Best Commercial Undercounter Dishwashers 2018: Review of 5 of the best models to suit every site
The world of commercial dishwashers can be a tricky place to navigate. There are the big names heading up the show however, over the past decade more and more brands have appeared, and sometimes disappeared. With new, household names entering the market place and brands never heard of before and with dealers white labeling dishwashers it really can be difficult at times to know which undercounter dishwasher is best.
Because of the ‘new’ names making an appearance, some of the major industry players have created new ranges that use their industry leading technology and produce more affordable dishwashers, reducing specification that isn’t always needed, particularly for smaller independent sites.
In between entry-level and top tier there are a whole range of models aimed at different establishments. With differing performance demands, and varying budgets here’s our pick of the standout undercounter commercial dishwashers currently available in the UK:
1. Hobart Premax FPS-10B & FP-10B
High performance combined with ultimate efficiency
Rack Rating: 45 p/hr (810 plates) Rack Size: 500 x 500 mm (18 Plates) Wash Tank: 10.6 ltrs Water Cons: 1.0 p/cycle Cycle Times: 80 / 150 / 170 secs. (Plus Special Programmes)
+ Industry leading economy
+ Excellent Performance
– Warranty length
If you are looking for the ultimate undercounter dishwasher right now, then the Hobart Premax FPS-10B is it. The tech packed dishwasher might be pricey, but for the money you get a high-performance dishwasher with every conceivable feature, some which can’t be found anywhere else. It’s also one of the most economical to run so what you pay for upfront is more than recovered over the life of the machine. Featuring Hobarts patented Genius X Filtration system, small wash tank, double racking option and industry leading water usage per cycle, this undercounter is incredibly cheap to run. Now with this very latest iteration of the Hobart Premax model this dishwasher sports a drying cycle. Using some sort of new wizardry your plates and cutlery not only come out sparkling but also dry and ready to use.
Watch our Hobart FX & FPS overview video here:
Reliable, efficient performer with unique double racking option
Rack Rating: 40 p/hr (720 plates) Rack Size: 500 x 500 mm (18 Plates) Wash Tank: 10.6 ltrs Water Cons: 2.5ltrs p/cycle Cycle Times: 90 / 180 secs.
+ Easy to use
+ Double racking option
– Temperature read out not the easiest to read
– Warranty length
Hobart have taken the flagship FX range and its key features and distilled it into this mid-tier undercounter dishwasher. The result is a reliable, efficient commercial dishwasher. Suitable for a whole host of establishments. Also, sporting the unique double racking option this unit can wash two racks at a time. Significantly reducing wash time and, in doing so, energy, water and detergent usage. With a small wash tank and double skinned cabinet the Hobart Ecomax Plus F503S is a very cost effective machine to run at this price point.
Watch our Hobart F503 overview video here:
A solid performer backed by an industry leading 2-year warranty
Rack Rating: 40 p/hr (720 plates) Rack Size: 500 x 500 mm (18 Plates) Wash Tank: 11.0 ltrs Water Cons: 2.6 ltrs p/cycle Cycle Times: 90 / 120 / 240 secs.
+ Reliable performer
+ 2 Year warranty
– Chemical dosing has to be topped up at the front (preference dependent)
– Machine has to be drained to top up the softener
Meiko is a brand that isn’t as prevalent in the UK market as some of the German names. But that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked or underestimated. Meiko are a German manufacturer that specialise in nothing other than warewash equipment. A challenger to the mid-tier range. Mieko have taken their knowledge and experience from their Gio range and developed the Upster range. The U500 & U500S are front loading dishwashers, not tech laden but with all the right boxes ticked. Making them a very reliable, efficient dishwasher. Meiko back their warewashers with their award winning service support team, so it’s unsurprising that they are one of the few German manufacturers offering a 2-year warranty.
Watch our Meiko UPster U500 & U500S overview video here:
4. Hobart Ecomax F504 & F504S
German quality at an affordable price point
Rack Rating: 60 p/hr (1080 plates) Rack Size: 500 x 500 mm (18 Plates) Wash Tank: 25.0 ltrs Water Cons: 2.3ltrs p/cycle Cycle Times: 60 / 180 secs.
+ Good spec. for price point
+ Big throughput on short cycle
– Unlikely to use 60 second cycle for everything
– Machine must be drained to top up the softener
Yep, it’s another Hobart. But to be honest with the three ranges currently offered by Hobart, the FX, Ecomax Plus and this, the Ecomax, it is difficult not to like pick a model from each. This is the latest Ecomax undercounter dishwasher, the Ecomax F504 and F540S. Hobart have improved the specification from the outgoing F502, giving customers the chance to buy a Hobart dishwasher when budgets are more restricted. ‘Perfect for sites that don’t need something all singing and dancing, this latest model has a better control panel and an improved efficiency and reliability. The interior has also been redesigned and now contains a pressed interior meaning the unit is easier to clean and less prone to dirt build up. German quality and efficiency has never been so affordable
Watch our Hobart F504 & F504S overview video here:
Rack Rating: 20 p/hr (360 plates) Rack Size: 500 x 500 mm (18 Plates) Wash Tank: 26.0 ltrs Water Cons: 2.4 p/cycle Cycle Times: 180 secs.
+ Price point
+ Ability to choose what spec. controlling your budget
– Everything is an optional extra
– Basic warranty, unless paid for
At the opposite end of the spectrum to the Hobart FX is the DC Standard range, here we have the SD50, the only Italian machine in this review. DC dishwashers come in a basic format with a lengthy options list, allowing you to add a break tank, drain pump and water softener. Other brands may give you this as standard but it is reflected in the price. And if you don’t need these features you can keep your spec. to a minimum and in doing so keep the purchase price down. It has an easy to use control panel and will give good, reliable performance. Not suited to environments that put a high demand on their machine but perfect for those who don’t need ultimate performance but instead want a decent, cost effective undercounter dishwasher.
Watch our comparison video between the Ecomax F504 and F503 dishwashers:
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