There are numerous types of blenders on the market, from personal and portable blenders to heavy-duty, commercial blenders. As you might have guessed, commercial blenders are going to be the better option for those running a restaurant or in need of a high capacity blender.

Even when you’re firm on going the commercial route, the options don’t just end there. Three of the most common types of commercial blenders include bar blenders, food blenders, and immersion blenders. So, what’s the difference between the three, and which one should you pick? We have the answers you’re looking for.

1. Bar Blender

As the name implies, bar blenders are designed to be used in a bar setting. These blenders may not be as rigorous as other types of commercial blenders, but that’s because they’re primarily or solely used to make alcoholic beverages such as margaritas.

A great thing about bar blenders is that they typically feature a sound enclosure to help block excess noise while in use in your bar or pub. So, if you have a need to make signature cocktails without all the extra sound, a bar blender might just be the perfect commercial appliance for you.

2. Food Blender

A food blender is going to be a more common type of commercial blender used for, you guessed it, food. Unlike bar blenders, food blenders tend to offer stronger blades that can break down frozen ingredients and finely blend food. They also feature a more powerful motor capable of taking on more frequent, continuous use.

Food blenders are ideal for making smoothies, milkshakes, nut butters, salsas, hummus, and more. Choose this blender if you wish to make the latter recipes and if you need a strong, heavy duty blender for high capacity use.

3. Immersion Blender

Immersion blenders aren’t a typical type of blender. They’re not a type of blender that sits on the countertop where you pour the ingredients into a carafe, put the lid on the carafe, and turn the machine on. Instead, immersion blenders are handheld devices. They don’t feature a carafe/jar or lid. You place this wand blender directly in a bowl or pot of ingredients you wish to blend.

This type of commercial blender is great for making fine purees, soups, aiolis, salad dressings, pestos, spreads, and more. Ingredients blended with this type of blender are often room temperature, warm, or hot versus frozen (as you might have with a tabletop food blender).

Often, immersion blenders are used in more high scale restaurants, not your typical casual cafe. They’re great for smaller blending jobs and can offer quick results without needing to dirty a blender carafe in the process. They’re also ideal if you need a portable device that doesn’t take up a lot of space.


It’s easy to decide between a commercial or personal blender. However, once you become aware of the other subcategories of blenders out there, it’s even more difficult to select a type of blender. From bar blenders, to food blenders, to immersion blenders, there are many commercial options for you to pick amongst depending on your wants and needs.