Restaurant owners and operators are always looking for ways to improve ROI toward a better bottom line. One of the simplest ways to achieve this? By outfitting your commercial kitchen with the most durable equipment. Read on to learn why investing in durability is important and how Vulcan shines when it comes to producing durable kitchen equipment.
The Durability Imperative
It’s easy to focus on price when shopping for commercial kitchen equipment. And, of course, affordability matters. However, making a choice based solely on budget is a short-term perspective which can cost you in the long run if you fail to factor in whether a range, stove, fryer or other piece of professional equipment will withstand the wear and tear of today’s demanding foodservice environments.
Durability doesn’t just mean a piece of equipment is built to last longer thereby reducing replacement costs; it also means better performance over the course of its lifetime. In other words, in prioritizing durable kitchen equipment you’re also prioritizing higher and more reliable output. The result? Optimal food consistency even during your busiest hours.
According to the Houston Chronicle, “Food is one of the major factors in determining a restaurant’s success…Food that’s burnt or cold turns off customers, and while they may not leave the restaurant immediately, poorly prepared food does make them less excited about returning. Successful restaurants consistently serve fresh food that is exactly as described on the menu.”
Factor in that a restaurant’s greatest costs are not equipment but rather labor and food, the decision to skimp on equipment is not only ill-advised from a customer satisfaction perspective, but also from a financial one.
Durability and Vulcan
High quality has been a hallmark of the Vulcan name dating all the way back to its 1865 origins. While chefs and operators around the world have long relied on Vulcan’s best-in-class food service equipment solutions for their masterful design and precision performance, owners and operators know they get something else in choosing Vulcan: unparalleled durability.
In fact, commitment to durability is one of Vulcan’s key differentiators. From mindful engineering down to even the smallest details to the use of the strongest, most hard-working materials, Vulcan products like the PowerFry5™, K Series Electric Kettles, and the V Series Heavy Duty Ranges are designed not just to produce spectacular results, but to keep producing them.
As Angus An, owner of Maenam, Vancouver Magazine’s 2016 Restaurant of the Year, told The Georgia Straight, “What really separates a great restaurant from a good restaurant…is how consistent they are and how much attention they put into details.” Most restaurant owners are rigorous in applying this philosophy to consistently sourcing the best ingredients. But shouldn’t it also carry over to the equipment you use?
There’s no arguing that choosing the best industrial kitchen equipment is one of the most important ingredients in a restaurant’s success, but “best” is multi-factored. While budget is certainly a consideration, equal acknowledgment of durability and performance supports optimal outcomes for years to come.