Best in Class Reports

For 17 years, FE&S published the results of Best in Class surveys, naming the top brands as named by readers.


2012 Best in Class - Operators Picks

FE&S presents the results from the 2012 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

2012 Best In ClassThe data collected was used to create a composite score and determine the winners of FE&S’ 2012 Best in Class Awards. The following is the results from the operator segment.

Best in Class: Operators

Blast Chillers Traulsen
Braising Pans/Tilting Skillets Groen
Charbroilers Vulcan
Chef Counters - Prefabricated Delfield
Combi Ovens Alto-Shaam
Convection Ovens Montague
Conveyor Ovens Lincoln
Cook and Hold Ovens Alto-Shaam
Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication Duke 
Deck Ovens Blodgett
Dishwashers Hobart
Floor Mixers Hobart
Free Standing Floor Fryers Vulcan
Ice Makers Hoshizaki
Mobile Hot Food Holding Equipment Alto-Shaam
Ranges, Gas or Electric Vulcan
Refrigerated Prep Tables True Manufacturing
Steam Jacketed Kettles Groen
Steamers Cleveland
Upright/Reach-In Refrigeration True Manufacturing
Ventilation Systems Captive-Aire
Walk-In Refrigeration Master-Bilt


Beverage Blenders Vita-Mix
Coffee Brewers Bunn-O-Matic
Conveyor Toasters Hatco
Countertop Griddles Vulcan
Disposers Hobart
Dual Tech Ovens Turbo Chef 
Electric Food Processors Robot Coupe
Electric Slicers Hobart
Heat Lamps Hatco
Induction Cooktops CookTek/Vollrath tie
Manual Food Choppers/Slicers Vollrath
Microwave Ovens Amana
Parts and Accessories Franklin Machine Products
Scales Hobart
Shelving Metro/InterMetro
Sinks, Prefabricated Eagle Group
Underbar Fabrication Perlick
Underbar Refrigeration True Manufacturing
Worktables, Prefabricated Eagle Group


SMALLWARES Category Winner
Cookware Vollrath
Cutlery Forshner/Victorinox/Swiss Army
Food Storage Containers Cambro
Tabletop and Buffet Serving accessories Vollrath
Thermometers/Sensors Taylor