Buying a new commercial kitchen or upgrading an existing one is a big investment. You need to ensure you are choosing the right pieces to fit the purpose of your kitchen without wasting too much time and money or causing potential issues later on.

Here at Inox Equip we have over 20 years of experience in the commercial kitchen supply industry, so to help you get started we have pulled together the top 4 mistakes to avoid when buying a commercial kitchen.

Another helpful topic that we would recommend you read is our blog post on commercial kitchen design, planning and installation. 

1. Trading quality for cost

Choosing the right equipment can be a difficult decision and although budgets may be tight, you need to choose wisely as your kitchen’s success relies on the effectiveness of its equipment. Here are some key things to consider:

  • Higher quality equipment should not require as much maintenance
  • Compare the warranty on each piece of equipment
  • Check the energy efficiency ratings of equipment
  • Look at installation costs and if they are included
  • Only buy equipment that benefits your kitchen
  • Do your own research and learn from other’s mistakes

2. Not choosing a reliable supplier

At Inox Equip, we work with leading brands to source the right equipment to suit your kitchen. However, if you’re trying to save money by using unreliable suppliers, or even trying to install equipment yourself, you may face problems such as impractical design, kitchen downtime, or unsafe appliances. When it comes to finding the right supplier, it is important for you to find someone who:

  • You can trust
  • You can rely on in emergencies
  • Uses specialist, qualified catering engineers
  • Is covered by the right insurance and warranties
  • You can build a good business relationship with

3. Not considering your design carefully enough

Any sized commercial kitchen can be extremely efficient if designed in the right way. Our in-house design team consists of skilled catering equipment specialists who use 2D CAD software to create bespoke solutions, so your kitchen will:

  • Maximise equipment’s efficiency
  • Optimise your kitchen’s space
  • Increase staff productivity
  • Minimise potential issues

4. Not inspecting equipment on arrival

Reputable suppliers usually complete these checks, but you should also inspect your equipment as soon as you receive it for the following reasons:

  • Items can be damaged in transport
  • Damaged items should not be accepted
  • Failing to report damages could impact your warranty
  • It will save you potential costs and breakdowns later on

Avoiding commercial kitchen mistakes

By taking the time to consider your options, you will avoid these mistakes and make the right choices to benefit you and your business. What might seem like big costs now will result in long-term gains.

It is important to do your own research but it is also helpful to work with the right catering equipment service team. At Inox Equip, our team is dedicated to reducing your costs and providing complete project management from start to finish. If we can help you, or if you would like more information.

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