As an essential centerpiece of most commercial kitchens, choosing the right commercial range is key to a better service. Commercial ranges come in a myriad of versatile combinations to suit your specific needs. Whether you're shopping for an electric or gas range, want a burner or griddle (or a combination of the two), looking for a bottom refrigerator or an open cabinet—we have just what you need! At Tundra Restaurant Supply we carry hundreds of different ranges from the industry's leading manufacturers like Imperial, Southbend, Turbo Air, and more!
Ranges come in both electric and gas options, and one isn't necessarily better than the other. Gas tends to be cheaper than electricity, which can save you money on your utility bills. Though gas ranges tend to be the most popular found in commercial kitchens, many chefs like the convenience of an electric range. With electric ranges you never have to worry about a gas leak in your kitchen.
Popular Commercial Range Configurations
Commercial ranges are highly configurable. For the top of your commercial range most consider adding open burners, a smooth griddle, or some combination of the two. With open burners you can fry, boil, saute and more; its versatility is a favorite amongst chefs. Before settling on the top of your range first think about your menu. Do you anticipate cooking up burgers all day long? Then you might consider a griddle, which makes it easy to keep a consistent temperature throughout service.
If you anticipate finishing off dishes like French onion soup, lasagnas, or melted sandwiches, consider adding salamander/broiler to the mix. This equipment features an overhead burner with a wide temperature range, making it ideal for adding the final touch on dishes or, when set low, holding food at a safe temperature.
Finally, consider the base of your range. Many times you'll find either a standard or convection oven as an additional way to cook dishes. Convection ovens feature a circulating fan that moves hot air around the cavity, resulting in faster cooking times and consistent temperatures. If you don't require an oven, then choose a cabinet base or refrigerator base. A cabinet base is great for additional storage of stock pots, pans and more, while a refrigerator base helps those on the line keep filets, toppings and other ingredients close by and ready for cooking.
Shop Gas Hose Connector Kits For Your Range
If purchasing a gas range, then add a flexible gas connector to your list. Required now by the National Fuel Gas Code, restaurant equipment requires commercial-grade, flexible gas connectors on cooking equipment. This type of connector is designed for equipment that is regularly moved for cleaning (a must by any health inspector). Dormont's Blue Hose® technology has a flexible, corrugated 304 stainless steel tubing that is wrapped in a tight-weave stainless steel braid to prevent stretching. Plus, gas connector accessories like Dormont's SnapFast™ Quick Disconnect or Safety Quik® connectors ensure a safe solution for commercial kitchens.