Having the right mixer can improve productivity and quality — and it can also affect how much time and money you spend on maintenance and repair over the life of the equipment.
Do you mix dough, frosting or batters? Do you make large or small batches of product? Do you need a mixer to operate for short or long periods of time? These are all important questions to ask when selecting a mixer for your commercial kitchen. Having the right mixer can improve productivity and quality — and it can also affect how much time and money you spend on maintenance and repair over the life of the equipment. So how do you know what mixer will best meet your needs?
Getting the Most Out of Your Investment
Start the process of finding the right mixer by following three simple rules:
- Don’t buy too small: It may be tempting to save money by buying a smaller mixer, but it could lead to overloading if you have larger jobs. That taxes the motor and gears. It is better to buy a slightly larger mixer than you need to avoid shortening the life of the equipment and increasing your maintenance and repair costs.
- Look closely at capacity: Manufacturers rate their mixers differently and bigger isn’t always better. What’s most important is that the capacity matches your application to avoid overloading the mixer. Look for a manufacturer that tests motor capacity and provides a capacity chart with information that addresses your specific mixing needs.
- Consider your available space: A mixer with a smaller footprint helps you maximize your kitchen space without impacting performance or output.
When selecting your mixer, consider your future as well as current needs. You may want to expand your menu at some point, so look for a versatile mixer to accommodate potential changes in the food you will be mixing.
This article is the first in a three-part series focused on choosing the right mixer. Read article two, Mixer Bowls and Absorption Ratio: Factors in Choosing Mixer Size, and article three, Do You Need a Planetary Mixer or Spiral Mixer?