Best Dough Sheeter Reviews (TOP 5 PICKS FOR 2018)
A dough sheeter is a vital machine in any bakery, pizza house or commercial kitchen dealing extensively with dough.
However, the wide choice of sheeters available can cause confusion; should you opt for a smaller table-top model or go for a large standalone sheeter? Do you require reversible rollers and computer aided control or are your requirements much simpler than that?
We look into these questions and more in this top 5 dough sheeter review round-up. We have selected a range of models to suit the different needs of today’s professional bakers.
To view our findings at a glance, just head to the table below. For a detailed buyer’s guide plus in depth reviews of each of our choices, keep on reading.
Best Dough Sheeter – Top 5
|PRODUCT IMAGE||NAME||DETAILS||OUR RATING|
|TOP PICK:Skyfood CLM-400Dough Sheeter||BEST COUNTER-TOPDOUGH SHEETER16" Wide, Single Pass1/8" to 3/8" Thickness.|
|Univex T50Vertical DoughSheeter||COUNTER-TOP MODEL20" wide, 0.5-HP MotorMax Thickness: 0.71"|
|Univex SFG500BDough Sheeter||BEST REVERSIBLEDOUGH SHEETER20" wide, 75.6" Length0.75-HP motorMax Thickness: 1.9"|
|Omcan FMA 27960Dough Sheeter||BEST STANDALONEDOUGH SHEETERReversible Function20.5" wide, 82" length0.75HP motorMax Thickness: 1.57"|
|Skyfood DMS-30Dough Divider||COUNTER-TOP DOUGHDIVIDER30 Piece CapacityCompact Design|
Dough Sheeter Reviews
The quality of a dough sheeter is usually determined by its build quality, design, throughput, and handling capacity (how much [bulk] dough can be rolled in a single pass through the rolling unit).
These qualitative criteria allow for 5 of the best dough sheeters to be identified for review.
1. Best Counter Top Dough Sheeter: Skyfood CLM-400
The Skyfood CLM-400 is a compact, well-designed counter-top dough sheeter featuring a high-quality build that includes a 16-inch wide table plate, (a 12 inch model is also available).
Its rollers are driven by a 1-horsepower(Hp) motor that is supplied by 220/110volts, 60/50Hertz(Hz) AC power. Its power consumption is rated at 0.8kilowatts per hour(kW/h) which makes it a power efficient equipment.
This model needs to be placed on a leveled surface (or table-top), and it is recommended that this surface is about 85cm above the floor.
Four short stands serve as its basement. It should also be grounded before being used. Its handling capacity (also described as production capacity) is 15pounds of dough per pass.
This dough roller is designed and made by the Florida-based Skyfood Equipment LLC.
This compact model is shipped as a fully assembly unit whose load-free weight is about 192pounds. This makes it a heavy equipment that must be placed on a strong table or counter.
It is 19.5inches long, 21.5inches wide, and 19.75inches tall. This gives it a wide base for stability. Its body features a No-Bac enamel finish which prevents growth of micro-organisms.
It is shipped alongside a bilingual user instruction manual that lays out the information in both English and Spanish. The color scheme of this Skyfood model is white.
On the front side is the front panel holding the on/off switch at the bottom, and the emergency button at the top. This easy-to-access emergency button can be easily pushed to turn off the equipment, and then pulled to unlock it.
Also on the front side and adjacent to the on/off switch is the discharge tray, which comes with a thickness indicator. The rolled dough exits the rolling assembly and onto the discharge tray where one can check if it has been rolled to the desired thickness.
On the top side is the angulated feeding gutter which can be covered by a hinged upper protection cover when not in use.
The kneaded dough is placed in this gutter and manually guided until it can be pulled by the first pair of rollers. Because the feeding gutter/tray is fitted above the rolling assembly, this model is described as a vertical dough sheeter.
Also fitted in the top panel is the thickness regulation handle, which is used to control the thickness of the rolled dough as it emerges onto the discharge tray. This model can be cleaned easily, with the cleaning guidelines clearly set out in the user manual.
