Guide to Buying Certified Restaurant Equipment

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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.



Lean, Green Manitowoc Machines Get 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Energy-Star-Manitowoc-id-0452We have good news for all of you environmentally-conscious restaurateurs: Manitowoc Foodservice was recently named by the EPA as 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year and given the Sustained Excellence Award. Yes indeed, one of our very favorite ice machine manufacturers has been recognized for its continuing concern for the environment and dedication to excellent equipment. Manitowoc, known for its superior kitchen equipment and ice makers, has consistently exhibited a commitment to environmental protection and energy efficiency while producing quality products. Manitowoc has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2001, with an ENERGY STAR portfolio comprised of 556 products, some of which are the Manitowoc ice machines we carry here at ShortOrder.


What Makes Manitowoc Ice Machines Green?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

If you’ve been following What’s Cooking, you already know that we here at ShortOrder love Manitowoc ice machines. As a maker of top-of-the-line restaurant equipment, Manitowoc understands what it means to produce a quality product that functions optimally in any restaurant. Manitowoc is also dedicated to keeping its Manitowoc ice machines and equipment friendly to the environment while seeking ways to reduce restaurants’ energy bills. This week, What’s Cooking takes a look at the some of the steps the Manitowoc brand takes to stay sustainable.

Manitowoc Innovation

Because Manitowoc regularly looks for ways to improve its product, it regularly uses guidelines for energy and water efficiency, as well as sustainable materials, into the creation of new products. The results are environmentally-friendly designs and more efficient equipment that keeps this kind of research and information in mind.

Manitowoc and Energy Star

The Manitowoc brand also proudly meets or exceeds Energy Star guidelines in the making of its equipment. Energy Star appliances are ones that are backed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and that have been proven to perform as well as or better than similar products that consume a higher amount of energy. If that isn’t green, we don’t know what is.

Manitowoc’s EnerLogic™ Goes the Extra Mile

Because there are some appliances that don’t fall into a category inspected by the EPA, Manitowoc takes care to ensure that those, too, are energy efficient. Manitowoc’s EnerLogic™ offers products that have received a third-party assessment and are deemed capable of reducing energy or resource costs. In fact, Manitowoc currently makes over 1,800 products that comply with Energy Star or EnerLogic™.

Air-Cooled Manitowoc Ice Machines

Air-cooled ice machines generally trump their water-cooled counterparts in terms of energy efficiency. They are also less expensive in the long run, because they are beneficial when water utility bills are high (unlike water-cooled ice machines, they don’t require cool water to circulate in order to cool the machine). To take advantage of air cooled Manitowoc ice machines, take a look at Manitowoc’s Indigo Series line of ice machines.

Manitowoc Ice Machines and More from ShortOrder

For more news on restaurant sustainability, products like Manitowoc ice machines, and restaurant equipment, keep reading What’s Cooking, and connect with ShortOrder via Twitter and Facebook.

How to Save Energy in the Kitchen with Commercial Restaurant Equipment and More

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Are you looking for ways to cut down on your energy bills? There are some simple things you can do to reduce your bills using the right commercial restaurant equipment, employing better day-to-day habits, and more. This week, What’s Cooking has compiled a quick list of ways to save energy in your kitchen. Read on to find out more!

Choose the Right Commercial Restaurant Equipment for Your Needs

When you’re buying equipment for your kitchen, think about what you’ll need it for from day to day. Refrigerators and ice machines that are too big for your operation can waste a lot of energy, sticking you with an unnecessary bill. Likewise, check out the energy ratings of your kitchen appliances before you make a purchase.

Buy Energy Star-Approved Commercial Restaurant Equipment

Commercial restaurant equipment that is Energy Star certified will save you energy and money, making it a cost-effective decision. What does it mean to be Energy Star-approved? Appliances that feature the Energy Star label are backed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and have been proven to perform as well as or better than a product of its kind that consumes a higher amount of energy. Be sure to check out the energy-saving Scotsman ice machines, for example, which recently won 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year. Bottom line: with Energy Star approved commercial restaurant equipment, you get more efficient equipment in return for savings on energy. Who wouldn’t want that?

