Catering Equipment: To Hire or Not to Hire


There has always been an ongoing debate as to whether it is best to hire catering equipment or to buy your own. While each side has its pros and cons, the onus lies with you as to which option will be better. However, here are a few reasons to consider whether to hire or not to hire catering equipment for your next function.

If you don’t host functions often, then it might be a better idea to hire the catering equipment. Perhaps you host parties at home so the occasions might only be birthdays or very special occasions such as graduations or christenings that don’t come along that often. For these types of parties it might be better to hire the catering equipment because when it is not in use, it will take up much space in storage. And you need all the storage space in your home as possible.

On the other hand, if you have a big family and birthdays or special occasions come along practically every month, it might be worth your while to invest in this type of equipment. You or your family members may make a lot of the food yourselves for these parties so you would need plenty of plates, cutlery, cups, bowls, and bain marines, amongst others. Hiring these items every month or two may be a costly exercise, therefore it might be a good option to allocate storage space in your home and buy the catering equipment you will use regularly.

Another reason why you might consider buying catering equipment is if you own a catering business. Investing in these items could cut your overhead costs and save you a lot of money in the long run. You could use that saving and pass it on to your customers. This could make your business more attractive to customers as well as more profitable. People always want to save money where they can without compromising on the quality of service or food. This is what you could offer.

If you decide that hiring is not really an option for you then it you may consider the alternative. In this case, keep an eye out for catering equipment sales where you can save on quality catering equipment. Make a list of what you need and when the sale comes along be ready to grab the deal.

There are some occasions where hiring items may be a good option then there are other cases where buying them is a better option. It all depends on your individual circumstances.

CaterWeb stocks a full range of commercial kitchen products and we even offer free demonstrations as well as hands on training if necessary. Visit our website to access our online store or alternatively we welcome you to visit our new showroom.

Please call us at 0861 CATERWEB or e-mail your inquiry to so we may assist with your catering equipment requirements!

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