What to Look for When Buying a Refrigerated Prep Station

Sep 10, 2020 3:02:08 PM / by Ignite Foodservice Solutions

What to Look for When Buying a Refrigerated Prep Station


When a restaurant or foodservice operation prepares for service, it prepares for success. For fast-moving commercial kitchens, prep stations can be the arteries that keep service flowing quickly and efficiently. And while all prep tables might provide a certain level of functionality, specific considerations should be curtailed to the type of service being provided.


Whether you're making pizzas or sandwiches, there are a series of factors to consider when purchasing a prep table, and we'd like to walk you through them one-by-one.


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We could go on and on about flexibility, and in reality, there are several different factors in this category alone. What menu are you making now? What will you make in the future? Are you using a lot of different ingredients? Is there anything unique about the work flow of your prep area?


One of the first considerations is how many storage pans are needed, and will there be a need for a cutting top. When looking at prep table options, consider these questions and look for units that provide flexibility.


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Prep stations are some of the most used pieces of equipment in any commercial kitchen. That means they need to stand up to the rigors of day-to-day use. Heavy-duty construction made with scratch and corrosion-resistant stainless steel is a good way to extend the lifespan of your commercial kitchen equipment.


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An important consideration with any prep table is how much space is needed? From small, compact areas to larger prep areas requiring a wider width, be sure to compare what you need with how much space you have. The answer to which prep table is right for you is often found somewhere within this formula.




Design goes a long way in making workflows easier, but design is also an important factor in cleaning and maintenance. Look for units that have removable features that are easy to clean and assemble, and the overall stress on both your equipment and your staff will be reduced. Consider the overall goals of your workspace, and understand there are customizable solutions that can meet your size and surface demands.


Consider Continental for Your Prep Table Needs


Flexibility is the name of the game with Continental. Even with the versatility provided in standard sandwich units, for example, operators can enjoy the benefits of stainless steel doors, two-tier stainless steel rollout drawers, or a combination of both. If you're looking for drawers, the units are fully removable for easy cleaning. With doors, shelves are durable and adjustable in terms of their height. And if you're looking for the ability to have both, the removable drawer units allow for full conversion to a door-type model.


Check out this comprehensive video on Continental's refrigerator sandwich unit to see some of these factors in action.


Add flexibility and versatility to your foodservice operation's serving capabilities. Let one of our experts at Ignite Foodservice help you serve up the best equipment for your operation's needs with a FREE foodservice consultation. 


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