Turn Commercial Restaurant Equipment Off

You don’t need to power down every time business slows down, but turning off your commercial restaurant equipment when you can will really cut down on your energy expenses. Take advantage of an afternoon lull to give your ranges and fryers a rest, for example.

Dim the Lights

Take steps with your lighting to make sure you aren’t wasting energy. Turn off lights when you can, like in the afternoon when the restaurant gets the most light, and remember to hit the switch when you leave an office or a pantry. Also, buy low-watt bulbs for your table lamps, and consider investing in LED lighting for overhead, which can ultimately save you thousands of dollars per year.

Treat Your Equipment with Care

Daily use can really take a toll on ice machines, fryers, ranges, and other commercial restaurant equipment if you aren’t careful, so make sure you know how to correctly maintain your commercial restaurant equipment. For example, maintenance of your ice machines is very important when it comes to saving energy. With proper care, your ice machines will run stronger and last longer, giving you more bang for your buck. Have your equipment serviced regularly, and use manufacturer’s parts that are made specifically for your equipment. Lastly, train your staff so that they understand how to use your commercial restaurant equipment efficiently, and explain the importance of saving energy in the kitchen.

More Energy-Saving Tips

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Scotsman Ice Machines Win 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year

Friday, March 29th, 2013

This month at ShortOrder, we’ve discovered yet another reason to praise Scotsman ice machines. In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Scotsman ice machines’ systems the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year. Scotsman’s accomplishments were recognized on Tuesday at an awards ceremony held in Washington D.C.

What is the Energy Star Label?

The Energy Star label was created to encourage and promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants, as well as to assist consumers in finding energy-efficient products. It is backed by the EPA, and can be found displayed on products like computers, TVs, kitchen appliances, air conditioners, water heaters, light bulbs, and, of course, Scotsman ice machines.

An Energy Star certified product earns its label by providing significant energy savings, increasing the product’s energy efficiency, and performing as well as or better than a higher energy consuming product of its kind, along with several other requirements. These factors are carefully measured and tested in order to be verified, at which point the product receives the Energy Star label.

Scotsman: 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year

Scotsman was selected from among almost 200,000 organizations to be the recipient of the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year. The winner of this award is credited for a dedication to the successful promotion and distribution of its Energy Star products, thereby saving consumers money and reducing levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

ShortOrder and Scotsman Ice Machines

ShortOrder carries a variety of Energy Star certified Scotsman ice machines. From the Scotsman Ice Machine CU1526SA-1A, producing up to 150 pounds of ice in 24 hours, to the Scotsman Ice Machine C1448MA-32B, which produces up to 1,553 pounds in 24 hours, ShortOrder is dedicated to bringing you Scotsman ice machines that can save your business time, money, and energy. For more Scotsman ice machines and other Energy Star certified commercial kitchen products from major brands like True, Panasonic, Delfield, Hobart, and more, visit and view all of our restaurant equipment.

Scotsman Ice Machines: What Would You Do Without ‘Em?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Without ice machines like Scotsman Ice Machines, the restaurant industry would be on it’s knees in a heart beat. It’s easy to look at ice machines as the wall flowers of the restaurant industry. They just sit there making ice. There’s no sizzle, no heat. Nothing sexy or dazzling about them. They just make cube after cube of frozen water. Not a lot of magic there, right? Who needs them? But imagine ordering a beverage that comes to the table with no ice. Or a salad bar of luke-warm vegetables, tepid dressing and wilting lettuce? Ice may seem invisible to the hungry patron, but take it away, and you take away the experience of fresh food.

Scotsman Ice Machines do one thing and they do it really well: they make great ice. They’re consistent, energy efficient, and reliable. In 2011, Scotsman Ice Systems was nationally recognized for energy efficiency by ENERGY STAR®. According to Mark McClanahan, president, Scotsman Ice Systems, customers using Scotsman Ice Machines can save up to 20 percent on their energy bill annually. We are very proud to offer a wide selection of these ENERGY STAR-rated Scotsman Ice Machines, such as our Scotsman Ice Machine C0322MA-1B. In fact, nugget and flake models of Scotsman Ice Machines use up to 50 percent less water and 15 percent less energy than other cube machines. And, as if that weren’t enough, many Scotsman Ice Machines are also rated for the maximum “Consortium of Energy Efficiency” (CEE) Tier 3-rated performance criteria, which exceeds the current ENERGY STAR standard.

