How to buy a commercial range for your restaurant

If you’ve decided to buy a range oven for your restaurant, you have made a wise choice. As one of the best oven types on the market, a range comes with a wide range of features that add versatility and flexibility to your cooking.

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Oven type

Range ovens vary enormously in the features they offer, so it is important that you think carefully about what you want from your oven before you buy it. What kind of cooking do you do at your restaurant? If baking is a priority, choose an oven that focuses on this feature, while chefs that fry, grill or saute food should prioritise these elements on their new range cooker.

In the catering industry, you will normally come across range cookers that are either restaurant ranges or heavy-duty ranges.

Most restaurant owners find that restaurant ranges suit their needs perfectly. They can be used as a standalone cooker, with widths varying from 24″ to 72″. Heavy-duty ranges are more costly than their restaurant range counterparts and are designed for those catering establishments that require a high-volume-use cooker. This type of range can be joined together with others, and comes with a higher energy output per burner compared to a restaurant range.

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In addition, you can find some range cookers that specialise in a particular style of cooking, such as stir-frying or making stocks.

Fuel type

Range cookers are available in gas and electric. According to Good Housekeeping, you should first decide which fuel type you want. If you buy a gas range cooker, such as a Lincat LMR9 6 Burner Gas Range Oven, it will need to be installed by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

The gas supply is normally located on the back of a restaurant range, while this is on the front or at the side of a heavy-duty range.

Size

Whether you’ve got your heart set on a Lincat LMR9 6 Burner Gas Range Oven or another model, you will also need to decide what size cooker you want for your restaurant.

You get a wide choice of size options with a range, starting from 12″ for small restaurants up to 72″ for larger establishments. The most popular widths tend to be 36″, 48″ and 60″. Don’t forget to factor in adequate space for a hood cover.