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What is a Dumb Waiter Lift? | Dumbwaiter FAQs

If you want a convenient way to transport small items between floors – such as food, laundry or rubbish – a dumb waiter or service lift is probably ideal.

Read on below to find out more about what dumb waiters are, what dumb waiters are called, and the benefits of dumb waiters in restaurants, hotels and hospitality >>

What are Dumb Waiter Lifts?

Dumb waiter lifts are small lifts which usually open at “serving height” (approximately hip-height) for easy hand loading between 2-6 floors.

You’ve probably seen one in a restaurant or hotel, the most common places for them.

Dumb waiter lifts are usually seen around commercial kitchens as it allows the kitchen staff and chefs, and the restaurant serving staff, to pass items between floors without dangerous or time consuming journeys up and down stairs with breakable plates and the like.

Hotels also use dumb waiter lifts for transporting items like laundry or cleaning products between floors.

Larger private homes sometimes install a dumb waiter lift too, providing convenience and a method for transporting items. House staff can also use the lift in the same way a hotel or restaurant would as well.

What are Dumb Waiters Called?

There are quite a few alternative names for dumb waiter lifts – the main alternatives for ‘dumb waiter’ include:

  • Service lift / elevator
  • Kitchen lift
  • Microlift (brand name)
  • Food lift / elevator

Regardless of the name, these small lifts offer great potential in hospitality, commercial businesses and even private homes.

Benefits of Dumb Waiter Lifts

Apart from the obvious benefit of not having to carry items on the stairs, there are lots of benefits to dumb waiter lifts. These include:

01. Reducing Costs

  • Dumb waiters are a lower initial cost than a larger lift option
  • Dumb waiters save employees time, meaning less staff can do the same work

02. Safety at Work

  • It is far safer for your staff to use a dumb waiter for anything sharp or breakable than to carry by hand. Any potential accidents are prevented.
  • Manual handling can be a serious issue. Reducing the manual handling at work is always a positive and leads to a safer environment

03. Saving Time

  • Staff can save valuable time transporting items by foot
  • A dumb waiter may even be faster than staff on foot – usually they are speed limited to around 0.35m/s – thats 21m per minute, which is pretty quick!

04. Saving Space

  • dumb waiters / service lifts are actually really small, and are usually possible to tuck into an alcove or corner.

05. Cleanliness

  • Carrying food or perishable items by hand can lead to mess or spillage, which can further cause hygiene issues. A dumb waiter eliminates this.
  • Most dumb waiters are (or have the option of) stainless steel – wipe clean and water proof for thorough cleaning.

Common Uses for Dumb Waiter Lifts

The most common places, and most useful places, that dumb waiter lifts are installed are:

  • restaurants and kitchens
  • hotels
  • private homes
  • offices (for heavy paperwork or archives)
  • faith buildings (for transporting equipment and books)

Though you can install a dumb waiter lift anywhere it would be useful!

If you want to discuss your dumb waiter requirements, just get in touch with our team.

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