Sure, Scotsman Ice Machines are straight forward, unromantic machines. But what a difference fresh ice makes, and where would you be without it? Just remember that when you start dreaming about all those other fancy pieces of restaurant equipment. Sometimes the hardest one to see is the one that was there all along.

The Heat Wave Solution: Ice Cream and Spot Freezers from Short Order

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

‘You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream.’ And as a massive heat wave engulfs more than half of the United States and your patrons start screaming for a frigid and tasty dairy-licious treat, don’t be a conehead and serve up a half-melted tub of slop! Keep your ice cream icy and other heat wave breaking delicacies frosty with Ice Cream Freezers and Spot Freezers by Beverage-Air, Delfield and True from Short Order.

When temperatures start hitting triple digits and it feels as if you could fry eggs on the street outside your restaurant, you just might be tempted to climb inside the Beverage-Air NC49-1-W. With an operating temperature of 0° Fahrenheit, you’d certainly feel like an Eskimo on the frozen tundra. However, we recommend that you cool off your customers instead — with a frozen delight. When word gets out that you have the coldest ice cream on the block, they’ll be lining up outside your establishment. And with 10.9 cubic feet of storage, you’ll be sure to have room for stocking up enough ice cream to meet that heavy demand. We gave this NC49-1-W and the NC41-1-W model from Beverage-Air a 5-Star rating and our Editor’s Choice selection.

The Energy Star Efficient Delfield Ice Cream and Spot Freezer N225 also receives our Editor’s Choice selection. This self-contained six-gallon drop-in ice cream freezer is manufactured with an 18-gauge stainless steel top and uses an environmentally friendly HFC-404A refrigerant. Another option, the True THDC-2SF dipping cabinet, with operating temperatures as low as minus 10° Fahrenheit could give an iceberg frostbite.

So, when summer becomes so scorching hot outside that it seems like your ice cream will melt just by looking at it, have no fear. Head on over to Short Order for high-quality Ice Cream Freezers and Spot Freezers that will make your customers practically beat down your door and then scream for joy with ice cream as cold as the Arctic!

Restaurants and the Recession

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Lately, it seems newspapers and online media have had nothing but gloomy stories about the economy. Jobs cut, profits down — these are indeed stressful times for businesses. But an article recently from talks about how restaurants might prove to be more resilient than other consumer-dependent industries.

The article pointed out how in a note to investors, one analyst said that traffic might be down relative to what it was in more “robust times,” but same-store sales are “holding up relatively well.”

Many restaurant chains have even recently reported fairly strong sales trends, like Buffalo Wild Wings. So how do you explain this? The article says consumers have a desire for comfort from “the storm of daily living.”

This means, essentially, that restaurants are providing an escape for consumers who are looking for one. And with restaurants offering up specials and money-saving deals, consumers are enticed to skip cooking at home and go out to dinner. The deals are sometimes just too good for people to pass up, like dollar menus and buy-one-get-one-free deals.

Keep Your Restaurant Cooking with ShortOrder has a ton of restaurant equipment that will keep your restaurant cooking. We have everything you need, from Vulcan ranges to Manitowoc ice machines. What’s even better is they’re offered at the lowest prices thanks to our Low Price Guarantee on restaurant equipment. So if you find an item priced lower than, we’ll refund 110% of the difference.

Save Money on Restaurant Costs with Efficient Equipment

With the economic downturn, restaurants may be looking to save money. One of the easiest ways to do that is to make sure you have efficient restaurant equipment. These products can help lower operating costs, making your energy bills lower. Look for Energy Star rated commercial fryers from Frymaster at ShortOrder and other Energy Star rated appliances.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: 10 Tips

Monday, September 29th, 2008

pizza ovenBuying restaurant equipment can be a daunting, even frightening task.  Restaurant equipment is not what you would call inexpensive, so you want to make sure you get the right equipment for your restaurant the first time.  To assist you in this endeavor, we created buyer’s guides on our site which enable you to make the best decision.  However, we thought that we would go a step further and provide you with some tips on buying restaurant equipment.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip One

