A commercial dishwasher in the cornerstone of every commercial kitchen. In this day and age very few professional pub kitchens will have their own dedicated staff that wash dishes all day. This has been particularly true and sped up by the recession, most pubs realised that when money got tight, it was far more cost effective to make a one off payment for a catering equipment than to employ someone on minimum wage to wash the dishes.
How much money should you spend on a commercial dishwasher?
When you’re starting a new commercial kitchen though, it can be difficult to figure out just how much money to spend on a dishwasher. First you need to work out the number of dishes that you have and that you’re going to be washing, if you only have storage space for a small number of dishes then you’re going to need a quick turn around which means that you’ll need a industrial dishwasher with a short cycle time. Short cycle times are usually something that the more expensive equipment tend to offer so you may need to spend a little more to get a better and faster machine.
You also need to think about what type of thing you’re going to need to wash. If it’s mostly glasses then you may be better off with a specialised glass washer rather than a more generalised dishwasher. This type of equipment is specially designed to take a huge number of glasses and get them back in use very quickly, ideal for busy pubs! If you’re going to be washing a large number of pots and pans though, you may need to consider buying a specialised dish washing station that can handle bulkier items that may require a bit of extra washing in order to get clean.
What are the features of commercial dishwashers?
Most commercial dishwashers have standard rinse and detergent functions. These basically do what they say on the tin, they mix detergent with warm water and then get your dishes clean this way. As you move up in the range though there are some features that can be pretty useful in the kitchen of a busy pub or restaurant. Drainage pumps are a particularly useful feature to have in a washer, these make sure that your machine can drain properly and can really speed up washing cycle times.
Built in water softeners are also a must in most kitchens. If you’re based in the UK one problem that you may face is the hardness of the water going into your dishwasher. A build up of calcium carbonate, more commonly known as limescale can really cut down on the lifetime of your washer and end up costing you big in the long-run, so it’s far better to have a built in water softener if you’re looking to save money long-term.
If you’re environmentally conscious then you may want to consider buying a machine that is ‘double skinned’. Double skinned is basically what it sounds like, there are two layers to your commercial dishwasher, two layers means that less heat escapes and therefore your machine uses far less energy that its single skinned counterparts.