly hard-wired, but some can come with both a removable cord and rechargeable battery packs — but that comes at the cost of a little added weight and a little less wattage.
Immersion blenders come in all different lengths, with the shaft/blending arm ranging from 7” up to 29” long.
While the body of an immersion blender is often plastic, the shafts are almost always made of stainless steel. This allows you to use the blender in very hot or very cold food, without risk of the shaft melting, warping or tainting your food. Stainless steel is also quick and easy to clean and the shaft is usually detachable, making washing it simple and pain-free.
Sometimes holding an immersion blender with one hand — especially heavy-duty blenders, which can weigh up to 15 lbs — will be an issue. Whether it’s the fact that there’s too much power, it’s too heavy, or you’re wary of holding it above a pot of piping hot food, there are secondary shaft attachments that can also be used to increase your leverage and control of the machine.
Grips can range from a side loop (think of it like holding a weed whacker), an overhead handle (like a bail on a bucket), or a post on the side (like a jackhammer).
You can also get other shaft attachments like splash guards, which attach to the blending arm and help limit any splashback from the pot you’re blending food in.
Immersion blenders have a varying range in the capacity of liquid it can alter, with small, light-duty blenders topping out at as little as 500 ml of liquid, while top-of-the-line heavy-duty blenders can operate in 200 litres of soup, sauce or whatever you’re prepping!
For best results, think about how many different things you’ll need to use your blender for and how much of each item you’ll be preparing on a daily basis. A blender with a capacity well above what you need may be cumbersome or mean sacrificing other features unnecessarily, while a blender with too low of a capacity will leave you without a viable option to maximize your menu ideation.
Additional Features and Accessories
There are a number of additional features and accessories that can accompany an immersion blender, which can expand the food processing capabilities of your unit.
Blade guard: The stainless steel cup that covers your blades, these can range in width and vent size. Wider, shallower blade guards with larger vents are often more effective at circulating the food and creating a stronger vortex, which draws in your food and more thoroughly blends it.
They are also easier to clean with more space between the blades and the guard. This does, however, leave the blades more exposed so extra care is needed when handling around the blade area.
Whisk attachment: Best for whisking various batters and recipes involving eggs, as well as making whipped cream or whipping other creamy substances.
Food Processor/Chopper attachment: When you want to do things beyond blending, there are attachments for chopping dry items and making thicker items such as hummus and other dips.
Clamps: Utilize these to lock your immersion blend to your container, bowl, pot or pan, increasing ease of use and improving efficiency. There are also sliding frames available that you to move your blender along the diameter of your beaker/bowl.
Wall racks/hangers: Provide a safe and organized way to hang and store your immersion blender (or if you have multiple… blenders).
By adding a commercial immersion blender, you not only will add a device that improves your blending capabilities, but with some added attachments can replace other less-efficient tools that eat up valuable space in your kitchen.
Improve efficiency, remove clutter and open up a new range of culinary combinations, from quiet, quaint cafes to demanding high-volume restaurants alike.
Written by Jared Hochman