The Differences Between Household And Commercial Cooking Equipment

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Although it may seem like all cooking equipment is the same, there are many differences between household and commercial cooking equipment. Commercial cooking equipment is specifically designed to handle the extreme wear and tear of a high-volume restaurant or catering business. This equipment has specific features that are generally not used or not needed in regular household appliances. There are many types of cooking equipment found in both household and commercial kitchens, including refrigerators and freezers, stoves and ovens, and dishwashers.

The differences between household and commercial refrigerators and freezers

In most households, refrigerators and freezers are combined appliances with two doors. One door accesses the refrigerator, while the other accesses the freezer. This equipment ranges in size from very small for studio apartments to large for use in professional-grade home kitchens.

In commercial kitchens, refrigerators and freezers must be heavy duty and most restaurants will have more than one of each appliance. Many operations have walk-in freezers where meat and other frozen products are kept. The kitchen may also have a walk-in fridge where vegetables and other refrigerated items are kept until needed. There can also be stand-alone refrigerator or freezer units designed to keep smaller amounts of product cold until needed.

The differences between household and commercial stoves and ovens

Most household kitchens either have a stove and oven combination or a stove top with a separate wall oven nearby. This cooking equipment can stand up to making three meals a day for a typical family. However, commercial cooking equipment needs to be heavy duty to withstand more use.

Stoves and ovens in a commercial kitchen can be combined units or separate. Many commercial kitchens have a combination of units, depending mainly on the volume of business and the combination of dishes being created. Most stoves in a commercial kitchen run on gas, though ovens can be either gas or electric.

The differences between household and commercial dishwashers

Typical household dishwashers can handle the dirty dishes created during a meal for four or more people. This equipment uses water heated up to 130-150 degrees to wash and sanitize dishes. Many household dishwashers offer multiple options for the duration and intensity of a wash, as well as options for rinsing and drying the dishes.

Commercial dishwashers are more functional than household units. This equipment has a larger holding capacity and generally runs at hotter temperatures, to minimize the risk of microbial growth. Commercial dishwashers are used multiple times a day and have to withstand this almost constant use.

It is important for business owners to have the proper installation, maintenance, and repair of their commercial cooking equipment to keep it running efficiently. If you need help with your commercial cooking equipment, contact the experts at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. in Amarillo, Texas. Call us today at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email for more information about our services. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.