How To Choose the Right Restaurant Equipment for Your Business

There are several important factors to consider when choosing restaurant equipment. Whether you’re opening a new restaurant or renovating an existing space, selecting the right equipment is crucial. Running a successful commercial kitchen can be stressful, but you can make things a little easier on yourself by learning how to choose the right restaurant equipment for your business.

What type of food are you serving?


The first and most important factor to consider is the cuisine, or the type of food you will be serving. Equipment type and size can vary between cuisines.

If your menu is focused on traditional American food such as burgers, fries, and sandwiches, you will need a grill, a fryer, and an oven. If you are serving Italian food, you will probably need a pizza oven and a pasta cooker. If you are serving Chinese food, you will need a wok and a steamer.

Bakery needs differ from those of a typical restaurant in that they are more dependent on ovens, storage (dry and cold), and mixers. Cabinets with multiple cooling racks are also important to handle a large volume of baked goods.

Consider the size of your kitchen.

No matter what type of restaurant you own, you will need a range—a stove with an oven attached. This is where you will cook most of your food. You will also need a refrigerator and a freezer, and you may want to consider purchasing a dishwasher. A dishwasher will help you keep your kitchen clean to avoid health hazards such as cross-contamination.

If you have a small kitchen, you will need to choose your appliances and cooking equipment wisely. You may not have room for a large refrigerator or oven, so you will need to select smaller appliances that can do the job. A smaller kitchen may also require you to cook meals in batches, so you will need a stovetop and oven that can work simultaneously.

There are more options for appliances and cooking equipment in a larger kitchen. You may want to consider a refrigerator with a bottom freezer, a double oven, or a gas stovetop. Walk-in freezers and refrigerators with adequate shelving are also great for storing large amounts of perishable items. No matter what size your kitchen is, be sure to select energy-efficient appliances, so you can save money on your energy bill.

Choose equipment that suits your style.


When it comes to owning a restaurant, one of the most important decisions you will make is the type of restaurant you want to own. This will dictate the type of equipment you need. For instance, if you are running a buffet, you will need warmers to keep food at a safe, palatable temperature, and long tables to accommodate multiple dishes.

If you are running a fast-food restaurant, you will need a grill, a fryer, and a countertop oven. You may also want to consider self-service accessories that allow customers to customize their meals, such as condiment dispensers, soda fountains and ice machines, and stations for utensils, napkins, and disposal. There are many table top accessories, as well, like salt and pepper shakers and individual condiment bottles.

Keep your budget in mind.

Before making any purchases, compile a list of the equipment you need including both large and small appliances. Technicians can assess potential electrical or gas problems in the kitchen, which can have a significant impact on your budget. Once you know the type of equipment you need and your budget, it’s time to shop.

Look online for deals on new and refurbished commercial cooking equipment. Your local restaurant supply store is another great place to find equipment at a great price. You can purchase some items and accessories in bulk at much better prices than you’ll find elsewhere.

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