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Dinnerware Material: China vs. Plastic

Deciding which type of dinnerware to feature in your food service operation can be daunting. There’s just so many options to choose from and several questions to ask. Will it coordinate with the current setup? Can it enhance the dining room ambiance? Will it withstand heavy use, or will it need replaced frequently?

At Central Restaurant Products, we offer hundreds of different types, styles, designs, and patterns from some of the most popular manufacturers of commercial dinnerware in the world. When shopping for dinnerware, you’re likely to come across the construction material in the features, but what does this really mean?

Not all plates, platters or bowls are created equal. Even though ceramic and plasticware are the two primary umbrella categories, not all plastic dinnerware will guarantee the same degree of durability. How will the construction of your dinnerware impact your overall bottom line? What’s the benefit of opting for a melamine collection, say, than traditional china? What’s the difference between all the different types of plastic materials? Shopping for new dinnerware can be loads of fun, but it can also be stressful if you’re not fully aware of the quality you may be receiving. Here, we seek to shed some light.

Ceramic and Fine Chinaware

Traditional chinaware is made of a durable ceramic material that is biscuit-fired at high temperatures and then glazed fired at a lower temperature. There are two common types of china dinnerware that you’re likely to come across in your search.

Porcelain china is constructed out of combination of rock minerals and clay including feldspar, quartz, and kaolin. Porcelain chinaware is usually the less expensive china solution and has a noticeably heavier weight than bone china; however, the brittle composition usually results in more frequent chipping, thus needing replaced more often.

Porcelain China Dinnerware

Central Model #474-483

Bone china dinnerware is constructed out of a more finely grated composition, still including the same minerals as porcelain china, but with added ox bone ash which enhances its durability. Fine bone china is often considered to create a more upscale, fine dining appearance. It’s thinner and lighter than its porcelain sibling, but runs at a higher price point. However, with its stronger durability, it will need replaced far less frequently. A classic case of you get what you pay for.

Fine Bone China Dinner Plate

Central Model #60K-806

A good test to see if your existing chinaware is porcelain or bone is to hold it up to a light fixture. If there is no trace of light shining through, you are most likely holding a piece of everyday porcelain ceramic dinnerware. Chinaware with the added ox bone ash element will allow some light to shine through.

High end chinaware is often ideal for upscale, fine dining establishments. Nice china can set the mood of the dining room, enhancing the theme, presentation, and creating personality. It holds many benefits for the front and back of the house, acting as a canvas ready for the chef’s masterpiece.

China that’s 100% vitrified works to prevent crazing and cracking that lead to bacterial growth over time, thus enhancing sanitation and food safety efforts. Fully vitrified china means that the dinnerware was fired at a lower temperature, coming out stronger and thinner than non-vitrified china. Vitrified dinnerware does not absorb water so there’s less risk of expanding and contracting, working to prevent accidental breakage and ensuring longevity of the product life.

Earthenware and Stoneware are two other types of porcelain dinnerware in the same family as china. Stoneware is durable and often trendier, featuring a stone exterior. Its unique, trendier presentation makes it ideal for restaurants serving Asian cuisine, bistros, farm to table, etc. It’s either semi or fully vitrified and safe for microwave or dishwasher use. Earthenware, on the other hand, is much less durable, a result of a quick and simple firing process. It is made of non-vitrified clay and less expensive than stoneware. It also offers excellent heat induction while adding a rustic feel to the ambiance. It is recommended to be handwashed only.

Tuxton Earthenware Soup Crock

Central Model #479-279

As we’ve discussed, some china is more durable than others. When shopping for your next china pattern, pay attention to whether or not the china can be used in the microwave or oven. A good determinant on the durability is whether it comes with a manufacturer warranty. Many top brands offer a one year no-chip warranty. International Tableware offers a Five-Year no-chip warranty exclusively at Central! A manufacturer warranty is typically a good determinant of durability, as it can be read that the manufacturer themselves have strong faith in their work.

