A Guide to Buying Commercial Microwaves

September 19, 2011
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As any restaurant professional knows, the equipment you stock your establishment with matters a great deal when it comes to running your business efficiently. When your staff has to deal with faulty equipment, it slows them down, which causes them to be unable to provide the great customer experience you strive for. Unlike home food preparation equipment, the appliances you use in a restaurant setting must be high-powered, and built to withstand an incredible amount of use, day in and day out. This is especially true of complicated appliances such as microwaves. When you buy commercial microwaves for your restaurant, you want to know that they can provide years of trouble-free service.

The commercial microwaves on the market today all have several commonalities and several major differences. Commercial units that you’ll be considering will all be higher powered than residential models, which allows them to heat food much faster. Commercial microwaves will also feature all stainless-steel exteriors, which makes for easier cleanup and a much lower chance of wearing out or becoming damaged in the fast-paced commercial kitchen environment. There are some major differences in models though, and which one you choose is highly dependent upon your restaurant’s individual needs.

The Panasonic NE-1024 is a 1000 watt commercial microwave w/ dial timer.

Just $166.79

The Panasonic NE-3280 is a 3200 watt commercial microwave, steamer, and rethermalizer with 5 power levels and 16 programmable memory pads.

$3549

 SIZE First, you’ll need to determine the size of the commercial microwaves you’re considering purchasing. There are models on the market in many different sizes, and you need to assess your individual requirements. Consider first what kind of counter space you have available, and then consider what types of dishes you’ll be heating in it. Unless you’re a smaller or lower-volume establishment, odds are that your kitchen will need more than one microwave. Consider buying units of different sizes for different uses. For instance, you might have a smaller unit for your prep area that’s used exclusively for heating sauces and small side dishes. Then, you can have a larger unit that’s meant for heating larger dishes or defrosting large packages of ingredients.

POWER Another consideration you need to pay attention to is the cooking power of your commercial microwaves. These units are available in a variety of power ratings, and the amount of power your microwave generates is the biggest factor in determining how fast it will be able to heat food. This is an area where it is critical to know what types of foods you’ll be heating, and for what purposes. For example, if you’re planning to defrost large portions of frozen meats or vegetables, you’re going to need a microwave with a fairly large power rating. Otherwise, it’s simply going to take too long to accomplish this task. Not only will this slow down your staff and affect the overall efficiency of your operation, but  you could run into some problems with your ingredients being outside of the safe temperature zones for too long a period. On the other hand, if you’re selecting a unit that’s going to be used primarily for heating small side dishes and sauces, then you don’t need or want a unit that’s overpowered. Instead, choose something with a lower power rating. This will save you money, counter space, and reduce the risk of overheating your dishes.

PRICE Finally, you want to know that you’re purchasing your commercial microwaves at a price that is fair, and getting great service from your equipment dealer. In the past, restaurateurs purchased their equipment from local restaurant supply dealers at a physical location. Now, thanks to the Internet, it’s no longer necessary to deal only with your local suppliers. You can often save money, and even get much better service by shopping online. With the money you can save, you might want to consider upgrading to even better equipment. After all, the restaurant equipment you buy will ultimately affect your bottom line!

To Browse our selection of Commercial Microwaves at Missionrs.com, click here!

One Response to A Guide to Buying Commercial Microwaves

  1. Doug Skeggs
    November 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing.
    I could not agree more that you get what you pay for, especially in the business environment for items mentioned like commercial microwaves.Business success depend on reliability.

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