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How to choose a Commercial Planetary Food Mixer?

1–How much capacity do you need or how much space do you have in your kitchen?


The common capacity of commercial mixers are 8L, 10L, 15L, 20L, 25L, 30L, 40L, 60L & 80L.
You need to consider the capacity you need and whether your kitchen has enough space for the mixer.
Usually mixers less than 10L are designed to fit on a countertop and anything larger (15-80L mixers) are often best suited as a stand alone unit.


2–What does the machine look like? How many functions does it have ?

The majority of mixers on the market are either white or grey.
Commercial Planetary Food Mixers have three primary functions – 1- whipping, 2-mashing and 3-kneading
Each different fuction uses a different attachment and speed. It is important to remember to use the correct attachment with the correct speed

The Whisk: used to mix the low viscous ingredients at high speed, such as eggs, butters and creams
The Mixing paddle: used to mixing the mid viscous ingredients at low or mid speed such as fillings and mashing potatoes
The Dough hook: used to mixing the highly viscous ingredients at low speed, such as flour. When mixing, generally 0.47kg of water must be added per 1kg flour (water to flour ratio is 0.47:1)

3–How does the machine work? What is the correct speed ?

Planetary mixers are very versatile and lend themselves to a variety of preparation tasks from whipping cream, mashing potatoes to kneading lighter doughs. Most,all kitchens will need one.
The maximum kneading capacity is not the same as the bowl capacity. The maximum kneading capacity is for the dough, its a measure of the working ability of the mixer.
A machine with a good reliable motor and gears will mean the maximum kneading capacity will bigger.


Capacity 8L 10L 15L 20L 25L 30L 40L 60L 80L
Max Kneading Capacity 0.6kg 2kg 3kg 6kg 8kg 10kg 12kg 20kg 25kg


The mixer has three different speeds – low, middle and high.
The low speed is for the Dough hook , the middle speed is for the mixing paddle for mashing potatoes etc and the high speed is for the Whisk.

4–What precautions should be taken when using a mixer?

· Change speed whilst the mixer is operating.
· Wear loose clothing that may become caught in the mixer whilst it is in operation.
· Attempt to reach into the bowl whilst it is mixing.
· Leave the gear lever in mid position.
· Use the bowl lift handle to stop the machine.
· Use the gear lever to stop the machine.
· Access rotating parts.
· Use excessive force when operating which could affect the stability of the mixer.
· Operate the mixer if parts are disassembled.
· Fit the agitator to the mixer without a bowl in place.
· Leave the agitator on the machine without the bowl being fitted.
· Operate the mixer with both attachment and agitator fitted.
· Override the safety switches fitted to the mixer.
· Open the guard to stop the machine.
· Use the mixer in an unsafe condition.
· Operate the mixer or attachment if a fault develops or the mixer is unsafe.
· Attempt to repair the appliance. A qualified technician must service the machine.
· Clean the mixer with scouring powder or a scouring pad.
· Clean aluminium agitators in a dishwasher.
· Inhale mixing ingredient dust particles.

· Use the mixer as intended and inline with the operating instructions.
· Use the mixer in a well-lit area.
· Ensure the bowl, agitator, attachment and guard are correctly fitted to the mixer.
· Remove the agitator before using any attachments.
· Stop the mixer before adding more ingredients.
· Use the stop button to stop machine.
· Disconnect the mains electricity supply before cleaning the mixer.
· Clean the bowl, agitators and attachments after use.
· Clean the mixer using mild soap and water.
· Clean the mixer daily.
· Inspect the power cable and appliance regularly. If a fault is found do not operate.
· Disconnect the mains electricity supply before cleaning the mixer.

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