Our top chinaware manufacturers include:

It’s important to note, however, that no piece of china is break-resistant. Most, but not all, chinaware is dishwasher safe. This is something you will want to verify in your research. Some china feature with glazed patterns that are not recommended for use in a dishwasher. Read on to learn more about dinnerware solutions that are virtually unbreakable.

Melamine Dinnerware

Melamine dinnerware rose in popularity in the 1940s for use during dinner parties. Melamine is a chemical that is used to make hard plastics and is therefore extremely durable and typically offered at a much lower price point than traditional chinaware. Some high-end melamine dinnerware even replicates the look and feel of chinaware, thus offering the best of both worlds. Given its notable durability, many melamine manufacturers will boast that their products are “virtually unbreakable!”

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G.E.T. Enterprises Trendy Urban Mill Pattern Melamine

Melamine is a great solution in many different types of commercial foodservice operations. Because it can withstand the rigors of day to day use, commercial melamine dinnerware is often seen in school cafeterias, hospitals, or other types of institutions with hectic, fast-paced rushes. Like china, melamine dinnerware also comes in quite the array of styles and patterns, with top brands working around the clock to define new trends.

Though melamine is difficult to break, instances of chipping have occurred if not properly cared for or maintained. However, melamine dinnerware won’t shatter if accidentally dropped, like most types of china. Most melamine will also be able to withstand high heat, many types up to 212°F. It’s an insulator, not a conductor, meaning it can maintain temperatures longer than other types of plastic dinnerware. It also stays cool to the touch when serving hot foods.

Generally speaking, melamine dinnerware is dishwasher safe and dries quickly, so users won’t wait long before they’re able to re-enter the dinnerware back into the food serving assembly. In addition to their durable “break-resistant” advertisements, melamine is also considered to be scratch and stain resistant.

Though dishwasher safe, melamine is not recommended for use in the microwave or oven, as opposed to some of their ceramic counterparts. Even though it’s capable of withstanding high heats, it should never be heated while in contact with food. Proper cleaning and care of melamine dinnerware ensures longevity. This video from our friends at G.E.T. Enterprises offers tried and true techniques for proper melamine maintenance.

Our top melamine dinnerware brands include:

It’s easy to talk in general terms, but like all types of dinnerware, not all melamine is the same. It’s best to fully research all the features of a specific style before committing. At Central, you can request a free sample of many of our dinnerware selections to see for yourself prior to purchasing.

But wait… is plastic safe?

A common concern with melamine and other plasticware are the chemicals used to create hard, durable plastic. These chemicals are extensively researched and tested to assure their fit and safe for dining. BPA is one of the most common chemicals used in plastic construction.

  • What is BPA?

A concern many have when it comes to melamine products is the amount of BPA they may contain. BPA, which is an acronym for Bisphenol A, is a chemical that manufacturers started using to construct certain plastics and resins starting in the 1950s. In the 1990s, consumers began questioning whether BPA was safe with many studies trying to link it to health problems. The FDA has since concluded that low levels are not harmful to humans. However, many products containing BPA, such as baby bottles, have been banned in the United States. Some melamine products on the market do still contain small traces of BPA in their construction, while others proudly exclaim they are 100% BPA free.

  • NSF Certification

If BPA is a concern for you, you can check to see if the piece of dinnerware is NSF certified. NSF is a stamp of approval given from NSF International, an independent public health and safety organization that develop standards for public health regulation. NSF approved dinnerware is always recommended over dinnerware that isn’t, and this isn’t something exclusive to dinnerware.

NSF Approved Logo

NSF Approved Logo

All sorts of commercial food service equipment and supplies are NSF listed. NSF International reviews construction material and the manufacturing process to confirm that all their standards are met. Therefore, opting for an NSF approved product gives peace of mind that the brand is complying with national regulations and safety standards. Many NSF listed items also feature added sanitary protections. The benefits of choosing products that have NSF International’s seal of approval reduce the risk of foodborne illness, are often easier to clean, and may help boost overall health inspection scores.

