Hobart Restaurant Equipment Buyers' Guide
Hobart has been producing commercial kitchen equipment for restaurants for over 115 years, establishing a company name that has come to stand for quality and reliability. Hobart is best known for its mixers and slicers, but the company also offers a wide range of equipment that includes ovens, scales, toasters, and more. Keep reading to learn about all the areas of your kitchen Hobart can help improve with its superior design and dependability.
Hobart Commercial Slicers
Perfect for: Delis and sandwich shops, or places that make roasts and other items fresh that could use a quick cut
Why Hobart?: Whether you need a standard slicer or one that’s a bit more productive, Hobart commercial slicers offer exclusive touches like removable carriage systems and Microban antimicrobial protection. You'll find a wide range of Hobart slicers that can handle both regular and high-demand work, with features that allow for high yields, easy cleaning, and consistent slices.
Heavy-Duty Commercial Slicers
The flagship line of heavy-duty Hobart commercial slicers is the HS Series. This series was created in response to the NSF 8 revisions for slicers, resulting in a slicer with a host of features that makes it easy to clean. The ring guard cover prevents debris buildup, and a one-piece base has no seams or gaps for food to collect in. The Borazon sharpening stones, carriage system, and meat grip arm are all removable for thorough cleaning.
HS Series slicers also put a focus on usability and efficiency, with a stainless steel knife that has a Stellite-alloy edge to keep the knife sharper longer. The large product tray and rear-mounted meat grip assembly allow you to cut large products with ease. To keep users safe, the blade is never exposed. Borazon sharpening stones keep the blade sharpened.
Medium-Duty Hobart Commercial Slicers
For medium-volume demands, Hobart offers the Edge12 slicer. This model includes features like an anodized aluminum body that that is all in one piece to allow easy cleaning and prevent crevices where bacteria can flourish. Hobart’s exclusive Poly-V Belt Drive System that allows for quieter, more efficient operation. The Edge12 Series also has a removable carriage system to make cleaning simple, and a carriage system interlock that ensures it is properly installed before the motor powers on.
Hobart Commercial Peelers
Perfect for: Kitchens that serve a lot of root vegetables
Why Hobart?:With stainless steel bodies, drive shafts, and heavy-duty motors, Hobart commercial peelers are built for high yields over a long life. They reduce waste compared to peeling vegetables manually. Each peeler's silicon carbide abrasive disc is easily removed, meaning it’s easier to clean. Simple switches, Lexan liners, and heavy-duty polyester plastic hopper covers also ensure these units are easy to keep clean.
To help make its commercial peelers even easier to use, Hobart builds them with timers that can be adjusted from 30 seconds to 4 minutes, which means they can be changed to match the size of each load.
Hobart Commercial Food Processors
Perfect for: Chopping and blending larger ingredients for salsas and sauces
Why Hobart?: Hobart food processors offer patented features that push food products to the blades, which cuts processing times, saving labor and utility costs.
KaTom offers a wide selection of Hobart commercial food processors in both bowl-type and continuous-feed models. The largest models in the group can power through 5,280 pounds of food per hour, while the medium-duty bowl-style food processors are equipped with the patented COOLCUTTER knife system, which promotes productivity and product consistency by using two 'turning knives' to push the ingredients into the cutting knives.
Commercial Bowl-Type Food Processors
The right fit for smaller restaurant kitchens, Hobart’s commercial bowl-type food processors are equipped with motors ranging from 0.75 to 2 horsepower and come with unique touches to add user convenience. Inside each unit, a device patented by Hobart scrapes the product down toward the blades to ensure even processing. Rubber feet prevent these processors from moving around the countertop as they work and a compact design means they take up less counter space. This Hobart equipment features durable construction, with Xylex covers and stainless steel bowls. A unique triple-safety interlock helps protect the operator from exposure to the moving blades. Certain units also offer Hobart’s exclusive COOLCUTTER knife system, which uses two serrated cutting knives and a pair of turning knives to push the product into the blades. That results in reduced processing times and helps prevent equipment overheating related to longer operation times.
