Guide to Buying Certified Restaurant Equipment

certified-equipmentBecause not all restaurant equipment is created equal, it’s important for your equipment to have the right certifications. But which one does your operation need? And what do all those acronyms stand for, anyway? Just FYI, here’s the DL on the NSF, FCE, CE, and more.

California Low Lead Qualified

Products bearing the California Low Lead Qualified certification are compliant with the California low lead law. To be compliant with this law, plumbing materials that convey or dispense water for human consumption are allowed no more than 0.2% lead in solder and flux and 0.25% in wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures, as determined by a weighted average.

CE (Certified European)

Equipment with the Certified European label complies with the requirements the European commission has for the import and sale of products.

Energy Star® Certification

An Energy Star® certified appliance is backed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and has been proven to perform as well as or better than a product of its kind that consumes a higher amount of energy. The certification was created in 1992 to encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Today all kinds of appliances bear an Energy Star® label, from washing machines to ice makers.


EnerLogic™ is a certification specific to the Manitowoc brand. A Manitowoc product that is EnerLogic™ certified has been assessed by a third party and determined capable of reducing energy and/or resource costs.

ETL Listed

This logo indicated that an equipment piece has been certified by Intertek, which is an independent product testing company. Although it is not nonprofit company, Intertek-tested products have met ANSI (American National Standard Institute) guidelines for safety. A “C” next to the ETL symbol indicates that the product has been certified for use in Canada; a “US” indicates certification for the US; and both mean that the product is certified for use in both countries. “ETL Sanitation Listed” indicates that the product also complies with NSF standards (see below).

NSF (National Sanitation Foundation)

The NSF is responsible for ensuring that equipment pieces meeting national public health and safety standard. It is an independent accredited organization. When it comes to restaurant equipment, the NSF approves the design and construction of products like commercial sinks and walk-in refrigeration. For example, in walk-in refrigerators and freezers, G90 Galvanized floors are not NSF approved unless quarry tile is installed prior to use.

UL Listed (Underwriters Laboratory)

Underwriters Laboratory Listed products have been tested and certified for safety and compliance by UL. A global independent safety science company, UL has been involved in safety testing for more than 100 years. A “C” next to the UL label indicates that the product has been certified for use in Canada; a “US” indicates certification for the US; and both mean that the product is certified for use in both countries.


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