Whether you’re looking to broil, fry, grill, or simmer, commercial ranges offer an array of cooking choices in one piece of equipment. As one of the most useful tools in the kitchen, finding the right commercial range for your restaurant is important. How many burners do you need? Will you want griddles? Before investing in a range for your commercial kitchen, ask these 3 questions:
How much output do you need from your range?
There are two basic types of commercial ranges: restaurant duty and heavy duty. Restaurant duty ranges—the most common choice—work great for most commercial kitchens. They are made to stand alone, with durability and easy use in mind. Additionally, restaurant duty ranges are less expensive than their heavy duty counterparts. For kitchens that require high volume usage, a heavy duty range is the best option. However, these ranges typically cost more up front and are more expensive to maintain.
What kind of top(s) do you need?
Ranges come with a variety of options when it comes to top configurations. If your restaurant serves up breakfast, you’ll probably want at least part of your range to have a griddle top. Additionally, burners come with their own special features like ring or star burners, different flame heights, and removable grates (which are recommended for easier cleaning).
What type of bottom do you want?
Like the tops of ranges, you have to decide what type of range bottom best suits your kitchen needs. Is your kitchen lacking in space for pots and pans? A range with a storage base has an open cavity for storing kitchen tools. Alternatively, you can choose to have an oven on the bottom of your range. Oven bases typically come in two options: standard, which is at least 26”, or space saver, which is approximately 20” wide. Once you know which size oven you need, you’ll also have to decide between a standard oven and a convection oven. Depending on what you’ll be cooking, a convection oven might be a better choice, even if it is a bit more expensive.
Once you have the answers to these questions, you’re ready to start the buying process for your next commercial range! Want more information about purchasing a range for your kitchen? Check our out helpful Buying Guide for Commercial Ranges.