How to Buy Restaurant Sinks

Friday, February 26th, 2010

With restaurant sinks, easy sanitation is the goal. Local health departments typically require two drain boards, and the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) sets standards on how restaurant sinks must be designed and constructed. When you’re buying restaurant sinks, here are some things to keep in mind before you finalize your order.

One of the most basic things to look for is NSF approval. An NSF-approved sink will have a backsplash, seamless welds and coved bowl corners. Additionally, the drain boards should be seamlessly welded to the sink, have raised-rolled edges and a drainage slope between 1/8″ and 1/4″ per foot towards the bowl.  Shopping at makes it easy to find NSF-approved sinks — that’s the only kind we carry!

A common misconception is that all restaurant sinks are made of the same kind of stainless steel. This isn’t true, however: Not all stainless steel is the same. The best kind is 300 series, followed by 400 series. The gauge of the steel is another consideration to make, as the smaller the number, the better. For example, 16-gauge  steel isn’t as strong as 14-gauge steel. Still, 16-gauge sinks are fine unless you need a large, heavy-duty, three-compartment sink. Stainless steel sinks will last longer than standard porcelain sinks.

Something you’ll need to decide on is how many restaurant sinks you’ll need. To help you figure that out, check out these guidelines:

  • One hand sink per 5 employees.
  • One hand sink for each prep and cooking area
  • One hand sink for every 300 sq ft of facility space

The 3 compartment sink is a restaurant standard, and its compartments are used for washing pots, pans and utensils, rinsing, and sanitizing.

At ShortOrder, we’re proud to carry a wide variety of restaurant sinks from Advance Tabco, Eagle and Glastender. Our Low Price Guarantee makes it so you have the assurance that you’re getting what you need for the  best price. Start shopping for restaurant equipment today at

Clearance Dish Machines

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Dish machines are essential to a restaurant’s cleanliness, efficiency and work flow, so they’ve got to be reliable. Customers won’t want to wait just because there aren’t any clean glasses, so prevent that problem by getting a restaurant dish machine you can count on to get the job done. At, we’re happy to feature clearance dish machines to help save restaurant owners money.

The importance of having clean dishes can’t be stressed enough. Good dish machines will be effective in sanitizing dishes and will get the dirt out, along with the grime, grease and foot particles by applying heat, steam and soap. Keep your customers healthy and your restaurant clean with quality dish machines.

Hobart Dish Machines

The industry leader, Hobart dish machines have an excellent reputation. We’re proud to carry several different Hobart dish machines at, including one that is currently on clearance: the Hobart Dish Machine CL44E-5. This clearance dish machine is a 15 KW tank heater conveyor dishwasher with a single tank. It is Energy Star rated and features insulated hinged doors, ST enclosure panels and microprocessor controls with low temperature and dirty water indicators.

This clearance dish machine is marked down because it has a dent in the back. Scratched and dented restaurant equipment at ShortOrder is still in working order — the flaws are merely cosmetic. What’s more is that this clearance dish machine is 5-star and Editor’s Choice rated by, and it was also named Best in Class by Food Service Equipment Supplies Magazine.

Looking for new dish machines? We have those, too.

Dish Machines and More

Find much more than clearance dish machines at, such as quality restaurant equipment from Vulcan, Bunn and Manitowoc. We’re proud to be the best place to get restaurant equipment, and we even ship to Dubai and Canada and offer flexible freight terms. Our Low Price Guarantee on restaurant equipment gives you the assurance that you’re getting the best price.

Alto-Shaam Ovens and Holding Cabinets

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Alto-Shaam Holding CabinetAlto-Shaam restaurant equipment at includes ovens and holding cabinets, two things that many restaurant kitchens consider must-haves. And many restaurant owners and chefs choose Alt0-Shaam due to the manufacturer’s excellent reputation for reliability and performance.

Here at, our editors have recognized several Alto-Shaam ovens and holding cabinets as Editor’s Choice, and they’ve also rated some with five stars, the highest possible rating. Alto-Shaam is truly a leader in the industry and has earned the respect of many.

What’s more is that the Alto-Shaam Cook and Hold oven recently won Best in Class from Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Magazine for the 8th year in a row.

Alto-Shaam Ovens

Shop our impressive selection of highly-rated Alto-Shaam ovens, including the Alto-Shaam Oven 10-10ES/S/208-240/1. This oven is rated five stars and has an Editor’s Choice rating. It is an oven/steamer combination and is electric. Additionally, there’s the Alto-Shaam Oven 750-TH-II/208-240/1, a single-desk slow cook and hold oven. And yes, you guessed it: This is yet another Editor’s Choice/five-star rated Alto-Shaam unit.

Alto-Shaam Holding Cabinets

In need of holding cabinets? Alto-Shaam might be your best bet. Check out the Alto-Shaam Holding Cabinet 1000-UP/STD/208-240v, a heating cabinet that’s won Best in Class. It’s mobile and also features a double compartment and flat wire rack slides for 18×26-inch pans. This is a sleek unit with a stainless steel interior and aluminum exterior. This is just one of many Alto-Shaam holding cabinets available.

Alto-Shaam at the Lowest Prices

Thanks to our Low Price Guarantee on restaurant equipment, you’ll have the assurance that you’re getting your order for the lowest price possible. We also offer flexible freight terms and even ship to Dubai and Canada. There’s no better place to get Alto-Shaam ovens and holding cabinets. Plus, we offer a great selection of restaurant equipment from Vulcan, Manitowoc and more.

Ice Machines: A Restaurant Necessity

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Whether you’re running a bar, diner, coffee shop or restaurant, ice machines are must-have restaurant equipment. There’s no better way to efficiently produce a large amount of ice cubes in an affordable way. Buying bags of ice is expensive, and an employee must be tasked with going out and getting more every time the supply is low. And if the supply runs out, that can mean unhappy customers — especially in the summer when ice-cold drinks are in high demand.

For bars, serving up a scotch on the rocks without the “rocks” is impossible without ice. And thirsty restaurant customers won’t have their thirst quenched with a non-iced tea or lukewarm water. A room-temperature fountain drink? No thanks. Be prepared for high-traffic times so you can alleviate the worry of running out of ice: Get a quality, reliable ice machine.

Manitowoc Ice Machines

Manitowoc ice machines are a popular choice for restaurant and bar owners, and they have a great reputation thanks to their outstanding quality and efficiency. There are several five-star and Editor’s Choice-rated units available, including the Manitowoc Ice Machine QD0132A1151. This undercounter ice machine produces 90 to 130 pounds of full-size, dice-style ice cubes per 24-hour period and features adjustable legs so it can be lowered or raise to fit into different work spaces. This is just one of the many Manitowoc ice machines in our inventory.

Scotsman Ice Machines

ShortOrder is proud to also offer Scotsman ice machines. Also highly-rated by ShortOrder editors, these ice machines range by type of ice produced and the amount of ice produced, so you’re bound to find something just right for your needs. The Scotsman Ice Machine MDT6N90A-1H is an Editor’s Choice and is five-star rated. This counter-top  ice machine and water dispenser produces 720 pounds of nugget ice in a 24-hour period, and it has a 90-pound bin capacity.

More Ice Machines

Shop our impressive selection of ice machines at ShortOrder to find many, many more units from Manitowoc, Scotsman, Hoshizaki and more. We offer flexible freight terms, and our Low Price Guarantee gives you the assurance you’re getting your restaurant equipment at the best price.

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