10 Best Commercial Blenders | March 2017

We spent 33 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Perfect for pulverizing ice, fruits and vegetables, these commercial blenders have the juice (sorry!) to handle daily duty at a bar or restaurant. Of course, if you're the kind of person who likes to host a lot of garden parties and barbecues, you might want to try one for daiquiris and smoothies, too. Skip to the best commercial blender on Amazon.
10 Best Commercial Blenders | March 2017

Overall Rank: 6
Best Mid-Range
Overall Rank: 1
Best High-End
Overall Rank: 4
Best Inexpensive
The Waring Commercial BB190 NuBlend Elite blender is a fast, powerful, and effective blender capable of making anything from a pureed soup to a super smooth smoothie. But its 44-ounce capacity is rather small for many kitchens.
This Hamilton Beach HBB908 Blender likes to keep things simple for its user: it has two speed settings, and that's that. It pulverizes ice and is perfect for use in a bar that makes specialty drinks like daiquiris and margaritas.
The Oster VERSA BLSTVB-RV0-000 professional performance blender not only has a variable speed control dial, but also has three preprogrammed settings buttons, including soup, smoothies, and dips/spreads.
The Ninja BL610 Professional Blender has an extra large 72-ounce carafe that's 100% dishwasher safe, so you can blend away all day and then pop the dirty parts of the unit in a different machine and wash your hands of the cleanup.
  • cup and ounce measurements on pitcher
  • three easy settings and pulse option
  • good reviews by users
Brand Ninja
Model BL610
Weight 9.4 pounds
The Cleanblend 3HP 1800-Watt Commercial blender comes with a virtually unbreakable, 64-ounce, BPA-free container, and has a stainless steel blade assembly with sealed ball bearing control, so it's a smooth, strong, reliable machine.
  • easily liquefies most fruits
  • tamper wand for extreme processing power
  • comes with 5 year warranty
Brand Cleanblend
Model 2001
Weight 11 pounds
The Cuisinart CBT-2000 Hurricane Pro blender has a 3.5 horsepower motor that makes short work of almost any ingredient. Its blade speed can range from anywhere between 1,500 and 30,000 RPM when you activate its Turbo Boost option.
  • features memory function
  • jar has soft-grip handle
  • impressive 10 year warranty
Brand Cuisinart
Model CBT-2000
Weight 14.4 pounds
The KitchenAid KSB1570SL 5-Speed Blender straddles the line between a truly professional blender and a seriously powerful home use unit. But unless your restaurant's bread and butter is making smoothies, it should serve fine.
  • die cast metal base
  • soft start feature
  • intelli-speed motor control
Brand KitchenAid
Model KSB1570SL
Weight 10.6 pounds
The Blendtec Total Blender packs a 1,560-watt motor into its relatively compact base. With that much juice behind its stainless steel blades, foods are processed into mere pulp at a remarkable 29,000 RPM.
  • lifetime coupling-and-blade warranty
  • square shaped jar for easy pouring
  • self-monitors for overheating protection
Brand Blendtec
Model TB-621-20
Weight 9.7 pounds
The Jamba Appliances 58916 Quiet Shield blender is perfect for that smaller restaurant or a B&B where diners sit close to the kitchen. It blends with ferocity but, thanks to its unique design, it's almost inaudible in the next room.
  • comes with 32 oz & 20 oz containers
  • pulverizes ice cubes, tough veggies, etc
  • recipe book included
Brand Jamba Appliances
Model 58916
Weight 11.8 pounds
The Vitamix Professional Series 750 commercial blender can be found in restaurant kitchens and behind coffee shop counters all across America. With its 64-ounce capacity container it can make many smoothies or shakes at a time.
  • 2.2-peak-horsepower motor
  • extra wide blade radius
  • eastman tritan copolyester carafe
Brand Vitamix
Model Pa-1957-rent
Weight 20.3 pounds

Blending With Powers Beyond Science

The blender as we know it is a pretty simple machine. A motor turns at one half of a coupling. The other half of that coupling is the underside of a blade assembly that seals into the base of a pitcher.

Fill the pitcher up with goodies and watch as the power of the motor translates through the coupling and into the blades that pulverize the food.

Sounds easy enough, right? Sure, if we're talking about bananas and milk, maybe even a little ice cream. But you can eat those things with great ease. Your blender doesn't need to be much more powerful or better designed for mastication than that meager mouth of yours.

Go on out to the grocery store and get yourself some whole kale, coffee beans, and frozen pineapple. Come home and try to chew on a mouthful of that. Suddenly, we need more power don't we? We need a better design.

The professional versions of this rather rudimentary blender breakdown take those basic elements and superpower them. It's kind of like taking Wolverine, who was already pretty awesome–what with the whole regenerative invincibility thing he had going on–, and coating his skeleton with adamantium.

To be clear, I don't mean to imply that any of these blenders has an adamantium blade. That would be silly. What almost all of them do have are supercharged motors, steel blade assemblies, shatter-resistant containers, and solid warranties.

The SUV Of Kitchen Appliances?

Here's an interesting question: Do you own a restaurant, smoothie shop, or coffee house?

You don't need to be a business owner to deserve and get a lot of great use out of a commercial blender, but it doesn't hurt to know what you're going to be using it for and how often you plan on using it.

You might be tempted to consider the more expensive blenders on this list the way that I consider most SUVs on the road.

They're functional vehicles that can do more than almost any other cars, but the most off-roading they ever see is sand that the wind blows from the beach onto the roads nearest the ocean. In other words, people buy them because they can do things for which those people will never use them.

This is often true of SUVs, but it isn't true of these blenders.

In the spirit of honesty, I should divulge that I worked for one of these blender companies in what increasingly seems to have been a former life. One thing I noticed from my interactions with our customers is that the features and capabilities that most customers didn't even know about when they bought the machine became some of their favorite applications.

People would buy a machine just to get their kids to drink some kale that the other blenders couldn't handle, and they'd find themselves making their own peanut butter and cooking soups as much as anything else.

Now, if you're on a budget, and you're not terribly interested in anything but those smoothies, you might survive a purchase lower on our list.

If, however, you're doing this research because you've decided it's time to make a serious investment in your health and your kitchen–or you do, in fact, have a professional shop–, you need to go home with number one or number three.

The Blender Of My Childhood

If you had asked me when I was a teenager when the first blender came out, I probably would have said that it premiered some time in the 70s or 80s, since we very clearly had history's first blender in our kitchen.

It was loud, weak, and overly complicated. Also, teenagers don't have any perspective.

Little did I know that the first blenders arrived in the early 20s, an invention by Stephen Poplawski that he sold to drug stores for the purpose of making malted milkshakes.

Not long after that, the Vitamix hit the market, introducing an incredible amount of power into the blending field.

The biggest problem with the Vitamix in those days was that it had a steel container, so you couldn't see what was going on inside it.

Competitors cut every corner imaginable, but added the benefit of a glass container, and the blender wars were born.

Now, you can get a dozen different blenders with a thousand different features, and nearly none of them will do the simple things you want them to do.

That is, with the notable exception of our recommended machines.

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