Which Commercial Dishwasher is Best?

Discover the best undercounter and pass through dishwashers for your catering business. We reveal a range of high-quality dishwashers to suit your various needs so you can buy with confidence. 

The 4 Best Commercial Undercounter Dishwashers

Undercounter dishwashers are perfect for catering businesses that are small and moderately busy, such as independent restaurants, cafes, bars and takeaway outlets.

They are designed to fit under the counter to take up as little space as possible. 

Despite their small size, they are much more efficient than domestic dishwashers, washing up to 500 plates per hour.

Below are our four favourite undercounter dishwashers to suit various budgets. 

1. Classeq Commercial D500

The Classeq Commercial D500 has an impressive capacity for its price tag, able to clean up to 18 full-size dinner plates per three-minute load. Great for caterers that need a rapid turnaround of fresh dishware to keep their service running optimally. 

It’s made from stainless steel (learn how to clean stainless steel properly) and weighs around 44kgs. 

The D500 has a double-skinned door to reduce heat loss and noise. It also has energy-saving modes and the same three wash programs with a temperature range of 55°C to 82°C. 

Score: 7/10

Cost: £1,500 – £2,500

2. Hobart Ecomax F503

If we can rely on any manufacturer for highly-efficient catering equipment, it’s Hobart. Its Ecomax Plus F503 dishwasher is super-fast, with 80 to 180-second cycles that can clean up to 40 500×500 racks per hour.

The Ecomax F503 is designed to help you save money with a low volume 10.8 litre wash and 2.5 litre rinse, providing exceptionally low running costs. While an automatic drain down and self-flushing cycle ensures excellent hygiene standards. 

Score: 8/10

Cost: £2,600 – £3,500

3. Hobart Profi FX 

Got a bit more cash to splash? A Hobart Profi FX dishwasher will serve you well. 

Enjoy Visiotronic-touch control (a single touch button operation) and a WiFi module that allows you to connect to the WashSmart app. 

Through WashSmart, you can see information about your dishwasher: the machine’s status, a hygiene report, utilised capacity and an operating costs calculator.

Included with the dishwasher is a 1 x plate rack, 1 x open rack and a 1 x 4 cutlery basket. It can wash up to 40 racks per hour. 

Score: 9/10

Cost: £4,000 – £5,000

4. Winterhalter UC 

The Winterhalter Undercounter Dishwasher comes in various sizes, from small to extra large, so you can pick the right dishwasher for your catering business’ growing needs. 

It harnesses cutting-edge technology to deliver spotless, cost-efficient washes. For example, each UC is fitted with a clouding sensor that monitors the tank water and ensures fast regeneration if it’s too dirty. 

Add that to a quadruple filtration system, automatic variable water pressure regulation and WiFi connectivity for the ultimate smart wash. 

Score: 9/10

Cost: £3,300 – £5,000

The 4 Best Pass Through Commercial Dishwashers

Pass through dishwashers are larger than undercounter dishwashers. They’re usually purchased with two dish tables: one for dirty dishes and one for clean dishes. This helps the user pre-rinse and load dishware easily. 

They are also highly-efficient washers, cleaning up to 1200 plates per hour

If you own a medium-sized catering business or are looking for a dishwasher to accommodate future growth, pass through dishwashers are a great option. 

Here are four quality pass through dishwashers, each with their unique benefits. 

1. Sammic X100C Passthrough Dishwasher

An excellent entry-level pass through dishwasher, the Sammic X100C model washes up to 60 500 x 500mm baskets per hour and has three cycle options: 120, 180 or 210 seconds.  

It’s hood operated with an auto-cycle start and comes with a booster pump and constant rinse temperature system. 

Also included is a WRAS Approved Break Tank, rinse aid dosing equipment and a thermal cycle delay option, guaranteeing a minimum final rinse temperature of 85°C.

Score: 8/10

Price: £2,500 – £3,000

2. Classeq Pass Through Dishwasher P500A-16

Classeq’s P500A-16 model is a powerful and reliable machine, cleaning up to 720 plates per hour. 

With a 28 litre wash tank, water consumption is reduced helping to minimise running costs.

Easy cleaning is ensured via its continuous hood clean and removable front panel.

Note that this model is designed to be used with an external detergent pump. It does not include a built-in pump. 

Score: 8/10

Cost: £3,300 – £3,500

3. Hobart Ecomax Pass Through Dishwasher H603

Ideal for busy, growing kitchens, the Hobart Ecomax Plus H603 model washes 60 500 x 500mm racks per hour through 60 or 90-second wash cycles. 

Downtime is minimised through intelligent built-in features such as auto rinse down and pump intake protection. While running costs are minimised with a low volume 21 litre wash tank and an efficient 2.5 litre rinse.

Choose the H603S model for an integrated water softener and digital temperature display.

Score: 8/10

Price: £4,000 – £5,000

4. Winterhalter Pass Through Dishwasher 

The Winterhalter Pass Through models are expensive but it’s worth it if you can afford it. You’re paying for a high-quality machine that will last you a lifetime if you take care of it properly. 

Designed to cope under pressure, the PT series can wash up to 55 large 500x600mm baskets per hour. 

VarioPower technology allows you to change the strength of the wash, giving you more control and flexibility. While economical washes are ensured through intelligent energy-use functions. 

Score: 10/10

Price: £7,000 – £10,000

Make the right choice for your kitchen 

With all of these quality commercial dishwashers to choose from, you should feel more empowered to make the best purchasing decision for your business. 

Got a burning question we haven’t covered? Call us on 0113 833 1234 or email us at info@northerncatering.co.uk for a speedy answer!