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How to choose the right commercial dishwasher

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to using a commercial dishwasher, and we all know that. A dishwasher has to match the preferences and functions of your F&B outlet, as well as the “must haves” criteria list because doing it right will save you time, money, effort, and reputation. So, let’s take a look at the three main types of commercial dishwashers below and see which one you best “connect” with!

Clean dishes have great influence over the reputation of F&B outlets.
Commercial Hood Type Dishwasher
Commercial Hood Type Dishwasher

Commercial Hood Type Dishwasher

Also known as floor-standing machines or pass through dishwashers, a hood type dishwasher allows the washing racks to be pushed into the wash chamber at bench height. The process is a smooth operation of no bending or lifting, which can be either a straight or corner operation.

While the hood type dishwasher is cleaning a rack full of dishes, the next one can already be loaded by the staff. Then the clean rack will be pushed out and the soiled one can enter. With this equipment, hygiene is certainly less of a concern because there is now a clear separation between clean and soiled dishes. Most times, the dishwasher also allows a pre-rinse process that can be easily fitted on the side of dishwasher. Hood type dishwashers are used extensively in restaurants, cafes, and hostels.

Commercial Undercounter Dishwasher

An undercounter dishwasher is an excellent choice for bars and compact kitchens where “clean as you go” is much needed. The equipment nicely fits under a kitchen countertop and is most convenient when used in the front-of-the-house as it minimises the time and distance required to get clean dinnerware back to your customers.

The dishwasher also gives F&B businesses a steady and consistent supply of clean glasses and dishes with the ability to typically clean 480 to 640 plates in an hour, and at high-temperature disinfection. Another common feature of this dishwasher is the variety of controls and displays that allows a commercial kitchen to work more efficiently.

Commercial undercounter dishwasher
Commercial undercounter dishwasher
Commercial Rack Conveyor Dishwasher
Commercial Rack Conveyor Dishwasher

Commercial Rack Conveyor Dishwasher

The name "rack conveyor" originates from the fact that a conveyor belt is used to transport racks of dishware through the dishwasher. You can fill up the dishwasher with a rack full of dishes and kick start the wash cycle. As soon as the cycle ends, you can retrieve your cleaned dishware.

Higher cleaning demand is a typical scenario in hospitals.
Higher cleaning demand is a typical scenario in hospitals.

The equipment sits in a corner or against a wall, out of the way of a kitchen's traffic, and is also available with high- and low-temperature designs. A rack conveyor dishwasher is also designed to be linked to dirty or clean dish tables.

This type of washer is ideal for large scale operations such as hotels and hospitals. High powerful and efficient, the rack conveyor dishwasher is suitable for establishments serving a mass of meals, using up 4.960 plates in an hour. In other words, the rack-type commercial dishwasher is likely something you can consider if your F&B outlet is planning on expanding operations and it needs a bigger machine to accommodate a higher cleaning demand.

MEIKO’s UPster® K

We’ll let you ponder, and as you do, let’s take a look at MEIKO’s UPster K. The UPster K is the rack conveyor dishwasher that accommodates top-quality cleaning with minimum space requirement. This is a big deal for large scale operations that seek efficiency, flexibility, and optimum value for money while being able to prepare as many meals as they can.

Commercial Rack Conveyor Dishwasher UPster K
Commercial Rack Conveyor Dishwasher UPster K

Advantages of using MEIKO’s UPster K:

  • The choice of lengths in adopting the dishwasher gives you exactly the dishwashing capacity you need for your F&B outlet. Such an ergonomic operation provides additional convenience
  • Uses an intuitive blue operating concept that gives optimum operator guidance
  • The large passing height allows even the largest tableware to be cleaned
  • Features auto timer for maximum savings
  • Better quality indoor air thanks to MEIKO’s efficient heat recovery system where no exhaust air connection is required



Punkt2 AirConcept M-iQ
Heat recovery to enhance air qualitiy and energy efficiency

Heat recovery to enhance air qualitiy and energy efficiency

blue operating concept - M-iClean
Innovative dishwashing operating concept

M-iClean – Blue efficiency with intuitive operating concept

Tailor-made clean solutions for F&B services
Tailor-made clean solutions for your F&B service

For more information on how you can personalise a dishwasher to the requirement of your F&B outlet, and for more information on MEIKO’s UPster K, go here.

If you are interested in more intelligent solutions, check out Meiko’s rack type dishwasher M-iQ!

Source: Website of Webstaurant Store, Chem Mark, MEIKO Asia, Consolidated Food Service Blog