Restaurant kitchens have different needs depending on the cuisine they serve, the volume they produce, and number of staff they support. Each kitchen manager is faced with making smart decisions about equipment. Newer buyers should familiarize themselves with these mistakes to avoid when buying commercial kitchen equipment.
Buying More Than You Need
It’s so tempting to fall for the latest kitchen gadgetry, but buying unnecessary equipment is a waste of money. Base decisions regarding equipment on what kind of food your kitchen cooks and how chefs prepare food. While computerized specialty equipment is cool, it also may require additional training for cooks and may not turn food out any faster than traditional methods. A pizzeria or bakery needs a commercial dough sheeter, but a steakhouse that buys its bread from the bakery next door may not.
Trading Quality for Cost
Commercial kitchen equipment must endure near constant use. Even though budgets may be tight, don’t choose cost over quality. Poorly made equipment will break down more often and cost more in maintenance and repair. If money is a concern, opt for high-quality refurbished equipment that still carries a manufacturer’s warranty.
Failing to Research and Shop Around
The best known brands may not be the best for your kitchen. Research different ovens, ranges, and mixers, and pay attention to things like power, materials, ease of cleaning, maintenance arrangements, and warranties. Don’t forget to consider size; measure your space carefully and ensure that any equipment you choose will allow enough room for kitchen staff to move around freely.
Ignoring Energy Efficiency
Commercial kitchen equipment uses a lot of power. Walk-in freezers, commercial grade dishwashers, and multi-function ovens consume an enormous amount of energy and can create big utility bills that siphon profits from a commercial kitchen operation. While energy efficient equipment may be more expensive upfront, it will save you money over time. Always consider the energy efficiency rating of any equipment on your shopping list.
Not Inspecting Equipment on Delivery
It might look alright rolling off the truck, but damage in transport can happen. Don’t accept delivery without a thorough inspection of the equipment. Failing to report damage that occurred during shipping could impact your warranty or make returns impossible.
Commercial kitchen equipment is a big investment. Avoid these common mistakes when you buy commercial kitchen equipment. Do your research, read the fine print of the warranty offered, understand shipping and return policies, look for energy efficiency, and select quality over price.