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.


2013 Best in Class - Operators Picks

FE&S presents the results from the 2013 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on a list of specific attributes.

BICLogo2013The data collected was used to create a composite score and determine the winners of FE&S’ 2013 Best in Class Awards. The following is the results from the operator segment.


  • Best in Class Overall
  • Dealers
  • Operators (below)
  • Consultants

    HEAVY EQUIPMENT Category Winner
    Blast Chillers Traulsen
    Braising Pans/Tilting Skillets Groen
    Charbroilers Jade Range
    Chef Counters - Prefabricated Delfield
    Combi Ovens Alto-Shaam
    Convection Ovens Blodgett
    Conveyor Ovens Lincoln
    Cook and Hold Ovens Alto-Shaam
    Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication Advance Tabco
    Deck Ovens Blodgett
    Dishwashers/Warewashers Hobart
    Floor Mixers Hobart
    Free Standing Floor Fryers Frymaster
    Ice Makers Manitowoc Ice
    Mobile Hot Food Holding Equipment Hatco
    Ranges, Gas and Electric Vulcan
    Refrigerated Prep Tables True Manufacturing
    Steam-Jacketed Kettles Groen
    Steamers Cleveland
    Upright Reach-In Refrigeration True Manufacturing
    Ventilation Systems CaptiveAire
    Walk-In Refrigerators Master-Bilt


    LIGHT EQUIPMENT Category Winner
    Beverage Blenders Vitamix
    Coffee Brewers Bunn-O-Matic
    Conveyor Toasters Hatco
    Countertop Batch Ovens Bakers Pride
    Countertop Griddles Vulcan
    Disposers Salvajor
    Dual Technology Ovens TurboChef
    Electric Food Processors Robot Coupe
    Electric Slicers Hobart
    Heat Lamps Hatco
    Induction Cooktops Vollrath
    Manual Food Choppers Vollrath
    Microwave Ovens Amana
    Parts and Accessories Franklin Machine Products (FMP)
    Scales Edlund Company
    Shelving Metro
    Sinks, Prefabricated Advance Tabco
    Underbar Fabrication Perlick
    Underbar Refrigeration Glastender
    Worktables, Prefabricated Eagle Group


    SMALLWARES Category Winner
    Cookware Vollrath
    Cutlery Dexter-Russell
    Food Storage Containers Cambro
    Tabletop and Buffet Serving Accessories Vollrath
    Thermometers/Sensors Cooper-Atkins