Having found the right site for your café business, it’s now all about the planning and preparing; from designing the front of house to planning the kitchen and hiring the staff. Taking on a café, especially starting it from scratch, is a large project, and the biggest task of all is buying the catering equipment for your commercial kitchen.

In terms of large kitchen appliances, the choices are clear; every commercial kitchen will need an oven, dishwasher and fridge. However, when it comes to the smaller items, it is important to really think through what will be of the most use.

Begin by making a detailed list of all the foods you plan to prepare in your commercial kitchen. This is vital; you won’t know what appliances you will need until you know what food will be on offer in the café. Remember to include items you may wish to add in the future, too. Careful planning in the early stages will avoid expensive changes in equipment later on.

To help get you started, here are some small appliances for commercial kitchens that many café owners find absolutely essential to their businesses.


For anyone planning to serve breakfast, a griddle is a must. Griddles can be used to cook everything from hamburgers to scrambled eggs; they are incredibly versatile and can be used to prepare dishes for every meal. A griddle is a piece of catering equipment that doesn’t take up much room and will definitely be worth the money you paid for it.

Deep Fryer

It’s rare to see a commercial kitchen that isn’t equipped with one or two commercial fryers. While fried foods may not be the healthiest items on a menu, it’s hard to operate a café without a few deep fried treats on the go.

Commercial Ice Maker:

Without ice, you may as well shut up shop during the hot summer months. You will need ice for food preparation, food storage and for serving beverages to your customers. Whether you are operating a full service restaurant or looking to open a fast food-type establishment, the commercial ice machine is going to be a critical piece in your restaurant equipment line-up.


A blender is essential if you’re going to be serving customers healthy smoothies, milkshakes and juices. A powerful blender will also come in handy when preparing soups and sauces. They’re also easy to clean and maintain.

Small Appliances

Small Appliances

These are just a few of the specialised pieces of kitchen equipment you may wish to consider. For example, depending on the type of food you’re planning to serve, you might be interested in having a commercial pizza oven, electric wok or espresso machine. Whatever your focus, always take the likely volume of sales and the versatility of the commercial kitchen equipment into account before making your final choices.