No matter what substance you’re mixing; there’s a blender for that. Industrial blenders have perfected the art of mashing things together. It’s just a matter of choosing the right blade for the job. Here is a list of the most common blender types and their uses.

  1. Agitators

These sort of look like a top loading washing machine. The machine stays still on the center axis while the bowl moves and agitates the contents. A paddle spins in the center to ensure everything is moving. This is a great tool for liquids, but not very useful for anything thick or highly viscous.

  1. Static Mixers

Oddly enough, these blenders have no moving parts. Long, ribbon-like materials are placed strategically inside a cylinder. While liquid goes through them, these obstructions disrupt the flow, causing everything to mix together. These are great for places that don’t have power, or don’t have the money to service moving parts.

  1. Emulsifiers

These are great for mixing oil and water, or cream and milk. Using pressure, the liquids are forced through tiny filters which break up their molecules. Sometimes an emulsifying agent is required to aide the process. Centrifugal force is the main power agent of these blenders.

  1. Ribbon Blenders

A ribbon blender is specifically used for mixing dry products. A semi-cylindrical drum houses long, ribbon-like paddles that circle around the center. Things like grains, flour, and powders are best used in these mixers. They are great for getting out lumps too.

  1. Paddle Mixers

These have the same configuration as the ribbon blenders, but with paddle shaped blades. While they can be used for dry mixing, their main purpose is to mix dry and wet together. They are incredibly strong and can handle high viscosity or thick liquids.