The Bakery Purchasing Guide


Make smart decisions when purchasing equipment for your Bakery. Learn about the equipment you will need, typical costs, and where are the best places to buy it.

Required Equipment and Materials


Most bakeries will need the following equipment to get started (though this may differ if your bakery has a specific niche):

  • Oven/stove ($1,000 - $3,000)
  • Mixer ($300 - $1,000)
  • Display cases ($200 - $10,000)
  • Dough Proofer ($1,000 - $1,500)
  • Work tables ($200 - $1,000)
  • Refrigerator/freezer ($500 - $2,000)
  • Microwave ($35 - $350)
  • Sinks ($300 - $500)
  • Chairs & tables ($150 - $1,000 per set)
  • Assorted baking tools ($300 - $500)


You should think about budgeting up to $20,000 for initial equipment. However, this does not include the cost of baking ingredients, such as flour, butter, sugar, etc. It is also a good idea to stock other types of safety and sanitary equipment.

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Sample List of Purchases

 

A typical person looking to purchase equipment for a bakery might make the following purchases:

  • Assorted baking tools ($500)

Grand Total: $9,990

Key Decisions


Picking the right appliances is arguably the most important buying decision you’ll make when starting a bakery. Unfortunately, this is not a business where it is necessarily a good idea to buy the equipment used. New kitchen equipment will come with a warranty, and you can also be assured of its cleanliness. Typically, it is much easier to order large appliances online, as they can be difficult to find in-store.

Here are some of the most important buying decisions that your bakery will have to make. We outline the key considerations you’ll need to keep in mind when making these purchases and provide some popular options.

Considerations When Purchasing an Oven

An oven is the centerpiece of any bakery. You have many options when it comes to selecting one or more suitable ovens for your bakery. When selecting an oven, keep in mind that certain types of ovens are better suited to different types of baked goods and can accommodate differing volumes of production. In addition to cost, consider which kinds of pastries and breads can be cooked in each oven. For example, deck ovens are best for breads and pizzas.

Convection Oven

This is the most common and least expensive oven for a bakery to have.

Deck Oven

This is preferred by artisan style bakers who want their breads to have crispier outsides but a soft inside. They are very large, but are easy to use and last a long time.

Roll-in rack Oven

This kind of oven saves you time by allowing you to roll a rack of breads or pastries straight into the oven.

Revolving oven

These are very expensive, but their many revolving trays (similar to rotisseries for chicken) allow for very high output.

Considerations When Purchasing a Mixer

You may already own a Kitchen Aid mixer or something similar, but you’ll need a much larger (20-40 quart) mixer for your business. Depending on your product, you may want an even larger floor mixer.

Stand Mixer (rests on counter-top)

Floor Mixer (rests on the floor)

Best Places to Buy


Here are some resources for buying equipment and ingredients. Since you will need a lot of kitchen equipment, it makes sense to buy in bulk online. This will also save you money in the long run. Some of the more complex equipment, such as the oven, will have to be ordered online.

Webstaurant

This website is an excellent source for all kinds of equipment. It is relatively rare in offering larger, more expensive equipment for cooking and refrigeration. You can even purchase janitorial supplies and other everyday business needs for your bakery, so this website is excellent for one stop shopping.

Bakery Equipment

This site primarily offers appliances such as ovens, proofers, mixers, etc. It also sells the different parts so that you can fix one of the appliances if it breaks. If you do not want to fix the equipment yourself, this company offers repair services.