For many of us, it can be pretty hard to resist the temptation of delicious deep fried food (even if we always hear how bad it is for us). This is especially true when we go eat out at one of our favorite restaurants, where we’re more willing to eat a bit less healthy to enjoy a nice plate of French fries or some delicious fried chicken. As a restaurant owner, you know a commercial fryer is an essential if you plan on cooking any of these kind of foods, but how do you know which one is right for your business and patrons? Looking at a restaurant supplier such as ABM Restaurant Equipment, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the choices available to you. In this article we’re going to go over the main decision you’ll have to make before you purchase one of these fryers, and that is should you go for a commercial electric fryer or a commercial gas fryer? Both have their advantages and disadvantages, which we’ll go over below:
Commercial Gas Fryers
Commercial gas fryers use the gas line hooked up to your restaurant in order to heat up the fryer and can have multiple benefits. First of all, by using the gas line these fryers can actually heat up and cool down much quicker than their electric counter parts. If you run a very busy restaurant this reason alone could be enough to convince you to go with gas. In addition gas fryers are typically more common than electric fryers in a commercial environment, and so if you or your employees have had any prior restaurant experience, it’s likely they’ll be more familiar with gas fryers. There’s also usually more varieties, shapes, and sizes of gas fryers available over electric fryers. In addition, of the power were to go out in your restaurant, gas powered equipment would still be able to run while your electric equipment can not (although this point becomes moot if your business owns a generator). There are some downsides to gas fryers, such as although most restaurant spaces should have gas lines available, not all do so of course make sure to verify if your specific restaurant can handle it. Gas also tends to be considered more dangerous, as it could lead to a gas leak or explosion that could evacuate your restaurant, but that’s highly unlikely to happen with proper care and a high quality fryer.
Commercial Electric Fryers
Like their gas counterparts, commercial electric fryers have a ton of benefits as well depending on your business type. For one, they are much simpler to use and set up than gas fryers, it’s typically just a plug and use situation, with no worry about placement of the fryer near a gas line or any additional connections other than power. Although electric fryers do take longer to heat up, if your restaurant isn’t specializing in very fast food output, it’s not likely to be an issue. If you have a restaurant with no available gas connections, it’s of course much easier (and preferable) to purchase an electric fryer than set up gas lines or move locations. Electric fryers also heat up much more evenly and efficiently, so while slower this alone can make up for that downside. They’re also much more portable and easy to move if need be if you’re a smaller restaurant than plans to expand in the near future. Also, it goes without saying, but with an electric fryer you also don’t need to worry about gas leaks or explosions, so if you’re someone who values peace of mind, it’s likely that electric fryers are the choice for you.
From the details we went over above we can see that both commercial gas fryers and commercial electric fryers have benefits to them, and which one is right for you largely depends on the type of restaurant you own. If your restaurant is constantly expected to produce fried food as quickly as possible and you know you already have the proper gas connections (and it’s safe and leak-free) then a gas fryer might be what you should consider. However, if your restaurant doesn’t need to fry food that often or quickly, you don’t have the proper gas connection, or simply if you’re concerned about possibility of a gas leak (even if its a very small risk), then a commercial electric fryer is likely the better choice.