Surprisingly enough, it is very easy to purchase a commercial quality blender and not even be aware of it. Since the popularity of household blenders has become increasingly high, blender manufacturers have upgraded the common novice blender to the point where consumer grade blenders could be on par of professional chef or sous chef grade blenders.
You can generally tell that a blender is of professional or commercial grade by the price. Commercial blenders will range in price between $250 and $600. If you are paying under $200, you are not likely to be bringing home a commercial blender.
Once you have come to terms with the cost of a commercial blender, you have to evaluate the amount of use a blender will receive in your kitchen. If you plan to only use it for the occasional smoothie or frozen margarita, buying a commercial blender will be a waste of money.
However, if you are anxious to put the appliance through its paces by experimenting with different recipes and creative meal planning, it is best to invest in a commercial blender. Although the initial investment will be considerably higher than the alternatives, the longevity of the appliance in your kitchen in addition to the versatility that a commercial grade blender offers will make it well worth the extra expense.
The durability of a commercial blender will make it easy to go from crushing ice to blending a creamy soup. Even if the blending jar is made of plastic, the quality will be of a much higher grade than that of a blender costing below $200. The overall manufacture of a commercial blender is designed to take heavy use and to stand up to the rigors of an active kitchen.
There is also a higher level of versatility with commercial blenders. There will be more settings to give the user multiple functions that the blender can fulfill. A commercial blender will usually have named settings such as “puree”, “crush” and “cream” as well as numbered settings so that some of the guess work is removed for the user. The more named settings the blender has, the easier it will be for the user to make sure they are using the blender correctly and for the desired effect.
There are so many different items that can be made with a commercial blender that it really is for a kitchen in which the chef wants to work with a variety of styles and ingredients. Generally, if you do not intend to use the blender for preparation of savory dishes in addition to the occasional milkshake or dessert, you probably do not need a commercial blender. If on the other hand, you want to be able to achieve some mastery of the culinary arts, you should definitely invest in a commercial blender.