Selecting the right kind of hardware for your commercial kitchen can be daunting to say the least. The importance of choosing the right equipment comes into play when handling, preparing and serving the food. It will basically determine how quickly you can serve meals and ensure your customers keep coming back for more. The most important catering utensils utilised in a mixture of areas are items like mobile ice bins, banquet carts, beverage dispensers, buffet servers and holding and transport bins.

Whether you are buying for the first time or updating the equipment you already have, there are some really important things to consider before you buy:

1. Be mindful of space

Many kitchens are small because much of the space in the building has been allocated to seat paying customers. Put simply, you cannot afford to buy sizeable pieces of equipment if it is going to start encroaching on your space. Sometimes size just can't be avoided, so planning where everything will go is a great way to avoid getting all of your equipment in and realising there is no space to move around the kitchen. Think of it as “space budgeting”. Measure your current equipment if you are updating or size up the space you have available if you are starting out.

2. Compare prices before shopping

Researching your equipment and their price tags are one of the most powerful things you can do when buying this kind thing. You'll soon start to get an idea of what prices to expect from new and refurbished items. It will also put you in a position to negotiate. The more you know about the various makes and models, the more leverage you will have.

3. Buy in bulk

If you are buying more than one item, this gives you incredible power on prices. After you have done your research, find a supplier who stocks many of the things you are looking for. Not only will this cut down the initial sale price of the items but will also streamline warranties and servicing.

Ultimately, you cannot afford to rush into this investment. It is so important to take the time to research the equipment as well as suppliers. Once you have done all of this, you will be well on the way to having a thriving catering business and very happy customers.

Cafeideas is a family owned Australian business that supplies Catering Equipment & Commercial Fridges to Cafes & Businesses.