When comparing list prices, it may seem obvious that commercial equipment – including ranges, microwave ovens, toasters, and refrigerators – are more costly than their consumer-grade counterparts. However, before you head to your nearest big box retailers to stock your kitchen with essential food prep equipment, consider the potential expense of equipment replacement, reduced efficiency, repairs, and possible insurance issues. Even with a higher sticker price, choosing commercial over consumer equipment could save your business a great deal of money.
In food retail and food service settings, commercial equipment lasts longer because it’s built to withstand high-volume usage. For example, basic consumer microwave oven hinges are manufactured to be opened and closed approximately 100,000 times; commercial-grade microwaves are durable enough to be opened and closed over 200,000 times without wearing out. In the long run, you could get more than double the use out of your commercial microwave based on the door hinges alone.
Commercial equipment also exceeds consumer appliances in performance. Whereas consumer level conveyor toasters only produce enough to feed a “large” family of 5 or 6 in about a minute and a half, commercial conveyor toasters can supply your site with up to 1,200 slices of perfect toast in an hour – that’s twenty slices per minute! The faster and more consistently your equipment can produce, the more satisfied your customers will be.
If your business has any concerns about meeting safety regulations, then commercial equipment is certainly the way to go. Many commercial models must have a National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) rating for cleanability as well as pass safety regulations for energy usage. Since equipment is typically in use for longer stretches of time in a commercial kitchen, commercial equipment can withstand prolonged electrical currents without over-heating or posing a fire hazard. If your consumer equipment ruins property, causes bodily injury, or catches fire, your insurance may not cover the damages.
Based on initial price, it may seem as though consumer equipment will save your business money over commercial equipment. But, once all the benefits of commercial equipment are accounted for, it becomes clear that consumer equipment could end up costing your business much more than it’s worth. Fortunately, the Hubert Company is able to provide not only the best in high-quality commercial equipment for your food service and food retails needs, but we are also able to do so at new, lower prices!
Check out the new pricing on trusted brands such as Vulcan, True, Berkel, and Manitowoc at www.hubert.com today!