What to consider when buying a Combi Oven in 5 simple steps

A combination oven is one of the most expensive purchases that a chef will ever make combi oven. You must invest wisely in order to get the best results. Here are 6 things to think about before you invest:

Some of these features include a machine that can be programmed to pre-set meals and units which “clean themselves”. Combi oven manufacturers will be able to advise you about these features and others.

Service: Combination ovens are available in electric and gas. The majority of electric models need a three phase power supply. All models generate steam, so they require a minimum of 1 x 15mm supply. Don’t forget to install a drain. On some units, the outlet for waste can be quite low. Others require that a tundish or air brake be installed.

You will need accessories to get the most out of your combo oven. Plate racks, trolleys and stacking stands are available for regen-cooking and other accessories.

* Ventilation – All Combis must be placed under an extraction canopy. However, if this isn’t possible, there are some more modern manufacturers who produce ovens with “built-in” ventilation, such as Hans Dampf, “HoodIn”, from MKN. MKN and other premium brands offer extraction hoods that are factory fitted to their products. You can place the oven in any part of your kitchen.

Please remember that most of these large, heavy combi-ovens can be accessed by a simple door. Check that it fits in your kitchen. You can’t laugh when you find your brand new, expensive oven stuck halfway up two flights.

Our 6 point guide concludes with reliability, which is the last but not the least. MKN Hans Dampf ovens are constantly being installed in marine environments, because nobody wants to have 600 workers on an oil rig be told that they can’t serve lunch because their oven isn’t working. The Rational range of ovens comes with a 2-year warranty. This is because the ovens are unlikely to fail. They both offer great value for money and peace of mind.

Nobody expects that you know everything. You are responsible for ensuring that you deliver a high-quality product. Your combi oven provider’s responsibility is to make sure you have the right tools. Caterdeal, an online distributor of catering equipment offers a consultation and free site visit if needed. Call them today to get the best value for your purchase of a combi oven.