FE&S 2010 Best in Class Awards

Our subscribing foodservice operators, dealers and consultants offer their take on the best of the best among foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers in FE&S' 10th annual Best in Class Study.

Every foodservice equipment manufacturer has a product or service it believes is superior to the competition. But the only way for those products to truly be considered "best in class" is to provide value in multiple ways as defined by the customer. With that in mind, Foodservice Equipment and Supplies proudly presents the data from our 2010 Best in Class Study.

During the past few months FE&S asked its subscribing foodservice operators, dealers and consultants to evaluate the manufacturer community on seven critical characteristics that affect the way they approach purchasing equipment and supplies. These seven performance factors are:

  • Product quality
  • Product value
  • Product design and aesthetics
  • Service and support
  • Sales representation
  • Product inventory and availability
  • Product information availability

Those participating in the survey prioritized these factors in order of importance and then rated the individual factories they work with in a given product category on these attributes. The individual results were then combined with those from other participants from the category to create a composite score and ultimately identify those manufacturers that the readers of FE&S feel are the best in their class for each of 48 product categories. These comprehensive results shine a bright light on those factories that establish the benchmark for understanding and meeting the needs of the entire distribution channel.

Best in Class: Overall

Heavy Equipment Category Winner
Blast Chillers Traulsen
Braising Pans/Tilting Skillets Cleveland
Charbroilers Wolf
Chef Counters - Prefabricated Delfield
Combi-Ovens Hobart
Convection Oven Alto-Shaam
Conveyor Ovens TurboChef
Cook and Hold Ovens Alto-Shaam
Cooking Suites Tie: Electrolux and Southbend
Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication Randell
Deck Ovens Blodgett
Dishwasher/Warewasher Hobart
Free Standing Floor Fryers Frymaster
Ice Makers Tie: Manitowoc & Scotsman
Mobile Hot Holding Equipment Hatco
Ranges, Gas or Electric Vulcan
Refrigerated Prep Tables Traulsen
Steam Jacketed Kettles Cleveland
Steamers Vulcan
Upright/Reach-In Refrigeration Traulsen
Ventilation Systems Captive-Aire
Walk-In Refrigeration Nor-Lake

Light Equipment Category Winner
Beverage Blenders Vita-Mix
Coffee Brewers Bloomfield
Conveyor Toasters Hatco
Countertop Batch Ovens Vollrath
Countertop Griddles Southbend
Disposers Hobart
Dual Technology Ovens Amana
Electric Food Processors Hobart
Electric Slicers Hobart
Heat Lamps Hatco
Induction Cooktops Vollrath
Manual Food Choppers/Slicers Vollrath
Microwave Ovens Amana
Part and Accessories Franklin Machine Parts
Scales Tie: Globe and Hobart
Shelving Cambro
Sinks, Prefabricated Advance Tabco
Underbar Refrigeration True Food Service Equipment
Underbar Fabrication Glastender
Worktables - Prefabricated Advance Tabco

Smallwares Category Winner
Cookware Vollrath
Cutlery Traex/Libbey
Food Storage Containers Cambro
Table Top/Buffet Serving Accessories Spring USA
Thermometers/Sensors Cooper/Atkins
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