The eco-friendly, cost-saving benefits of refurbished catering equipment

Whether you are starting out in the catering business or looking to refurbish your commercial kitchen, the cost of your equipment will be a major concern. New dishwashers and glasswashers – whether under-counter or pass-through – for example, are an essential backbone to everyday operations yet each one might easily set you back several thousands of pounds.

By buying refurbished catering equipment, though, you may make substantial savings on that cost – with some suppliers of high-quality reconditioned machines offering up to 60% savings compared to the price of new appliances.

But it is not only the discount you achieve in acquiring your refurbished catering equipment that counts, there are also further cost-saving and eco-friendly benefits too.

So, let’s take a closer look at some of those additional savings and the benefits you may be bringing to sustainability and the environment.

Recondition and refurbish

Just consider what might happen to the perfectly serviceable catering equipment that has been thrown out by previous users? Does it go to the breaker’s yard, where replacement parts might be salvaged? Or – still worse – does it go to environmentally harmful landfill?

The recycling of reconditioned and refurbished appliances – such as dishwashers and glasswashers – makes far greater sense environmentally. Not only does it let you play your own active part in protecting the environment and improving sustainability, but it may typically save you money compared to buying new.

Water systems and energy efficiency

You have already struck a blow for sustainability by purchasing a recycled and fully reconditioned dish or glasswasher but there are still further eco-friendly costs to be saved through achieving greater energy efficiency and technologically advanced water systems.

If you are having to buy new, the high prices might mean your compromising on the energy performance and water systems efficiency that you can afford. Buying refurbished equipment lets you make your money go further by obtaining higher-quality appliances that were designed to achieve maximum efficiency and energy-saving results.

Cleverly designed water systems, using cutting edge technology, from the most advanced high-end manufacturers ensure that you are making the most of this precious resource while still achieving cleanliness and hygiene of the highest standards. That combination of efficiency and innovation is evident in the machines made by German manufacturer Winterhalter, for example, or the British-based Classeq.

Where to buy second hand catering equipment

Having started out life with designs and manufacturing standards of the highest quality, none of these are compromised in any way through the skilful and careful way in which specialist providers may recondition and refurbish these long-lasting machines.

When you are refurbishing your commercial kitchen with second-hand catering equipment, therefore, it is important to buy from a specialist who is expert in reconditioning known brands of professional-grade dishwashers and glasswashers.

Reconditioning high-end top-quality commercial brands calls for specialist skills, unlikely to be shared by run of the mill second-hand providers. As an article published by the BBC points out, there is a legal obligation for car manufacturers to share their motor engineering information with independent garages – so you can get your car serviced wherever you choose.

No such obligation is placed on the manufacturers of electrical devices and appliances, however.

So, the reconditioning and refurbishing of top-end warewashers to 100% functionality, requires specialist skill and expertise – which must be rigorously tested before any appliance is released onto the market. Although used, of course, your refurbished and reconditioned warewashers are then in a condition to provide many more years of efficient service.

Jerry Kirkham is an investment professional, and like every investment professional, he makes mistakes. Jerry encourages you to do your own independent "due diligence" on any idea that he talks about, because he could be wrong. Nothing written here, at Essential Savings, or anywhere else Jerry may write is an invitation to buy or sell any particular security; at most, Jerry is handing out educated guesses as to what the markets may do.