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Your Guide to Purchasing Commercial Kitchen Equipment

  • It goes without saying that domestic equipment should never be used in commercial kitchens. Not only are these appliances incapable of keeping up with the day-to-day demands of commercial and industrial kitchens, but these appliances could also forfeit their warranties should the manufacturer hear that they are being used for commercial purposes when they were specifically designed for domestic use. In addition to this, any kitchen equipment supplier will tell you that it will only negatively affect you if you were to make use of domestic equipment, as those appliances will not be nearly as efficient as commercial or industrial equipment.

    Now, while we understand that sourcing kitchen equipment is easier said than done, your first step is to step away from any domestic equipment you previously had your eye on. While it may seem feasible, and more cost-effective, it will only cost you more in the future. Whereas commercial kitchen equipment will be a long-term investment for you. Your next step, before you even look for a kitchen equipment supplier, is to plan what equipment you require.

    We understand that different establishments will have different kitchen equipment needs. However, we believe that the overall process of sourcing said equipment is relatively similar. Therefore, to assist you, we have put a guide together that will help simplify the process.

    • Plan your menu with your head chef: While most establishments would have planned this already, you would be surprised by how many there are that first source their equipment. You need to ensure that you have all the equipment you need to produce the items on your menu. Therefore, plan your menu first, and then start thinking about the equipment.

     

    • Consider the equipment your establishment needs: Once your menu has been finalised and you have a better understanding of the types of dishes you plan on serving, you can then start prioritising your equipment. In fact, you should make a list of the most impotent to the least important. Since it will be too costly to purchase everything all at once, ensure you at least start with the crucial items.

     

    • Measure your kitchen to estimate the size requirements: This is possibly one of the most important factors. You need to measure your kitchen so that you can accurately plan whether you have enough space for all the equipment you require. In addition to this, it will also assist you when deciding which sizes to purchase.

     

    • Get in touch with a foodservice design consultant: This goes together with the previous point. When planning where your equipment will go, a foodservice design consultant will be able to help you plan it in such a way that your kitchen is effective and productive.

     

    • Start your search: Once the above points have been finalised, you can then start your search for a reliable kitchen equipment supplier. Now that you know exactly what equipment you need, and in what sizes, you can search for a supplier that can supply you with said items.