When shopping for a blender for your home kitchen, it is often tempting to simply run out and choose from the selection at your local department store. While most inexpensive home blenders will likely get the job done under most circumstances, those who use their blender on a regular basis – or for more intensive jobs like chopping hard vegetables or making smoothies – may want to consider upgrading to a more heavy-duty model.
Professional-style blenders may not seem like a worthwhile investment for many home owners. And that’s fine; some people just don’t use their blender frequently enough to justify the higher price. But anyone who uses their blender frequently knows how valuable a durable, reliable machine can be. Professional-grade or commercial blenders are built to withstand the rigorous, repeated use of commercial kitchen environments. While they are a bit pricier, they are built with long-lasting durability in mind, and – if used correctly – should offer you years and years of reliable blending power.
One of the primary differences between residential and commercial blender models is their quality of construction. Most home blenders are constructed primarily out of standard plastics that keep the cost low, but ultimately leave the blender more susceptible to damage. Commercial blenders are made of much stronger materials (high strength plastics and metals) that are intended to survive rigorous use in hectic commercial kitchen environments, and are much more resistant to impacts, drops, and spills than their residential counterparts. While your home blender may not be in as much danger of being knocked off of a counter on a day-to-day basis, the higher durability and tighter build quality of commercial blenders will increase the overall life of your product and ensure dependable performance for years to come. Commercial blenders also tend to be more versatile than home blenders, and come with a variety of settings and motor speeds that allow the user to fully customize exactly how the blender processes their food.
The biggest difference, however, lies in the blending mechanism. While most residential blenders have perfectly adequate mechanisms for most blending applications, they are designed with only frequent use in mind. An inexpensive residential blender, used regularly, is more than likely to experience some sort of failure within the first several years of ownership. Commercial blenders, on the other hand, are engineered to withstand the strain of constant operation in highly demanding settings, making them ideal for users who really want to get the most out of their blenders. Commercial blenders contain more powerful motors that can handle batch after batch of difficult to blend ingredients, as well as more thorough cooling systems that allow the blender to run for longer periods of time and much stronger blades that can withstand the wear and tear of repeated use. In other words, commercial blenders are designed to get the job done, no matter what the circumstances. If blending features among one of the more common tasks in your bar or kitchen, investing in a heavy duty professional model may be the way to go.
Vita-Mix offers some of the finest professional-grade food and bar blenders on the market. Engineered for constant use in busy kitchens where reliability is crucial, Vita-Mix blenders are tough enough to handle whatever you throw at (or in) them, especially in less intensive residential environments. While they are likely a good bit more expensive than what you might find on your shelf at your local home improvement store, these blenders are sure to last you for years without the need for replacement or significant maintenance – likely saving you money in the long run. If you do a lot of blending in your kitchen, a Vita-Mix professional blender is sure to be a worthwhile investment.