Metcalfe Catering Equipment’s MD Neil Richards underlines how whole life cost must be recognised in blender purchases:
When it comes to choosing a blender then capacity is a key consideration. Choose a machine with a larger volume if the user plans to serve up big batches, but save space if you know they will only be serving one or two portions at a time.
Containers usually come in glass, plastic, or stainless steel. It’s mostly based on preference, but keep in mind the design and aesthetics of the venue when choosing the material, as a stainless steel container may work well with a modern restaurant, but a glass container will look nice for finer establishments as well. Keep in mind that if the user is going to crush ice on a regular occasion, then plastic containers will scratch and scuff quicker, so glass is likely to be a better option.
Bases can be comprised of chrome, stainless steel, or plastic. Chrome is attractive but requires attention to detail, as it scuffs and show smudges easily. Brushed stainless steel is easier to maintain but can rust over time. Plastic is the easiest to maintain but sacrifices the professional look that both chrome and stainless steel can have.
Other considerations would be a unit’s portability along with quiet operation that keeps noise to a minimum during use.
We are also trying to make dealers and end users aware of the whole life cost of equipment, including blenders. If they buy a quality product in the first place it will outlast a cheaper alternative many times over, so although initially more expensive the whole life cost will be much less.