Finding Foodservice Equipment That’s Right for You

June 20, 2019

Finding foodservice equipment that’s right for you doesn’t have to be a hassle when you choose Tipton. 

Choosing the best foodservice equipment is an essential consideration in the restaurant business, involving items ranging from ovens and steamers to milkshake machines. There are many things you should consider when choosing foodservice equipment, such as the needs of your restaurant, the functionality of the material, customer service and technical support provided by the company, and reviews from other users of foodservice equipment.  

 

Service

 What level of service do you need from your foodservice equipment suppliers? Some large chains have in-house facilities teams capable of installing and servicing equipment. They require a low level of service from providers and expect little more than on-time delivery. Other operators need a high level of service, from vetting the equipment selection to installing and starting it up onsite.

 

Consider 

As with all other business purchases, the price of the foodservice equipment is an important consideration. It is vital to consider the cost and quality of the foodservice equipment that you are considering compared with similar machines from other companies. Determining whether your purchase should give you an acceptable return on investment also is essential to figure out. If your restaurant is likely not to sell many deep-fried products, then an overly expensive deep fryer would not be advisable. 

 

Flexible Deals

Large chains often develop an infrastructure to outfit new stores or replace old equipment. And many of them buy directly from manufacturers since the foodservice equipment they specify is proprietary, or it’s the same equipment package in every unit. But they, too, adapt their internal systems to accommodate each project and often rely on local dealers to get the job done. For large chains, dealers will create specialized installation teams just for that chain.

 

Value 

As with anything, the lowest-cost channel of distribution is not always the best value.

Do you always need that level of service? In the case of a swapped-out replacement piece of foodservice equipment, probably not, though even there you need to take into consideration factors such as what it’s going to cost to remove the old piece of equipment, and who’s going to haul it away.

Knowledgeable design consultants, dealers and their sales reps, and equipment contractors add value even in cases of equipment replacement as opposed to new store build-out or complete renovations.

How to Run a Successful Event & Party Room

Do you have a large space in your restaurant set aside for special events and parties? Does it get reserved as often as you wished?If you’re like most restaurant owners or managers, the answers are yes and no. You probably have a space – almost everyone is expected to...

read more

Philadelphia Outlaws Cashless: What it Means to You

In early March, Philadelphia became the first city in the U.S. to forbid restaurants from refusing cash payments. As of July 1, all Philadelphia restaurants will have to accept cash payments and cannot charge cash-paying customers more than non-cash ones. Several...

read more

Types of Insurance Your Restaurant Needs

No one gets into the restaurant business thinking about insurance and paperwork, but it’s still an important part of doing business. Insurance helps protect you from natural disaster, theft, employee injuries, and liability. Many times you can get insurance discounts...

read more

Control COGS in Your Restaurant

Restaurants are known for having razor-thin margins, but you can improve your profits if you have a good handle on your costs. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp on restaurant supplies, but it does mean you can be strategic about what you spend. Do you know your cost...

read more

It’s a Toast: Why We Love the “Friends” Kitchen

Welcome to our new series, “Roast and Toast!” Each month we’re going to feature one kitchen we love and one kitchen we hate. It can be from anywhere – a sitcom, a cooking show, a cartoon, a movie, or any other screen you’d see one on! We’re starting off with a toast...

read more

Ready to Open a Second Restaurant Location?

If your current restaurant is booming, it might be time to consider a second location. Congratulations on your current success – you’ve already beaten the odds! Opening a second location can be easier than your first one – you’ve already worked out a lot of the kinks....

read more

The One Product to Boost Convenience Store Sales

Is there one product that can single-handedly make or break the success of your convenience store? A lot of store owners would say no. When they look at their store, they see products coming from hot dish foodservice equipment, shelves, and a variety of categories...

read more

Restaurant Equipment Spotlight: Gas vs. Electric

Does your Little Rock restaurant use gas or electric restaurant equipment? In all likelihood you made this decision a long time ago, but it’s one that can always be reconsidered. There are benefits to both. If you’re opening a new restaurant location, it’s vital to...

read more

Restaurant Equipment: Self-Ordering Technology

One of the biggest challenges of running a restaurant is keeping up with all the technology and restaurant equipment that is available. You might have thought when you opened your location that you could run things basically the same way for decades.  While they may...

read more

Four Tips to Opening a Successful Restaurant

Have you been dreaming about bringing your food expertise to the forefront of you life? Many people have thought about opening their own restaurant. Folks don’t follow through for a variety of reasons – money, fear, or simple inertia. You can be different, though. You...

read more

The Case for Timeless Restaurant Décor

What’s the newest trend in restaurant décor? Evidently, people are loving “Millennial pink,” and they’re using it for everything. If you’re trying to keep up with what’s hot, you better get some new restaurant supplies right away! And remember, this isn’t just any...

read more

Deep Fry Safely & Efficiently

When it comes to kitchen equipment, knowing how to use it correctly is vital. Not only does it keep your employees safe, it ensures that the food comes out well and that your equipment last a long time in good condition. Using a deep fryer may seem pretty simple, and...

read more