Overall User Rating from 10 reviews

  • Eye-catching stainless steel exterior
  • Must be used with water
  • Holds up to a 4" deep full size food pan
  • 120V, 700W

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Vollrath Cayenne Warmers

Vollrath Cayenne Warmers

Welcome to Vollrath University. I’m Chef Rich, and today we’re here to talk to you about the Vollrath direct contact heating system. The direct contact heating system is just that. It’s a system that its components work together to create a high-efficiency warmer. Here you can see the two components that make up the direct contact heating system. First we have the self-insulating thermal set well, and we also have the high-efficiency cast-in heating element. Again these two components together allow the Vollrath 700 watt warmer to meet the same performance criteria as much higher wattage units. These two items again, and because of the efficiency of when the water is in direct contact with the heating element, rather than heating through the bottom of the well, allows the most efficient heat transfer into the water. Now let’s compare one version of a traditional well and show some of the inefficiencies that these can have. As you can see in this version, the heating element is not located inside of the well. It’s actually located underneath the well. And as you can see in this manufacturer’s design, there’s actually about a 1/2" gap between the bottom of the well and the heating element. As you can see this is very inefficient. It’s much more efficient to have that heating element in actual contact with the water than it is to heat through this gap. A lot of heat is actually lost in this design, so much so, that this manufacturer has had to put these vents in the sides of the warmer to allow that excess heat to escape. So now we’ve shown you the direct contact heating system, but what does it mean? Because we’re more efficient at transferring energy into the water that means that we can use a 700 watt element where a lot of the competitor units need 1200 or more to perform the same task. Because of the inefficiencies of the element design, and how efficient our design is, again that 700 watt element can be used. Where that’s important is that we can put 700 watts in three of those units on your standard 120 volt, 20 amp circuit, whereas our competitive units one or possibly two units is maxing out that circuit. So it’s a much more efficient design. The direct contact heating system is available on 7 and 11 quart round warmers, full size countertop warmers, and is also featured in our line of serve well and affordable portable serving lines.

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Width 13 3/4 Inches
Depth 21 3/4 Inches
Height 9 Inches
Amps 5.8 Amps
Hertz 60
Phase 1
Voltage 120
Wattage 700 Watts
Control Type Thermostatic
Installation Type Countertop
Made in America Yes
Material Stainless Steel
NSF Listed Yes
Number of Pans 1
Power Type Electric
Size Full Size
Style Warmer
Temperature 160 Degrees F
Temperature Settings Adjustable

Customer questions about this product

What is the difference between the direct contact heating system and other warmer heating systems?
Direct contact heating encourages more efficient heat transfer because the heating element is in direct contact with the water in the well. This type of heating not only saves energy, but eliminates the need for vents to be cut into the sides of the warmer for excess heat to escape. However, many warmers on the market have the heating element located beneath the well, which causes heat to be lost into the sides and bottom of the unit and vents must be cut into the sides of the warmer to allow this excess heat to escape.
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With its black well and stunning stainless steel exterior, the Vollrath 71001 Cayenne full size countertop warmer is sure to draw attention to exciting entrees and sides at your buffet or concession stand. It can accommodate full size food pans up to 4" deep.

The warmer utilizes a dome style heating element that focuses heat directly into the well for faster, more consistent heat transfer to your food. The element also uses 25% less energy than traditional heating elements.

The Vollrath 71001 Cayenne full size countertop warmer with stainless steel exterior has a 120V, 5.8 amp, 700W electrical rating.

Overall Dimensions:
Left to Right: 13 3/4"
Front to Back: 21 3/4"
Height: 9"

  • NSF Listed

    NSF Listed

    This item meets the standards imposed by NSF International, which focuses on public safety, health, and the environment.

  • Made in America

    Made in America

    This item was made in the United States of America.

  • UL US & Canada

    UL US & Canada

    This item has been tested and meets safety standards imposed by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for use in the United States of America and Canada.

  • 5-15P


    This unit comes with a NEMA 5-15P plug.

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Warranty Info

RESIDENTIAL USERS: Vendor assumes no liability for parts or labor coverage for component failure or other damages resulting from installation in non-commercial or residential applications. The right is reserved to deny shipment for residential usage; if this occurs, you will be notified as soon as possible.

Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating:

    Vollrath 71001 Cayenne Full Size Countertop Warmer with Stainless Steel Exterior - 120V, 700W

    4.4 stars from 10 reviews


    People Talk About:

    easy great unit warmer warmers units food water recommended clean

    These warmers are perfect for our quick service sandwich and coffee service. Easy to use, easy to clean. Vollrath is a great name brand and highly recommend.

    from NDW MWR Patuxent River Posted on

    Can't say enough about this warmer. Once you get it set and stable it will keep temp steady all day. We considered a cheaper model but it used more power and with us sometimes needing to run on generators power is at a premium. This unit heats fast holds well and uses much less power than the other units. The even heat has saved us tons in food waste compared to the old crock pots we were using no more scorching of cheese sauces and chili with this unit. We also learned it's easy to control the moisture in a compartment. If we want to keep it wetter we use a cover with no hole if we need it to steam out and stay dryer we use a lid with a spoon hole. The unit stays relatively cool to the touch on the sides compared to other units we tried and is super easy to clean. We will be getting a second identical warmer soon to eliminate the last of our old warmers.

    from Chesnut Hill Foods Posted on

    I really like this vollrath counter top food warmer. Keeps foods at temp and looks good doing it. Don't over fill the water. Nice price.

    from The Farmacy Posted on


    I purchased 5 of these units from websteraunt. 4 of them work great 1 does not work at all. We needed the heater for a remote event and I was pretty disappointed that the unit did not work when we got there. The other four have been used daily for a while now with no issues.

    from Big Boy BBQ LLC Posted on

    Thank you for reviewing! We are very sorry to hear that one of the units you received was defective. A Customer Solutions Representative will contact you shortly to resolve the issue.

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    Right at a year old and has quit working. The one this unit replaced I had in service for over four years. Warranty tells me to send it in for repair Therefore I must purchase another unit so as to continue operations of my business.

    from T&R Subs Inc, Posted on

    Thank you for your review! We're sad to hear that this unit broke so soon after you purchased it. A Customer Solutions Representative will contact you shortly to help fix the issue.

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    We had the option to purchase this item through our grocery vendor. Even with the shipping, this was the better deal. We are a very small business, every penny counts!

    from The Underground Cheesecake Co. Posted on

    Does the job and its in use up to 10hrs a day 6 days a week. Nice quality and no problem maintaining temperature of soup, dont put to much water follow directions

    Posted on

    A very simple and solid warmer. No problems for years of use. You can't beat the fact that it's made right here in the US!

    Posted on

    Very good product. I am using it 5 days a week. It keeps the food warm and hot. Very Easy operation and easy to clean.

    Posted on

    One of my most favorite kitchen products I use. These warmers are such a great product. I use them for buffet tables, to hold food in the kitchen while cooking, for concessions, etc. In all cases, they look great and get the job done. They heating element takes only minutes to generate steam from the water, which is great. The recommended water fill will last you hours before having to refill, if you even have to at all. The indicator light is great for that purpose too. These warmers produce a lot of hot steam, so use caution when working with them. Other than that, it is highly recommended.

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