The power cable emerges from the unit through the back panel. There are no noticeable features on the side panel. Also, because it uses a gutter as the feeding tray, and this gutter is placed atop the rolling assembly where gravity allows the kneaded dough to slide into the rollers; this model does not need to use a conveyor.
This is a single-pass non-reversible dough roller that uses a gear-driven transmission system to drive the rollers. In the rolling assembly are the pairs of chrome-coated cylinders, with each having a diameter of 4inches.
The rollers are 16inches long, and can be driven to roll speeds of upto 80revolutions-per-minute(rpm) by the 1-Hp motor. The upper and lower set of rolls can be opened, or moved apart, for a maximum distance of 0.75inches. This rolls opening capacity allows the rolling unit to roll doughs to a maximum thickness of 0.75inches.
The Skyfood CLM-400 is a compactly-built vertical counter-top dough sheeter featuring a high-quality enamel-coated build and a 16-inch wide discharge plate.
Its rollers are driven by a 1-horsepower(Hp) motor that is supplied by 220/110volts, 60/50Hertz(Hz) AC power, and consume upto 0.8kW/h.
The maximum roller speed is 80rpm, and the upper and lower set of rollers can be spaced up-to 0.75inches apart, which makes the maximum thickness for the rolled dough to be 0.75inches. Likewise, its maximum handling capacity is 15pounds per pass.
This combination of power and output verstaility is one of the major reasons the CLM-400 is our top pick counter-top model sheeter; highly recommended for those with more limited space and budget.
The Univex T50 vertical dough sheeter is a high-quality and easy-to-use counter-top machine featuring a compact build and a 20-inch wide discharge table plate.
It can produce a continuous sheet of dough whose thickness is 0.71inches. Its rollers are driven by an energy-efficient 0.5Hp electric motor that is supplied by 220/110volts, 60/50Hertz(Hz) AC power.
The unit must be fitted on a level surface that can support its weight. Its has a wide-base for support and stability. This dough roller is designed and manufactured by the New Hampshire-based, Univex Corporation.
This compact model is shipped as an almost-ready state with the user only required to open the upper and lower chutes so as to install the feeding and discharge plates assembly.
The upper chute then becomes the top protective cover. The load-free ready-to-use unit weighs about 132pounds, which is remarkably heavy for a single person to carry around.
Its body features a bacterial-resistant finish that prevents growth of micro-organisms. It is shipped along with an English user manual..
Unlike the Skyfood CLM-400 vertical sheeter, the Univex T50 uses a conveyor belt to feed the kneaded dough through the chrome-polished cylindrical rollers.
Also, the Univex T50 comes with a set of fixed pairs of vertical supports for rolling pins. One pair is fitted near the top edge of the feeding plate, while the other pair is fitted at the distal edge of the discharge plate.
It can come with heavy-duty rolling pins made from high-quality hardwood. Moreover, the Univex T50 Vertical Sheeter uses a hinged feeding tray instead of a gutter.
This hinged tray can be folded up to adjust the angle (or angulation) between the tray and the rolling unit. The discharge plate is also hinged, and can be folded.
On the front side of the Univex T50 is a panel housing the main power switch atop a sub-panel that has the start switch, power indicator, and stop switch.
The main switch allows power to be supplied to the unit even when the stop switch prevents the rollers from operating. This front panel is placed on the left side of the discharge plate.
On the top side of the model is the emergency stop switch and the angulated feeding tray which can be covered by a protection cover. The emergency stop switch is a push-or-pull switch that is placed in an easy-to-access location.
On the right side of this model is the thickness regulation mechanism which controls the thickness of the rolled dough.
This mechanism is made up of 2 components: a calibrated thickness level gauge with a thickness levels stop, and a thickness-regulation control arm that has an attached release button.
The control arm slides across the gauge to set the required thickness, at which point the thickness level stop firmly holds the arm in place till the work is finished when the release button is used to unlock the arm.
The conveyor belt is 20-inches wide, and can be cleaned alongside the rest of the equipment. The cleaning guidelines are clearly set out in the user manual.
This model is a single-pass non-reversible dough roller that uses a transmission system to drive the rollers. In the rolling assembly are the pairs of chrome-coated cylinders.
