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Which Is The Best Dishwasher To Buy For Business Use?

In a challenging economic landscape, it can be tempting to quick-click your way to savings and source appliances and supplies from the internet, or bag a bargain by picking a high street branded equipment that you hope will ‘get you through’. Here, we take a quick look at which dishwasher is best to buy for business use in care homes, resturants, hotels, hospitals and other commercial settings.

Is Your Dishwasher Stepping Up to the Plate?

Put simply, the best dishwasher to buy for business use is a commercial model that's built for constant or high volume laundry processing. The dangers of choosing ‘false economy’ domestic machines or substandard commercial models that aren’t fit for purpose.

At JLA, we supply a lot of customers who come to us after their domestic machine has let them down, or when they discover that their low-end or budget appliance isn’t meeting the challenge of washing hundreds of plates every day (or night). Either the equipment itself breaks, or if it does work, it doesn’t work at the capacity or performance required.

Many dishwashers simply aren’t built to cope with heavy use, or fulfil an acceptable lifecycle.

In many cases, people tell us that they also still have to wash items by hand after a dishwasher cycle to clear food residue, so they end up paying for labour at the sink while also meeting the cost of running a machine that isn’t doing its job.

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As a case in point, care homes generally need to process anywhere from 4 to 20 cycles per day, and must do so hygienically to meet guidelines. This will put enormous strain on the cheaper, lighter-weight components that make up an off-the-shelf dishwasher, but a commercial dishwasher that is built to high specifications, with robust and durable parts, will cope effortlessly with daily demands for around 8 years.

By their nature, commercial dishwashers also work harder on plates and cutlery, with more powerful jets and more efficient drainage leading to more effective cleaning. We know that time is of the essence in every business laundry room, and infection control is a big concern in most organisations and sectors we deal with – but this is often overlooked in favour of cheap price tags.

As for practicality, a domestic machine can take two hours to clean items, without reaching the temperatures required for decontamination. In contrast, a commercial model can offer thorough cleaning in a matter of minutes – with features such as thermal disinfection that kills bacteria such as MRSA, Norovirus and other common threats.

Don’t pay a high price for choosing the high street…

Here's a look at the two main buying options for your next dishwasher. If you need more help to find the right model for your business, and would like to get a quote or learn about rental and other options that allow you to get a dishwasher without paying a penny upfront, please get in toch with our friendly catering team today.
 
DOMESTIC DISHWASHERS COMMERCIAL DISHWASHERS

Cycles take upwards of 2 hours - higher energy and water costs

Intensive Quick Wassh cycles from a minute means better energy efficiency and lower water consumption

Not WRAS compliant

WRAS compliant to Category 5

Inconsistent washing – poor drainage and lightweight design may force ‘emergency washing up’ by hand which takes up valuable time

Drum, spray arms and features designed to work harder on plates and cutlery. Also more flexibility to wash gastro trays and larger utensils which will not fit into domestic baskets

Low-cost parts – not built to last as it is in the Manufacturer’s interest to sell replacement machines regularly

Hi-spec components designed to meet rigours of daily commercial use, wash a bigger load and last for 8 years

Limited consumer rights - warranty void when used in commercial setting

Available as part of a ‘Total Care’ all inclusive service and supply package form JLA, with 7-day breakdown cover and 8-working hour engineer response guaranteed


How do I choose a dishwasher?

Our advice would be to look beyond price, think about the process of dishwashing as a whole and work out the total cost that you might have to meet over the next few years. Always ask an expert for advice when it comes to the number of dishes, pots and pans you'll be washing - and whether an all-inclusive, budget-friendly supply and breakdown cover plan would help your bottom line as well as your daily dishwashing efficiency.


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