Common Questions About Open & Flatware Racks
What types of flatware racks are available?
Some flatware racks are full-size dishwasher racks where flatware is laid out in the bottom of the rack. Another option is a caddy-style flatware rack, which has compartments where flatware is stood on end. These caddies are either half size that can be slid into the warewasher alone, or a smaller size that nestle into an open dish rack.
What accessories do I need with my flatware rack?
Soak tubs are available in sizes made for half-size and full-size flatware racks. These tubs can be filled with water and detergent along with a rack. Flatware can be tossed into the water as needed, and when the rack is lifted out, it will bring all of the flatware with it while letting the water drain through the rack's holes back into the soak tub.
Another accessory that is commonly used with an open dish rack is a hold down grid. These are plastic or wire grids that are placed on top of the rack. They keep small lightweight items from being knocked out of the rack by strong streams of water while still allowing water, detergent, and sanitizer to reach the items inside.
Why use a flatware rack instead of a caddy?
While some high-volume operations can make use of caddy-style baskets, open flatware racks are generally preferred because they are more versatile. Because there are no dividers or pegs, open dish racks can be used for washing irregularly shaped products as well as flatware.