Finding the Best Commercial Dishwasher for Your Restaurant

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Article contributed by Lucy Wyndham

75% of consumers polled said they wouldn’t visit a restaurant with negative reviews about its cleanliness. As part of the food service industry, you probably understand the immense importance that dishwashers have on a food preparation environment and overall reception of an establishment.

The best commercial dishwasher will become the heart of your kitchen, giving life to all of the other functions of your restaurant or business. Not only does it ensure that you have a steady supply of clean utensils to use, it is important for a number of food hygiene reasons that can make or break your business.

What Type Fits Your Needs

Depending on the size of your kitchen and the amount of washing you need to do, the type of dishwasher you need will vary. Pass-through dishwashers are larger than under the counter ones, for example, but they have cycles as short as 60 seconds. Under the counter washes, however, are great space savers and are sturdy in their construction, ensuring you can run them efficiently all throughout the day or night. Glass washers are ideal for bars and pubs that serve a lot of drinks in glasses that need to be put through one final cold rinse in order to be used immediately.

best commercial dishwasherFocus on Reliability & Power 

The features you will want to look for in the best commercial dishwasher are that it’s fast and reliable enough to keep up with the pace of your kitchen. If you are constantly slinging dirty dishes back and forth all night long during buy dinner rushes that don’t ever seem to end, this will be extra important to you. It is important to first assess how much washing your restaurant or business does in a night. Take that number and divide it by the amount of cycles each dishwasher can do. This will give you a good idea of what you need to invest in and also allow you to ensure you are still meeting hygiene standards in terms of dishwashing and warewashing.

Ensure the Safety of Your Workers & Guests

This also requires you to go back and take into consideration the size and layout of your kitchen. If you are requiring your employees to lift heavy racks constantly up into a dishwasher, then a conveyor belt system might be more effective for you. If your space is small and there isn’t enough area to separate the clean dishes from the dirty dishes then it is a good idea to invest in a dishwasher that comes with a specific area to sort these dishes. However you decide to invest in your search for the best commercial dishwasher, you should absolutely put safety and health at the forefront of your planning and purchasing process.

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Keeping the Heart of Your Kitchen Healthy 

If the dishwasher is the heart of your kitchen then it is important to ensure it is running properly in order to pump life into the rest of your operations. By first assessing your space, needs and budget, you can figure out what type of machine to purchase. The best commercial dishwasher will not only increase your healthy and safety standards but allow you to exceed your current efficiency rates as well.