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The Differences Between Domestic and Commercial Microwaves

While there are still some businesses that try to use domestic microwaves in their commercial kitchens, they quickly realise that household microwaves don’t cut the mustard! Commercial microwaves are specifically designed to meet the demands of professional kitchens. For instance, commercial microwaves are built differently than typical domestic microwaves to ensure that they can withstand heavy usage and a higher volume of food. They also provide a larger number of power settings compared to their household counterparts. If you’re still not sure why domestic microwaves don’t have the reliability and efficiency your professional kitchen needs, consider these key factors:

No Turntables: Most of us are familiar with the spinning plate inside every household microwave. Because commercial microwaves are built to hold higher quantities of food, the dishes are too large to rotate.  Heat is also distributed much more evenly in commercial units, removing the need for turntables. What’s more, the flat ceramic base of commercial microwaves is easier to clean.

Heavy Usage: Domestic microwaves are designed to quickly heat up popular foods soup, pizza, and popcorn. This means they’re built for light use, no more than 10 minutes of usage per day. In contrast, commercial microwaves are designed to withstand hours of usage per day, as some commercial kitchens may need to use them non-stop during business hours. Because commercial microwaves are designed for heavy usage, you won’t need to worry about them easily breaking down.

Speed: While a typical domestic microwave has between 700-900 watts of power, commercial microwaves have between 900-2200 watts! This difference in power can drastically speed up cooking times, which is important when you’re dealing with impatient, hungry customers. If you want to make your kitchen more efficient by cooking food faster, you need the power of a commercial microwave.

Expense: The main reason professional kitchens try to get away with using a domestic microwave is the expense. However, domestic microwaves are cheap for a reason: they’re simply not built to last a long time or withstand heavy usage. A commercial microwave, like all professional kitchen equipment, is a worthwhile investment in terms of quality, endurance, and speed. A high-quality commercial microwave will be a long-lasting fixture in your kitchen, and you won’t need to deal with the headache of frequent repairs or replacements.

Programmable: You’re probably used to the programmable “popcorn” and “pizza” buttons on your domestic microwave. A major benefit of commercial microwaves is the fully programmable control panel that allows you to perfectly cook a large number of foods by simply pushing a button. This will ensure that your food is cooked quickly and consistently every time, regardless of the dish being served.

Construction: Commercial microwaves are built from stainless steel, so they’re durable and easy to keep sanitized. Most domestic microwaves are not constructed to meet the same quality requirements and are not made of such strong materials.

Celcook Commercial Microwaves: The Power and Quality Your Kitchen Needs

Celcook has the wide selection of powerful commercial microwave ovens that will enhance your professional kitchen’s success. Celcook microwaves are made for Celco, a branded wholesaler of commercial kitchen equipment. You can find Celco and Celcook products in reputable commercial kitchens across Canada, including in healthcare facilities, fast-food chains, fine-dining restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, pubs, golf courses, schools, and government institutions. Explore Celcook’s commercial microwave oven range and contact us for more information!