In case you run a busy commercial establishment to which dishwashing is essential, then it’s certain that are going to need some type of commercial dishwasher, or a solution designed to meet the specific requirements of your business. Finding the right dishwasher is extremely important to any business, as appropriate appliances will make your life a whole lot easier and save you time and money.
Each available solution must be considered carefully, as the goal is to come up with either a long-term solution that would provide exceptional results and get your money’s worth or to plan certain shorter-term phases that would help your business evolve at the fastest pace possible.
Most of startups and smaller business encounter numerous difficulties and unforeseen expenses no matter how hard they try to stick to the budget. Although one of their top priorities, getting an appropriate dishwasher won’t be such an easy task. Sometimes this is due to enormous offer on the market which makes it difficult to choose from, and sometimes is because the owner is not sure whether he or she should buy the equipment, lease it or rent it.
The purpose of this article will be to show you the difference between renting and buying warewashing equipment, and to briefly guide you through main types of dishwashers, so hopefully, choosing would become at least a bit easier.
Breakdown of Commercial Dishwasher Varieties
There are four main types of commercial dishwashers and finding out which type meets your business requirements best is essential to getting an appropriate unit. There are many factors to consider, such as size and capacity, cost, speed, temperature, noise, energy and water usage and how easy it is easy to use the machine, so we’ll start with those.
When it comes to temperature, commercial dishwashers come in two options: high and low-temperature. High-temp machines are more common, as they use heat to sanitize the dishes, so there is no need to buy sanitizing chemicals. The dishes are cleaned better on the whole and they dry much faster. No sanitizing chemicals also means no dumping chemicals into the drainage system.
Low-temp machines cost less and require less energy, but they also require purchase of sanitizing chemicals on regular basis. Plus, certain chemicals tend to damage certain types of dishware, you’ll need to be prepared to occasionally renew your dishware as well.
In case you are concerned about the noise and energy efficiency, make sure you check the specification for the decibel rating given and look for the Energy Star certification, as it has been found that such dishwashers use 40% less water and are 40% more energy efficient.
As for the speed, you know it yourself – speed is important. Although most commercial dishwashers are pretty fast, you should always check the wash cycle length and its capacity as it can make a difference in how your kitchen runs.
Although manufacturers know how important it is for a dishwasher to be easy to use, especially in busy kitchens or bars, some industrial dishwashers are harder to use when placed in a spot they are not designed for. Also, if speed is crucial, check the specification for any features that enable super-fast loading, as well as the settings the dishwasher offers.
The cost and capacity are probably the two main factors to consider for obvious reasons. You’ll choose the appropriate type depending on the size of your business and number of customers you serve daily. It doesn’t make much sense in getting a commercial dishwasher that barely fits the space that you have or that can process twice as much dishes than you need it to. Larger and more powerful machines mean higher costs, so be careful to choose the machine that fits your requirements and fits your budget.
1. Conveyor Type Dishwashers
Conveyor commercial dishwashers have the largest capacity and are largest in size when compared to other types. Due to its size and capacity, it is usually used by establishments or institutions that have large kitchens and see high traffic in one meal period, such as schools or universities, hospitals or hotels. It’s probably not a good choice for smaller businesses both due to the problem of squeezing such a large machine in a small space, and the cost.
The fact that this is the most expensive type is justified by its ability of washing far larger quantities of dishes per session than any other type, its significantly higher power and must faster dishware cleaning and drying. If you run a large, busy establishment, conveyor type is well worth the cost.
2. Door Type Dishwashers
Door type commercial dishwashers are the type chosen most frequently for all kinds of busy commercial kitchens. They are easy to use and clean quite fast – simply fill a rack, slide it in, close the door and take the clean dishes out after a few moments.
They are larger machines that have higher capacity than an undercounter dishwasher, but they do, therefore, take up more space, use more energy and water and cost more than other types.
3. Undercounter Type Dishwashers
Undercounter commercial dishwashers look the most like the residential dishwashers, except they have more power, more capacity and they work much faster. They don’t take up much space, are easy to install and are most affordable, so they are a perfect fit for smaller restaurants, bars or coffee shops that don’t have much kitchen space, don’t handle huge number of customers and have a smaller budget.
4. Commercial Glasswashers
Commercial glasswashers combine the power of commercial dishwasher with the water flow that is gentle enough to process even most sensitive types of glass, such as the glass of martini glasses. It doesn’t mean, however, that glasswashers can process glasses only – they can’t process pots and pans but can process many other types of dishes.
Glasswashers are perfect for bars, pubs or restaurants that need to process a lot of glassware and the most common type is the undercounter type, which is very convenient. They do come as other types as well, but those tend to cost more.
You’ll be able to identify the right dishwasher type for your business based on its size and traffic more easily after going through basic features of these four broad categories. Next step would be to go through brands and specifications of particular models, as your commercial dishwasher needs to have a few further key features that would make your staff’s life a whole lot easier.
Here are a few tips: avoid complicated machines and choose the ones that are labeled as easy-to-use. You don’t want your staff to have issues or go through complicated training to learn how to use it. Always choose dishwashers that are able to work as fast as your kitchen is. Of course, make sure your warewasher meets all sanitary requirements, and make sure its cleaning power is satisfactory, as dirty dish or glassware can ruin customer’s appetite and your reputation.
After you narrow down the choices or find thr dishwasher for your business, you’ll need to decide whether buying or renting the dishwasher is a better option at the current moment.