A planetary mixer is a versatile commercial machine for mixing icing, sauces, dough (for bread), batters (like for muffins), whipping cream, and blending ingredients. Theses are considered "general purpose mixers" for restaurants, bakeries, pizza shops, or any type of commercial kitchen that wants to do some mixing. If you're specifically looking for a dough mixer, check out our spiral mixer section.
Planetary mixers can definitely mix dough, but a spiral mixer will be better suited to handling large batches of dough. There are a lot of different options when choosing the best planetary mixer for your commercial kitchen, and here are a few tips in selecting the one that's right for you.
First, decide whether you want a countertop, stand, or floor model mixer. A "stand" mixer is sometimes also used to refer to as a countertop mixer, but what we mean when we call something a stand mixer is that it would go on a mixer table rather than on a countertop.
Next, decide how big of a bowl you want. Plantary mixers are measured in quarts. So think about how big of batches you'd like to be making at one time, and then decide on the bowl size accordingly.
The third major decision is about how often you're going to be using the mixer, and what sort of things you'll be mixing. In other words, how heavy duty does your mixer need to be. Now, this can be a bit hard to calculate, but there are a few things you can look at, like considering the horsepower and the quality of the construction.
The number one reason for issues with a planetary mixer is that the user has over-worked the machine. Some of these machines will have a mixing capacity, like the Globe mixers. That is a useful tool for deciding which mixer you should go with. You could use the Globe mixing chart as a reference for other brands, but their capabilities will most likely be slightly different.
We've also got planetary mixers that are specifically designed for pizza dough, and some that are NSF approved in case you're afraid of the health inspector.
Anyway, if you've read all this and are still unsure which planetary mixer you'd like to buy, then just give us a call or send us an email. While we love all restaurant equipment, our heart truly lies with machines like planetary mixers: iFoodEquipment started out as a Canadian bakery and pizza shop supplier before moving onto restaurant equipment in general, so we love talking about mixers! And we're sure we can help you pick out the right one. So give us a call or send us an email.