The cost of purchasing all the required kitchen equipment for a small bakery will depend on what you intend to bake and the quantities involved.
Some products like donuts may need additional equipment such as donut fryers and depositors, but on the whole, the equipment found in all bakeries is quite similar.
To give you an idea of what you may need and how much they may cost, here is a list of the essential items in a bakery’s kitchen.
- Ovens ($9,000) – A $9-10k budget allows you to get a used rotating rack oven or a revolving tray oven. Alternatively, you can get 2 new convection ovens. What you end up buying really depends on your specific needs and how you intend to set up your operations.
- Proof Boxes ($2,800) – for a small setup, you can get a brand new Mobile Proof Box for under $3k. This will hold about 20 standard sheet pans at one time, and can easily be moved out of the way when it is not in use.
- Dough Sheeters ($4,000) – a standard unit will cost about $8,000 for a new one, and you should be able to get a used one for $4k or less. Definitely worth the investment if you’re making products that require dough to be rolled out. Over the long run, it will save you time and labor expenses.
- Planetary Mixer ($3,500) – a new 30-40 quart Planetary Mixer should be enough for a small bakery. They cost $2-4k so a $3,500 budget should be more than enough.
- Spiral Mixer ($6,000) – for heavier doughs, a Spiral Mixer may be needed. They cost about $9-10k for a new one, and you can normally pick up a good second hand unit for $5-6k.
- Tables ($1,600) – you may need a maple top, stainless steel worktables, or both. Invest in sturdy and good quality tables as this is where most of your work will be done. If available, you may be able to get used ones for under $1k.
- Sinks ($600) – just buy second hand if there are nice ones. Otherwise, get them new. Just make sure you get the required 3 compartment sinks.
- Display Cases ($12,000) – budget to get 2 units, one dry and one refrigerated one (assuming you need it). For $12k you can probably get them both new.
- Small Wares ($1,000) – from pans to utensils and any other items needed, these should not cost you more than a thousand bucks in total for a small bakery.
- Refrigeration ($2,500) – you’ll definitely need a cooler but you may need a freezer as well. You can get them new or used depending on your needs and budget.
The list of equipment above totals up to $43,000 and it includes a mix of new and used items. This figure could be significantly less if most of the equipment is purchased second hand, or it could be a bit more if you decide to buy everything new.
Overall, be prepared to spend at least $35,000 to $50,000 in order to set up the kitchen for a small to medium sized bakery.