When buying a commercial mixer for your bakery or restaurant, you’re making a great investment in your business.
The right mixer saves you time and effort while improving the consistency and quality of your products. And, when you choose a high-quality mixer, you can rest assured that – with the right maintenance regimen – it can serve you well for decades.
But, as important as the brand and features you choose, the capacity of your commercial mixer is critical to your success. So how do you choose the right capacity for your needs?
Why Commercial Mixer Capacity Is Critical
Choose a model that’s too small for your needs and you won’t get the results you want. You’ll work your equipment too hard which can shorten the life of the mixer and affect its reliability.
Choose a model that’s too big and you could impede the flow of your kitchen. You may find you don’t have enough space to comfortably accommodate the machine. And, in many cases, you won’t get good results when mixing batches of dough that are too small for the mixer’s capacity.
When you choose the right capacity for your mixer, you will maximize the useful life of the equipment while ensuring a high-quality result.
Determining Your Commercial Mixer Capacity Needs
So, maybe you’re wondering “What size commercial mixer do I need?” Bear in mind that what you need today is likely not what you’re going to need a year from now – or two or five or 10 years from now.
The first consideration is to determine what you will be using the equipment for. If you’re doing heavy doughs, you need to choose a mixer that is designed for heavy-duty use. Otherwise, you won’t get the results you demand. The specific capacity of the bowl is not the most important consideration for heavy mixes. Instead, pay attention to the motor capacity of the mixers you consider, particularly the absorption ratio (AR) rating.
Next, consider your growth goals. If you’ve planned to grow your business by 10 percent year-over-year, you should choose equipment that will facilitate that growth. In fact, if you choose the right mixer for your operation, it can actually help you grow your business.
Consider Key Features of Commercial Mixers
If you don’t necessarily mix batches of consistent size, consider choosing a model with a variable speed motor. This allows the machine to adapt to different sized batches without slowing down or taxing the motor.
Consider also what accessories and functionality are important to you.
Stainless steel bowls, for example, produce a better result because they keep the contents cooler than other materials.
If you’re considering an industrial mixer, will you need semi-automatic or fully automatic lifting for the bowl? Will the mixer need to discharge the dough onto a table or a dough divider?
If all this sounds confusing, don’t worry. The experts at Dough Tech can help. We are the national sales distributor for Escher mixers as well as Artezen dough dividers and Sitep water meters and water chillers. Contact us today to learn more. Our experienced team can help you determine what your needs are today and in the future, to help you not only choose the right capacity and features but to ensure that you get the right commercial mixer for your needs.