The Best Commercial Blenders For Chefs
If you’re shopping for a blender, you may well simply go to your local electronics store or supermarket, and pick up the first one you find. After all, a blender is a blender, right? (If home blenders are more your thing, check out my review of these two blenders.)
Well, that might be true if you are the type of chef uses their blender once or twice a year. In that case, you probably will get by with the cheapest blender you can find, or something for under $100 (£60).
However, if you use your blender regularly, or you need it for large meals, then it makes sense to invest in a professional blender. Juicer chains around London such as Joe & The Juice and Pure utilise the power of commercial blenders.
When I had shifts in a local cafe, we had a proper commercial blender – we used it for EVERYTHING! (well, everything that required blending). I also had a blender at home – so I really could compare and contrast blender types.
Of course, it will cost more, but any professional blender will offer a greater capacity, improved reliability and increased efficiency compared to those that are designed for home use.
Before you choose a blender of any sort, there are a few things you should consider. For example, what are you going to use the blender for?
I often use my blender to make smoothies and there are blenders designed specifically for this. Other blenders are designed for food processing.
The primary function of the blender is one of the main things you should consider when looking at blenders. You should also look at the capacity. You want a blender that is big enough for your needs, but you also want to ensure you can store it easily.
Finally, you need to think about the cost. As I said, professional blenders tend to be more expensive than those designed for home use. You should be sure of how much you can invest in a blender, as this will have an affect on the models you can consider.
But that’s enough about why you should get a professional blender, which one should you get? Let’s look at some of the best models on the market, so you can see just which blender is right for you.
Waring Commercial Xtreme Hi-Power Blender
The Waring Commercial Xtreme Hi-Power Blender has a lot going for it.
The two litre capacity should be enough for most users. It is also lightweight and powerful. The motor offers up to 30,000 rpm. This means it is great for making smoothies, soups, milkshakes and sauces.
While the high, low and pulse controls are simple to use, it means the model is perhaps not as versatile as other options.
The high cost may also turn off some customers, whether they are professional chefs or not. You can expect to pick up the Waring Commercial Xtreme for around £699.99. That may well be a bit too much for the home chef looking for a professional standard blender.
However, the Waring Xtreme makes up for the price in performance. It is powerful and easy to use. The removable lid centre is a great addition, which surprisingly some blenders don’t have. The lid centre means it is easy to add ingredients while you are blending without having to switch the unit off.
The comfortable handle and spout, combined with the fact the the Waring Xtreme is very light, makes is easy to handle and to ensure you get every drop of your soup or sauce out the jug.
This means the Waring Xtreme is very easy to clean. The fact that it is dishwasher safe also helps. If you are looking for a blender for a professional kitchen, it is important to get one that can be put in the dishwasher.
Finally, the Xtreme comes with the backing of a big name. Waring have been manufacturing kitchen appliances for over 75 years, so when you choose one of their models, you can be sure they have the experience needed to manufacture a reliable, quality product.
The Waring Commercial Xtreme Hi Power Blender is a great choice if you make a lot of smoothies or soups, or if you are looking for a quick way to make a perfectly smooth sauce. If you can match the price, it is a great addition to a professional or home kitchen.
Blendtec Designer 625
You may know Blendtec from the YouTube series “Will it Blend?”. If not, you should check it out. Watching Blendtec appliances successfully destroy golf balls, smartphones and magnets is surprisingly funny, and gives an idea of how powerful this blender is.
That power helps to justify the price. The Blendtec 625 will set you back around £550. This may seems like a lot, but can you put a price on the ability to reduce an iPhone to powder?
Of course, it’s unlikely you will be blending many phones – it’ll invalidate the warranty for one thing – but the Blendtec will make short work of ice or frozen vegetables. The ability to quickly crush ice means it is a great choice for smoothies or fruit juices.
But it isn’t all about power. There are six speed options, which makes it a very versatile blender. It also includes a range of pre-programmed blending options, which can be accessed through the intuitive touch screen. These include options for making smoothies, ice cream, soup and juice.
The jar is dishwasher safe, while the base can simply be wiped clean. The touchscreen is flush with the rest of the unit, which makes cleaning easy.
The blender also comes complete with a recipe book, containing 101 delicious soups, smoothies and more. While this is a great little addition if you are getting your first blender, it is perhaps not necessary for someone looking for a professional option.
There have been some complaints about the noise of the 625. While it is a little louder than some others, I haven’t found this to be a particular issue. However, it may be an issue in a professional kitchen where effective communication is key.
