What is a dumbwaiter lift?
At this point, you might be slightly confused. A dumbwaiter lift is not an insult but rather a goods lift that helps improve efficiency within a restaurant or any other commercial kitchen. It is a small, often waist height, lift used to transport food and other equipment needed for a kitchen quickly between multiple floors in a building. These are hugely popular wide world with many kitchens doing much of the heavy lifting and delivering people their food.
Where does the name originate?
Although originating in ancient Greece around 200 BC, the term was popularised in the 20th century having been used in grand houses to transport the food across multiple levels whilst limiting the noise and odour from the kitchen to the guests that were dining.
The name was simply a term for having your waiter who was not seen or heard during these times. That was immensely popular with the upper ranks of society during this time, where they did not wish to see the servants preparing and delivering food to them. It was then further cemented into society by Harold Pinter, who wrote a well-known play revolving around the device.
The first patent for the device that would later become the ‘dumbwaiter lift’ was filed in 1887. This device was based around a series of pulleys and weights which could be used to transport goods across large properties. However, this was quickly developed into an electrical system which provided far superior services for the users and became hugely popular across the globe!
The modern dumbwaiter lift
Today, these devices are a staple part of any kitchen being used across the globe daily. The lift is a great means of transporting goods with many chefs and service staff relying on them for manual handling tasks.
Within a commercial environment, these devices are used to transport nearly 226kg at one time across multiple levels. Aimed at preventing staff from injuring themselves by carrying hot food and heavy equipment up and downstairs, these are crucial to any kitchen.
You can also have these devices fitted in private homes if you are lucky enough to need one! These smaller lifts can be used to transport items around your home with ease, with up to 35 feet vertically and doors on three sides! For more information, on any of the dumbwaiter lifts that we supply, please browse our goods lifts pages!