Lainox is the world’s second-biggest combi manufacturer, after Rational – the Italian company is owned by the Ali group, the largest food service equipment manufacturing concern in the world. In the UK, Lainox are distributed by the lovely people at Falcon in Stirling.
Combi ovens combine dry heat and steam in different combinations to make a huge range of foods – these amazing machines are able to cook roasts, grill burgers and steaks, steam vegetables, bake amazing cakes and shallow fry. They have transformed catering since they were first launched in the mid seventies.
Lainox have two ranges for their combis – the Naboo and the Sapiens. The Naboo feature touchscreen technology and lots of automatic cooking systems. The Sapiens are Lainox’s pared back, more basic cooking experience for those who don’t want lots of bells and whistles.
The Sapiens is a range with lots of sizes to suit lots of different businesses. They are designed around the size of Gastronorm tray they both fit – one slimline range which takes a 1/1 tray and another, wider range which fits a 2/1 tray. The 1/1 machines’ names end in a 1 – so 071, 171, 201. The 2/1 machines end in a 2.
You can buy 7, 10, and 20 rack machines in both widths. They create a 17 in the 1/1 size by putting together a 7 and a 10 rack in one footprint which creates a very versatile and good value machine.
The seven racks are perfect for smaller businesses, the 10 racks for medium sized restaurants and the 20s for larger scale operations and food manufacturers.
All sizes are available in gas or electric – the gas just require a 13amp connection as well as the gas, the electric require three phase and 32amp minimum.