Other Plastic Dinnerware Constructions

Ceramic and melamine are arguably the two most popular types of commercial dinnerware constructions on the market. However, throughout your shopping adventures, you’re likely to see a few other types of plastic materials. Here’s a brief breakdown of what they mean.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is a lightweight plastic material that, like melamine, is commonly considered to be shatter resistant. Unlike melamine, traditional polycarbonate dinnerware is also heat resistant and safe for microwave use. A lot of polycarbonate dinnerware can withstand temperatures between -40°F through 212°F. This makes the dinnerware ideal for use in both freezers and high temperature environments.

Cambro Polycarbonate Three-Compartment Plate

Central Model #250-564

BPA (see above) is a common chemical used to make polycarbonate plastics. BPA is one of the most extensively tested chemicals today, and, again, the FDA has concluded that small traces are not harmful for humans.

Polycarbonate dinnerware is typically inexpensive, which can be a big plus. However, though it’s thought to be break-resistant, some polycarbonate dinnerware may scratch and stain easily.

Our top polycarbonate dinnerware brands include Carlisle and Cambro.

Polypropylene and Polyethylene

Both polypropylene and polyethylene are similar, and many pieces of dinnerware are made using a blend of the two. Though a more affordable alternative to other types of dinnerware, by and large, dinnerware constructed out of polypropylene and polyethylene plastics are considered to have moderate scratch and break-resistance, not holding up quite to the same standards of melamine. They are, however, highly stain resistant and safe for both dishwasher and microwave use. They have a fairly decent drying time but may require additional wiping. It can typically withstand temperatures between 32°F through 180°F.

An additional blended hybrid of polypropylene is co-polymer. This material is often observed in the construction of cafeteria trays, and has a high resistance to breakage, scratching or staining. It’s also microwave and dishwasher safe, and considered to have a faster drying time than traditional polypropylene plasticware. It can handle temperatures between 40°F and 210°F, not ideal for use in freezers.

Acrylic

Acrylic is a hard plastic that is manufactured to replicate the look and feel of glass and high-end crystal. Acrylic is a common construction material of servingware, enhancing the presentation of buffet areas while extremely durable. Throughout your search, you’re likely to come across serving bowls, utensils, display stands, and bakery cases made of acrylic. Acrylic products are traditionally more affordable than their glass counterparts, with added shatter-proof durability.

Rosseto Acrylic Display Case

Central Model #989-019

ABS and SAN Plastic

ABS is the same type of plastic material used to make the popular LEGO® building blocks! It stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, a thermoplastic (a resin that becomes a plastic on heating and hardening) resin that’s largely considered to be middle of the road. Plastic dinnerware made with this type of material is typically considered to be medium strength with a good resistance to impact, breaking, and chemicals. It absorbs shock, resistant to high heat and scratches, and affordable. It can withstand temperatures between 0°F to 180°F.

Some limitations of ABS plastic include poor weatherability and not resistant to solvents that may weaken and corrode ABS plasticware over time. It also generates a lot of smoke if burned. Because of this, dinnerware made of ABS is not recommended for use in the microwave. It is, however, dishwasher safe with an average dry time. Due to the lack of solvent-resistance, it is recommended that you wipe down your ABS-constructed ware soon after the cleaning cycle finishes.

ABS is not considered to be the most environmentally-friendly plastic material on the market. It is not biodegradable or a renewable resource.

SAN plastic, also known as styrene acrylonitrile resin, is another co-polymer plastic blend and shares a lot in common with ABS in terms of its chemical structure. SAN is often used by manufacturers to create durable plasticware that mimics the look and feel of ceramic china.

Additional Dinnerware Material

In commercial dining facilities, china and plastic dinnerware are certainly the two most common. However, dinnerware made of metal and glass are occasionally used to create unique, one of a kind environments.

