Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances December 03, 2017 15:46:07
Always read the fine print and forget about those super-hot commercial ranges — that s the advice of restaurant equipment suppliers for consumers who want to save money on pro chef-quality kitchen gear by ordering online. While purchasing true restaurant equipment at a discount price may sound like an easy choice you actually need to be more careful about what you buy.
For those of you that are smoothie obsessed a blender might be on your daily kitchen appliance checklist. In that case you might want to go with a retro option like this pretty silver blender. It has a 50 s diner vibe which kind of makes me want to use it for milkshakes instead of smoothies.
Even though online restaurant supply companies have deep discounts on gas cooktops and ranges you may be in for a disappointment if you hope to save on one for your home."Ranges for restaurants have different specs and they aren t right for residential use — one could literally blow up your home says Herschberger. The differing requirements run from commercial venting to bigger gas lines says Weil. Even if your spacious kitchen design could accommodate the specs your state s Health Department may ban the use of restaurant ranges in home settings."And buying a range like that over the Internet will almost surely void the manufacturer s warranty she says. Commercial outdoor grills are a different story."We sell lots of them to homeowners and of course they don t need the venting says Weil"but before making such a large investment you should definitely check with your Health Department to find out what it allows."
Are you in a hurry in the kitchen? If you re always scrambling to get dinner ready fast you might want a combination thermal/convection oven which cooks with a fan that circulates hot air so items cook more quickly and brown more easily. Convection ovens have improved dramatically in the last few years says Sharon Franke director of food appliances for Good Housekeeping magazine and the Good Housekeeping Institute which evaluates new ranges on a regular basis.
There are only two drawbacks to consider. The first is pricing which tends to run approximately 20 percent higher than more conventional stoves she estimates. But she has found that for most clients especially in the mid- to upper-end kitchens that incremental addition isn t a deal-breaker."Most clients are looking to upgrade their kitchens when they remodel and they are looking for better performance rather than the cheapest price. I ve never found induction cooktops to be a hard sell when they see what they provide."
Online restaurant supply houses can offer such great discounts because they have bulk buying power — after all they re designed to serve restaurants. That usually means though that any customer will have to buy an entire case of certain smaller or low-margin items or meet a minimum dollar amount. In general the bigger the supply house the more likely the"by the case" requirement."Keep in mind that most of the bigger restaurant suppliers are getting great discounts because they re working with lots of smaller manufacturers and it s not cost-effective for them to break a case [into smaller amounts] — plus it encourages damage" says Herschberger.