Continuous-Feed Commercial Food Processors
One of the major problems with ordinary continuous-feed processors is that they have a tendency to stall under heavy loads. Hobart's have unique planetary drive systems that help prevent that and enables them to keep running without time between batches. That system also makes the processors capable of handling loads ranging from 660 to a whopping 5,280 pounds of product per hour. Heavy-duty blades, high-torque motors, large aluminum feed hoppers, and an innovative de-coring screw that keeps products away from the plate hub provide faster and more consistent results. All of these features are operated by a few simple controls.
Hobart Food Cutters
These versatile machines can break food products into small and uniform pieces using two cutlery-grade stainless steel knives. The result is perfect for salads, stuffings, and breadings.
Hobart food cutters are built with burnished, one-piece aluminum housings and bowl covers, which makes them easy to clean and eliminates places where bacteria can grow. The bowl cover, knives, and bowl are all easy to remove for cleaning, without the need for tools. A safety interlock system keeps the machine from working if the bowl cover is not properly locked in place.
The 84145 models have 14-inch stainless steel bowls and 1⁄2-horsepower motors, while the larger 84186 units have 18-inch stainless bowls and 1-horsepower motors.
Hobart Cutter Mixers
These models combine the cutting power of a food processor with the blending power of a Hobart mixer. What you end up with is a machine that can power through ingredients, chopping them down to the desired texture, then mixing them to provide a consistent product. With a center spout for adding wet ingredients as the unit is working, these units can help you produce and knead 36 pounds of bread dough in 21⁄2 minutes or cut and mix 35 pounds of chopped potatoes in half a minute.
These cutter mixers all have a 45-quart stainless steel bowl with a pouring lip and a 90-degree tilt feature that make moving the mixtures they produce easier. Each is equipped with a clear Lexan bowl cover and 5-minute timer, allowing you to ensure an even mix. The 5-horsepower motor that runs as fast as 1,140 RPM can power through dense mixtures.
Hobart Commercial Dishwashers
Perfect for: Any commercial kitchen with tableware, utensils, cookware, or glasses to wash, particularly those that deal with those items in large numbers
Why Hobart?: Hobart commercial dishwashers offer features that can save you time, effort, and money. The company also has a range of ENERGY STAR-certified models and even a ventless warewasher, which saves you money from not having to install or run a hood and in water heating costs. Hobart’s experience and dedication to innovation really shine through in this category, which includes products ranging from space-saving undercounter units to standard door-type models to low temperature warewashers that can help you save money on utilities.
Hobart Undercounter Dishwashers
KaTom offers high-temp and low-temp models of Hobart commercial undercounter warewashers. Hobart washers are industry leaders, each using less than a gallon of water per rack, earning ENERGY STAR ratings while retaining the ability to clean more than 30 racks per hour. Hobart gives its high-temp models an exclusive Sense-A-Temp booster heater that ensures your wares come out clean and sanitized thoroughly after each cycle. Low-temp versions of these dishwashers offer features to make operation much easier, including auto-prime sanitizer pumps and low-chemical warning lights. Most models offer one-touch controls with a large green button to start the wash cycle.
Hobart Door-Type Warewashers
When it comes to door-type warewashers, Hobart offers several options. There are low-temp units that sanitize with chemicals, saving you money on utilities, and there are high-temp units with Hobart's patented Sense-A-Temp booster heaters that quickly get rinse water to a sanitizing 180 degrees. Both types come with easy-to-use controls, durable stainless steel construction, and a Hobart-exclusive deliming cycle.
You may even have the option of foregoing a condensate hood system for your warewasher with a Hobart Advansys ventless dishwasher. During the washing process, steam is captured in the top of the unit. When your dishes are clean, water for the next cycle begins to flow in through metal coils in the upper area of the compartment. As it does, the steam condenses around it and is drained out as water, eliminating the need to vent that hot vapor. Meanwhile, the flow of water inside the coils is heated, saving you money both on running a hood to capture the heated moisture and on raising the intake water to the proper level. According to Hobart's calculations, a ventless dishwasher can bring savings of $5,068 in the first year from utility cost reductions and not installing a hood, and $1,568 every year you keep it in your kitchen.