Metal Dinnerware

Metal dinnerware is sleek and affordable, but should only ever be used for serving, and never for cooking or reheating. Common types of metal dinnerware include stainless steel and copper, which offer a trendier presentation for appetizers, entrees and side dishes. Check out American Metalcraft’s selection of dinnerware for trendy, affordable serving inspiration.

Bon Chef Metal Soup Bowl

Central Model #16Y-037

Glass Dinnerware

Glass is ideal for upscale dining establishments. Quality glass dinnerware runs at a higher price point than their plastic counterparts that have been strategically designed to mimic the look and feel of glass (see acrylic section above). However, authentic glass adds a touch of class to every dining room.

Libbey Gibraltar Clear Glass Dinnerware

Central Model #186-087

In addition to higher upfront costs, there is also a higher risk of breakage. Glassware will need replaced down the road, so your glass dinnerware purchase more than likely won’t be a one and done experience.

The three most common types of glass dinnerware include Annealed, Fully Tempered, and Rim Tempered.

  1. Annealed glass is your standard glassware and the most cost effective (up front). It’s slowly cooled to reduce internal stress, making it capable of withstanding temperature changes. However, when it breaks, it shatters into a hundred shards, creating a cleaning nightmare and safety concerns.
  2. Fully-Tempered glass has been more processed than annealed glass, increasing its strength and making it less prone to breakage. When it does break, it breaks in chunks instead of shattering into dangerously miniscule and sharp shards.
  3. Rim-Tempered glass runs middle of the road. A part of the piece has been tempered for added protection, but not the entirety of the product. This is usually the rim, because it’s the most likely to tip over and take the blunt force of the impact. This is a nice option if you’re on a budget but want to ensure some sort of durability.

Libbey is one of our top glassware manufacturers, boasting a comprehensive selection of glass drinkware and dining solutions.

All in all, your final decision should be made around which piece of dinnerware can enhance the experience you wish to give your guests, based on your established environment, ambiance, and menu. Central offers a complete selection of all different types of dinner and servingware to help you find the right piece you’re looking for. If you have any additional questions about which material will work the best given your unique needs, give us a call us at 800.215.9293.

Serve Frosty Bottles of Beer with Beverage-Air

Sometimes, there’s nothing better on a fall weekend than a frosty bottle of suds. Every weekend, millions of people venture out to bars to catch their favorite teams on the big screen. If you run a bar, it’s paramount that the equipment you use can hold up to the demands of a busy environment. That’s where Beverage-Air comes in. Their horizontal deep well bottle coolers ensure that you have cold bottles of whatever beverage throughout the day, keeping customers refreshed.

Bottle Coolers Built for Durability

Beverage-Air’s deep well bottle coolers feature one-piece, all-metal sliding lids, the strongest lid assembly in the industry. Open them, close them, slam them, it doesn’t matter – these lids are built to hold up! Choose from a wear-resistant vinyl on steel in Black finish, or Stainless exterior finish, with a galvanized interior and stainless steel floor. These heavy duty bottle coolers are insulated with CFC and HCFC-free foamed-in-place polyurethane inulation.

Cools Bottles Quickly for Quick Turnaround

Beverage-Air’s bottle coolers are constructed with high cooling RPM fans to provide fast cooling, which is great for those times of the day when product needs to be refilled. The forced air refrigeration system holds product between 36°F and 40°F on standard models.

Shop at Central

Beverage-Air bottle coolers are available right here at Central Restaurant Products. Choose from all different sizes and depths to fit your bar’s needs. Shop now!

Add European Flair to Your Display with Reveal Refrigerated Cases

Reveal is a versatile food display case that truly blends in with its surroundings. Now available at Central Restaurant Products, the Reveal is features a simple appearance so you see the food, not the display. Its European-influenced design features frameless insulated glass complemented by superior refrigeration performance, clean lines, and simple shelving. The result is a definitive and fresh focus on merchandising that reveals the epitome of functional beauty.

