Whether you own a catering business or run a busy restaurant, chafing units are going to be important. One of the major things you need to consider when you’re choosing those chafing units is whether to go for a metal cover or a glass cover.

It might not seem like such a big decision, but there are actually a few strong advantages that come along with going for a glass-top chafing dish instead of an opaque cover, and here are just three.

  1. More Attractive

Probably the most compelling advantage that comes with using glass-topped chafing dishes is that diners will be able to see inside. There are few things as attractive as well-cooked food, and having a glass-topped chafing dish means that people will be able to see in as they walk past. People are simply more likely to come and sample what you have to offer if they can see it when they walk past, and diners will tend to eat more when they can see the whole spread. The first bite is with the eye, so it pays to keep your food visible.

  1. Easy Monitoring

Glass-topped chafing dishes don’t just attract more diners to your delicious food – they also help you keep that food delicious. After all, you’ll have a clear window to look through, so monitoring your tasty fare is going to be easy. This also helps with the flow of your restaurant; when you start to run low on a certain something, you’ll be able to get more cooked up quickly and have it ready to go by the time the current lot runs out. When the dish is hidden from view, it’s easy to be surprised.

  1. Reduced Heat Loss

Regardless of how they are heated, chafing dishes will have to work harder when the top is constantly being lifted off. Hot air will go out and cold air will stream in. There’s obviously no way to entirely prevent that happening– after all, you want people to be eating your food. What you can do is prevent people lifting up the lid simply to see what’s inside. With a glass top, they’ll be able to see if they want what the chafing dish holds without lifting the top.