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.


2011 Best in Class - Operators Report

FE&S presents the results from the 2011 Best in Class study, where we asked foodservice professionals to rate individual factories on the following attributes:

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

The data collected was used to create a composite score and determine the winners of FE&S' 2011 Best in Class Awards.

Best in Class: Operators

Heavy Equipment Category Winner
Blast Chillers Traulsen
Braising Pans/Tilting Skillets Groen
Charbroilers Vulcan
Chef Counters - Prefabricated Advance-Tabco
Combi-Ovens Blodgett
Convection Oven Vulcan
Conveyor Ovens Lincoln
Cook and Hold Ovens Winston
Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication Advance Tabco
Deck Ovens Blodgett
Dishwasher/Warewasher Tie: Champion and Jackson
Floor Mixers Hobart
Free Standing Floor Fryers Pitco
Ice Makers Hoshizaki
Ranges, Gas or Electric Vulcan
Refrigerated Prep Tables True
Steam Jacketed Kettles Cleveland
Steamers Cleveland
Upright/Reach-In Refrigeration Traulsen
Ventilation Systems Captive-Aire
Walk-In Refrigeration American Panel

Light Equipment Category Winner
Beverage Blenders Waring/Cuisine Art
Coffee Brewers Bunn-O-Matic
Conveyor Toasters Hatco
Countertop Griddles Southbend
Disposers Hobart
Dual Technology Ovens Turbo Chef
Electric Food Processors Hamilton Beach
Electric Slicers Hobart
Heat Lamps Hatco
Induction Cooktops Vollrath
Manual Food Choppers/Slicers Vollrath
Microwave Ovens Amana
Parts and Accessories Franklin Machine Parts
Scales Edlund
Shelving Metro
Sinks, Prefabricated Advance-Tabco
Underbar Fabrication Perlick
Underbar Refrigeration True
Worktables - Prefabricated Advance-Tabco

Smallwares Category Winner
Cookware Spring USA
Cutlery Wusthof
Food Storage Containers Cambro
Table Top/Buffet Serving Accessories Vollrath
Thermometers/Sensors Taylor