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Buying a commercial rotisserie? Don't Forget These 4 Points!

Updated: Jun 7



Investing in a commercial rotisserie can be a game-changer for your business. The succulent, juicy rotisserie chicken is a timeless crowd-pleaser, perfect for grabbing a quick bite or incorporating it into various dishes. But with so many options on the market, choosing the right commercial rotisserie oven can feel overwhelming.


4 Key Considerations Before You Buy a

Commercial Rotisserie

Here are four crucial factors to consider to ensure you make the best investment for your business:


1. Capacity and Output



The first and foremost consideration is the capacity and output of your desired commercial rotisserie. Here's what you need to think about:


  • How much chicken do you plan to cook at once? Do you envision a high-volume operation roasting rotisserie chickens all day or a smaller setup catering to a more specific lunch rush?


  • What size chickens will you be cooking? Larger capacity rotisseries can handle a mix of bird sizes, while smaller ones might be limited to specific weights.


  • Do you need the ability to cook other items besides chicken? Many rotisseries can handle other meats and vegetables.


Considering these factors, you can ensure your commercial rotisserie meets your current and future needs. Opting for a slightly larger capacity than you think you'll need can provide valuable scalability as your business grows.


2. Power Source and Ventilation



Commercial rotisserie come in two primary power sources: gas and electric. Here's a breakdown of each:


  • Gas rotisseries offer faster heating times and more consistent cooking due to the open flame. However, they require proper gas line installation and ventilation.


  • Electric rotisseries are generally easier to install and require less maintenance. However, they might take slightly longer to preheat and may not achieve the same searing level as gas models.


Ventilation is crucial for any commercial kitchen, especially for rotisseries. The constant cooking process generates heat, smoke, and grease.  Ensure your chosen rotisserie is compatible with your existing ventilation system, or factor in the cost of installing a new one.


Additional Considerations for Ventilation

When it comes to ventilation for your commercial rotisserie, consider these points:


  • The size and power of the rotisserie will determine the ventilation requirements. A larger, gas rotisserie will necessitate a more robust ventilation system.


  • Local building codes might have specific regulations regarding ventilation for commercial kitchens. Always consult with a qualified professional to ensure compliance.


  • Proper ventilation placement is vital. The hood should be positioned directly above the oven to capture heat, smoke, and grease effectively.


  • Ventless hoods can be added to some electric rotisseries making it an easy setup.


3. Features and Functionality



Beyond capacity and power source, consider the features and functionalities that can enhance your rotisserie operation:


  • Automated cooking programs can simplify the cooking process and ensure consistent results, especially if you have multiple staff members operating the oven.


  • Multiple cooking speeds: The ability to adjust cooking speed allows you to cater to different menu items or customer preferences – crispy-skinned birds for takeout or slower roasting for a more tender result.


  • Self-cleaning or steam-cleaning functionality: Cleaning a greasy rotisserie can be time consuming. Self-cleaning models can save you significant time and effort.


  • Tempered glass doors allow you to monitor the cooking process without opening the oven door, minimizing heat loss and maintaining consistent cooking temperatures.


4. Warranty and Service

A commercial rotisserie is a significant investment, and reliable warranty coverage and readily available service are crucial.


  • Look for a warranty that covers both parts and labor for a reasonable period.


  • Research the manufacturer's reputation for customer service. Ensure they have a network of qualified technicians readily available to address any issues that might arise.


  • Consider the availability of replacement parts. Knowing you can quickly obtain the necessary parts in case of a breakdown can minimize downtime.


Need a Reliable Rotisserie? 1515 Design Has You Covered

By prioritizing these four key considerations, you'll be well-equipped to choose the perfect commercial rotisserie for your business. With the right equipment, you can streamline kitchen operations, and impress your customers with delicious, rotisserie-cooked goodness. Ready to take your rotisserie chicken game to the next level? Contact us today and get matched with the perfect rotisserie for your business!

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