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How to Choose the Best Commercial Range for Your Restaurant

Posted by BHS Foodservice Solutions on 3/5/20 9:05 AM
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If you’re a restaurant owner shopping for a new commercial range, making sure you find the appropriate equipment for your foodservice establishment is of the utmost importance. These essential kitchen tools will bear the brunt of your business’s weight—and they typically represent one of the larger investments your restaurant will make.

As you’re looking for the right fit, some questions that might come to mind include: Will the range fit in your restaurant’s kitchen? Will it have all the functions you need to properly cook all the items on your menu? Will it have the appropriate setup and ventilation?

Consider all this and more as we walk you through “how to choose the best commercial range for your restaurant,” including some quick and easy tips for sourcing the right products and questions you should ask your supplier, so you can plan your purchase before you make it and go into the buying process a bit more informed.

Easy to clean

With health and safety being one of the most important regulations in the foodservice business, you’ll want to find a commercial range for your restaurant’s kitchen that is easy to clean well. Look for heavy duty grates for the top of the range so you can degrease and scrape and wipe the surface well without harming them. Bonus if the grates and burners are removable so you can soak them in hot water. Also, if they are a good fit for your facility (more about the topic here), consider easier-to-clean options like induction tops, which are flat. Drip trays and other parts of the range that typically get the dirtiest should be removable and made of higher-grade materials like stainless steel, but in general, the smother the surface of the appliance, the easier it will be to wipe down.

Right size

Before you begin reaching out about commercial-grade ranges for your restaurant, you should know exactly where the appliance will be located and how much room you have for it. Some appliances can be customized to fit your area or are modular and can be built with specific-sized addons, while others come in one size only and are available “as is.” This could potentially limit your options, so before your even discuss the possibilities of purchasing a certain range, be sure the measurements you have are exact. Your supplier will need to know for certain, and upfront, what space constraints they’ll be helping you work within.

Fits your menu

One of the most important aspects to consider when researching the appropriate commercial range is knowing your menu. Will you be cooking lots of steak dinners and roasted vegetables? Do you need extra burners for making glazes or side, or extra oven space for preparing baked goods? Different types of range are ideal for different menus and food specialties, so keep this in mind when you’re trying to find the ideal match. For example, electric ranges are known to be better for baking, since they produce a drier heat, whereas gas, on the other hand, can be better for roasts (and they heat much quicker, too), so be sure to explain to your supplier what your commercial kitchen will be cooking and preparing most so they can help lead you in the right direction.

Proper hookup

If your restaurant has existing gas lines and electrical outlets, be sure to mention this to your supplier. Different ranges have their gas and electrical connection in different places, and if your commercial kitchen doesn’t have the corresponding gas and electrical hookup, you might have to have some work done to make sure everything is ready for your new unit. For example, if your facility isn’t yet equipped for gas or the piping is in the incorrect area, it will need to be set up and rerouted. Also, most commercial-grade ranges require a specific voltage (typically 220 versus 110), depending on the make and model. Also be sure to install the appropriate hood and ventilation. Some commercial ranges need more ventilation that others (if at all). We also recommend that when it comes to researching, purchasing, and setting up your commercial range, you not only follow the manufacturer’s setup requirements, but also get familiar with local, state, and federal building regulations.

Can BHS Foodservice Solutions Help?

Buying a commercial-grade range for your restaurant doesn’t have to be difficult. Let BHS help guide you through the purchasing process. We have over 80 years’ experience helping restaurants like yours find the best equipment and supplies for their commercial kitchens. If you have any questions, contact us, and one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will help you find the equipment and services you need to increase kitchen productivity and maximize your food-industry investment with a solution that’s right for you.

Topics: Restaurant Equipment, Restaurant Equipment Maintenance, Restaurant Equipment Installation, Commercial Cooking Supplies, Commercial Gas Range, Commercial Electric Range