Kitchen equipment is the epicentre of every hospitality setup and it has a great impact on the quality of service and food offered to restaurant customers. With the right kitchen equipment, your customers can get food as quickly as possible to save your time and their time too. Kitchen equipment also has a great impact on the safety of customers and the staff and they require regular maintenance and repair. With these facts at hand let’s now dive into things you need to consider when purchasing commercial kitchen equipment:
Before checking out it is important to check for the right quality in person. Don’t rely on the sales language that salespeople use to hoodwink customers. Make sure you check and test for quality. Quality kitchen equipment guarantees that all parts of the machine will function correctly and can withstand extensive use that comes with the unpredictable nature of the hospitality industry. If you are the proprietor shopping for this equipment, you might find ways of cutting down the cost of acquiring equipment but don’t go beyond compromising the quality for cost, as the saying goes; cheap is expensive, don’t fall for cheap offers that will cost you later. And if you are sourcing for used equipment please do so in recently started restaurants wanting to shut down the business or changing the type of business. Here you will get great deals at attractive prices.
Take into consideration the space available
While planning to acquire commercial kitchen equipment, consider the space available in your restaurant. Think about the space the commercial kitchen equipment will occupy to avoid making your kitchen area clutter hindering staff freedom of movement while in operation reducing their efficiency. Normally, restaurant space consists of 60% dining area, leaving less than 40% space for kitchen, so if possible, consider purchasing multi-purpose kitchen equipment if you are running low on kitchen space.
Pricing is one of the most fundamental factors to consider when purchasing commercial kitchen equipment. First, think of the frequency the equipment will be used, if not used so often, you might want to go for second-hand equipment, but for equipment to be put to task daily, consider a brand new and top-quality within your budgetary limits. Restaurant owners must make a list of equipment to purchase and in their order of priority. Skip some of the equipment that you can do without for a while until the business is afloat and then consider adding them to increase your kitchen’s efficiency. It is also important to consider investing in multi-purpose equipment instead to cut the list short and to avoid overstepping your budgetary limits.
Ease of use and cleaning
If your equipment is the latest but difficult to use, maintain, or clean, it doesn’t make any sense. Equipment you want to install for your restaurant should be easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to maintain. And at the same time should be made of materials that are easy to clean such as alloys like stainless steel.
Find the right supplier
The best full-service commercial catering equipment company is the one who will sell you the equipment and help you install it in place. They should also provide repair and maintenance services until the warranty lapses.