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Top 10 Tips for Purchasing Restaurant Equipment

Top 10 Tips for Purchasing Restaurant Equipment
Top 10 Tips for Purchasing Restaurant Equipment

Look For The Blue Sticker

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If the equipment has not been approved by the National Sanitation Foundation (, it is not suitable for use in a commercial kitchen. Hefty fines can be levied by inspectors who find non-NSF approved restaurant equipment in your kitchen.

Limit The Amount You Buy

Keep your menu in mind and focus on keeping your kitchen compact and efficient. This means buying as few pieces of restaurant equipment as possible to fit your space.

Get To Know The Seller Beforehand

Make sure that you are comfortable with the seller and you feel you can trust them.

Make Sure Everything Works

If you are looking at used equipment being sold by a restaurant owner, ask to come see the pieces in person so that you can make sure everything is in operating condition before making the purchase.

Bring In a 3rd Party Resource

If you don’t know the dealer well, have a certified technician come in with you to inspect the restaurant equipment.

Don’t Get Pressured

You want to feel comfortable with the restaurant U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesequipment you end up purchasing, don’t let a salesperson sell you something you don’t need.

Meeting Local Codes

Your local health, fire and building code department will be able to provide you with spec sheets that detail what they do and don’t allow in a commercial kitchen.

Be Aware of Zoning Regulations

Many factors can contribute to restaurants receiving or being denied approval. The standards can be different on a city, county and state level.

Numerous Commercial Appliance Support

Despite their charm, many old buildings simply do not have adequate electricity to support a modern restaurant.

The Type of Commercial Refrigeration You Purchase Is Important

In hot months,commercial refrigeration equipment and commercial ice machines have to work harder to keep cool and can overheat, causing constant electrical outages.

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