4 of the Best Immersion Blenders for Your Ice Cream Shop

Milkshakes are a staple for any ice cream shop. They can be thick and chunky for malts or concretes, or they can be creamy and smooth for a simpler milkshake. Regardless of the type of milkshake you're making, you'll need a blender. Blending milkshakes with a traditional blender takes a lot of time and cleaning. It's more difficult to get a consistent size, so you end up with more waste. In addition to that, traditional blenders are a lot harder to use. This is why most ice cream shops use immersion blenders.

What's the Best Immersion Blender for Your Ice Cream Shop?

When it comes to immersion blenders, you have a few options; you can go with a handheld stick blender, a single-spindle freestanding immersion blender, or a multiple-spindle freestanding immersion blender. Each option is good for different things. When deciding the immersion blender you'll use in your ice cream shop, you need to consider how much counter space you have, the number of milkshakes you make daily, and how much money you'd like to spend on a blender.

Here are 4 of the best immersion blenders for your ice cream shop:

1. Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender

Most Budget-Friendly

At $85.86, this is by far the cheapest option for immersion blenders. It has an 8-inch immersion depth, meaning it will fit perfectly in these paper milkshake cups! There are two attachments: the blending stick and the whisk. The whisk would be perfect for making whipped cream to top your milkshakes! Each attachment is dishwasher safe.

Other features include:

    • 280 W motor
    • 6-foot long cord
    • 15 speeds
    • 42 oz plastic container for blending and storage
This blender would be best for ice cream shops with little counter space and a small budget for blenders. It has 15 speeds for making different types of milkshakes. The handle is soft-touch rubber made specifically for comfort when blending.
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2. Waring (WSB50) 12” Heavy-Duty Big Stix Immersion Blender

Strongest Hand-Held Option

This blender is incredibly powerful with a 750 W motor. It has a 12-inch blending stick that's stainless steel, removable, and dishwasher safe. At $395, it's significantly more expensive than the first option. This blender doesn't come with its own container, so you'll have to either blend directly in your cups or provide your own blending container.

Other features include:

    • 12-foot cord
    • Wall hanger for easy storage (sold separately)
    • Rubber grip
    • Continuous operation
This blender would be best for ice cream shops with ice cream that's harder or more difficult to blend. Because of its intense motor, it can blend better than most handheld immersion blenders. If you have thicker milkshakes that are harder to drink, try these straws made specifically for milkshakes!

3. Galaxy SDM400 Single Spindle 2 Speed Drink Mixer

Best Single Spindle Option

At $99, this is the most budget-friendly freestanding option. It suctions to your countertop so you don't have to worry about it falling mid-blend. It comes with a 30-ounce stainless-steel container, but you can blend in your own cups. 

Other features include:

    • 400 W motor
    • 2 speeds
    • Slim -- won't take up too much counter space

This blender would be best for ice cream shops with the counter space for a freestanding blender, but not enough for a huge one. This blender is slim and tall, so it doesn't take up much counter space. This has two speeds, so it's easy to make different kinds of milkshakes. If your shop does thicker, chunkier milkshakes, try using these spoons. They have long handles perfect for reaching the bottom of milkshake cups.

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4. Hamilton Beach HMD400 Triple Spindle Drink Mixer

Best Multiple Spindle Option

At $799, this blender is significantly more expensive than its single spindle counterpart. But, this is incredibly powerful with a 900 W motor. You can run all three spindles at the same time, and it won't crash or smoke. It's easy to operate and you don't have to keep holding the cups as they blend. This blender works quickly and efficiently, you don't have to worry about waiting for one milkshake to be done before making the next one. 

Other features include:

    • Three stainless steel containers
    • Three separate controls
    • Three speeds

This blender would work best for ice cream shops that make a high volume of milkshakes. It can make three milkshakes at once. It takes up more counter space but it does significantly more than any of the blenders listed above.

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Choosing an immersion blender for your ice cream shop can seem like a daunting task. These four immersion blenders work very well for different things. If you don't make too many milkshakes at a time, a single spindle or handheld immersion blender is your best option. If you make a lot of milkshakes at a time, a multiple spindle option would be best for you. Milkshakes are an important part of any ice cream shop. Whatever blender you use, make sure it's right for your business.

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