Setting up a bar, regardless of whether it is at home, at a restaurant, or at a hotel, requires a powerful blender that is capable of doing many things well at once. Whether you’re making frozen margaritas, strawberry daquiris, iced cocktails, or frappucinos and other cold, refreshing beverages, you need a blender. No proper bar does without one.
But with the multitude of choices out there, it’s so easy to make the wrong purchase. We’re bombarded with a sea of choices, reviews, and pitches left and right, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the proliferation of fake reviews on sites that have earned our trust as consumers, and it becomes the perfect storm for an ill-advised purchase.
The thing is, you can’t just use any blender for a bar. I mean, you can try, but you won’t get the performance you need to handle the rigors of running a bar. You also won’t be able to find one that can compete with the most expensive brands at a $200 price point.
Blenders for bars are specially designed; this is why whether you intend to invite friends over for some after-work daquiris, or whether you intend to set up a juice bar for business, or finally get your feet wet by putting up your own watering hole, we’ve made it easier for you to make a choice.
Ready to make the best purchase for your bar? We give you the inside track on choosing one that’s perfect for any bar, anywhere.
Let’s get started with the four things you need to look out for when looking for the perfect blender.
A High Capacity
Blenders with larger capacities will be slightly more expensive, bulky, and cumbersome, but are absolutely essential if you will be handling frozen cocktails that everybody loves. As a general rule, you should never fill a blender with more than three-fourths worth of liquids, regardless of the capacity, to avoid malfunction.
The Right Material
Containers that come with blenders are usually composed of either glass, plastic, or stainless steel, each with its own pros and cons. So how do you decide which one is the best for your bar? Try to take into your bar setup; is it one where customers sit at the counter? If so, you may opt to use a glass or plastic container for your clients to see how their drinks are mixed. Alternatively, if you run a modern bar or speakeasy, you can choose a container made from stainless steel to project an image of refinement and class. If your bar sees a lot of action in terms of volume of clients, you may find a stainless steel container better to handle the wear and tear that it is likely to see.
Good Power Output
Power output in blenders is primarily measured in units of horsepower. Obviously higher power output means more power to handle even the heaviest and densest drinks that require working through solid ingredients. That being said, if you work with these drinks more often, it would serve you best to buy a blender between 1 to 2 units of horsepower, which will be just enough to work with ice and shave it to the perfect consistency.
A Sturdy Base
Not enough attention is given to the bases on which blenders operate; far too much for their importance. However, the blender’s foundation is what gives the entire appliance’s stability. Blenders with foundations made from chrome look really spiffy, however they need plenty of cleaning. Steel, on the other hand. rusts over time due to wear and tear, and is almost always going to be scratched in the busy environment of a bar. Plastic bases are more durable; their only drawback is that they may look less professional. But does that really matter when everybody’s having a good time? Probably not.
There is hardly anything else you’ll need to look at apart from these four characteristics; the rest is just gravy from here. Blender Friend has further information on the most important ones you could use for a bar. Head on for more information on particular models now that you know what to look for.