Hobart Conveyor Warewashers
The perfect unit for the busiest kitchens, the Hobart CLe conveyor-type dishwasher is one of the most popular and efficient on the market today. It brings an ENERGY STAR certification and the exclusive Opti-Rinse technology that cuts energy and water by as much as half, resulting in potential annual savings of $9,192. Inside the unit, an auto-timer shuts off the pumps and conveyor if there are no racks in the machine, a patented Power Scrapper prewash removes even stuck-on food, and each tank is replenished with heated water from the prior one, saving energy and water. The drains are actuated by the opening and closing of the doors, meaning they’re certain to be in the right position, while Hobart’s patent-pending thermal layered curtains reduce heat loss on both ends of the process. Despite all the details that cut down on what it takes to run the machines, they can still handle as many as 8,550 dishes per hour.
Hobart Commercial Ovens
Perfect for: Roasting meats and baking breads
Why Hobart?: Hobart commercial ovenshave innovations that assure even heating and consistent results.
Hobart Convection Ovens
Hobart’s commercial convection ovens offer consistent heating with a number of options to choose from. For instance, every model offered by KaTom is available in both electric and gas models, which further divide with the ability to run on natural gas or propane. Because they’re convection units, they bake quicker and provide the predictable results your signature recipes need. Because they’re Hobart kitchen equipment, they come with the only nationwide, factory-trained service organization from the manufacturer. They’re available in half-size countertop units, and single- and double-deck floor models.
Hobart Commercial Disposers
Perfect for: Any foodservice operation with a need to get rid of food scraps
Why Hobart?: These heavy-duty units include features that ensure fast grinding and keep food waste in the blades, so it’s all cleared out of the unit.
Most commercial kitchens have a lot of organic waste scraps that need to be safely disposed of. Installing a Hobart disposal can allow you to do just that without constantly loading up your trash cans.
KaTom offers Hobart commercial food waste disposers with two hardened stainless steel cutter blocks, a breaker blade that prevents food from getting stuck on the wheel, and precision-machined Ni-Resist flywheels to cut particles to easily-cleared pieces. Anything that remains is processed by stationary shredder rings with 40 or more grinding teeth, producing gray water easily flushed down normal drains. Those units can be reversed to run in the opposite direction, helping to clear jams.
At the heart of each unit is a motor rated for continuous duty, meaning it can keep running consistently for more than 60 minutes at a time without overheating. To reduce operating noise as they do their work, the motors are surrounded by heavy aluminum housings. They also have vinyl isolating rings that reduce vibration in the unit and keep noise to a minimum.
Hobart Commercial Mixers
Perfect for: Preparing recipes that involve mixing wet and/or dry ingredients, especially dough
Why Hobart?: Exclusive swing-out bowls, and reliable belt-driven motors that plow through large and heavy batches.
KaTom offers both countertop and floor-model Hobart commercial mixers that can handle from 5 to 140 quarts, or as much as 220 pounds of dough. These units are great for everything from blending ingredients for a single bottle of your specialty barbecue sauce to mixing up dough for thousands of cookies in a single day. Along the way, Hobart mixers offer features that make your life a little easier, like swing-out bowls available on the Legacy line and bowl lifts for floor units that mean you don’t have to hoist those hefty loads of dough.
Hobart countertop mixers are perfect for smaller operations and those that only need to mix smaller batches, while floor mixers can handle the heavy loads of busier kitchens. Spiral mixers, with their wide bowls and strong motors, are great for commissaries and bakeries, while pizzerias would do well with a specialty Hobart pizza mixer.
For more help in this category of Hobart restaurant equipment, check out our Hobart mixer buying guide.
