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Microwave Ovens
March 2014

Microwave ovens are an essential part of every kitchen. For commercial kitchens, it is important to use a commercial microwave oven as opposed to residential. Although residential microwave ovens are less costly, they will not be able to hold up to the demands a commercial kitchen brings, and they lack NSF sanitation standards.

Commercial microwave ovens are higher wattage which guarantees faster cooking as well as safer defrosting. They also have a more advanced heat distribution system which allows food to be evenly re-heated. The majority of commercial microwave ovens have programmable controls which not only makes it easy to use with one-touch start, but this feature also saves energy and is much more efficient.

Before purchasing your commercial microwave oven, it is important to consider how much power you will need.

  • 1000 Watt – This meets the minimum requirement and is recommended for small, limited use items such as the occasional sandwich meat or liquids.
  • 1200 Watt – This wattage is ideal for larger food items for both cooking and reheating. Most 1200 watt commercial microwave ovens come with touch pads and are cook time programmable.
  • 1700 Watt – This offers more power for bulk food reheating as well as a fast menu item turn around.
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Featured: Commercial Microwave Ovens
Features & Specifications

5 Star


– 1700 Watts
– 3 Power Levels


– 66 Lbs

– 16.63″W x 13.19″H x 20″D
– Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor



4 Star

– 1200 Watts
-11 Power Levels


– 73 Lbs

16.75″W x 13.5″H x 22″D
– Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor




4 Star
– 2200 Watts
– 11 Power Levels
– 94 Lbs
– 19.25″W x 18.25″H x 25.5″D
– Warranty: 3 yr. parts & labor




5 Star
– 1000 Watts
– 6 Power Levels
– 42 Lbs
– 20.13″W x 12″H x 16.5″D
– Warranty: 1 yr. parts & labor
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Comparing Commercial Microwave Ovens and Conventional Ovens

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Microwave ovens have been making life in the kitchen easier since 1947.  The invention of commercial microwave ovens takes this efficiency to the next level.  They operate as high-volume heaters, and they are designed to withstand long hours and extended use in a restaurant kitchen (unlike home microwave ovens).  Both home microwaves and commercial microwave ovens use electromagnetic energy to make the water molecules in food vibrate, thereby warming them.  Foods high in water, like fruits and vegetables, will cook more quickly, as will those high in sugars and fats, like bacon.  A conventional oven, on the other hand, uses heat to cook foods, rather than the electromagnetic waves that commercial microwave ovens use.

So when are commercial microwave ovens best for cooking, and when should you use a conventional oven instead?  Read on for answers and ideas from ShortOrder.

Commercial Microwave Ovens

Commercial microwave ovens are great for quick work in the kitchen when a long cooking time in the oven won’t do.  A commercial microwave oven has a much higher wattage than home microwave ovens, and must meet NSF sanitation standards.  They are often more energy-efficient than other cooking methods, as well.

Conventional Ovens

Conventional ovens have the advantage of being able to bake, roast, and broil, the drawback being that cook time may be significantly lengthened, contrasting the quick convenience of commercial microwave ovens.  Note also that there are two kinds of ovens: gas and electric.  A gas oven often produces a moist heat but very little ambient heat in the kitchen, while an electric oven produces a dry heat, which is more optimal for roasting.

How to Choose

If you are still unsure of which type of commercial appliance would be right for your kitchen, or you have chosen but don’t know which brand to pick, read the reviews ShortOrder customers have written about the products we carry.  Reviews of Panasonic microwaves, Amana microwaves, Bakers Pride Ovens, and more can all be found on

Commercial Microwave Ovens & Their Many Uses

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Whether you are the head chef of a five star restaurant getting ready for this evening’s dinner service, or you are preparing lunches in a school cafeteria, the ability to quickly and efficiently prepare your food is a must. Having the best in commercial microwave ovens and knowing how to use them can make a great kitchen even better. We’ve outlined three of the most important uses of commercial microwave ovens below.

Knowing when and how to properly thaw frozen foods is one of the most challenging parts of cooking, mostly because, when done properly, it can take literally the entire day. However, if you use commercial microwave ovens like the Panasonic NE-1022F, thawing your ingredients can be a quick and painless process. Here are a few things to remember:

  • When in doubt, use your commercial microwave oven’s thawing button for best results. The Panasonic NE 1022F comes with 1000 watts of power, ensuring that your food will be cooked perfectly every time on any heat level you need.
  • Make sure to stop the microwave and check your food throughout the pre-set time. If the food is warm, let it stand for a few moments before turning the microwave back one to ensure that it’s only defrosting, and not cooking. Give foods like soups or purees a stir before continuing to ensure even heat distribution.
  • Remember, for safety’s sake, to cook whatever you’re preparing immediately after you defrost it.


Many people aren’t aware that steaming vegetables in commercial microwave ovens retains more nutrients than cooking them on the stove. For best results, add a little water, cover your dish with plastic wrap, and cook on high for a short amount of time. The Amana RC30S2 for example not only has 100 customizable memory settings, but 11 preset power levels designed cook your food perfectly whichever way you’d like it.

Another little-known trick for commercial microwaves is that they can reheat and re-crisp meals or snacks like fries or potato chips. The key is to place a paper towel or napkin on top of the plate of food. The napkin will absorb the moisture that makes the food soggy leaving it crisp and ready to eat in just seconds.
Whether you’re thawing chicken for dinner with the Panasonic NE-1022F steaming veggies with the Amana RC30S2, or using one of our many other commercial microwave ovens, Short Order has what you need to reheat, steam, defrost, and cook all of your food to perfection.

Panasonic Microwaves: Spotlight

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Panasonic microwaves are a fixture in kitchens both commercial and home-oriented all across this fine land, which may come as a surprise to some restaurant equipment neophytes who associate the name Panasonic with TVs, telephones, phones, and faxes.  Though the electronics manufacturer is rightly lauded and renowned for their more famous home fixtures, their commercial microwave ovens are no less impressive.  Indeed, we favor them in particular among their line of products.  (Of course, being purveyors of restaurant equipment, we might be a little biased.  But certainly not much!)

Many Panasonic microwaves are excellent, but two that stand out include the Panasonic Commercial Microwave Oven NE-3280 and the Panasonic Commercial Microwave Oven NE-2157R, both of which were named Best in Class by Food Service Equipment Supplies Magazine, a venerable industry publication.

Though Panasonic makes a mean microwave (and we’re not afraid to say it), there are a host of other microwaves that can suit your commercial microwaving needs, including Amana microwaves.

Of course, there comes a time when you, as a restaurateur, don’t need to heat up large quantities of an item in rapid, expert fashion.  Sometimes you need a machine to churn out massive quantities of half-dice ice cubes to chill drinks in a similarly rapid, expert fashion.  Or sometimes you don’t need the equipment to be rapid, and would instead just really love a place to store prepped sandwich items in a stable way so that you can assemble sandwiches in a rapid, expert fashion using fresh, delicious ingredients.  Fear not!  Short Order is here to help with all your restaurant equipment needs, large and small, from Vulcan cheese melters to

And no matter what product, drawn from our extensive stock, you finally choose settle on, you can rest assured knowing that it’s covered by our excellent Low Price Guarantee.  That’s hard to beat!

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