Restaurants, catering companies, buffets, cafeterias, resorts, and food bars often use drop-in food hot wells to keep dishes at serving temperatures for longer periods. A drop-in hot food well is a food storage solution that makes it easy to provide fresh and delicious food at any time of the day by keeping them in food pans (usually full-sized pans measuring 12 x 20 inches), which are in turn, fully insulated and heated. Drop-in hot food wells drop into a countertop or buffet so they don’t protrude or take away from your streamlined surface.
With a hot well, restaurant owners can count on more sales and fewer complaints associated with temperature. We’re happy to help you find the perfect drop-in hot well for your hot bar, with cutting-edge units and wells by APW Wyott, Delfield, Eagle Group, Hatco, Piper Products, and Wells.
Our selection includes hundreds of unique hot well units, but don't worry: We’re always on hand to help you narrow down our selection so that you find the right style for your needs. The first thing to consider is the size and number of compartments. We have a wide variety of single-compartment hot well units as well as styles that have as many as four separate compartments for bustling buffets and cafeterias. The majority of these units are made from high-quality stainless steel for the best performance in a demanding foodservice environment.
The hot temperature can be generated through radiant heat, conduction, convection, steam, or induction. Most units require water to operate and there are autofill units that save you the trouble of emptying and refilling the unit to go from one cooking session to another. If you want to do away with all the plumbing and draining requirements, there are dry food wells that do not use water and instead use heating elements only, making them easier and less expensive to maintain. Innovative dry food well units have overcome issues regarding overcooking, making them as much a compelling choice as the wet food wells.
When it comes to controls, you can go for the infinite controls, which limit adjustment to "low" and "high" levels. If you want more control over the temperature environment, go for a drop-in hot food well with thermostatic controls, which allow you to tweak more settings for added precision. These controls can be installed next to or below the food well or at a separate location, which is ideal for operations that plan to use the unit for self-service.
If you want the ability to cycle back and forth between hot and cold wells, then you might want to consider one of our dual-temp well units. Made of stainless steel, these products are some of the most versatile options for any business that relies on self-serve stations. That means you can go from housing warm pasta, side dishes, and meats to displaying cold seafood, salads, and more all with the same unit.
Remember, CKitchen is happy to offer the guaranteed lowest prices on drop-in hot wells, and we always ship our products free. We have a large selection of foodservice equipment and restaurant supplies from the industry's best including other food-holding solutions such as food warmers, cold food wells, and serving counters. Restaurants, convenience stores, bars, cafeterias, institutional kitchens, and other foodservice operations large and small can rely on CKitchen for top-quality equipment. For assistance, call or email us and we'll have a foodservice equipment consultant ready to help.