When you purchase a commercial blender, you can puree, crush ice, create smoothies, experiment with milkshake flavors, make soups, dressings, sauces, and more.

Waring Blender

Many establishments choose food processors but investing in a blender makes sense when you’re doing more than cutting and pureeing vegetables. It allows operators to blend ingredients together for a cohesive dish.

Immersion blenders are designed for large batches of soups, sauces, stews, and more. Specifically made for hot foods, they allow staff to blend ingredients held in stock pots that are low to the ground. That’s one reason immersion blenders have such long handles.

If you’re planning to serve cold drinks or make smaller batches of soups and sauces, you won’t need an immersion blender. A countertop commercial blender will do.

Types of Countertop Blenders

There are different types of countertop blenders.

All-purpose blenders, for example, are made for low to medium volume operations that create both food dishes and drinks.

Bar blenders are made for creating milkshakes, smoothies, cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks.

Food or culinary blenders are made specifically for food dishes such as soups, sauces, dressings, and pureed items.

High-Performance comes ready for drinks or foods and is made for continuous use. If you own a smoothie bar, for instance, that serves customers back-to-back, you should invest in a high-performance blender.

What Horsepower to Look For

Once you’ve selected what type of blender you need, an easy way to determine if it is for low, medium, or high-volume operations is its horsepower (HP).


½ HP

Low volume operations

Occasional food blending

50 servings or less per day

1-1/2 HP

Medium volume operations

Medium food blending

75 servings or less per day

2 HP

Medium to heavy-duty operations

Withstands food blending

100 servings or less per day

3-1/2 HP

High volume operations

Accommodates foods and drinks

100 servings or more per day


This quick guide should help determine which blender can produce the number of servings a business needs from day to day.

Recommended Controls

Another important consideration is what type of control the blender has.

Toggle or paddle controls are typically on low-volume blenders. They are the easiest to use because they turn the blender on with a simple flip of a switch.

Electronic controls are easy to use, but since there are more buttons can be considered more complicated. They typically include automatic timers, several power options, and a touchpad for stopping and starting the blender. These controls offer operators greater influence over the results.

Programmable controls are excellent for high-volume applications because blend times and power settings can be installed ahead of time. This customization allows businesses to program the unit specifically for their menus for a speedier, more efficient operation.

Additional Considerations

Because blenders can often be noisy due to their high-power motors and blade speeds, manufacturers also produce quiet options. These units have covers that reduce the noise, making blend cycles no louder than a conversation.

Almost all blenders come with stainless steel blades for greater durability and easy cleanability.

Other features that make them easier to maintain are removable components. Not all models come with removable jar pads, blades, and shafts so be sure to read the unit’s features and benefits. When these components are removable, they are easier to reach, and some are machine washable.

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