Reveal is Delicate, but Tough

The folks at Structural Concepts put Reveal models through a variety of impact and shipping tests, and the UV-bonded glass design passed with flying colors, meaning your Reveal will hold up to the rigors and abuse of shipping. This testing included 12″ drop testing, and 20G force impact tests, which resulted in no rubber cushion failure and no glass breakage.

The Reveal was put through the wringer in shipping, as well. It traveled 4,036 miles by common carrier, transferring through 10 terminals with no glass breakage or rupture of glass bonds.

Combining Art and Science

Creating an attractive display without sacrificing durability and performance is a tricky dance to perform. Structural Concepts has perfected the process by creating and testing a UV-bonded double pane glass design, which ensures safe food temperatures and a condensation-free display.

The Reveal is also designed to be energy-conscious. Structural Concepts’ Breeze-E self-contained refrigeration features an EnergyWise system, which reduces daily energy consumption by more than 50%. Its microprocessor controller recognizes ambient conditions and adjusts the defrost cycles automatically, eliminating guesswork, and resulting in consistent temperatures.

All Shapes and Sizes

No matter your space, there’s a Reveal case that can fit your needs. The Reveal series includes both refrigerated and non-refrigerated models, available in full service, self service, and combination styles. All models are 33″D and are able to fit through standard-size doors. Freestanding and slide-into-counter models are available. The freestyle units include a laminate panel in your choice of standard laminate.

Shop at Central

When you’re ready to explore the 100+ styles of Reveal, Central has them all! Find the style that works for you, and if you have any questions, our Product Consultants are available to talk.

 

 

Set Up a Kold Locker Walk-In Cooler in 15 Minutes!

Nor-Lake prides itself in manufacturing easy to use walk-in coolers and freezers. They know that as a business operator, time is money, and you don’t want to spend hours putting equipment together. That’s why Nor-Lake’s Kold Locker™ walk-in coolers and freezers can be put together in just 15 minutes!

Don’t believe us? Check out this video from Nor-Lake to see just how easy it is!

Kold Locker™ walk-ins feature full 4″ panel foamed-in-place with polyurethane insulation, keeping your contents cold and at safe temperatures. Indoor units feature an automatic condensate vaporizer, meaning no drain line is required! Locking handle for security and spring loaded door hinge makes sure your door closes securely. All Nor-Lake Kold Locker™ walk-ins feature a 15 year panel warranty.

Find Kold Locker™ at Central

Central Restaurant Products has hundreds of configurations of Nor-Lake’s Kold Locker™ walk-in, designed to fit your needs. Need something special? Our helpful Product Consultants are available to customize your order. An extended five compressor warranty is also available at an additional charge. Shop now!

Waring Commercial Products

Blend, Prep, and Cook with Waring Commercial

History

Waring Commercial began in 1937 when the company introduced the first blender to the United States. Today, Waring is one of the leading manufacturers of professional appliances for the foodservice industry. Waring Commercial offers high-performance, large-volume food processors and blenders, heavy-duty heating appliances such as grills, griddles, toasters and deep fryers, and a variety of specialty products. Waring strives to provide innovative products to help operators blend, prep, and cook like never before. With 80 years of manufacturing expertise locally and globally, Waring is proud to offer continuously expanding collections of superior professional products.

Waring BlendersBlenders

From immersion blenders to heavy-duty food blenders, Waring makes it easy to perfectly blend even the most complicated recipes. Since Waring brought the first blender to American in 1937, Waring has developed top of the line blenders for every part of the kitchen.

Top Models:

Waring Toasters

Toasters

Waring Toasters provides reliability with their rugged designed made to withstand the demands of even the busiest kitchens!

Top Models:

Waring Sandwich Grills

Sandwich Grills

Waring Sandwich Grills open up the possibilities of your menu! Unrivaled speed and consistency make Waring Commercial panini grills especially appealing to foodservice operators who demand quality and quantity in their output. Equipped with advanced heating elements located above and below the food item, the panini presses cut cooking time significantly and ensure uniform results.

