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.


FE&S 2009 Best in Class Report: Broadliners

FE&S presents the results from the 2009 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on the following attributes:

  • Product Quality
  • Product Value
  • Product Design & Aesthetics
  • Service & Support
  • Sales Representation
  • Product Inventory & Availability
  • Product Information Availability

The data collected was used to create a composite score and determine the winners of FE&S’ 2009 Best in Class Awards.

Best in Class: Broadliners
Heavy Equipment Category Winner Second Place Third Place
Blast Chillers Traulsen Hobart Randell
Braising Pans/Tilting Skillets Cleveland Groen Vulcan-Hart
Charbroilers Vulcan-Hart Montague Wolf
Chef Counters - Prefabricated Delfield Randell Advance-Tabco
Combi-Ovens/Steamers Rational Cleveland Hobart
Convection Oven Blodgett Vulcan-Hart Montague
Conveyor Ovens Lincoln Foodservice Products Blodgett Vulcan-Hart
Cooking Suites Montague Vulcan-Hart Jade
Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication Randell Delfield (tie) Advance-Tabco/Eagle Group
Deck Ovens Blodgett Bakers Pride Montague
Dishwasher/Warewasher Hobart Meiko Champion
Free Standing Floor Fryers Frymaster Pitco Vulcan-Hart
Ice Makers Manitowoc Hoshizaki Scotsman
Mobile Hot Holding Eqpt Hatco (tie) Cambro/InterMetro Alto-Shaam
Ranges, Gas or Electric Vulcan-Hart Montague (tie) Garland/Wolf
Refrigerated Prep Tables True Manufacturing Traulsen Randell
Steam Jacketed Kettles Groen Cleveland Vulcan-Hart
Steamers Cleveland Groen Vulcan-Hart
Upright/Reach-In Refrigeration True Manufacturing Traulsen Delfield
Ventilation Systems Captive-Aire Gaylord Halton Company
Walk-In Refrigeration Nor-Lake Thermo-Kool Kolpak

Light Equipment Category Winner Second Place Third Place
Countertop Batch Ovens Vulcan-Hart Blodgett Bakers Pride
Beverage Blenders Vita-Mix Waring/Cuisinart Blendtec
Coffee Brewers Bunn-o-matic Bloomfield Fetco
Conveyor Toasters Hatco Belleco APW/Wyott
Disposers In-Sink-Erator Hobart Salvajor
Electric Food Processors Robot Coupe Hobart Vita-Mix
Electric Slicers Hobart Berkel Globe
Heat Lamps Hatco Vollrath APW/Wyott
Induction Cooktops Vollrath Vulcan-Hart Garland
Manual Food Choppers/Slicers Lincoln Foodservice Products Nemco Electrolux/Dito Dean
Microwave Ovens Amana Panasonic Hobart
Part and Accessories Franklin Machine Parts Hobart No winner declared
Scales Edlund Hobart Berkel
Shelving InterMetro/Metro Cambro Eagle Group
Sinks, Prefabricated Advance-Tabco Eagle Group Universal Stainless
Underbar Refrigeration True Manufacturing Perlick Glastender
Underbar Fabrication Perlik Glastender Eagle Group
Worktables - Prefabricated Eagle Group Advance Tabco Duke

Smallwares Category Winner Second Place Third Place
Cookware Vollrath Lincoln Foodservice Products Alegacy/Eagleware
Cutlery Dexter Russell Forschner Henckel
Food Storage Containers Cambro Carlisle FS Products Rubbermaid Commercial Products
Thermometers/;Sensors Taylor Cooper/Atkins Comarc