The rollers are 20inches long. The upper and lower set of rolls can be spaced apart for a maximum distance of 0.71inches. This rolls opening capacity allows the rolling unit to roll doughs to a maximum thickness of 0.71inches.
Univex T50 benefits from a 12-months warranty.
The Univex T50 is a high-quality, compactly-built and easy-to-use vertical counter-top dough sheeter that has a 20-inch wide discharge table plate and a conveyor belt of matching width.
It can produce a continuous sheet of dough whose thickness is 0.71inches; and its rollers are driven by an energy-efficient 0.5Hp electric motor via a drive transmission system.
For those looking for a larger width capacity, the T50 could be a better choice than our top pick Skyfoods option (that comes in at 16 inches wide). Overall, a worthy addition to our best rated sheeter review round-up.
3. Best Reversible Dough Sheeter: Univex SFG500B
Another Univex machine makes our top 5. The SFG500B is an easy-to-use reversible counter-top dough sheeter that features fold-able table plates whose width is 20 inches.
It is designed to handle heavier workloads than the Univex T50. This reversible sheeter can produce a continuous sheet of dough whose thickness can reach up-to 1.9inches.
The length of the entire table plate is 75.6inches. Its rollers are driven by an energy-efficient 0.75Hp electric motor that is supplied by 220/110volts, 60/50Hertz(Hz) AC power.
As expected, this equipment must be fitted on a level surface that can support its weight, as well as be large enough hold it and also leave enough workspace for flour storage and kneading.
Its has a firm and sturdy basement for support and stability. This dough roller is designed and manufactured by the New Hampshire-based, Univex Corporation.
This heavy-duty model is shipped as a fully-assembled equipment with the protection grid on either side of the rolling assembly already fitted.
The load-free ready-to-use unit weighs about 312pounds, which is remarkably heavy even for a team of people to manually lift. Its body is made from anti-corrosive steel that features a bacterial-resistant finish which prevents growth of micro-organisms. It is shipped alongside an English user manual.
Like the T50 Vertical Sheeter,the Univex SFG500B Reversible model uses a conveyor belt to feed the kneaded dough through the chrome-polished cylindrical rollers.
Also, its rolling unit assembly is an upgraded version of that found in Univex T50. As expected, Univex SFG500B comes with a set of fixed pairs of vertical supports for rolling pins.
One pair is fitted near the left edge of table plate, while the other pair is fitted near the right edge of the plate. It can come with heavy-duty rolling pins made from high-quality hardwood.
These vertical supports are bolted onto the side of the table place. This allows the vertical supports to rotate around the bolt, and the operator can swing these supports to bring the rolling pin to rest on the rolling pin tray attached at either end of the table plate.
The rolling assembly is made up of two vertical units, one taller than the other, which are connected together by an overarching arm. This arm has a flour tray on its top side where flour can be placed.
On the taller unit is fitted main power switch, master circuit breaker, emergency stop switch, thermal switch, and mains power indicator lamps. The thermal switch cuts off power to the electric motor when it overheats.
On the shorter vertical unit is the fitted the thickness regulation mechanism which is made up of 2 components; a calibrated thickness level gauge with a thickness levels stop, and a thickness-regulation control arm that has an attached release button.
Another key lever in this machine is the direction control lever which allows the operator to choose the inlet to outlet direction.
Just like the Univex T50, the Univex SFG500B Reversible Sheeter has a 20-inch wide conveyor belt that can be cleaned alongside the rest of the equipment. The cleaning guidelines are clearly described in the user manual.
The Univex SFG500B is a single-pass reversible dough roller that uses a chain transmission system to drive the rollers. In the rolling assembly are the pairs of chrome-coated cylinders.
The rollers are 20inches long. The upper and lower set of rolls can be spaced apart for a maximum distance of 1.9inches. This rolls opening capacity allows the rolling unit to roll doughs to a maximum thickness of 1.9inches.
The Univex SFG500B benefits from a 12-months warranty.
The Univex SFG500B is an excellent option for those looking for reversible functionality in a table-top model sheeter. It is a high-quality, heavy-duty, and easy-to-use machine that features fold-able table plates whose width is 20 inches.
