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Commercial Microwaves

Commercial microwaves are a mainstay of most institutional foodservice operations today. Whether you need a heavy-duty commercial microwave, medium duty microwave oven or even a combination steamer microwave, we have what you need.

Cook’s Direct has a large selection of commercial microwave ovens from the most popular industry brands such as Sharp, Amana, Panasonic and Vollrath. Look through our microwave oven selection and you’ll find several options in heavy-duty or medium-duty. You’ll also find commercial microwaves that have digital interface or dial operation. Dial operations are often longer lasting while digital options often include the ability to program in many settings. Cook’s Direct is also a great source for any parts and accessories you may need for your commercial microwave oven.

If you need help in selecting the right commercial microwave oven for your institutional foodservice operation, please give us a call at 866-613-2617 and our customer service team can assist you in finding the right commercial microwave oven for your facility.

Selection Help

When selecting the best industrial microwave oven for your institutional kitchen, you will want to take into consideration the following things:

  • Do I want commercial microwave with a digital interface or a dial operation?
  • Will a medium-duty microwave oven meet my usage needs, or do I require a heavy-duty microwave?
  • Will the microwave oven I want fit into the amount of countertop space I have allocated in my institutional kitchen?
Expert Advice

Whether you are selecting a commercial microwave oven your office break area or to use in the common areas of a college residence hall, you will want to consider closely which commercial microwave oven is the best fit for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call one of our experts.

Determine Your Cooking Needs: Before selecting a commercial microwave oven, assess your specific cooking requirements. Consider the volume and type of food items you will be heating, as well as the frequency of use. This will help you determine the power output and capacity needed for the microwave.

Power Output: Commercial microwaves come in various power levels, typically ranging from 1000 to 3000 watts. Higher wattage microwaves provide faster and more efficient heating. Consider the cooking time and consistency you desire for your dishes when choosing the appropriate power level. Higher wattage models are ideal for busy kitchens with high-demand heating requirements.

Cooking Capacity: Evaluate the interior capacity of the microwave to ensure it can accommodate the size of the food items you will be heating. Consider the size and shape of the dishes, trays, or containers you commonly use. Look for microwaves with spacious interiors and adjustable racks or shelves to maximize versatility and productivity.

Construction and Durability: Commercial microwaves should be built to withstand the demands of a busy kitchen environment. Look for models constructed from durable materials such as stainless steel, which offers resistance to stains, corrosion, and wear. Robust construction ensures longevity and ease of cleaning, important factors for maintaining hygiene standards in your kitchen.

Controls and Programming: Consider the control options and programming features available in the commercial microwave oven including a dial or digital control. Look for microwaves with intuitive controls, clear display screens, and programmable settings for easy operation. Time and temperature presets, multi-stage cooking options, and memory programs can enhance efficiency and consistency in your food preparation process.

Safety Features: Safety is paramount in a commercial kitchen. Look for microwaves with features like child lock functions, cool-touch exteriors, and interior lights for easy monitoring. Additionally, commercial or industrial microwaves with reliable door latches or sensors that automatically pause the cooking process when the door is opened can help prevent accidents and ensure safe operation.

Ventilation and Exhaust: Adequate ventilation is crucial when using a commercial microwave. Consider the ventilation requirements of the microwave model you are considering and ensure it aligns with your kitchen's infrastructure. Proper ventilation helps dissipate heat and prevents the buildup of steam, ensuring a comfortable and safe working environment.

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