Things to Consider While Buying Used Commercial Range

There’s no doubt that buying a used commercial range is a win-win in nearly any situation. Buying used saves both time and money. You know that at the very least the range is broken in and should be no trouble. As long as the appliance comes with some type of warranty, you’ll have no trouble either getting it repaired or refunded for your trouble.  Let’s take a really good look at what you’ll need to consider while buying a used commercial range.

What are Commercial Ranges?

Commercial ranges are heavy-duty types of stoves that are meant to handle large cooking tasks on a daily basis. There are three main types of commercial range:

Heavy Duty Commercial Range

  • Considered to be the “tanks” of commercial ranges, these are probably the most durable. They are constructed of very heavy elements including metal and alloys. You can use these ranges day after day and hour after hour. 
  • The metals used to make the range guarantee that heat retention is of the utmost importance, ensuring that any item in the oven can be cooked evenly, which is a huge plus. 
  • All heavy-duty commercial ranges are “modular”, meaning additional components can easily be added when needed. 

Restaurant Range

  • Not to be outdone by its heavy-duty sibling, the restaurant range is what you’ll normally find in most eating establishments from a local deli to fine dining businesses. Restaurant ranges are extremely versatile and can withstand high temperatures and lots of daily use. 
  • They are just as versatile in the home, and sizes can be found anywhere from two-foot all the way to 6 feet in length. Most homeowners absolutely love the fact that these ranges can be customized for nearly any cooking task.
  • Restaurant ranges are also much lighter than the heavy-duty ones, allowing for much easier installation jobs.

Specialty Range

  • These types of ranges are purpose built to do a certain job and to do it well time after time. The best example of this would be a raised-ring range, used for cooking with woks or other pans that need high heat. 
  • Another type of specialty range would be for cooking large amounts of soups, stocks, stews, etc. These are known as “Stock” ranges.
  • These ranges do not look or act like regular commercial ranges due to their specific functions. One plus is that they are relatively small and can be installed out of the way and most can even be rolled away or put into storage when not in use. 

Will Your Commercial Range Be Used for Home or Business?

Where and how you use your range is important. Contrary to what many might think, many people want the power and usefulness of a full-size commercial range for use in their homes. Of the many advantages, some of the most important ones are the huge amounts of cooking space that you can’t get with regular-sized oven ranges. 

If you have a large family, you’ll quickly realize how a commercial oven can save you so much time. Just think of all of those burners going at once, and the spacious interior of the ovens helping to get the cooking done faster than you ever thought possible. 

The fact is you can use a commercial range in the home. Just remember that the range will have to be professionally installed, as it needs to comply with commercial standards and building codes. 

Important Things to Consider Before Buying a Commercial Range

How Do You Cook?

  • If you grill, think about a range with a built-in grill top
  • Maybe you cook a lot of burgers or pancakes. Consider a range with a griddle function. 

What Do You Cook?

If you’re running a bakery, you might want to consider a heavy-duty range that can cook all day long with no problems. If you run a small eatery then a restaurant range should be fine. 

How Will You Power Your Range?

Determining whether to use gas or electricity to power your range will most likely be the most important factor in your buying decision. Be certain before you buy that the range can be powered the way you need it to.