Why You Should Consider a Combi Oven for Your D.C. Restaurant


A combi oven can be one of the most useful pieces of equipment in your entire commercial kitchen. Many chefs rave about using them, but for those unfamiliar with their capabilities, why should you consider a combi oven for your Washington, D.C. commercial kitchen?


First and foremost, a combi oven provides the ability to create diverse menu items with a single piece of equipment. Combi ovens offer the ability to cook using convection heat (dry), steam heat (wet), or a combination of the two. In addition, many models can provide sous vide, rethermalizing, and smoking capabilities to go along with techniques like steaming, blanching, poaching, roasting, broiling, baking, braising, and even frying in the oven. Want to make a variety of menu items with a single oven? Consider a combi.


When you can do so many different things with a single unit, you will inevitably save space and maximize the potential of your existing space. The real estate in your kitchen should be used for profit, and the more you can do with it, the more money you can make. According to FES Magazine, combi technology has “become more common in the fast-casual and QSR segments as a tool that allows consolidation of the kitchen package, streamlining of production through menu versatility, speed of production to service and reduction of overall space and capital investment.” Basically, a combi oven can be well worth the investment when used to its potential.


Combi ovens offer the ability to cook food up to 15 percent faster without compromising quality. In fact, foods cooked in combi ovens tend to be even higher in quality. Meats retain their juices and don’t dry out. Flavors are more concentrated. Yields are higher. You can cook proteins and vegetables simultaneously without flavor transfer. And combi ovens can actually help operators save on labor.

Want to learn more as you consider a combi oven?

Contact Alto-Hartley today to learn more about what you should look for when purchasing a combi oven. As the leading commercial restaurant equipment supplier in the Metro DC area, we can provide both the design consultation or pricing information you’ll need to make an informed decision.