What to Know Before Purchasing a Sandwich Prep Table

                                                                                                                                                                           Author Entry: Reid Grant

 

Sandwich Prep Tables can be an essential part of a foodservice business. Sandwich prep tables are often used in Subway (based) sandwicherie's. They typically have a sneeze-guard on their sandwich prep table. Sandwich prep tables are often counter height and have an insulated refrigerated lid. The material generally used for these type of units are stainless steel

 

What to Know Before Purchasing a Sandwich Prep Table

What Size Do I Need? Measure the space you desire to place your sandwich prep table. The width on sandwich prep tables vary although, the height is generally 45".

What is the Warranty? Brand new sandwich prep tables will offer a one (1) year parts and labor, five (5) year's on the compressor warranty. Do not accept anything less.

Where was This Unit Manufactured? Commercial Refrigeration made in the U.S.A usually gives the best warranty. I prefer made in U.S.A manufacturers because they are easier for me to reach if need be. 

Do I Need Swivel Casters? We added swivel casters to our sandwich prep table. The swivel casters make it easy for me to move the sandwich prep table for cleaning. I paid $99.99 for my set. They were pre-installed, so I received my prep table with the casters installed.

Does This Prep Table Come with Interior Lighting? We have interior lighting in our sandwich prep table. The interior lights work good for us, especially for the smaller, harder to find items. We did not have to pay extra for interior lighting. 

How Many Pans do I Need? We use the pans to store lettuce, tomatos, turkey, cheese's, and other cold cuts, and vegitables. We have a total of 24 pans. Know approximatelty how many you'll need to use.

Do I Need a Sneeze Guard? In our business, our guests chose what to include in their sandwich. They form a line in front of the prep table, and chose (by pointing their finger) what they would like to include. The sneeze-guard is durable and keeps my business safe and clean. I paid an additional $499.99 for a 4ft sneeze-guard. If you have a similar infrastructure, I highly recommend to add the sneeze guard option your sandwich prep table.

Who to Buy From? When purchasing online, make sure the company you are purchasing from has a BBB (Better Business Buaerue) rating. The Company I purchased from had an A rating.

Do I Need an Oversized Compressor? In my kitchen at times it gets extremely hot. My local mechanic recommended I purchase a sandwich prep table with an over-sized compressor to withhold the high temperatures. The sales agent was friendly and sold me an over-sized compressor model FREE of charge. If your kitchen may be very hot in times be sure to include that detail to your sales agent.

 
Choosing a Sandwich Prep Table 

Before purchasing a sandwich prep table think thoroughly about key terms. Always read between the lines. When purchasing a unit consider investing $1700-4500 (Depending on what size model you need). Other very important things to consider are:

  • Warranty
  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Brand Name
  • Construction Type
  • Design
  • Swivel Casters
  • Interior Lighting
  • Refrigeration System
  • Compressor Size
  • Product Ratings

 

If you are knowledgable about your business needs, and you follow the directions above you will be a success story, in terms of how you pick your prep tables.

 

 

 

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