The three types of mixers used in commercial settings each have their own set of unique advantages. Which kind your bakery needs will depend on the volume of dough you produce, the type of products you bake and the size of your work area.
Use this guide to help you choose the right type of mixer when you’re planning your bakery.
1. Horizontal Mixer
This type of mixer has the capability of producing the largest volume of dough in the shortest amount of time. It is configured so that as the dough is mixed, the next batch is continually fed into the machine. The dough also easily exits the machine into a trough for convenient transport after the mixing process is complete.
One of the main drawbacks of a horizontal mixer is its inability to keep the dough temperature low throughout the mixing process. The friction of the dough rubbing against the sides of the bin causes the temperature to rise, which isn’t ideal for some types of yeast doughs.
2. Spiral Mixer
One of the most popular types of mixers, the spiral mixer is used in many different settings due to its flexibility. It mixes dough completely and efficiently and with little friction in a rotating bowl that moves around a spiral-shaped blade.
This option comes in a range of sizes to fit many different target dough outputs. It uses less electrical power than a horizontal unit, delivering on the energy-efficiency front.
3. Planetary Mixer
The planetary mixer is the option most commonly used in home kitchens. The central mixing wand rotates around a stationary bowl. You can change the wand attachment as needed to accommodate your mixing goals.
You can use this type of machine to mix a range of substances too, not just dough. The bowl is easily detached and moved quickly, once mixing is complete. These upright machines are typically smaller, so if you have limited space, the planetary mixer might be the best option for you.
The drawback to using a planetary mixer is that the level of mixing between the top and bottom of the bowl may not be uniform. When using a planetary machine for dough, certain areas of the batch may be underdeveloped.
Which Is Right for You?
Assess your mixing needs before making a final decision. Is speed the most important attribute? Is volume your main goal? Once you identify the critical priorities in your mixing process, you will be able to identify which of the three types of mixers will offer you the best advantages.
Trust Dough Tech to guide you through the selection process and point you to the right quality product for you.