Starting a New Commercial Kitchen? Here Is Some Essential Equipment You Will Need

The restaurant kitchen equipment market is estimated to be worth approximately $112 billion by 2025. It is an excellent time to consider opening up your own commercial kitchen. However, successful restaurants need the best equipment in order to survive.

Needless to say, the kitchen is the brain of your business. It’s where food is stored, prepared, cooked & plated. It is where the dishwasher is located, & is home to all the various utensils, dishes, & cooking equipment. Essentially, you will need high quality restaurant equipment that can withstand the pressures of daily use.

If you’re considering opening up your own commercial kitchen, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll give you a list of some essential items you will need.

  1. IMC Floor Troughs

When you mop & sanitize the floor, you cannot leave the water or cleaning solutions sitting on the surface. This creates a situation for slip & fall accidents. Floor troughs prevent these accidents by creating an angle in the floor & draining off any liquid.

Soups, drinks, sauces, & all other types of liquid can be washed down the troughs as well. This is handy in a commercial kitchen, where it is easy to accidentally spill liquids but not have the time to clean it up thoroughly.

Another common reason to install a floor trough is to counteract burst pipes or floods. If your kitchen is near a waterway, or you have an emergency plumbing issue, the floor troughs will help direct & drain a lot of the water out & away. 

  1. Freezers & Refrigerators

All commercial kitchens need a refrigeration unit of some type. There are many different styles of refrigeration equipment, & the style you choose will depend on your type of restaurant & your needs.

Generally, your purchasing decisions will involve two types: reach-in or walk-in units. There are even outdoor refrigeration & freezing options available if interior space is an issue.

Regardless of the type you choose, your cooling unit will be essential to your business.

  1. IMC Food Prep Counters & Worktables

IMC stainless steel prep tables, counters, cutting surfaces, & worktables in general are essential pieces of equipment. Choose surfaces made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is resistant against corrosion & can withstand the unforgiving cleaning products used in commercial kitchens.

As for cutting surfaces, plastic or wooden boards can be used depending on your needs.

  1. IMC Dishtables

IMC stainless steel dishtables are another mandatory purchase for your commercial kitchen. Without dishtables, there would be no place to hold pots, pans, dishes, & other flatware.

Dishtables provide the space to place dirty dishes before running them through your dishwasher or to store clean dishes before they’re put away.

To create a complete station, select a clean dishtable & a soiled dishtable to prevent any contamination.

  1. Mixers/Slicers

If you need to mix thick materials for doughs, buy a spiral mixer. For all other types of mixing, choose a planetary mixer.

If you need to purchase a slicer, consider how often you’ll need to use it. If your slicing is low volume, a manual food slicer is a sufficient & less expensive option. However, for larger amounts of food or foods that need to be cut to specific proportions, choose an electric slicer instead.

Consider purchasing specially designed IMC tables to provide a reliable surface for commercial mixers & slicers to sit atop. IMC has slicer/mixer tables & equipment stands.

  1. IMC Sinks (Hand, Compartment, Utility)

Cleanliness is essential in the food service industry, so you should be sure that your new commercial kitchen has all of the important cleaning/janitorial supplies. Sinks are critical to any kitchen because they provide running water & a washing method for food, dishes & most importantly hands.

Local health codes typically require commercial kitchens to install a three compartment wash station & a dishwashing unit.

  1. IMC Stainless Steel Shelving/Racks (Free Standing, Wall Mounted, Table Mounted)

Organizing & keeping items tidy in your commercial kitchen is vital. Shelving can provide an ideal solution for storing various goods in your kitchen as well as perishable & nonperishable foods. Furthermore, having an organized storage system will help simplify your kitchen operation. Ultimately, shelves & racks come in a variety of sizes & materials to meet your requirements.

  1. IMC Stainless Steel Cabinets

If a typical shelf is not practical enough, IMC cabinets provide flexibility in designing storage space in your facility. Specifically, storage cabinets are used to store kitchen ware such as glasses, plates, & cups. Looking for a specific material? Stainless steel models are easier to clean, more durable, & are a better investment in the long term.

  1. Ovens

Select a convection oven that has a fan & exhaust system that blows hot air around the food. They are a great appliance for roasting, toasting, or dehydrating.

However, for foods that are made from a batter, use a regular oven. Depending on your restaurant type, you may need to purchase special restaurant equipment such as a deep fryer or grill.

As always, proper ventilation equipment is required for any oven you choose.

  1. Display Systems

Technology is evolving – even in the commercial kitchen. A kitchen display system gives access to important insights in real time, including inventory available, & the progress of orders & time to completion.

  1. Safety Equipment

Safety should always be priority #1. Check your local fire codes before purchasing any fire, safety, or sanitation equipment, & avoid potential problems by keeping your kitchen up to fire code standards.

At IMC/Teddy, we are so much more than just floor troughs. From cabinets & shelving units to sinks & worktables, we have an extensive line of stainless steel equipment to fit your commercial kitchen requirements. Plus, our products are proudly made in the USA using the highest quality steel. For a complete overview, please check our latest price book.

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35 thoughts on “Starting a New Commercial Kitchen? Here Is Some Essential Equipment You Will Need

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  2. It’s good to know that stainless steel is resistant against corrosion because that means it’ll last a lot longer. I’m going to start a restaurant because I love to cook. My friend said we need good equipment before we can start.

    1. Hi Tori,

      Thank you for your cordial words, please feel free to contact us to discuss further. Thank you again for your support.

  3. Thank you for listing out this commercial kitchen equipment essential list. My uncle is thinking of starting a restaurant and this information can help him greatly. The idea of owning commercial-grade refrigerators is indeed a necessity for a restaurant. Having a refrigerator can ensure that food won’t get spoiled easily. I should share this with him so he’ll have an idea of what to prepare.

    1. Hi Zachary,

      Thank you for your cordial remarks. Indeed, refrigeration is mandatory for any commercial kitchen. We wish the best of luck to your uncle on his future endeavors, let us know if we can be of any assistance!

  4. I do agree that when choosing an oven for a commercial business, it is important to choose a heavy-duty appliance. It makes sense because we will be using the oven often. Assuming I were to open a business, I will definitely heed your advice.

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  8. Thanks for the great post on essential kitchen equipment for new restaurants! I’m currently in the market for a commercial refrigerator and freezer, and your tips were really helpful.

    1. Thank you for the cordial comments, please feel free to contact us to discuss any stainless steel opportunities.

  9. It’s great to know that there would be outdoor equipment such as freezers and refrigerators available for you when you have limited space for your commercial property. It must be helpful to find a commercial equipment leasing service with those kinds of options in order for the owners to achieve their goals. And once they have lots of sales and revenue, they can probably afford a bigger place eventually.

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