When I thought of a dough mixer, I thought of one of those tabletop mixers with stainless steel bowl and beaters. Years ago, they were also in glass. What a surprise I got when I did a little research. They now come in all sizes depending on your needs, and there are many different mixers that perform things I would never have thought of.
Before purchasing your dough mixer, there are so many different things to consider. What is the purpose of your dough mixer going to be Do you own a pizza shop, where pizza dough is the prominent task, or a bakery where you may be mixing volumes of dough for cookies and bagels Perhaps you want a home mixer for doing some baking at home. What type of baking do you do or do you need something capable of handling everything from mixing icing to mixing dough for your Saturday night pizzas Whatever your needs, make sure the motor is strong enough to handle the task.
Commercial dough mixers come in a broad range of sizes and functions. The tilting barrel dough mixers are handy for anyone running a business such as pizza or a bakery. They are capable of handling large volumes of dough and mixing quickly. Often these mixers have 2 shafts, making the mixing faster and better. They have a large stainless steel mixing bowl. The size would be determined by individual needs.
Also there are horizontal mixers. Looking somewhat like a large computer, some of these machines can hold a capacity of 3000 lbs. Everything can be controlled including dough temperature, and there is very little movement or shake at all. The cost of your mixer will vary with the size of the mixing bowl and what attachments you purchase with it. For a large business, a floor model with a capacity of 100-300 quarts is recommended. A smaller cafe type business could probably get by with a commercial tabletop variety.
When choosing a tabletop dough mixer for home, there also things to consider. It is best to purchase one that will do everything from light mixing to bread dough. You never know what you may want to try. Look for one with varying speeds and a strong enough motor to handle your baking needs.A home model should be at least 325 watts. Also, consider the bowl size. You will want a bigger bowl if mixing bread dough is to be a duty. Another consideration is attachments. Some come with or can have added, everything from a meat grinder to a pasta maker. Your new dough mixer can be as versatile as you are.
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