Top Models:

Waring Food Processors

Food Processors

Waring Food Processors simplify prep work for every shift. With the ability to process liquid, chop vegetables, and so much more, Waring has the model food operators need to keep their kitchen running smoothly!

Top Models:

Ready to shop?

Central Restaurant Products offers hundreds of Waring products across each of their reliable lines. Browse online or speak to one of our expert product consultants at 800.215.9293 for assistance finding the perfect equipment for your kitchen!

The Future of Transport – Cambro’s Cam GoBox Insulated Carriers

Go big or go home with this new style of food transport. Cambro’s new Cam GoBox insulated carriers provide high volume foodservice operations even more support when transporting food and beverages. These carriers are made out of expanded polypropylene foam, making them ultra-lightweight while still maintaining durability, strength, and superior insulation.

Due to their significant reduction in weight, compared to traditional food and beverage carriers, and quality design, the Cambro GoBox carriers are ideal K-12 operations. Designed with comfortable handles, they’re easy and safe to lift. They’re also stackable and fit securely on a one-size-fits-all Camdolly®, making transport a breeze with easy maneuverability.

Cambro Camdolly

Cambro Camdolly for GoBox food carriers. Central Model #250-87G.

It’s foam construction not only reduces weight for ease of carrying, it also offers superior insulation, keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold for up to 4 hours, whether your transporting product across town or across campus. This helps ensure foods remain at safe temperatures until serving. And the Cambro Thermobarrier specifically designed for Cam GoBox carriers eliminates space not in use, keeping foods hotter, or colder, for longer.

Cambro Thermobarrier

Cambro Thermobarrier for Cam GoBox carriers. Central Model #250-87B.

The Cam GoBoxes are versatile, perfect for transporting or serving chilled beverages, like milk and juice, to hot meals. Not only is the foam construction lightweight while able to hold heavy loads without losing its shape, it is also eco-friendly and 100% recyclable. The inert material also withstands grease and most chemicals. The built-in label area also keeps menu tags in place and front and center for easy content identification. Additional ID labels are available here.

Cambro ID Labels for GoBox

Cambro ID Labels for Cam GoBox carriers. Model #250-87A.

The Cam GoBox is available in front load and top load designs. Available in 17.9 qt capacity, 23.6 qt., 37.5 qt., 48.6 qt., 63.4 qt., and 90.9 qt.

About Cambro

Since 1951, Cambro Manufacturing has been creating high-quality products for the foodservice industry. The plastic manufacturing leader began their company with the goal of creating hospital meal trays of the highest quality possible. Today, they produce widely-diverse products from Food Bars, Food Trays, Shelving, Tabletop Supplies, Food Storage, Food Transport and more. Through the years and addition of products, the guiding vision of the Campbell brothers has remained unchanged–to create and provide the most innovative, durable and highest-quality products for the foodservice industry.

Central’s assortment of Cambro products is versatile and suitable for many types of foodservice needs. We stock hundreds of popular Cambro products in our warehouse with same-day shipping available.

Intermetro: A Storage System for Every Application!

Who is Metro?

Intermetro has aimed to make the world more organized and efficient for over 80 years. Now, Metro offers over 30,000 products ranging from wire shelving and heated cabinets to food pan carriers and special application carts. Each product is carefully designed to expertly meet the needs of commercial operators, no matter the size of their kitchen! So, what are two must have Metro products for your kitchen? The Metro Mightylite and Metro Shelving!

Food Pan Carriers

MightyLite

The MightyLite Insulated Pan Carrier from Metro is the top pick from chef’s! Extra strong, extra light weight, and extra insulated. The pan carrier is designed to make moving hot or cold food easier – making it perfect for catering! The Mightylite has ergonomic built-in handles, safe holding for 5+ hours, a 270 degree swing door for easy loading, and advanced polymer foam construction for unbelievable strength. See the incredible strength for yourself here!

