4 Things to Consider When Buying a Commercial Rotisserie Oven

Jun 02, 2022 Kitchen Equipment

Rotisserie chickens—skewered birds roasted in rotating rows and sold everywhere from grocery stores to fine dining restaurants—are immensely popular, if you didn’t already know. Every year in Canada, tens of millions of rotisserie chickens are sold across the country. So, what is the secret to rotisserie chickens? And what factors should you consider when purchasing a commerical rotisserie oven? 

Here are some of the most important things to consider when choosing a rotisserie oven for your commercial kitchen:

 

1. Capacity

The first and most important aspect to consider when choosing a commerical rotisserie oven is "capacity." How many chickens do you need to cook at one time? How many chickens do you need to cook on a daily basis? Depending on demand, your equipment choice will change. Commercial rotisserie ovens come in a wide variety of sizes and configurations. Some rotisseries can hold 21 birds whereas others can hold over 40. Additionally, some rotisserie ovens can be stacked on top of each other, increasing your total cook capacity without requiring additional space under the hood. 

Depending on your capacity, your rotisserie oven selection will vary. Understanding your daily, weekly and monthly demand will assist you in making the correct selection. 

2. Functionality

Different commercial rotisserie ovens have verying levels of functionality. Some rotisserie ovens have an automatic washing and cleaning system. Some rotisserie ovens have advanced digital controls that can be accessed via cloud controls. Other rotisserie ovens have minimal technology and require manual cleaning. Depending on your budget, as well as your workflow and operation, certain rotisserie ovens may be a better fit. Understanding what options and functionality you are looking for will assist you greatly when it comes to choosing a commercial rotisserie oven. 

3. Style & Configuration

Rotisserie ovens come in a wide variety of styles and configurations. Some rotisserie ovens are availble in tabletop models, others are offered as double-stacked floor models. Some rotisseries are available with custom stainless steel bases with storage, and others can be offered to be mounted on merchandisers to create an immediate profit centre. 

Additionally, some rotisserie ovens are purely functional, whereas other rotisseries are visually captivating and can be showpieces to create a unique experience for clients. 

Understanding what sort of configuration and style you want for your business is extremely important. Also, understanding the limitations of certain configurations and styles will also play an important role in your decision making process. 

4. After-Sales Service & Support

Finally, the last crucial factor to consider when purchasing a commercial rotisserie oven is the service and support you will receive from both the manufacutrer and distributor. Understanding the equipment warrantly, as well as the support offered by each brand and each distributor is extremely important. While some manufacturers only offer a 1-year warranty, others offer extended warranties and provide additional support. Additionally, some companies offer comprehensive traning which includes support documentation and on-site assistance whereas others offer limited training and minimal help. 

Understanding the manufacturer and the distributor of each commercial rotisserie oven is extremely important and will likely be the most crucial factor when choosing your equipment. It is vital that you do not overlook the after-sales support and service when it comes to making an equipment decision.  

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