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!
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.
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.