It can produce a continuous sheet of dough whose thickness can reach up-to 1.9inches. Its rollers are driven by an energy-efficient 0.75Hp electric motor through a chain drive transmission system.
Taking all these features in to account, the SFG500B is one of the best reversible dough sheeters currently on the market.
4. Best Standalone Sheeter: Omcan FMA 27960
This is a heavy-duty, high-quality reversible standalone dough sheeter that has an 82-inch long table plate that serves as the base of the 19.75-inch wide conveyor.
It is designed for high throughput, and can handle bulk quantities of kneaded dough. This floor model can produce a continuous sheet of dough whose thickness can reach up-to 1.5inches(40mm).
It comes with a sturdy basement stand that rests on 4 caster wheels, which allows an operator to move this model around. Its rollers are driven by an energy-efficient 0.75Hp electric motor that usually draws 559watts of the energy supplied by 220/110volts, 60/50Hertz(Hz) AC power.
Even so, the maximum power rating for this floor sheeter is 1.1kW. It features built-in safety features including emergency mechanisms such as a thermal switch which prevents motor damage through overheating.
Also, because this is a floor model, one must consider the floor space available before wheeling this equipment to the workplace. It also features a fold-able table plate.
This dough roller is designed and manufactured by the Ontaria-based, Omcan Inc.
This heavy-duty floor model is shipped as an assembled equipment complete with the protection grid fitted on either side of the rolling assembly.
The ready-to-use machine is 83inches long, 35inches wide, and 25.5inches tall. The load-free ready-to-use unit weighs about 616pounds, which is quite heavy; and hence one must check the floor strength before wheeling the machine across it.
Its body is made from corrosive-resistant material that is coated by a bacterial-resistant finish to prevent growth of micro-organisms. It is shipped alongside a monolingual user manual written in English.
The Omcan FMA 27960 comes with an 82-inch (2083mm) long conveyor belt that must be stretched to fit onto the table. This ensures that the top surface of the conveyor is maintained in a smooth and taut state to allow for seamless feeding of kneaded dough through the chrome-polished cylindrical rollers.
On each end of the table-plate is a pair of vertical roller pin supports, which have been screwed to the plate sides. This allows the vertical supports to swing the rolling pin into the rolling pin tray fitted at the plate edge.
The rolling assembly unit of Omcan FMA 27960 is composed of 2 vertical units of equal height which are connected together by an overarching horizontal arm.
These vertical units are an extension of the basement stand. The arm has a long flour tray on its top side where flour can be placed for sprinkling onto the rolled dough.
The basement stand of this floor model houses the main power switch, master circuit breaker, emergency stop switch, thermal switch, and mains power indicator lamps.
Likewise, the thickness regulation mechanism as well as the steering rod( or direction control lever) are fitted to the stand. Its conveyor belt that can be cleaned alongside the rest of the equipment.
Omcan FMA 27960 is a single-pass reversible dough roller that uses a chain-drive transmission system to drive the rollers. The rollers are 20.5inches long.
The upper and lower set of rolls can be spaced apart at a minimum distance of 0.079inches, and a maximum distance of 1.57inches. This rolls opening capacity allows the rolling unit to roll doughs to a maximum thickness of 1.57inches.
The Omcan FMA 27960 is a heavy-duty, high-quality, reliable and easy-to-use reversible standalone dough sheeter that has an 82-inch long table plate that serves as the base of the 19.75-inch wide conveyor.
It is designed for high throughput and can produce a continuous sheet of dough whose thickness can reach up-to 1.5inches(40mm).
It comes with a sturdy basement stand that rests on 4 caster wheels, which gives it mobility. Its rollers are driven by an energy-efficient 0.75Hp electric motor through a chain drive transmission system.
Its top end, professional capacity does come with a price, however this can be classed as best in show when it comes to the demands of a large commercial kitchen. Highly recommended for those that need such power.
Our final product, is a dough divider rather than sheeter.
The Skyfood DMS-30 is a high-quality, manually-operated table-top dough divider that features a compact build and heavy-duty stainless steel knives.
