5 Tips for Choosing Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Are you opening an NJ restaurant? Perhaps you already own and operate a commercial kitchen, but you’re looking to expand your range of dishes, or you need to replace aging equipment. Whatever the case, you’ll need to buy commercial kitchen equipment, and you need to know a few things before you put any money down. Here are five tips to help you make accurate, informed choices in you purchasing.

1. Warranty Coverage

Ideally, you’ll purchase high-quality kitchen equipment that will last your business for years and years to come. However, there is always the chance that something will go wrong, and you should not be on the hook for repairs during the initial period of ownership. Check warranty coverage and duration on every piece of equipment that you purchase, and realize that a higher-cost item with better warranty protection may be the smarter purchase.

2. Scratch and Dent Savings

Equipment for commercial kitchens can be quite expensive, and you need to make sure that your budget stretches as far as possible. To help you save some cash, consider buying “scratch and dent” equipment. These appliances have cosmetic damage that makes them less likely (or impossible) to sell in a regular store, but they are fully functional. “Ugly” equipment can be a very smart investment for a savvy kitchen manager or restaurateur.

3. Commercial Grade Only

Avoid the urge to buy consumer-grade equipment. Not only will it not stand the test of time and hard use in your kitchen, but it may be against the law to use it in the first place. Always go with commercial-grade equipment only.

4. EnergyStar Rated

If possible, go with the greenest equipment you can find. EnergyStar rated appliances might cost a bit more up front, but you’ll find that they use less power in the long run. That’s good news for the environment, but also for your bottom line.

5. Know What You Need and Stick to the List

Finally, know your needs. Plan out exactly what commercial kitchen equipment you will need, where it will go in your kitchen, and then stick to that list. Avoid the temptation to buy extras or a piece of equipment that you “might” use at some point in the future. Make the most of your budget and your usable space.

At Auto Ice Equipment, we offer high-quality equipment for NJ commercial kitchens.

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