How to Choose a Commercial Toaster
Posted on August 20, 2014
Whether you’re running a small café or a hotel restaurant with a breakfast rush that could make a pro football player panic, a commercial toaster will keep your kitchen staff cool, calm and collected. With the variety of commercial toasters available on the market, it can be difficult to know which is best for your business. However, if you can answer three simple questions, you can be on your way to installing the right toaster for your needs.
What Kind of Commercial Toaster Do You Want?
There are two types of commercial toasters: Conveyor and pop-up.
A pop-up toaster is suitable for smaller establishments that put out 120 slices or less per hour. Commercial pop-up toasters can come with two, four, or even six slots, but the most commonly seen are two and four-slotted toasters.
A conveyor toaster is capable of putting out 300 slices of toast per hour, which is significantly more than a pop-up toaster. The conveyor toaster also has more options available, including temperature adjustment and chamber height for toasting bagels, buns, fresh bread and more.
What Kind of Toaster Flexibility Do You Need?
Toaster flexibility refers to the products you want to toast. Are you only toasting bread slices or will you need to toast hamburger buns, bagels, English muffins or fresh bread as well?
If you are going to be toasting multiple types of bread on a large scale, a conveyor toaster would be the most practical and economical option. But if you are only going to be serving toast and your business is small, then a pop-up toaster would be just fine.
Both use approximately the same amount of space on your counter.
What Kind of Power is Necessary?
Commercial toasters come in a few voltage sizes, with 120 volts tolerable of 500 slices or less per hour and 208-240 volts capable of over 1200 slices per hour.
Busy hotels, hospitals,school cafeterias and high-volume breakfast restaurants are just a few types of benefits that can benefit from a higher voltage commercial toaster. Small cafes, catering companies, and coffee shops that serve breakfast sandwiches or pastries will do well with lower voltage.
Benefits of a Commercial Toaster
Choosing the proper commercial toaster for your business will save you time and money, keep your kitchen running efficiently, and keep your customers happy.
Several modern toasters are built with quartz heating mechanisms, which means energy efficiency and a smaller energy bill. Commercial toasters are also easy to clean and last several years as long as they are well-maintained.