It is used to divide a kneaded dough into 30 equal pieces, with the size of each piece ranging from 1.16ounces to 3.5ounces.
One feeds the dough to be processed into the tray that rests on the base of the machine. Then using a lever that is attached to the divider plate, one quickly and easily drives the plate through the dough mass and in the process divides it.
To use it well, it must be placed on a leveled or flat surface. This model was formerly manufactured as Fleetwood by a company called Skymsen.
The use of this dough divider allows for the process of dough division to be standardized as well as make the process time-efficient. Currently, it is designed and manufactured by the Florida-based company, Skyfood Equipment LLC.
This compact dough divider is shipped fully assembled with its load-free weight being about 73pounds, which can be carried by at least 2 people.
This also means that it is a heavy equipment for one person/porter, and that it must also be placed on a strong table or counter. It has a circular base, which is framed by the handle-plate assembly.
The ready-to-use equipment is 17.75inches long, 17inches wide, and 43.31inches tall. Its body frame features a No-Bac enamel finish that prevents growth of micro-organisms.
Like Skyfood CLM-400, Skyfood DMS-30 is shipped alongside a bilingual user instruction manual that lays out the information in both English and Spanish. There is also an optional stand that one can acquire.
Skyfood DMS-30 has only 6 parts which makes it easy to clean and maintain the equipment. These parts are the stainless steel tray, the handle lever, the divider plate, the base, lock, and lock handle.
The handle lever allows one to push the plate onto the dough so as to compress it. When proper compression is achieved, the lock is lowered which allows the lock handle to be engaged.
The lock handle is used to unlock the knives and ready them for cutting into the dough. When the handle lever then lowers the divider plate, the dough is cut.
Skyfood DMS-30 is a high-quality, manually-operated table-top dough divider that features a compact build and heavy-duty stainless steel knives.
It is used to divide a kneaded dough into 30 equally-sized pieces, with the size of each piece ranging from 1.16ounces to 3.5ounces. It uses a lever-plate mechanism to drive the division process.
Dough Sheeter Buyer’s Guide
Food is a necessity in life. Usually, most people value food quality over food quantity. The process of food preparation affects both the quality and taste of the ready-made food.
This also applies to baked food. Dough is the main precursor of a wide range of flour-based baked foodstuffs including breads, pastry, biscuits, pizza, noodles, cookies, and cakes.
Therefore, a well-prepared dough is a perfect precursor for making good food. However, there is another process after dough kneading that affects the quality of dough being fed into the oven, and this process is called rolling.
Rolling the dough
Rolling allows the chef to flatten (or sheet) and shape the dough, as well as decorate and pattern the flattened dough.
Dough can be rolled in 2 ways; manually and automatically. The process of manually rolling out dough presents 3 key challenges; dough sticking to rolling pin and counter-top during sheeting, rolled dough having uneven thickness, and difficulty in achieving the desired (uniform) thickness in the dough sheet.
In steps the dough sheeter
To counter these challenges, a specialized dough rolling machine that can automate this process needs to be used. This machine is known as a dough roller or dough sheeter.
Apart from helping the chef overcome challenges associated with manual dough rolling, this machine can also handle a large capacity of dough.
This allows for large-scale dough rolling within a short period, hence saving both time and resources. Additionally, it can sheet different types of dough, and impress unique patterns on the dough sheet, as well as cut the dough sheet into specific shapes.
Ultimately, this allows it to create special doughs, including the sticky and well-hydrated wet ciabatta dough, which manual (dough) rolling cannot produce.
This machine uses a rolling technology to achieve uniformly thick dough sheets. However, different manufactures tweak this technology to their specifications or according to customer needs.
Designed for commercial use
Likewise, because of its ability to handle bulk quantities of dough, a dough roller is used in large pizza establishments, and for this reason it is sometimes described as a pizza dough-sheeter. This industrial-grade equipment also produces high-quality dough that is used to make pizza.
Dough sheeters are commercial-grade equipment, and almost all are powered with alternating current(AC) electricity, which is mainly used to drive the electric motors, along with the conveyor.
