Commercial toasters come in slot and conveyor styles. They may be vertically or horizontally loaded with small volume toasters providing individual servings and others toasting over 2,000 pieces an hour. Not all toasters will accommodate larger breads like Texas toast and bagels, and even those that do may require more toasting time. Toasters take up varying amounts of space and have different electrical requirements.
Commercial toasters have 2, 4, or 6 slots, and some have extra wide slots that will accommodate texas toast and bagels. They are made of stainless steel and typically have a removable crumb tray to keep your toaster clean and free from residue that can burn onto subsequent pieces of bread. Their individual controls are simple and allow you to adjust how brown you want your toast to be. They can prepare from 50 to 500 slices per hour. In size, they take up a little more than a square foot and can generally be plugged into any 110 outlet, but the more heavy duty models may require a 208/240V outlet.
- Light Duty: These toasters are ideal for low volume, occasional use. If continuously overworked, they may burn out. These are appropriate for kitchens putting out fewer than 100 slices an hour.
- Standard Duty: A standard duty toaster should stand up to about 150 slices per hour on a consistent basis.
- Heavy Duty: If you're toasting more than 500 slices per hour but don't quite need a conveyor machine, a heavy duty slot toaster should suffice.
Conveyor toasters are specifically designed for kitchens with higher volumes that need to toast several types of bread items, from Texas toast to bagels to hamburger buns. In these toasters, a belt moves product through the chamber that has elements above and below it. This, along with precise temperature controls, creates even browning and consistent results.
- Product Opening: You'll want to review your menu to see just exactly the types of items you'll be toasting. Conveyor toasters are available with openings ranging in width from 1-1/2 to 6 inches wide.
- Toasting Time: The amount of time it take to toast will depend on the speed of the belt, which is adjustable in most models. This capability will allow you to offer precision browning to suit your customers' wishes.
- Heat Control: Most conveyor toasters have independently controlled heating elements. This will allow you to toast only the top, only the bottom, or both.
Many of these toasters will have built-in butter rollers to create a comprehensive toast prep station. Some of the models are stackable and others can be wall-mounted, making these toasters ideal for areas with space restrictions.