 

Shelving

 

Shelving in a commercial kitchen is essential. For storing ingredients, ware-washing, and so much more, your shelving will be used each and every day. Intermetro offers wire, plastic, solid, and adjustable shelving, all made with uncompromised reliability and flexibility to fit the needs of your unique configuration. A variety of materials and finishes are all offered to fit every application. Which finish best fits your environment?

  • Stainless Steel: for the most aggressive applications and environments
  • Chrome Plating: the “real” Nickel-chrome finish for dry, low humidity environments. Metro’s chrome finish includes a protective lacquer coat
  • BRITE: economical, chromate finish for dry, low humidity environments. Provides the look of chrome and includes a protective lacquer coat
  • Metroseal 3 Epoxy: corrosion resistant finish for wet or high humidity environments. Microban antimicrobial product protection is built into the finish to keep the product “cleaner between cleanings”
  • Standard Epoxy: a plastic aesthetic and basic protection for dry environments. Black epoxy is NSF listed for dry environments.

But it’s not just the finish that is important to consider when picking shelving for your commercial kitchen. The application of the shelf will also dictate the style that is needed:

  • Vented: shelf design allows for easier loading and unloading of product, as well as good air circulation for drying and temperature regulation (to help prevent mold!). Vented shelving is also generally lower in weight which allows for easier mobility
  • Solid: shelf design is ideal for messy areas like food prep and ware-washing to control spills and store small items because the surface is easy to clean

Need more information on Intermetro shelving before making a decision? We completely understand! We know that Metro sets the standards for durable and innovative shelving, and we know that with thousands of options, it can be overwhelming! See the video below from Metro comparing their industry leading shelving and call one of our helpful product consultants at 800.215.9293 for one on one assistance. If you are ready to shop, browse online with Central to see all of the great products that Metro has to offer!

Southbend Manufacturing – Heavy Duty Commercial Cooking Equipment since 1898

Who is Southbend?

In 1898, Southbend Manufacturing began their journey as one of the most reliable manufacturers of commercial kitchen equipment. Since the opening of their doors, Southbend has streamlined their processes for perpetual innovation in an ever changing industry, making them the global leader in heavy-duty commercial kitchen equipment today.

Southbend offers everything from ranges and convection ovens to fryers and steamers to complete your commercial kitchen!

Restaurant Ranges

Southbend offers three lines of restaurant ranges: Ultimate Ranges, S-Series Ranges, and Electric Ranges. Each line offers unique advantages. Which is right for your commercial kitchen?

Ultimate Ranges

The Ultimate Range is available in five sizes and over 1,200 configurations. These ranges are engineered to perform and built to last! Features include:

  • Made in the USA
  • All stainless steel construction
  • Higher BTU’s and High Efficiency Snap Action Thermostat for easy control
  • Cast iron grates
  • Manual gas shut off
  • Metal Knobs

S-Series Ranges

Southbend’s S-Series restaurant range offers a quality, versatile range for commercial foodservice applications. 24″, 36″, 48″, and 60″ widths and a number of top configurations are available. Configurations include combinations of open burners, griddles and hot tops. Additional features include:

  • Stainless steel front, sides and removable shelf
  • Individual, removable cast iron grate tops
  • Smooth, polished 1/2″ steel griddle plate with raised sides available thermostatic or manual
  • Removable crumb drawers under burners
  • Metal knobs with red stripe

Electric Ranges

The Electric Range is available in several configurations to accommodate any kitchen. Standard, Convection, and TruVection base are available. Features include:

  • Stainless Steel Front, Top and Sides
  • Hatchable to Pass Through 26″ Opening
  • Includes 6″ NSF Listed Legs
  • Front Serviceable
  • 36″ Cooking Height

Ready to Shop?

Central has partnered with Southbend to offer their complete line of heavy-duty commercial kitchen equipment, including the Ultimate Ranges, S-Series Ranges and Electric Ranges. Browse online or call one of our helpful product consultants for one on one assistance at 800-215-9293