Which Restaurant Equipment Should You Buy Used?

2 February 2023 - 17:03, by , in Blog, No comments

There are many pieces of used restaurant equipment available. From commercial appliances and large furniture pieces to smaller serving and dining items, you can find just about everything you need in used or refurbished condition. Used restaurant equipment could save you a lot of money in the short-term. However, which items can provide the best long-term investment potential?

Here are some of the pieces of used restaurant equipment you should consider purchasing for cost savings both now and far into the future:

Ovens and Ranges

These appliances typically have a long lifespan compared to some other commercial appliances. A good oven or range could last many, many years if well maintained. They are commonly available for resale and a used/refurbished unit could present significant cost savings compared to a new oven and range. It’s a good idea to bring your chef along when inspecting this type of equipment. Make sure it works properly, all seals are intact and it will effectively serve its purpose in your restaurant.

Gas Restaurant Equipment

In general, gas appliances are easier to repair, last longer and have replacement parts readily available. Gas equipment can often be more expensive to operate on a day-to-day business, so compare your upfront savings with long-term operating costs as you make your purchase decision. If you are already planning to buy gas appliances, then used restaurant equipment may be a great way to go.

Smaller Appliances & Cookware

In many cases, you can find a seller who is trying to bundle a number of smaller items together in one bulk sale. This can be a great way to get a lot of equipment at an excellent price. This can include things like pots, pans, kitchen utensils, cookware, serving dishes, glassware, blenders, and smaller kitchen appliances. Always test any electrical items to make sure they work and inspect as much as you can before buying a bulk collection of used restaurant equipment.


Commercial deep fryers also tend to have a pretty long lifespan and can present great value when bought used. Take extra care to inspect the unit, especially the oil container and its seals. It should be water tight and leak-free. Otherwise, you could experience lost money trying to repair it and clean up the major messes it can make.

Furniture & Tableware

Used restaurant furniture can be a solid investment as long as its in good shape. Sometimes you may need to refinish or reupholster items, so take those costs (and time) into your purchase decision. Also look at tableware like restaurant-grade dishes and glasses, salt and pepper shakers, condiment baskets, serving trays, etc. These items are designed for extensive use and abuse, so you might be able to save some money with used restaurant equipment.

These are some of the pieces of used restaurant equipment you should consider buying if you are looking to reduce equipment costs. KMC has all the used restaurant equipment you need. Each item is thoroughly inspected and tested before it is resold. You can buy directly from our warehouse or save even more through our auctions. Contact us today to see what we have available and to learn more about our services.

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