Commercial Cooking Equipment
Professional kitchen equipment for restaurants and institutions
Commercial cooking equipment can be divided into two broad categories: appliances and cookware. Both are equally important to the success of your business: commercial appliances are one of the biggest investments you'll make, and it is absolutely essential that you choose well and spend wisely. Cookware has a strong influence on the quality of the food you serve, which is crucially important as far as your customers are concerned.
Purchasing Restaurant Appliances
New or used? When it comes to restaurant appliances, this is an age-old question. While there is no right answer, there are pros and cons to both approaches which you should closely consider.
With new professional kitchen equipment, you will be protected by a manufacturer's warranty and the commercial cooking equipment is guaranteed to perform optimally. However, you'll be looking at a hefty outlay of cash, unless you want to take on significant debt by financing your new industrial cooking equipment. In many cases, the debt incurred from the purchase of commercial appliances significantly limits your ability to invest in other aspects of your business.
Used industrial cooking equipment is much cheaper, making it a lot easier to absorb the cost of starting a new business or upgrading an existing one. However, it is essential that you do your research, as some manufacturers have a more impressive performance record than others. Used equipment won't come with warranty protection, so if you're eyeing a secondhand commercial range or commercial refrigerator, you need to do all you can to ensure it will be reliable and perform as you expect.
In many cases, it's best to purchase a mixture of new and used equipment. A relatively affordable product like a commercial microwave, for example, can be purchased new. For used equipment, you'll save the most money on major items like ovens and ranges.
Industrial Cooking Equipment and Supplies
Cookware is much more affordable, and you can buy it new without spending a great deal of money up front. However, it's a good idea to let your kitchen manager or head chef choose the cookware, as different materials, coatings and finishes have different characteristics and some are better suited to certain applications than others. Professional cooks and chefs know how they perform in the kitchen and can select the products that are will yield the best results.