What Restaurant Kitchen Equipment Do I Need?

If you plan to open a restaurant, you will need several pieces of equipment to accomplish your goals as a food service business owner. You will need to ensure you have the right equipment for your staff to be able to clean, prep, cook, and perform other general job duties daily.

The exact list of what you need will depend on your specific operations, but at Fugh Refrigeration, we’ve put together a general list of the major items you need to succeed:

Commercial Refrigeration and Freezers

The lifeline of your restaurant is your food! This is why it is critical to have quality commercial refrigeration to keep food fresh and safe to consume. With commercial freezers, you can purchase food in bulk, which is more cost-effective, and then freeze it for long-term use.

When it comes to freezers and refrigerators, industrial-grade ones can help you cool batches of food such as sauces quickly and can be used in numerous ways to streamline operations and keep the kitchen organized and prepared. They can even be custom-built to suit your space. You can choose between walk-in or reach-in units based on your needs.

At Fugh Refrigeration, we offer a wide selection of quality commercial refrigeration options to meet the needs of your business. From top-name brands to expert installation, we’ve got you covered!

Commercial Ovens

The next essential is the ovens! They are another critical part of delivering delicious meals to your guests. When choosing an oven, consider what you plan to be cooking most. For a pizza shop, you’d invest in a pizza oven. For high-production kitchens, conveyor ovens are a great option! Combination ovens are another oven option to consider.

Ranges and Ventilation

When choosing between ranges, you need to choose between electric or gas. This will depend mainly on preference and what supply is available on your property. Many chefs prefer gas ovens, but electric ovens have numerous benefits such as faster, more even cooking.

Commercial Kitchen Sinks

Sinks provide you with a place to wash dishes and produce and for employees to clean their hands. When it comes to sinks, there are several options, such as compartment sinks, bar sinks, disposal sinks, drop-in units, handwashing sinks, mop sinks, and portable sinks.

Commercial Mixers

Mixers are another versatile and highly used tool in many kitchens. When outfitting your kitchen, consider the following types of mixers: hand mixers, floor mixers, and countertop mixers.

What You Need to Know Before Purchasing Kitchen Equipment

When shopping for kitchen equipment, you want to purchase high-quality items built to last! Make your investment count by considering the following during your search for kitchen equipment:

Quality of the Equipment

This is the first thing you need to consider when it comes to shopping for kitchen equipment. Consider whether the kitchen equipment is new or used; if it is new, ask yourself if it comes from a reputable manufacturer or dealer. If you plan on buying used equipment to save some cash, we recommend you look at where the item is coming from, how old it is, and what kind of condition it is in.

Think about what equipment you’ll use most often and invest in buying the highest quality of those items you can afford.


Before shopping, determine your budget. Price will be a major consideration when shopping for commercial kitchen equipment. You’ll likely see a higher price tag on the items you use daily since you’ll want to purchase the top-quality option. For other items, try looking for multipurpose items that could be used in numerous ways. This can help you save some cash.

Available Space

Take a look at the blueprints of the restaurant and determine how much space there is to place equipment. Before making any purchases, you must determine how your staff will move through the kitchen and determine the most efficient layout. You also want to check the dimensions of every piece of equipment to make sure it will fit through the doorways to the kitchen.

Choose the Right Supplier

If you want high-quality equipment that is reliable and performs well, you need to find the right supplier. At Fugh Refrigeration, we offer a wide selection of refrigeration and other kitchen equipment to help you outfit your restaurant. Our experts will work closely with you to walk you through our equipment selection. We will also work with you to ensure you understand our policies, maintenance services, and available repair services.

Looking for Restaurant Equipment? Fugh Can Help!

At Fugh Refrigeration, we offer a wide selection of new and used restaurant equipment to help you outfit your commercial kitchen. Contact our experienced team today to learn more!

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Ben Lutz is the owner of Fugh Refrigeration, has decades of experience in the HVAC/R industry, and has managed many heating, cooling, and refrigeration technicians over the years.