Blenders

Hi! What are some of your favorite high sheer blenders that don't let in much air and are commercially available at a reasonable price? I've been using stick blenders for a while, which aren't ideal given the amount of bubbling. 

While on the topic, what are some of your favorite pieces of lab equipment for developing micro batch creams, lotions, toners, balms, etc? 

This would be for a small experimental lab that produces up to 350oz at a time.

Thanks!

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  • AgateAgate Member
    I'm very pleased with my Bamix with its emulsifying attachment. It has a 12'000 RPM and 17'000 RPM setting and can be run for up to 5 minutes at a time. All parts from the motor to the blades are solid metal and known to last for decades (unlike my previous blender which had a plastic connection, which caused it to fail irrepairably). Not the easiest to clean as it can only be hand-washed. Works for batches of 50ml minimum, 100ml would be better. I'm not sure what the upper limit is but I don't see it doing 350oz. They do have a larger version called the Gastro 350W - Pro-3 if that is important to you.

    I have my eye on an IKA overhead stirrer as my next upgrade so I can experiment with different stirring attachments, but even used they are quite pricey for my home lab.
  • JPSJPS Member
    Agate said:
    I'm very pleased with my Bamix with its emulsifying attachment. It has a 12'000 RPM and 17'000 RPM setting and can be run for up to 5 minutes at a time. All parts from the motor to the blades are solid metal and known to last for decades (unlike my previous blender which had a plastic connection, which caused it to fail irrepairably). Not the easiest to clean as it can only be hand-washed. Works for batches of 50ml minimum, 100ml would be better. I'm not sure what the upper limit is but I don't see it doing 350oz. They do have a larger version called the Gastro 350W - Pro-3 if that is important to you.

    I have my eye on an IKA overhead stirrer as my next upgrade so I can experiment with different stirring attachments, but even used they are quite pricey for my home lab.
    Nice! Thanks! Are you referring to this one?: https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/bamix-professional-immersion-blender/
  • AgateAgate Member
    I just realized that the US models are obviously different, I'm not sure how the specs translate wattage wise, but it does appear to be the equivalent.
    If maximum potential batch size is what matters to you, then there is one with a longer shaft: https://www.amazon.com/Bamix-Pro-3-Professional-Immersion-Blender/dp/B008ND7KYU I imagine it would be quite bulky for smaller batches though. Also bear in mind it won't do slow stirring or stirring for long periods of time, so either you'll need something else for that or know that you won't be working with formulations like that, or be okay working around it by using high shear blending with periods of rest in between blending as a substitute, though I don't know if that would always work. Really depends on your needs.
  • Have you looked at the Dynamic Mini Pro with the pictured attachment.  It goes up to 13,000 RPM. 
  • Does anyone have experience with this type of a small scale mixer? The item description says it can only be used for 1-2 mins at a time.   I‘ve been using a stick blender and mix for about 5 mins, I’m not sure if with the higher shear if 1-2 mins time will be suffice?  Thoughts?

    MXBAOHENG High Speed Homogenizer Adjustable FSH-2A Lab Disperser Emulsifier 5~1000ml 6000~22000rpm w/ 2 Working Heads (110V) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TTX245F/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_yrjpEbP7JGGRG
  • JPSJPS Member
    shechemie said:
    Have you looked at the Dynamic Mini Pro with the pictured attachment.  It goes up to 13,000 RPM. 
    Thanks! I'm looking into this one now with the emulsifier attachment.. need to find a US supplier though: https://fsm-pl.com.au/product/dynamic-dynamix-emulsifier-option/


    Yep, also considered the one on Amazon but feeling iffy about it so I sent out a post on that as well.. Let me know if you find out anything else. It seems to be pretty cost effective comparatively. 
  • Hi so my current project right now is foundation and eyeshadows and im having a hard time cleaning out my inexpensive coffee grinder every single time between uses for mixing my powders in. I NEED advice on a high grade blender for my pigments and powders could i use one of these high shear commercial blenders listed above ?? please help cleaning this thing is super annoying 
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