Best Commercial Glasswashers: Review of our top 5 models
As with any major catering equipment purchase, buying a commercial glasswasher can be a significant purchase and impact the entire operation of your bar. With the number of brand and model choices available it can be a confusing process. You want to buy the right unit for your operation at the right price. Under specify a glass washer and you’ll be struggling to offer customers fresh drinks. Over specify your glass washer and you’ll be spending money unnecessarily.
The good news is, there are a number of options available to suit every site. There are several leading brands who offer the very best in efficiency, performance, innovation and longevity. The bad news is, you have to try to decide which is right for you.
Top of the class in performance and efficiency
Rack Rating: 60 p/hr (2160 glasses) Rack Size: 500 x 500 mm Wash Tank: 10.6 ltrs Water Cons: 2 p/cycle Cycle Times: 60 / 90 / 120 secs. & Special Programmes
+ Leading efficiency
+ Fantastic Performance for the busiest sites
– Warranty length
The ultimate commercial glass washer, the Hobart Premax GPSW-10B. This warewasher is made for high performance. Designed and built for busy, larger bars, pubs and events companies. It is packed with innovative technology and unique features that aren’t available anywhere else.
As you would expect from a glasswasher of this calibre it is one of the most economical to run. What you pay upfront is more than recovered over the life of the machine.
The Hobart GPSW-10B features an easy to use, intelligent controller. Clip in upper and lower wash arms, for great wash results and easy cleaning and maintenance. It comes with an interlocking strainer to prevent blockages, coupled with the Genius X2 Filtration system. This keeps the wash water fresher for longer. One of the unique, standout features for the Premax model is the revolutionary INTESIV4 drying cycle. Your glassware not only comes out crystal clear and clean but also dry and ready to use. This really is the ultimate glasswasher.
Mid-Tier Hobart, packing a heavy punch without the Premax price tag
Rack Rating: 60 p/hr (1500 glasses) Rack Size: 500 x 500 mm Wash Tank: 10.6 ltrs Water Cons: 2.3 p/cycle Cycle Times: 60 / 120 / 180 secs.
+ Comprehensive Specification
+ Improved, easy to use control panel
– Additional racks are expensive
– Warranty length
Next up is another Hobart, this time the mid-tier Ecomax Plus range. The G515SW and G515W.
The Hobart Ecomax Plus G515SW is the new and improved replacement for the popular G503S. It builds on the already impressive G503S and adds an even easier to use control panel and inbuilt USB interface for easy diagnostics. This makes servicing, fault diagnoses and software updates quicker, easier and more cost effective. A third wash cycle has also been added, giving you more flexibility.
These new features are in addition to the Ecomax Plus’s already standout features. A small wash tank, double skinned door and cabinet, uprated wash pumps etc. This Hobart Ecomax Plus glasswasher continues to offer leading efficiency and performance within this price bracket whilst giving you more control and an easier machine to maintain. It is an incredibly efficient all rounder at this price point.
Hobart quality at a reasonable price. Perfect for smaller sites.
Rack Rating: 60 p/hr (960 glasses) Rack Size: 390 x 390 mm Wash Tank: 10 ltrs Water Cons: 2 p/cycle Cycle Times: 60 / 120 secs.
+ Double skinned door reduces heat loss and noise
+ Upper & lower wash & rinse arms for complete glassware coverage
– Expensive accessories
– Warranty length
A little embarrassingly, we have another Hobart glasshwaser in the 3rd slot. There is good reason for this however, it’s a very good machine. This time it is from the Hobart Ecomax range. The Hobart Ecomax G404SW and G404W provide Hobart’s German design and build quality at an affordable price point. It is the latest iteration of Hobarts smallest glasswaher. The G404SW is a compact, professional unit, perfect for placing under your bar and within easy reach.
Even though it’s Hobarts smallest offering, it still packs a punch. It comes with a built in drain pump, ensuring fast draining and refilling. Integral chemical dosing system, delivering accurate detergent and rinse aid dosing every time. The G404SW includes an inbuilt automatic water softener. To minimise user error the G404 has an easy to use electronic control panel and digital temperature display. It includes upper and lower wash and rinse arms for complete wash coverage, a number of units of this size only have one wash arm.
All of this specification in a very compact yet powerful package.
Watch our Ecomax & Ecomax Plus comparison video here:
A reliable, German built machine with reverse osmosis system
Rack Rating: 40 p/hr Rack Size: 500 x 500 mm Wash Tank: 11 ltrs Water Cons: 2.6 p/cycle Cycle Times: 90 / 120 / 240 secs.
+ Reverse Osmosis system does offer great results
+ 2 year warranty
– Reverse Osmosis is not for everybody
– Running an RO system is more complicated
Another German built machine in our list, the Meiko UPster U500G-GiO. Maybe not as well known as Hobart but still a sound choice.
The U500G-GiO features a reverse osmosis system which filters the water to remove any impurities. This leaves your glassware clean, streak free and ready for service immediately. It’s a very popular option for events companies and high end dining. It has a choice of 3 cycle times; 90, 120 and 240 seconds. Offering you complete flexibility. It is also equipped with a self-clean cycle making it very easy to clean and maintain. The digital temperature display is clear and easy to read for maximum usability.
So why is the U500G-GiO only 4th in this review? The Reverse Osmosis system is not for everybody. A water softener is usually a more appropriate solution. So, for certain sites, the RO system makes perfect sense but for most it’s an additional, unnecessary expense.
Update: At the time of writing this Meiko has announced it will be offering the U500G with the choice of an inbuilt softener or Reverse Osmosis system. We’ll update this article when we know more about this new model
Watch our introduction into Meiko video to find out more about them:
A solid workhorse, at an affordable price
Rack Rating: 30 p/hr (540 glasses) Rack Size: 400 x 400 mm Wash Tank: 14 ltrs Water Cons: 2.4 p/cycle Cycle Times: 120 secs.
+ Cost effective solution under £1000
+ Flexible specification allows you to control the price and meet your budget
– Parts only warranty
– Everything is an optional extra
The DC SG40 glasswasher is a great option if you run a smaller site with lower throughput requirements. The German units lead the way but they come at a cost and just aren’t necessary for some bars. DC glasswashers offer a simplified machine that does what it needs to do, washes glasses.
Everything is optional which can be a little frustrating but it does allow you to tailor your glasswasher to your specific requirements which means you’re not paying for features you don’t need. The SG40 is equipped with an easy to use control panel and a fixed 120 second wash cycle. It offers, simple, reliable performance, perfect for smaller sites. We like it’s simplistic approach. The DC SG40 provides a good, cost effective, professional glasswasher.
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