U-Select Catering Equipment Review Show, Episode 28: Hobart Ecomax Plus Glass and Dishwashers

By Phil Scoble

Summary

A great marriage of value, efficiency and usability, the Ecomax Plus from Hobart is a fantastic solution if you want to invest in your warewashing and choose a high-quality machine, but don’t want to break the bank.

Pros

Efficient operation

Double skinned to reduce noise and heat loss

Good to Know

The door can be left slightly open to allow the machine to drain and cool down without taking up too much room

Hobart

Hobart are an American brand that have been going for more than 120 years. They are now part of a larger group of companies that are mainly known in the US, but the Hobart warewashers are known around the world and are one of the market’s premium brands.

Ecomax

Ecomax was launched in 2003 as Hobart’s budget brand and it has been a big success. The Ecomax Plus range was launched in 2015 to give a slightly more expensive brand that gave a premium value experience for more of a value price.

So the Ecomax Plus is designed to be efficient, hard wearing and easy to use: a premium machine with a budget price tag.

Design

All the Ecomax Plus machines are double skinned, meaning they retain heat better and are more efficient. The machines have a simple counterbalanced and durable hinge mechanism  which also holds open, allowing you to let the machine cool down and dry down without taking up too much space in the kitchen.

The machines are also designed with smaller tanks, holding only 8-10 litres of water  – compared to the brand’s sister Ecomax machines, which hold 25 litres. Each wash only uses 2-2.5 litres of water too, which ensures they use the minimal amount of energy for the highest quality wash.

All the Ecomax Plus machines come with an integral drain pump, so you don’t need to worry about your plumbing arrangements – the machine will drain and work properly.

All the machines feature deep set tanks with easy to remove covers which make the water heating process more efficient, the cleaning simpler and reduces the number of covers you need to care for.

All the machines we’re talking about today have an LED readout showing the temperature of both the wash and the rinse, making it easy to see if your machine is performing at its best.

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Softener

All these machines come in softener and non-softener versions, but whether you want an integral softener or external is up to you. The key in most areas of the UK though is you MUST have water softening to protect your equipment and extend its usable life. Any machines using water need water softening in most of the UK – it’s the most common cause of breakdowns for the catering industry and they are ALL totally unnecessary -DON’T FORGET SOFTENING!

Glasswashers

The Ecomax Plus machines come in two varieties: the compact and the standard.

As the name suggests, the compact  (the G403) is the smallest machine Hobart make. Its 390×390 baskets can hold 16 pint glasses. Like the Ecomax it has two cycle programs – one of 90 secs and one for 180. Both use 2.5 litres of water, and the machine’s tank holds just 8 litres, making it a mightily efficient little beast!

Just like all the other Hobart machines, the 403 is available with an integral softener.

The larger glasswasher is the G503 – it again has two programs – for 90 and 120 seconds. The wash again uses 2.5 litres of water and the wash tank holds 10.6 litres.

Dishwashers

There’s just the one model in the Ecomax Plus dishwashers – the F503, which again comes in softener and non softener versions.

The machine has two programs, the short is 90 secs and the long 180. Remember that the short cycle is really suitable only if you are pre-rinsing your dishes and will then give them a shine and hygienically hot wash, but it’s not going to clean off dried on food – you’ll just end up washing things twice!

Who will use these?

Well, the Ecomax Plus are a step up from the bog standard Ecomax machines – they aren’t premium, but they have a lot of premium features – such as the efficiency and speed of heat up thanks to the smaller water tanks – but they won’t break the bank.

The compact glasswashers are great for smaller bars – or back bars perhaps – and smaller restaurants – they are small, quick and efficient, so will slot in well anywhere.

The larger glasswashers are great workhorses for bigger bars and food sites – with a 90 sec wash and a basket that holds 25 glasses, you’ll be able to bang through the backlog of glasses after a busy session with ease.

The F503 model is also great for busy small restaurants and cafes  – the short wash cycle is perfect for busy sessions if you are in the process of rinsing off plates first before putting them through, which will really speed up your turnaround.

Thanks to their integrated drain pump and detergent and rinse dispenser they are easy to install and to use – with cleaning a doddle too.

Conclusion

These are efficient machines with a good price but with some premium features and great build quality.

The compact glasswashers are perfect for smaller bars and cafes, whereas the larger ones will work well for medium sized hospitality businesses.

Hobart are a great brand and these are machines that give you a taste of premium quality at a more budget price – check them out!  

Learn More

If you are interested in the range of Hobart Ecomax Plus Dish and Glasswashers, have a look at our website. We offer a variety of flexible procurement methods meaning that whatever your situation, and whether you want to rent or buy, we will have something that will suit you.  Click on the link below to see our complete range of Hobart equipment.

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