Commercial Bar Blenders Guide

Choosing the Right Bar Blender

When it comes to blenders, most people think of their blenders they have in their homes and the occasional usage. But, for a restaurant with a full service bar, making those fruity smoothies, ice cream drinks and frozen margaritas is a mainstay. The commercial bar blender gets heavy usage and should be very durable. All blenders are not the same. This is especially true for commercial bar blenders. The right bar blender for your establishment comes down to three critical aspects: durability under pressure, power and capacity.

Blender Jar Material

The blender jar is most often available in glass, stainless steel and plastic. The primary decision for the jar is durability. If your blender is intended for heavy usage, stainless steel jars may be best. Another major consideration, though, is the bar décor and set up. Traditional bars may have customers watching the creation of drinks, as it is known to help create the mystique around cocktails. If this is the case, a heavy duty glass blender jar may work better than stainless steel. Plastic blender jars may suit for looks, but is not as durable as glass jars. In high traffic areas, a plastic jar may be better for fear of breakage. Plastic jars may warp under heat conditions of bar warewashing.

Glass Bar Blender Jars

  • Heavy duty glass is very durable
  • Visibly appealing to bar patrons
  • Dishwasher safe

Stainless Steel Bar Blender Jars

  • Heavy duty stainless steel provides highest value of durability – cannot break if knocked over.
  • Compliments look of modern décor bars and restaurants
  • Dishwasher safe

Plastic Bar Blender Jars

  • Less durable than glass and stainless steel.
  • Visibly appealing to bar patrons
  • Hand wash only

Blender Base Material

The blender base serves three primary functions: provide housing for the blender motor, be a solid foundation for the blender jar and provide an appealing look for the appliance as it fits in your décor. Good blender bases allow for cleaning and maintenance ease as well. As a foundation, a blender base should have substantial weight. As it stabilizes the jar and it contents, the base should be 2 to 3 times the weight of a full blender jar. Blender bases come in primarily three materials, plastic, stainless steel or chrome. Each have their own pros and cons.

Plastic Blender Bases

  • Durable and easy to clean
  • Available in various colors, making it easy to find one that works with your bar decor
  • Looks a bit less professional that chrome or stainless steel

Stainless Steel Blender Bases

  • Durable and easy to clean
  • Good décor fitting for modern bars and restaurants
  • Available in brushed or polished stainless steel. Brushed hides drips and finger prints, giving cleaner appearance
  • Very professional appearance
  • Typically heavy bases

Chrome Blender Bases

  • Durable, but difficult to keep streak free and clean
  • Can scratch easily
  • Classic chrome look adds a sparkle to polished style bars
  • Very professional appearance
  • Typically heavy bases

In addition to appearance, noise abatement is another factor in considering which blender is right for you. Many blenders are designed for noise reduction, but many businesses need to further reduce distracting sounds for customers as well as staff. In these cases, you can purchase an additional housing for your blender that will create a more peaceful working environment.

Bar Blender Power

What separates the good from the poor is power. It’s also what typically separates household blenders from commercial blenders. It’s about horsepower. The higher the horsepower (HP), the easier it is to cut through difficult blending jobs. When there are drinks to be made, and a busy bar line, speed is everything. Bar blender HP can range from 3/8 HP to as much as 4 HP. A good way to figure the best HP and power for your bar blender is to look at the ingredients you intend to blend. If you are blending thick ingredients like frozen fruits or ice cream, you will want a commercial blender with 2 or more horsepower.

Bar Blender Popular Brands

When it comes to bar blenders, several brand names dominate the industry.
Waring offers light duty, medium duty and heavy duty blenders in multiple capacities and power. They have glass, plastic and stainless steel jars. Waring also offers blenders with the power for kitchen prep.
Vita-Mix has become the name for commercial blenders with juice and smoothie applications. From light duty to extreme heavy duty, Vita-Mix blenders offer power and control options for any use, with various capacity sizes available.
Hamilton Beach has been well-known in the blender business for a long time. These blenders should not be confused for home use blenders that Hamilton Beach also produces. Their commercial blenders are powerful drink blenders with accessories for speed control. They offer light duty through heavy duty, with varying capacities and materials.


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