Read this explainer article before buying a commercial glasswasher for your restaurant.

An industrial glass washer, capable of cleaning and rinsing hundreds of glasses each hour, is essential for any business dealing with a significant volume of drink orders. Pubs, bars, clubs, and hotels are just a few of the establishments that require large amounts of glassware to be washed swiftly and efficiently.

A commercial glass washer, unlike dishwashers, is built specifically for glassware and combines speed, performance, and care to give gleaming results. However, there are a few things to think about before purchasing one for your bar. This article covers everything from a model, size, and load capacity to installation, water supply, and quality.

Glasswashers – what do you need to know

Glasswashers are convenient to store beneath countertops and have a quick wash pace. This enables you to place them close to your front of house or serving area for the fastest possible turnaround. At least two glasswasher racks per machine are suggested for optimal efficiency; while one is in the machine, the others may be loaded and ready for the next cycle.

A commercial dishwasher should not be used in place of a glasswasher. Dishwashers can clean anything from china and cutlery to pots and pans, but they do it at a greater temperature, which may harm fragile glassware. Glass washer cycles are significantly faster than dishwashing cycles, which is critical for firms with constant high demand for beverages. If the main emphasis of your business is beverages, however, an industrial glasswasher is a more cost-effective option that provides a larger output at a reduced cost.

Things to think about when purchasing a glasswasher


How many pairs of glasses do you go through in an hour? Calculate how many drinks you serve on average during your busiest times and select a glasswasher that can handle the volume. A smaller machine can wash 450 to 500 glasses every hour, while the fastest and most powerful models may wash up to 1,800 glasses in the same period.

Installation and space availability

Make sure you know how much room you have at your venue. Remember to double-check that you have adequate area to completely open the door without causing an obstacle, in addition to the machine's size. Ideally, you should place your glasswasher as close as feasible to your serving area. This will help you load and unload racks faster by reducing the time between each wash cycle.

Drain system

A commercial glass washer, like a dishwasher, will drain using gravity or a drain pump. Examine where your drain standpipe is located. Gravity-assisted drainage will suffice if it is lower than the machine's waste exit. If the waste outlet on your glasswasher is lower than the drain standpipe, you'll need a machine with a built-in drain pump.

Softness of water

Limescale may quickly accumulate on internal components, reducing the performance and efficiency of your glasswasher. It might cause the machine to fail in severe circumstances, or if not addressed, resulting in costly repairs not covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

If your location has hard water, a commercial glass washer with an integrated water softener is essential. Before the water enters the machine, these built-in softeners will break down and eliminate the calcium carbonate.


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