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  • Rethermalize or hold soups, stews, sauces, and more
  • Rust-resistant, insulated well
  • Dome heating element provides uniform heating
  • Portable design
  • Thermostatic controls for precise temperature
  • 120V, 800W
UPC Code: 00029419194216

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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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Vollrath 72017 Specs
Height 9 5/8 Inches
Diameter 10 9/16 Inches
Amps 6.7 Amps
Hertz 60 Hertz
Phase 1
Voltage 120
Wattage 800 Watts
Capacity 7 qt.
Capacity per Compartment 7 qt.
Color Silver
Control Type Dial
Installation Type Countertop
Made in America Yes
NSF Listed Yes
Number of Compartments 1
Power Type Electric
Style Warmer
Temperature 165 Degrees F

Customer questions about this product

Do I need to add water to this warmer to use it?
Yes, you do. We do not recommend running warmers like these without water, as you will run the risk of burning out your element or scorching your food.
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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Vollrath 72017 Details

Rethermalize or hold soups, stews, and sauces outside the kitchen with the Vollrath 72017 7 qt. Heat 'n Serve soup warmer! This warmer features a unique dome element and 800W of power to evenly distribute heat while its compact, portable design easily frees up valuable countertop space. Thermostatic controls make it easy to adjust the temperature to quickly heat your food through the temperature danger zone or hold your food until it's time to serve. The insulated well resists rust, while non-skid legs ensure your warmer won't slide during use. The Vollrath 72017 7 qt. Heat 'n Serve soup warmer comes with a cord and requires a 120V electrical connection.

Overall Dimensions:
Diameter: 10 9/16"
Height: 9 5/8"

  • 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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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Vollrath 72017 7 Qt. Round "Heat n' Serve" Soup Warmer - 120V, 800W

    4.5 stars from 8 reviews


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    warmer soup great small unit hot lid counter needed fast
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    I purchased this item as I needed to use an NSF-approved "crock pot" type device per my food inspection report to warm/prepare sandwich items. I wish I would have reviewed information further to purchase the warmer, the insert, and the lid as a set (I have tried to find this item online on the website, but cannot find it). I ordered just the warmer and the insert initially, and because I didn't order the set, I didn't have an appropriate lid to go with it. This website sells the lids seperately, but you have to order a CASE (read 6 count) of them since they're drop-shipped from the manufacturer. I do like this warmer, and you don't need a lot of water to get it to work appropriately. I don't like that you have to either be savvy enough to just need on of the three components or know what the full "set" is called on the website. I will say that I did use the chat feature of the online help to determine which lid I needed for this, and they were very helpful.
    This has worked great for us for two years however it is no longer working. While working it warned up quick and melted our dipping chocolate rally fast.
    We love this kettle! It heats up fast. Is small and clean looking. It's inconspicuous on our back counter making it ideal in a small coffee shop full of stuff. And it's NSF certified. We had a point taken off our health inspection for having a non-NSF certified item. So now we're extra cautious!
    This is the soup warmer (rethermalizer) I should have order in the first place. This is a powerful soup warmer that will take your 38? soup and warm it to 165 in an hour or less. Well within the 2 hour health code limit. Very powerful, very fast, and small. It uses the standard 7QT inserts I have grown up using. I can not recommend this stand alone, workhorse unit enough. I am thinking about buying a second one, just in case.
    I have two different brand soup servers. The Volrath heats up much quicker than the other brand and keeps the product at a nice hot temp.
    This unit is perfect for keeping sauce hot all day. We use it to save space in the steaming unit. It is like a portable steam unit.
    We use this in our service station for Chili. Works great and fits our current NFS containers! Great buy for such a great value and its small enough that it doesnt take up much counter space.
    This warmer is great for soups. I tried other warmers but they were too large for my tiny kitchen. This particular warmer is approx. 12 inches in diameter and fits perfectly in the small space I had. Keeps hot soup at proper serving temperature with very little maintenance. Just fill the unit to the line, place the bain marie of hot soup in, put the lid on it and you've got perfect soup all day long. I highly recommend this product.

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