5 tips for buying kitchen equipment
The process of renovating your current kitchen or installing a new one from scratch is a huge undertaking. Therefore, before beginning your kitchen project, it is essential to do the necessary research to ensure that the final installation is practical for its intended use. Here are five things to consider in the commercial kitchen equipment buying process:
Plan the menu
An important step in starting the project is to carefully plan the menu so that you know exactly what type of food to prepare. Once this is known, it is much easier to buy the equipment that meets your exact needs. This can avoid wasting a significant amount of money on expensive, special equipment that is unlikely to be used.
Create a practical budget
Investing in the right equipment to outfit a commercial kitchen can be an expensive project. Before starting the project, it is practical to establish a practical budget that is within your means. The best course of action is to find an acceptable balance between affordability and quality. If your budget doesn’t allow for top-of-the-line equipment, it’s worth investing more in your most critical supplies and paying less for items that will have minimal impact on your food preparation or cooking process.
Determine the available space
A simple step that must be completed carefully is to measure the space available for the new equipment. You can create a plan or layout of the kitchen to make it easier to know where to place the different elements. In addition, it is worth measuring the entrance or other relevant areas to ensure that the newly purchased equipment can reach the kitchen.
Energy Star rated equipment
With the high cost of fitting a new kitchen, it is certainly worth looking for the most cost-effective appliances and tools for its operation. The most energy efficient items are marked with the blue Energy Star® label. By investing in these types of items, you can benefit from lower energy costs in the long run. Additionally, any product with this brand is sure to be food-safe, produce less air pollutants, and be suitable for the commercial kitchen environment.
Comply with local codes
Another point to consider before purchasing kitchen supplies is to be familiar with local health, building, and fire codes. They can vary from region to region, so it is important to check which rules apply to your particular business and location.