Make sure you do your research.  When buying restaurant equipment, it is best to go into the shopping mode with a full knowledge of what type of equipment you need, what the average cost is, as well as what features are the most important to you.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Two

One of the most frustrating things that can happen when buying restaurant equipment is getting your new brand new refrigerator or prep table and realizing that you don’t have adequate space for it.  Please measure your space and know the required dimensions of the equipment you are buying.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Three

Confirm if your equipment needs to be gas-powered or electric.  Your new pizza oven wouldn’t do you much good if it was electric and your restaurant was running on gas.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Four

Speaking of electricity – you will want to make sure that your new equipment won’t blow a fuse once you plug it in.  Check your available amps and then make sure that your new icemaker doesn’t require more than you have.

Manitowoc ice machineBuying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Five

When buying restaurant equipment, whether for a new restaurant or as a replacement, try and not get so excited that you buy more equipment that you actually need or can use.  Do you really need three microwave ovens?

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Six

If you are concerned about your environment, you will want to buy restaurant equipment that is Energy Star rated; which means the steamer or dishwasher you are buying meets the high standards of energy efficiency established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Seven

Just as we mentioned in step one, doing your research is important and knowing the manufacturer of your restaurant equipment is just as important.  Make sure that you are buying restaurant equipment that is manufactured by a respectable company with an impeccable history of quality.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Eight

Know your financial limits when buying restaurant equipment.  Make sure that the brand-new walk-in with all the fun and exciting bells and whistles meets your needs and doesn’t go over your budget.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Nine

Before you go out and buy all the restaurant equipment you could ever want and need, it is best to contact your local health, fire and building code department to ensure your equipment will be code compliant.

Buying Restaurant Equipment: Tip Ten

Finally, you will want to buy your restaurant equipment from a dependable and high quality dealer that stands behind everything they sell.  This is where comes in.  At you know that you are getting the highest quality restaurant equipment from top manufacturers, such as Vulcan, Hobart, Manitowac, and Beverage-Air.

We hope that these restaurant equipment buying tips were helpful.  However, if you find that you still have some questions; please feel free to give one of our customer service agents a call.  They are more than happy to help.

Restaurants are Going Green

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Green Restaurants Are Here to Stay

Green restaurants are sprouting up all over the place, as they should be. Restaurant patrons have a growing daily concern for the health of their environment and the health of their families. They are making their homes, apartments, offices, cars and lives more green; why wouldn’t they want their favorite dining spot to do the same thing. Fortunately for commercial kitchens everywhere, restaurant equipment manufacturers are helping out.

Green Restaurant Equipment

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have united to form the Energy Star Vulcan Steamermovement. Currently, five categories of commercial restaurant equipment have established Energy Star guidelines. They are fryers, hot food holding cabinets, refrigerators/freezers, dishwashers, and steam cookers. These certified units can save over 40% in energy costs compared to non-Energy Star models.

Some examples of Energy Star rated equipment are the Vulcan VPX3 Counter Boilerless/Connectionless Electric Steamer, the Hobart LXi Undercounter High Temp Dishwasher, and the Frymaster H55 High-Efficieny Gas Fryer.

We care about the environment at; so if you have questions about Energy Star rated equipment that we carry, just give us a shout and we will be happy to help.

Green Restaurant Tips

You don’t need to buy all new equipment at one time to become a greener restaurant. There are several other things that you can do to start you down the green path.

  • You can use low-flow pre-rinse spray nozzles at the dish machines.
  • Use compact fluorescent lamps instead of light bulbs in break rooms, storage rooms, offices, walk-in refrigerators, etc.
  • Use take-out containers that can be recycled (#1 and #2 plastics and aluminum) instead of Styrofoam.
  • Use organic foods in the kitchen.
  • Make sure to use recycled paper products whenever possible (i.e. napkins, office paper, menus)
  • Install occupancy sensors in the restrooms, storage rooms and any other low-traffic rooms. Lights will turn off automatically when the rooms are unoccupied.

Here’s to greener restaurants and a greener future!

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