The Vitamix blender has been trusted for generations in homes across America for the same reasons professional chefs love the company's commercial models: They are powerful, durable, and reliable. While some brands produce economy products by using low-strength motors that struggle to keep up with demand, every Vitamix mixer motor packs at least 2.3 horsepower to liquefy, pur&eactue;e, and blend. That's why Vitamix commercial blenders have also set the standard in commercial kitchens since 1985.
Vitamix offers a wide selection of products, each customized to be the perfect tool for a variety of tasks and operations. Whether you are in the market for a drink blender or a food blender, KaTom is your source for professional Vitamix products.
Common Questions About Vitamix Blenders
Which Vitamix blender is the best for commercial use?
With so many options, it can be hard to choose, but easy to get the perfect unit for the tasks at hand. Since this is not a one-size-fits-all decision, here are some key features and specifications you should consider as you browse our selection.
- Horsepower: While horsepower numbers should not be looked at as cut-and-dried ratings of how well a Vitamix commercial blender will perform, they do provide some indication of its capacity and capability. Higher horsepower numbers mean higher RPMs and the ability to power through hard foods, whether that's ice in smoothies or vegetables in a purée. They typically also indicate a unit is likely better able to handle the heavy demand of high-volume kitchens.
- Container Size: Vitamix mixers come with capacities ranging from 32 ounces to 192 ounces. Some of them can accommodate containers of various sizes, while others have jars designed specifically for them. The smaller sizes are great for creating single-serving drinks and batches of sauces, while the larger ones can be used for creating multiple servings of soups and other menu items.
- Container Material: All Vitamix blender containers are made of Tritan, a crystal-clear, impact-resistant, BPA-free plastic that is dishwasher safe. They are designed to stand up to years of heavy use in high-volume commercial kitchens.
- Noise Levels: Particularly when processing hard foods and ice, every commercial blender produces a decent amount of noise, with the typical decibel reading around 90. However, if you need to use yours front-of-house as you would at a bar or smoothie shop, you might want to consider models from the T&G 2 Blending Station, The Quiet One, and Blending Station Advance series. Each of them are designed to provide quieter operation, with sound-dampening motor surrounds and enclosures that help contain noise produced by the units.
Vitamix Commercial vs. Household Models
Whether you are shopping for a commercial Vitamix blender or a residential model, there are good reasons to ensure you purchase a unit designed for the specific setting. Units built for use in foodservice are over-designed for home use, which means higher initial costs than necessary for most home usage and greater utility demands. Meanwhile, the residential units may not be able to keep up with the demands of commercial operations, with containers that top out at 64 ounces and less-powerful motors.
Vitamix Blender Blade Types
There are five blade types available from Vitamix, with a few that are designed for specific containers.
- Advance Blade: This model, designed for use with 32- and 48-ounce Advance containers, is made of laser-cut hardened stainless steel that rides on two sets of stainless steel bearings. To enable it to handle both food and drink mixes, the blade leads with some sharpened edges perfect for creating smooth blends, and has strong wings that break up solid ingredients like ice and produce.
- Aerating Blade: Made for use in the aerating container, which is designed to keep mixtures flowing down into the disc blade, this option is a flat circle with no sharp edges because it is not meant for grinding. Rather, it is etched with holes that help pull air into the mix, making it perfect for creating emulsions, culinary foams, and whipped creams. Beyond that, Vitamix indicates it can be used for juicing and creating infusions.
- Ice Blade: This hardened stainless steel blade has four wings made for breaking up ice in the creation of smoothies and frozen cocktails. It can be used with 32- and 48-ounce containers for Touch & Go, Blending Station, and Drink Machine Vitamix commercial blenders.
- Wet Blade: Made specifically for producing smooth blended drinks, this hardened-steel blade has four wings with sharpened leading edges that enable it to break mixtures down to very fine consistencies. The two sets of stainless steel ball bearings help the unit run smoothly, which can prolong its useful life and reduce the noise it produces. The wet blade fits 32-, 48-, and 64-ounce Standard containers, and is perfect for producing soups, sauces, purées, and more.
- XL Blade: This assembly is specifically designed for use in Vitamix XL blender containers. The hardened stainless steel blade is engineered to work with the jar to create a vortex that pulls the mix down into the sharpened wings, which can help you create smoother blends for foods like soups, sauces, housemade condiments, and more.