7 Types of Commercial Refrigerators and Their Purposes
When you are in need of commercial refrigerators it can be difficult to determine the best type for your needs. There are many factors to consider including the size, display and purpose of your fridges. While budget is always a consideration, you also have to consider how you will use it and where it will be stored.
Here we look at seven types of commercial refrigerators and their purposes to help you decide the right fridge for your needs.
1. New vs. refurbished
First, many business owners are unaware they have a choice between brand new fridges and refurbished commercial refrigerators. The refurbished option is something worth looking into as fridges are expensive. Refurbished fridges are hand selected to ensure they’ll make the best material for rebuilding. They also include the following brand new parts:
- The compressor
- Solenoid valve and coil
- Copper piping
- Virgin refrigerant
- Defrost time clock
- Thermostat and temperature probes
- Defrost heaters
- Evaporator and condenser fan motors
As a result, the fridge operates just like a new fridge. However, it is also given a makeover with the latest features such as LED lights, so it not only operates like new, but looks brand new as well.
2. Glass door merchandisers
Glass door merchandisers are designed for self-serve display fridges which are ideal for retailers. They come in an assortment of sizes allowing you to select the solution perfect for your inventory. 1, 2, and 3 door fridges can be ordered based on your spacing requirements.
They are stand-alone displays that offer double duty to show off your goods, while allowing customers to help themselves. Perfect for a wide range of businesses from delis to convenience stores and grocers to bakeries, the glass door merchandiser is designed for convenient grab and go set ups.
This is the commercial fridge most commonly used in commercial kitchens. Much like a home fridge, it provides rows of shelving for storing ingredients. They are available in glass or metal, with sliding or hinged doors. They are ideal for prep areas, so cooks have quick access to the ingredients for the day’s menu and work in hand with a walk-in for larger operations.
The walk-in commercial refrigerator provides ample cold storage for large restaurants as well as businesses such as a butcher or grocer. They come in various sizes to suit the needs of the business and are used for bulk foods. Foods are stored here until the cook decides to move them to the reach-in.
5. Undercounter refrigeration
This is a convenient smaller fridge that becomes part of the line in food prep. It frees up space while making it easy to access foods that should be kept cool. They also work well in smaller restaurants like a food truck or smaller deli. Items such as fresh produce and deli meats, garnishes and sauces can be stored in the undercounter fridge.
6. Beverage/bar refrigeration
Bar refrigerators are specifically designed for beverages. They come in various designs including ones for bottles such as wine, as well as cans or smaller bottles such as beer. They are commonly used in bars, but some businesses use them as an alternative to countertop coolers.
7. Countertop cooler
As the name implies, countertop coolers are smaller self-serve fridges. They are perfect for fast food restaurants, but are also ideal to display and showcase new drinks you might be selling. They can be used in many different businesses from wine/beer companies to retailers and fast food restaurants to cafeterias. They offer fast service for customers while providing a clear display of the items within. An excellent use of countertop coolers is for last minute impulse purchases at checkouts.
Features to Consider
When selecting a commercial fridge there are a few things to consider:
- Visibility: Businesses like restaurants have their fridges in the back area out of view of customers, while retailers and self-serve food counters have their fridges visible for grab and go convenience.
- Space Requirements: Your space requirements are based on the size of your business as well as the inventory you intend to keep. Plus, it also affects the type of door you prefer, hinge or sliding. Limited space often makes it difficult to swing the door open. In this case sliding doors provide ample storage without worry of the doors opening into the aisle. In addition, space limitations in kitchens might also call for under-counter or underbar coolers.
- Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency saves you money, while also contributing to a more sustainable environment.
- Aesthetics: If your commercial fridge will be in view of customers, you’ll want a design that is pleasing while also remaining practical.
Contact Ancaster Food Equipment Today
As you can see, there are many commercial fridges available to suit your needs. For more information about commercial refrigerators and coolers, and choosing the best one for your business needs, call Ancaster Foods at +1 855-888-9644 or contact us here.