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Two commercial dishwashing manufacturers share their strengths

By Connie Lannan

August 23, 2023

Many event rental operators have relied on Hobart, based in Troy, Ohio, and Meiko, a German-based company that has its United States operation in LaVergne, Tenn., for their commercial dishwashing systems. Both carry the full line of commercial systems, from undercounter units to the very fast flight machines. Below is a quick synopsis of what these manufacturers say are their distinctive qualities.

Photo courtesy of Hobart


“We like to say there is clean and then there is Hobart-clean,” says Jerry Socha, marketing manager, commercial dishwashing, at Hobart, which celebrated its 125th anniversary last year and is part of Illinois Tool Works (ITW).

The company has a complete line of commercial dishwashers, backed by 1,500 factory-trained service technicians across the U.S. and Canada.

“Hobart has built a reputation for quality equipment that is reliable and durable, and delivers best-in-class wash performance,” Socha says. “We provide unique, exclusive technologies that address common challenges in the dish room. Technologies, like ventless energy recovery, heat-retaining doors and drain water energy recovery, significantly reduce water, energy and chemical consumption to save on annual operating costs. Other technologies like automatic soil removal and auto delime cut labor time on pre-scraping, dish washing and machine cleaning, giving staff more time to help in other parts of the operation.”

For more information on Hobart systems, call 888-378-1338 or visit

Photo courtesy of Meiko


Meiko, which is based in Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, has been in existence for 90 years and has become an international brand. Its U.S. headquarters is in Tennessee.

Joey King, national sales representative for Meiko, says the company’s top product, the MiQ flight machine, is the most advanced on the market.

“What makes it different is the method in the way we wash. We actually clean the water as we wash. The MiQ has a built-in filter system on every single wash tank system on the machine, so if you have a prewash, you have a filter system on the front that is cycling water through that system and pulling soil out of the machine. You also have the same thing on the wash tank and a secondary wash tank and a power rinse and then a final rinse. It has the same filter system built into it. Each time water moves through the machine from one tank to the other, we are actually cleaning the water as we move the food soil to an active filter and pumping it out to the drain. No other machine on the market does that. With the MiQ, we are taking that food soil and moving the particles out of the water continually so we don’t leave it in the wash tank and dirty up the water. As the water gets dirtier, all flight-type machines call for soap based on a digital probe reading. The more soiled the water, the probe picks that up and asks it to dump more soap. We use less soap in our machine because of the filter we have on the wash tanks,” he says.

The advantage is “less water, less energy, less chemical and less labor if you design the right machine. Another benefit is that we have the capability of adding four blower dryers onto the machine, which can help dry the rack faster,” King says.

Meiko has service representatives and is in the process of hiring more agents to operate in major cities.

For more information, call 800-556-3456.