Anyone with a Hobart mixer in their restaurant or commercial kitchen will tell you what a great machine it is. These mixers last a long time despite constant, heavy use, and for many kitchens they are essential to the success of daily operations. Often the attachments that make your Hobart mixer so indispensable wear out or break long before the machine itself does.
That’s good in the sense that Hobart’s tank-like mixers are a seriously long-term investment that pays off big time in reliability and durability. But it’s also bad in the sense that Hobart likes to charge an arm and a leg for their mixer attachments. Dough hooks, mixer bowls, flat beaters, pastry knives, graters/shredders, you name it, if Hobart makes it, they’re going to make you pay for it.
That leaves you with two choices:
1) Hobble around a limbless freak but have nice, shiny new Hobart brand name attachments on your mixer
2) Forego prosthetics and buy generic attachments
I’m sure you know where Hobart comes down on this issue. Their attachments are high quality, and cheap knock-offs are likely to break, underperform, and cause you all kinds of problems that will make you wish you had never valued your limbs so much.
It’s true, there are some cheap mixer attachments out there. But what’s also true is that you can buy high quality, durable mixer attachments that fit any Hobart mixer but do not carry the Hobart name. These mixer attachments are equal in quality to anything Hobart makes, and they’re also a fraction of the cost. So no matter what kind of mixer attachment you need, get quality replacements that have everything a Hobart brand name attachment has, except the Hobart name stamped on it.
If you are in the market, here’s some key things to keep in mind before you buy:
Determine if your Hobart mixer is a Standard or a Legacy HL model. Standard Hobart mixers are older models. The attachments for Standard models slide onto the mixer shaft and twist into place. Legacy HL mixers are newer models. The attachments for Legacy HL models slide onto the mixer shaft and lock into place with a pin. Make sure you buy the right kind of attachment according to the type of Hobart mixer you have!
Look for shredder/grater attachments with German steel blades. German steel is hardened, which means the blade lasts longer and cuts sharper than your average steel blade. Any extra cost is more than made up by how well this blade will cut over the long term.
Keeping your Hobart mixer going with new attachments shouldn’t feel like buying a whole new mixer. Buying smart by finding high quality generic replacements will save you a lot of dough, and won’t force you to sacrifice any quality (or body parts).