Finding the right commercial mixer isn’t always easy, especially if you plan on mixing many different types of dough. From horsepower to drive systems to speed adjustments, what specs should you look for in a commercial mixer?
Consider Motor Power
One of the primary features to look for in a commercial mixer is the motor’s capabilities. Just how powerful do you need the motor to be?
In general, most commercial mixer motors come with options ranging from 1/3 horsepower to 5 horsepower.
The horsepower that’s right for you will depend on the type of dough you plan to mix. Density is the key factor, but batch size is a consideration as well. If you’re mixing small batches of light, fluffy whipped cream, you don’t need maximum horsepower. On the other hand, if you’re mixing giant batches of dense pizza dough, you need more than the bare minimum.
A few factors affect the mixer’s speed. Horsepower will come into play, along with the type of attachment you are using. In general, some attachments mix faster than others. A wire loop is a speedy tool, while a dough hook mixes slowly.
Consider whether the mixer allows you to adjust the motor speed during the mixing process. Also check the number of speed settings the mixer offers. Some may only give you low, medium and high settings. Some may force you to turn off the machine to adjust the speed.
Find the machine that has the features that will allow you the most flexibility and the widest range of options. Versatility is key when it comes to choosing your commercial mixer.
Belt or Gear Drivers
Should you get a mixer with belt drivers or gear drivers?
You aren’t the first to ask that question. Each has its pros and cons, but it comes down to balancing your need for consistency, your willingness to make repairs and your preference for long-term durability.
Belt driver mixers need repairs more often, but the repairs are less expensive than the gear driver mixer counterpart. You will have more options when it comes to speed adjustments, but the results may not be as consistent, since belts can slip.
Gear driver mixers are louder, but they’ll deliver consistency every time. When a gear breaks, the repair is more involved and pricier, but this type of mixer is usually more powerful.
Don’t let choosing a commercial mixer slow you down — just call Dough Tech. We’re here to offer advice along the way as you go through the researching and purchasing process.