If there’s one thing my colleagues and I have learned from our years of experience in the commercial dishwashing market, it’s that it isn’t about the technology but the experience.
This is why we proudly present this guide to commercial dishwashers, which covers everything you need to know to make a good decision.
What are commercial dishwashers?
Dishwashers are a great way to simplify and streamline your restaurant kitchen. They’re cheap, practical, keep your food safe, don’t take up much room, and are easy to install.
Let’s start with the basics: They are large appliances with a large interior (the drum) and a small exterior (the spout). The drum contains an overheated water tank that spins high speed to spin out all the water from the dishwasher. The spout discharges the water back into the sink through a baffle plate usually made of ceramic material.
How do commercial dishwashers work?
A commercial dishwasher is a machine designed to clean dishes, pots, and pans; you name it. If it doesn’t have these features, then it is not a commercial dishwasher, i.e., if the machine does clean dishes, pots, and pans well, then you shouldn’t buy one as a commercial dishwasher.
– There is no “folds like a dishwasher” feature (because there are too many ways in which they can be folded)
– No “sink drain” feature (because there are too many ways in which they can be drained)
– No “dishwasher-safe glass” feature (because any glass surface is susceptible to scratching or breaking, and every electronic appliance has been known to break some pieces of glass)
The dishwashers that come close to these features are not commercial dishwashers: they are common household appliances. Most of them do not give excellent cleaning performance — i.e., their best performance comes when minimal cleaning is required. However, they do have a few features that distinguish them from other appliances:
– They have “folds like a dishwasher,” but no way to keep them folded. This forces you to fold them manually; this may take some time and effort, but at least the consequences are much less than with conventional dishwashers. This saves time and energy and enables you to do things like dry your dishes on the roof or store food in the fridge for later use. This design choice can be justified by its expense (it isn’t cheap) – but only if the savings outweigh the cost associated with using conventional machines – in other words, it isn’t more affordable than buying an entirely new set of regular devices!
– They have a sink drain but no way to keep it closed while washing dishes, large pots, or pans. This means you need to wash each item separately that goes into the sink before putting it into the machine. Not only is this more work than with conventional machines, but there also must be enough space around each item for safely emptying the sink. This design choice can be justified by its safety advantages – i.e., against multiple accidents when items in your sink fall off during washing sessions — but only if there aren’t enough sinks in your home for all of your items! – in other words, if it isn’t cheaper
What are the benefits of using commercial dishwashers?
Dishwashers are a staple in the lives of many people. We have one at home, own and use one at work, and we know our friends do too. But have you ever wondered: what are the benefits of commercial dishwashers?
With the help of an excellent commercial dishwasher, you can easily clean up after your guests’ banquet and make serving new guests a flash using newly cleaned dishes and pots. And without a commercial dishwasher, you’ll spend more time cleaning up than preparing the food.
How to choose the suitable commercial dishwasher for your business
Commercial dishwashers are an essential part of your restaurant kitchen. Commercial dishwashers help clean dishes, but they don’t do it much better than handwashing (and there are other options for dishes).
The key difference between commercial dishwashers and handwashing is that commercial dishes can be quite dirty — even if you do things proper. The problem with handwashing is that it doesn’t work particularly well on very fine food particles or slippery surfaces, like metal cookware. And it doesn’t work well on harder-to-clean surfaces like glass and plastic. So, where does that leave you? Handwashing is excellent for cleaning dishes quickly and efficiently, but there’s no shortcut to cleaning them thoroughly.
No matter what kind of commercial dishwasher you choose, most people will tell you that a commercial dishwasher is not the best choice for most businesses. There are strong arguments both ways: some say that a commercial dishwasher can save time by reducing waste from handwashing. Others say that all handwashing is wasteful (even though they may not know precisely how much time it takes to wash a load of dishes versus how long a full load takes).
I think both of these arguments hold water: there is value in using a commercial dishwasher during your restaurant’s busy day — especially if you have large orders or lots of delicate items to wash and dried products to dispose of. But I also think this value is insufficient to justify spending more money than necessary on expensive commercial dishwashers.
If possible, use an electric model instead of a gas model since gas models tend to produce ozone (a toxic chemical) that harms human health and damages property. The primary benefit of electric models is energy efficiency: unlike gas models, electric ones won’t overheat because they demand less power, which means less waste heat in the form of heat loss through condensation or evaporative cooling (in addition to being cleaner); and electricity costs are usually cheaper than a typical dryer’s heating costs, so electric units typically pay back their initial investment quicker than gas units (there’s also some savings related to energy conversion efficiency, too).
Tips for using commercial dishwashers
There are two leading commercial dishwashers: a countertop model and a wall-mounted model. The latter is usually much more expensive, but it is also more efficient, has fewer parts to assemble (and generally easier to operate), and can do its job better than the former.
The market for commercial dishwashers is small but growing fast. A recent study by market researcher Global Sales & Marketing Solutions suggests that over $200 million in new.
Dishwasher sales were made in the US in the first quarter of 2021 alone (compared to $8.5 million in sales back in 2012).
The good news is that this market isn’t just growing; it’s also improving. Studies suggest that the quality of commercial dishwashers used by business consumers has improved dramatically over the last decade. That’s not surprising — because of improving technology and design, dishwashers have become much more functional and reliable than they used to be.
This was the first post in my series on commercial dishwashers. First, we’ll look at a few basic questions about what makes a commercial dishwasher work well and consider why some are better than others.