Shopping for a commercial microwave can be an intimidating task, but we have created a simple guide to help you choose the best machine for your needs. Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before buying.
How Much Space Do You Have?
Although most microwaves are compact, you should consider how much space you have available. You will want to place your microwave in a convenient, well planned location. Some microwaves are stackable while others can be mounted. No matter where you choose to place your microwave, always make sure you have enough space for ventilation.
In addition to the microwave’s dimensions, you’ll also need to consider its capacity. If you will be cooking large dishes, check to see if they fall within the capacity limits.
How Much Power Do You Need?
Your microwaves wattage requirements depend on how often you will be using your microwave. If you are using it frequently, you’ll need more wattage to cook food quickly. In addition to wattage, you also need to keep in mind the microwave’s voltage requirements and make sure you have the right electrical wiring.
What Features Do You Need?
Microwaves are designed with a variety of features and options. To decide what you need, think about how you will use your microwave and how often you will be using it.
900 – 1100 watts
< 50 items per day
Good for breakfast bars and break rooms
1100 – 1500 watts
Up to 150 items per day
Ideal for coffee shops and small restaurants
>200 items per day
Perfect for large restaurants and quick-serve restaurants
Unable to preprogram times
Push Button Microwaves
Able to preprogram time
Some microwaves come with the option to have a turntable. There are some pros and cons to having one.
Pros: evenly heated food
Cons: hard to clean & meet sanitation requirements, easy to break.
Typically found on heavy duty microwaves
Durable & easy to clean
Painted metal finish
Typically found on light to medium duty microwaves
Please call our product specialists at (800) 892-3622 if you have any other questions.