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For a dough mixer, what would you recommend for a small-sized bakery using it mostly for cake batter? Planetary or spiral?


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Eli Potash from Culinary Depot

Planetary is perfect for your application. Spiral mixers are a lot more expensive and are mostly used for heavy dough and imitate a hand-kneading action.
 

Oct 3, 2013

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Michael Newman from CKitchen / E. Friedman Associates

I would use a Planetary Mixer.  Spiral Mixers are great if you are making bagels ... lots of bagels or other heavy breads.  Planetary mixers are very flexible.  I have seen them used in making just about every bakery need as well as used for making large quantities of Meat Loaf.

Mar 25, 2015

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Kinnek Knowledge Team

Spiral mixers are specialized for mixing dough, and are not ideal for functions like whipping or mixing other ingredients. They consist of a spiral-shaped agitator that remains stationary, while the bowl itself rotates. This leads to a more effective method of mixing dough, and often enables spiral mixers to mix the same size dough batch much quicker and with less undermixed dough than a similarly powered planetary counterpart. Because spiral mixers are able to mix dough with less agitator friction than planetary mixers, the dough is mixed without raising its temperature as much, which is desirable for making sure the dough can rise properly. 

Spiral mixers are also more flexible in terms of mixing varying amounts of dough – if you want to mix smaller batches of dough, you do not need to change bowls or agitators. It is common for larger bakeries, pizzerias, and commissaries to use spiral mixers for mixing their larger dough batches. 

Planetary mixers consist of a bowl which remains static, while an agitator is rapidly moved around the bowl to mix its contents. Planetary mixers are considered to be more versatile than their spiral counterparts, and can be used to mix a wide variety of ingredients. In addition, you can use a planetary mixer to whip and blend, which cannot be done with a spiral mixer. The downside is that planetary mixers are not as good at mixing stiff, larger batches of dough, and changing the size of your dough batch would require you to switch your agitator and mixing bowl.

Oct 3, 2013

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