How to pick the best equipment for your smoothie juice bar?
There are only a few basic components that you will need in order to get your smoothie juice bar up and running. The foundation for any smoothie bar is water, power and drains. This is of course a given in any restaurant/food prep area. That being said we can begin talking about the hardware. As you will see the hardware items are pretty basic. I will suggest certain pieces and you will probably interpret my suggestions to mean any piece of hardware within the category. While this will work most of the time it is prudent to adhere to my suggestions. If you skimp and cut corners your smoothies will be less than 100% and the customers will know it.
The first necessary pieces of hardware for your smoothie juice bar are the blenders. We prefer Blendtec blenders to all others. Why? Simply because to date their customer service has been unprecedented. Blendtec is more concerned with you getting your job done than any other companies we have dealt with to date. This isn't to say other blender companies don't care, just that we have seen the greatest demonstration of customer service from Blendtec. They have excellent warranties on their equipment and will bend over backwards for you if there's a problem. Blendtec has some of the most expensive equipment out there, but it's worth it if your machines ever break and you need help. And guess what? If you are doing smoothie volume (which you better be doing, or there's no reason to be in business) you will have a breakdown at some point. We promote both the Blendtec automated blenders and dispensers as well as the traditional blenders for free pour smoothie bars. Whichever way you decide is best for you, you can't go wrong with a Blendtec blender. (Blendtec website)
A quality ice machine that is sized correctly for your drink volume is important, along with the proper sized refrigeration and/or freezers. Our consultants will help you decide on which machines you need dependent upon your available space and number of drinks per day.