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Small Restaurant Appliances with Big Power

By Joanne Ewell - Last updated on 05/23/2017

When it comes to restaurant equipment, you want commercial kitchen items that will get the job done! Though the term appliance is commonly used to refer to a residential kitchen tool, similar kitchen tools in the restaurant space offer something that your home microwave doesn’t - more power. This means that commercial kitchen equipment is designed to handle higher volume usage, wear and tear, and the elements of a back-of-house environment.

In this guide, we will discuss small equipment pieces in the restaurant industry that you shouldn’t underestimate, because they run just as strong as their larger counterparts.

Robot Coupe R2N

The Robot Coupe has been a foodservice industry leader in the development and refinement of commercial food processors and vegetable preparation units throughout the years. Its R2N model can prepare 850 servings in 3 hours or less! This unit also accommodates 21 different processing plates to slice, shred, grate and julienne. The bowl and stainless steel cutter blade are designed for mixing, chopping, pureeing, blending and kneading.


  • A direct drive, fan-cooled 1/2 HP motor.
  • A continuous feed vegetable prep attachment equipped with two deep feed openings.
  • Stainless steel cutting plates for durability
  • Pulse switch for improved user control
  • Attractive, clean, compact design.

Because of Robot Coupe’s dedication to producing quality products, its commitment to development and improvement, and its constant striving to provide customer satisfaction – the Robot Coupe R2N has been designed to be a durable and powerful commercial kitchen appliance.

VitaPrep 3

The Vita Prep 3, known for its chopping, grinding, and blending capacities is a mere 12 pounds. That doesn’t stop this commercial blender from being at the top of its game. Manufactured by Vitamix, it’s easy to see why this unit was designed with such command. Vita-Mix manufactures heavy duty, state-of-the-art commercial drink & ice portioning mixers and food blenders. Relying on the power of sophisticated research and testing, Vitamix works diligently to improve each product it puts on the market. These items in turn become the driving force for independent and major restaurant chains such as smoothie shops, nightclubs, coffee shops, hospitals, culinary art schools and much more!

Vita Prep 3 Features:

  • 3 HP motor
  • Small weight & shipping weight of 14 lbs
  • Electrical: 120v, 50/60hz, 12.5 amps

The Vita Prep 3 is one of many high quality products by Vitamix, and is sure to give you major power with a small footprint!

Waring CB15

The ultra heavy-duty Waring CB15 is great for large loads and lengthy blending times. Its 3-speed selection and MAX PULSE works overtime to chop and mix your ingredients all day long! Waring, universally known for introducing the first blender in America, is one of today's leading manufacturers of professional-quality appliances for the home , foodservice and laboratory industries. This commitment to reputation applies, not only to the CB15, but to all of Waring’s products.

B15 Features:

  • Comes with easy-to-clean and easy-to-use electronic membrane keypad
  • Durable, high-performance stainless steel blade
  • Recommended for 100+ drinks or servings per day
  • Metal-on-metal stainless steel coupling system for durability and reliability

Electric Countertop Induction Range

Would you like to prepare breakfast, seafood, and fried dishes without using a large amount of space? Globe’s electric countertop induction range will give you that flexibility, along with mobility! Take this unit with you for catering events, or use it traditionally in diners,hotel kitchens, and other foodservice establishments! Its 7 power levels will make you forget about its size.


  • Electrical: 120v, 1800 Watts, 5-1/2 ft power cord and NEMA 5-15P plug.
  • Stainless steel seamless construction.
  • Easy to clean cook top.
  • Portable
  • Digital timer: 0-180 Minutes.
  • Pan detection and automatic empty pan safety shut-off
  • 140°F- 460°F cooking range
  • Overall dimensions: 15" W x 19" L x 6" H.

Amana Convention Xpress Combi Microwave

This powerful microwave can cook pizza, steam vegetables, and more. Its high wattage offers the benefit of maintaining color and nutrients while also avoiding rubbery food textures. Not only is this unit sleek and durable with an attractive stainless steel exterior – it is a stackable, countertop unit, making it a great space-saver! This combination microwave is perfect for schools, hospitals, stadiums, and other high volume kitchens.


  • Versatile, push button controls
  • 2700 watts convection
  • 1900 watts microwave
  • 100 memory settings

Small Footprints in Big Packages

Big or small, when you choose a commercial unit you are opting for an item that can handle high volume usage. Never assume size is the sole deciding factor for how durable or powerful a commercial item is. If saving space is an important part in your purchasing decision, you can feel confident that a smaller unit can work just as well. Be mindful that when opting for a commercial appliance in your home, as warranty may not apply, and home owners insurance could be voided in the case of a fire.

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