The pre-programmed settings and intuitive controls make the 625 an easy to use and effective option. However, much like the Waring Xtreme, it comes down to the fact that most people won’t have £600 to spend on a blender.
If you do have the cash to spare, this could be one of the best blenders on the market. It is simple to use and will blend basically anything.
Omega Juicer Nutrition Centre
While some professional blenders can be noisy, the Omega Juicer Nutrition Centre is practically silent.
This means it is ideal if, like me, you always listen to music while you cook. That isn’t really an option with, for example, the Blendtec 625. Unless you pump up the volume of the music, that is.
While the Omega Juicer is quiet, it losses a little bit in power. You won’t be able to blend any iPhones with this.
What you will be able to do though, is make a wide range of great juices. The drill type design and low RPM means that juice isn’t excessively aerated, and it won’t have the unappetising froth that can be an issue with other juicers.
The low RPM means that juices stay cool. As a result, more of the vitamins and minerals are retained undamaged, meaning a healthier juice. It will also last longer. Any juice you make using the Omega Juicer should keep for around three days when stored in the fridge. This means it is a great option for making large amounts of juice in one go.
Retaining more of the vitamins and minerals also makes any juices look better. The colours will be more vibrant that what is achieved from some rival juicers.
The downside of the low RPM means that any fruit or vegetables you use have to be pre-cut into fairly small chunks. The long preparation time will encourage most people to make things in bulk, taking full advantage of the long storage time.
While most users will simply make some delicious juices with the Omega, it is more versatile than that. You can use it to grind nuts to make peanut butter, grind coffee and even mince tender meat. However, you won’t be able to grind ice or frozen vegetables. So if you want a chilled drink, the ice will have to be added later. Of course, this isn’t a particular hardship.
The Omega is dishwasher safe, meaning it is quick and easy to clean. It is a quiet, versatile and easy to use juicer, making it a great choice for home use or for a professional setting.
The juicer will set you back around £340. While that is pretty low cost compared to other options, you do have to remember that the Omega is a juicer rather than a blender. It will not be up to the same heavy duty tasks as the Waring or Blendtec models.
Ninja Kitchen System
The Ninja Kitchen System blender is the current sponsor of Hell’s Kitchen, which attempts to make a selling point out of the noise. While in the advert, it is loud enough to drown out Gordon Ramsey swearing, I don’t believe anything on Earth could do that.
In fact, while it is louder than the Omega, the Kitchen System is fairly quiet. And at around £180, it is one of the cheaper options available when you are looking for a professional juicer or blender.
It is also a very versatile option. If can crush ice and seeds as well as blend fruit and vegetables. The pre-set options include settings for smoothies, purees and even one for mixing dough. The controls are simple to operate, with the standard low, medium, high and pulse options. The blender is intuitive to use. In fact, most people won’t have to look at the user guide.
The blender has a 2 litre capacity, which means it should be large enough for anyone’s needs. All the components are easy to remove, and dishwasher safer. The Ninja is easy to clean and maintain.
The Omega also comes complete with a recipe book, which may give you some new ideas for juices but probably isn’t a priority for a professional chef.
The range of accessories makes the Ninja a great choice. There are smaller cups for single servings and a large bowl for food processing or large portions.
It is one of the cheapest professional blenders on the market, and offers a great deal of versatility. Whether you are looking for a blender for home or professional use, the Ninja is a great option.
As I said, there are many things to consider before you choose a professional blender. If price is the main consideration, but you still want a versatile blender, you should choose the Ninja Kitchen System.
If you want a juicer that makes tasty, healthy and long lasting juicers – and the power of a blender is less of a concern, you should look at the Omega Juicer.
However, if power is the main concern, the Blendtec 625 is the way to go. As the series of YouTube video shows, the Blendtec can blend practically everything.
Finally, if you require similar power but with a simpler operating system, the Waring Commercial Xtreme could be the way to go. The simple medium, high and pulse options are the same that are found on any home blender.
The blender you choose really depends on your own individual needs. Think about what you need the blender for. After all, if you are potentially spending over £600 on a blender, you want to make sure you use it to its full potential.
Of course, you should know that a blender is a vital addition to any health conscious kitchen. Homemade juices and soups are a delicious way to make sure you get your five a day.
A high quality blender is a great investment if you want to find a more interesting way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Choosing the right blender is up to you, but it is important to have some sort of blender.
That is equally true whether you want a professional standard blender for home use or you are looking to add one to a professional kitchen.