Hobart Commercial Scales
Perfect for: Providing consistent portions, measuring for recipes, delis, and fresh produce markets
Why Hobart?: Hobart got into the scale business through its acquisition of the Dayton Scale Company in the mid-1930s. Since then, it has pushed the leading edge of that technology, with a line ranging from portion control scales to heavy-duty receiving scales. From color touchscreens to labelers that can give your customers nutrition information and recipes, Hobart scales cover a wide range of weighing needs.
Hobart HLX Service Scale
These compact countertop scales offer 10.4-inch, full-color touch screen displays that make operation simple. Meanwhile, a separate 7-inch color display keeps the customer informed. These scales help increase your profitability by providing exacting measurements. They also offer programs that allow you to label products with sell-by dates and other product information. A tracking system keeps operators posted on shelf life for every item in stock. Additionally, the HLX scale offers a precise label printer, which can produce everything from frequent-shopper price comparisons to intricate graphics with precision.
Hobart QuantumMax & Quantum M-1 Scales
The QuantumMax and Quantum M-1 Scales are North America’s leading service scales, especially popular with regional and national grocery chains. They’re great on the deli counter and equally adept in the kitchen, where they can help with portion consistency. Their user interfaces are easy and intuitive, with an ATM-style console and a screen that displays all PLU data, including unit price, weight, and sell-by date. All of that information can be produced on a detailed label that can also include nutritional information, ingredient data, cooking instructions, cross-merchandising promotions, or anything else you might want to show your customers.
Finally, QuantumMax scales and QuantumM-1 scales help improve your productivity with a supervisor capability that allows you to audit all totals for the period. In addition to getting production totals, you can also program the unit to display information like how advertised items are selling and if new products are moving.
Hobart Bench Scales
Hobart bench scales are used in many commercial kitchens from receiving through preparation. At the dock, they can be used to ensure your shipments are correct. In the kitchen, they're great for measuring loads of dough prepared in a Hobart spiral mixer and for portion packaging. These models can run off an internal battery or with power supplied by an included AC adapter.
Hobart Hanging Scales
KaTom offers the PR30 series of Hobart hanging scale, dial-faced measurement tools commonly found in places like produce markets. With a pair of automatic dampeners to reduce indicator oscillations, they can provide readings instantaneously on either side of the two-faced dial. Meanwhile, a temperature compensating weighing mechanism ensures accuracy in a range of environments, while other scales can become tight or sluggish in extreme temperatures. Finally, Hobart commercial hanging scales are easy to clean from top to bottom.
Hobart Salad Dryers
Perfect for: Buffets, catering businesses, and any eatery serving large volumes of salad
Why Hobart?: Gentle spinning speeds remove water without damaging delicate salad greens, helping you extend your product's shelf life and reduce salad dressing costs.
With surveys indicating more than 80 percent of Americans eat at least one salad a week, having a salad dryer on hand could help you maximize profits. Hobart salad dryers are available with either polyethylene or stainless steel outer tubs and lids, though both options have a one-piece, molded base of steel-reinforced polyethylene and a built-in stainless steel motor splash guard. The 405-RPM motor gently removes excess water without damaging or bruising the greens within a matter of minutes. The duration of the cycle is controlled by an easy-to-use timer on the top of the unit. The handled, polyethylene spin basket can hold as many as 16 heads, or one case, of lettuce at a time.
Using a salad dryer can add as much as three days to the shelf life of your greens and can reduce dressing costs by as much as 15 percent simply by reducing dilution from leftover water.
Perfect for: Coffee shops, bagel places, hotel breakfast rooms, and sandwich shops
Why Hobart?: Hobart toasters are made with innovations that ensure even heating.
Hobart commercial toasters have solid-state temperature sensors and probes that bring heating elements to the right temperature. All these units have solid stainless steel exteriors with seamless, single-piece fronts and tops that make them easy to clean.
Perfect for: Customizing your Hobart restaurant equipment to meet your exact needs
There is a long list of Hobart accessories and options that help make each unit the right one for you. From fine slicer plates for use in continuous-feed slicers to splash covers for mixers, KaTom has what you need to customize your Hobart equipment.
If you have further questions about any Hobart restaurant equipment, please contact one of our customer service representatives at 1-800-541-8683 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.