ACE Catering Equipment’s Tips When Buying Commercial Kitchen Equipment
It goes without saying that you should never use domestic equipment in commercial kitchens. These appliances aren’t able to keep up with the day-to-day demands of professional kitchens, and most manufacturers won’t honour warranties for products that are designed for domestic use when they are being used for commercial purposes.
Our team is aware that setting up a restaurant, aged care facility, school canteen or any catering business is not an easy or cheap task, not to mention how difficult it is to choose the right equipment for your cooking needs. Purchasing the wrong equipment can affect your entire kitchen’s operation as well as how efficiently you deliver your services. Consider asking these questions that our experienced team of specialists have come up with when shopping for your commercial catering needs.
What is the Total Cost of Ownership?
Establishing and understanding the total cost of ownership is essential when buying commercial catering equipment. To fully understand what you are paying for, you need to evaluate the total cost of ownership, this includes several aspects. Energy consumption, repairs and maintenance are projected to have at least five times more relevance than the upfront cost of the equipment. So, don’t ask yourself what you’re paying today, ask yourself what this equipment will cost you for the entire lifetime of your ownership. Purchasing only quality manufactured equipment can save you in the long-run.
Also take into consideration all the collective expenses associated with purchasing, operating and running the commercial catering equipment you need. Regular maintenance includes cleaning, repairs, lubricating and adjusting and additional costs are incurred in making sure staff is fully trained to operate the machinery responsibly and without causing damages. The total cost of ownership is important for evaluating costs that aren’t reflected upon purchase.
How Water and Energy Efficient is the Equipment?
Water and energy consumption is one of the biggest expenses restaurateurs and commercial kitchens incur. You can save significantly by making sure you buy water and energy-efficient appliances and equipment. It can greatly assist in reducing energy and water bills and benefit you in the long-term.
What Kind of Warranty Will You Receive?
Warranties can be a cash saver, that’s why it’s so important to read all the fine print before purchasing any commercial equipment. Not all warranties are the same, so remember to compare multiple manufacturer’s warranties and see which one is more beneficial to you. Warranties are offered by manufacturers on large kitchen equipment purchases at an additional charge and cover repairs or replacement of the unit if it breaks down for warranty-covered scenarios.
What Kind of Maintenance Agreement Do I Get?
Ensuring your kitchen equipment is fully maintained and in perfect working order is essential for providing good quality food and guaranteeing consistency at all times. Making sure your equipment is cleaned, rubbers are replaced when needed and that machines are oiled on time will surely be beneficial to your business in the long run.
These are just a few of the questions we at ACE Catering Equipment will run through with you after our many years of working in the industry. If you are ready to start planning your commercial kitchen, please get in touch today. We have the knowledge and relevant experience in the commercial catering business to assist you in purchasing your commercial equipment. For more information visit our website or call us on 0414 887 298!