The different types of commercial dough sheeter
The basic industrial-grade dough sheeter has the following components; rolling assembly, table (or table plate), conveyor (belt), basement, and motor system.
The basement provides support to the entire unit. The base used categorizes dough sheeters into 2 groups; counter-top (or table-top) models, and floor-standing (or standalone) models.
Counter-top model dough sheeters
Counter-top models have a short and wide basement that allows them to be fitted atop table surfaces. On the other hand, standalone models come with their own stands that allow it to rest on the floor, and some stands can support height-adjustment while others have caster wheels.
Standalone dough sheeters
For standalone models, one must check the floor space available so as ascertain that the model can be installed in the workplace.
The table plate spans the length of the entire machine, with an idle roller being attached at each end. The conveyor is placed on the table, and stretches around the idle rollers, which allows the rollers to stretch the conveyor so that it remains taut during operation.
This allows one to have a smooth conveyor surface for placing the kneaded dough. The dimensions of the table are important as they provide the base of the working surface.
Therefore, table width and length span must be considered when purchasing any model.
Conveyer belt components
Even more important measurement is the width of the conveyor belt which rests on the table top and provides the working surface. Usually, the conveyor belt width must closely approximate and evenly match the table width.
The conveyor belt moves at a user-determined speed across the table top. This speed influences the process of dough sheeting, and most models allows this speed to be varied easily during operation.
The stand holds both the table and rolling assembly in place. The rolling assembly includes pairs of rollers, motor unit, and the drive mechanism that connects the rollers to the motor drive.
The rollers are held in place by scraper mounts, with handle springs and scraper springs allowing for the spacing between rollers to be adjusted. In some models, the table top is composed of 2 separate plates which are fitted on either side of the rolling assembly.
Usually, the plates are hinged to the rolling assembly, and this allows for the plates to be folded up. This types of fold-able models are called folded dough sheeters.
The rolling assembly
There are usually 4 pairs of rollers in the rolling assembly. Each pair of rollers is made up of an upper and lower rollers, with the upper roller turning in the opposite direction of the lower roller.
The 4 roller pairs are placed next to each other, on the same horizontal plane, with the manufacturer determining the roller spacing, which is usually less than 5millimeters(mm). This means that there are four pairs of opposed rollers create a set of upper and lower rollers.
Usually, the rollers can be driven at the same speed with the upper set of rollers being oriented to roll in the same direction, and the same also applies to the lower set of rollers. However, each roller pair can be set to spin at a different speed as compared to other roller pairs.
This allows the operator to rotate the roller pairs at different speeds, with the speed ratio between the roller pairs influencing the quality of dough sheet produced.
Even so, the upper and lower rollers in each pair cannot spin at different speeds. The direction of rotation of the upper set of rollers in relation to the lower set of rollers determine the inlet to outlet direction.
Reversible and non-reversible dough sheeters
If the lower set of rollers in the machine are fixed to rotate in the same direction (clockwise or anti-clockwise), the inlet and outlet locations cannot be changed and this equipment is categorized as a non-reversible dough sheeter.
If the rotational direction of the lower set of rollers can be changed, then a previous inlet to outlet direction can be changed, hence reversing both the inlet and outlet points, and this type of dough roller is described a reversible dough sheeter.
At each end of the table (near the idler roller) in the reversible dough sheeter, is placed a vertical support for a rolling pin. Non-reversible models have only one pair of fixed vertical support for their rolling pin.
At the table plate near the outlet port of the rolling assembly is fitted a cutting cylinder which can cut the dough sheet to a specific width, or divide it into several flat ribbons of specific widths.
High-end dough sheeters come with a firmware and built-in client interface unit(CIU) that allows the operator to input variables (usually the conveyor speed and roller speeds) which determine the operation of the equipment. Almost all of these computerized models are high-performance equipment.
Elements to look out for
The key measurements that one must check for in dough sheeter reviews are table width, table length, roller length, conveyor belt width, and roller spacing.
High-quality models allow for roller spacing to be set either manually or digitally via the CIU. The other key feature to check for is the conveyor belt speed. This would allow one to choose the best dough sheeters for their needs.