A Guide To Buying Commercial Microwave Ovens
21 Jun 2022, 1:51 PM
A guide to buying commercial microwave ovens
Commercial microwave ovens are one of the most important catering appliances for busy restaurants and cafes, which is why it's so important to do plenty of research before investing in one. In this guide, we'll explain what features to look out for when buying a new commercial microwave and help you choose the ideal model for your catering business.
Differences between domestic and commercial microwave ovens
Domestic and commercial microwave ovens might look very similar, but they differ greatly when it comes to power and function. Like all restaurant equipment, commercial microwaves are used far more heavily and often for larger volumes of food than domestic microwaves. They must therefore be significantly more powerful and durable. Commercial microwaves tend to be larger and less aesthetically pleasing in design than domestic varieties because they prioritise form over function. They tend to be easier to clean and more sturdily built to ensure a long lifespan.
Power and capacity of commercial microwave ovens
We often associate higher power with faster cooking when discussing microwave ovens, but this isn't necessarily the case. Capacity and power are linked, with larger microwaves usually requiring higher power in order to rapidly heat larger volumes of food. For this reason it's difficult to directly compare microwaves by power rating. A 1000w microwave might be capable of cooking food just as quickly as a 3000w microwave if it is dealing with a smaller volume of food.
Magnetrons in commercial microwaves
Magnetrons are the devices that emit microwaves in microwave ovens. Low power microwave ovens tend to have just one magnetron, while high power models usually have two, one on the top and one on the bottom to maximise even microwave penetration. Top range and very heavy-duty models might have up to four magnetrons. The number of magnetrons may be important to consider if you're looking for rapid cooking speeds.
Benefits of cavity liners in microwaves
Some commercial microwave ovens have removable liners for the inside cavity. This makes it really easy to clean them because food spatters hit the liner rather than the walls of the cavity itself. The liner can simply be removed and washed in a sink or dishwasher rather than scrubbing the inside of the microwave itself. Cavity liners can also help to protect the walls of the microwave oven from damage.
Microwaves with manual dials vs electronic touch buttons
Manual dials tend to be incredibly easy to use so that the microwave can be set to work quickly and easily. However, electronic touch buttons tend to offer more accurate timings which are adjustable right down to the second in order to ensure more consistent cooking results. Plus, many of these touch button microwaves have programmable functions which allow you to set up a variety of defined cooking programs to suit different foods or dishes. This can help you to save time and cut down on user error; simply put the food into the microwave, select the right program and let the microwave do the work.
Commercial microwave oven warranties
Catering appliances and restaurant equipment are expensive, so it's important to check that your investment in a microwave oven is protected with a decent warranty. This gives you peace of mind that if anything goes wrong with the microwave during the warranty period, it will be repaired or replaced by the manufacturer. Keep in mind that domestic microwave ovens are not suitable for commercial use and therefore any warranty or guarantee will be void if you use a domestic microwave in a professional kitchen. That's why it's so important to purchase a suitable commercial microwave oven when equipping your commercial kitchen.
Check out our range of commercial microwave ovens
We stock a wide variety of microwave ovens from leading brands such as Samsung, Buffalo, Panasonic, Caterlite, Menumaster and True Refrigeration. With a wide range of capacities and power ratings available and both dial and programmable models to choose from, you're sure to find a commercial microwave oven that meets the unique demands of your professional kitchen.
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