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How To Buy Commercial Dishwashers

Posted by on May 10, 2017

Before engaging with, make sure to weigh the specific cleaning needs of your commercial kitchen with available dishwasher offerings.  There are a number of factors to take into account when considering the purchase of a commercial dishwasher for your business: labour requirements, floor space, dishwashing capacity, initial cost and maintenance costs, and effectiveness. These factors are frequently linked together. For example, a high capacity commercial dishwasher will usually be physically larger than a lower capacity dishwasher (and thus will take up more floor space), and will usually cost more (both initially and for maintenance over time) than a lower capacity dishwasher from Many higher-end, high capacity dishwashers are also more efficient in terms of energy and water use, which may be important to you.
As a general strategy, we recommend that you list your priorities prior to contacting suppliers so that they match their offerings to your needs. Labour Requirements – Prewashing/Rinsing

Some commercial dishwashers come with pre-rinser mechanisms that reduce or even eliminate the need for someone to pre-rinse the dish before placing it in the wash. Alternatively, if you want to alleviate the time and labour cost spent on rinsing, look into purchasing a pre-rinse unit. Your employees can use a pre-rinse unit to easily spray away any food residue before placing the dish in the wash.

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Choosing Between High Temperature and Low Temperature Models

Most commercial dishwasher types come in high temperature and low temperature models.  For a complete clean, both models require detergents and various cleaning agents, but high temperature models primarily clean dishes by heating the wash water to an intense enough heat for sanitization to occur, whereas low temperature models require the use of additional chemical agents for complete sanitization.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each.

High Temperature

  • Advantages

Operating cost is generally less than equivalent low temperature machines (fewer wash cycles, less water used per cycle, shorter wash cycles, and larger rack capacity).

High temperature machines are generally more efficient, which gives them a slight edge in particularly busy kitchens.

High temperature machines are somewhat more adept at removing grease, heavy oils, and other very-resistant residues.

  • Disadvantages

Initial cost is significantly more than equivalent low temperature machines, and this initial investment can increase further if a booster heater does not come pre-installed.

Low Temperature:

  • Advantages

Initial cost is significantly less than equivalent high temperature machines.

  • Disadvantages

Chemical agents can be damaging to certain types of dishware and metals (before purchasing a low temperature dishwasher, make sure that your dishware is compatible with the chemical agents that you’ll be using with your dishwasher).

Greater operating costs than equivalent high temperature machines (frequent rewash cycles may be necessary for tough residue and grease, longer wash cycles, lower rack capacity, more water used per cycle, and additional costs for chemical agents).

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