Restaurants that do not have a lot of floor space, or those that are looking for a particular piece of equipment for light cooking throughout the day can utilize these exceptional pieces of countertop cooking equipment. Pretty much any piece of large cooking equipment has a smaller counterpart, so even if you are tight on space, you can still perform any cooking task needed.
While full-size cooking equipment requires a large investment of both money and space, countertop cooking equipment, on the other hand, can help you save significant amounts of both allowing you to fit a much needed griddle into a tight space or experiment with new menu items using a panini machine without having to break the bank. Burkett has an incredible variety of compact and value-packed countertop cooking equipment, so whether you need to cook breakfast, lunch or dinner, traditional or specialty cuisine, sandwiches, cakes or full meals, we are sure to have the perfect piece of equipment for you. Read More »
No matter what type of countertop cooking equipment you need, however, there are several important factors to keep in mind while shopping for the perfect model. First you need to decide whether you need a gas or electric piece of equipment. Gas units will need to have a gas inlet size that matches the size of your existing gas line, and they will need special hoses and couplings that will need to be purchased separately. For electric units, it is important that you are careful to make sure that they are wired for the same voltage and phase as the outlet you plan to plug them into. If the voltage and phase don’t match, plugging in the machine can cause serious damage to it and may even cause a fire in your establishment. Many of the more powerful pieces of electric cooking equipment will also require their own dedicated circuit, so it also pays to check that you have enough circuit space in your breaker box.
Lastly, it is important to consider if you will need a hood or ventilation system over your desired piece of countertop cooking equipment. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single, simple answer to that question, so it is best to check with your local fire and health inspectors before purchasing any piece of equipment. That way you can avoid any potential citations or required repairs early on and save yourself money in the long run. If you are required to have ventilation over the equipment, but you don’t have room or access for a standard hood system, consider one of our ventless hoods.