Commercial refrigeration is designed to take the wear and tear of the foodservice industry. Not only is the refrigerator found at home much smaller and less insulated than a commercial refrigerator, but it won't be as energy efficient. Commercial refrigerators, commercial freezers and commercial coolers are built with heavier materials and are designed to meet health code requirements and keep your customers safe. Our bar refrigeration, blast chillers, walk-in coolers, prep tables have hundreds of different commercial refrigeration options to fit your every need.
TYPES OF COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION
There are several types of commercial refrigerators, commercial freezers and commercial coolers for the back and front of house. In addition to large, reach-in fridges, you may also find undercounter commercial refrigeration units that nestle comfortably beneath a kitchen counter. Many refrigerated prep tables (like pizza prep tables or sandwich prep tables) are a great way to prep and store product within reach for quick refills. and for the king of refrigerated storage, nothing beats a walk-in cooler. If you display your goods to the public in the front of the house, shop for a refrigerated display case to make your product shine. Refrigerated buffet tables are also great for salad bars, cold cuts and other cold foods that need to be kept at the proper food safety temperatures.
CHOOSING THE BEST DOOR FOR YOUR COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION
Like most pieces of restaurant equipment, you have options when it comes to selecting the type of door on your commercial refrigerator. Some commercial refrigerators have a classic swing door, with many featuring a 'stay open' feature to make loading and unloading of your inventory that much easier. Typically, back of house commercial refrigerators will feature solid, stainless steel doors, which are constructed with more insulation. Solid doors are also easier to clean than glass, but you will lose product visibility in those units. Glass door commercial refrigerators are great for front of house businesses where you want to display your product for sale. Pass-Thru commercial refrigerators feature doors on either side of the unit for multiple points of access. You may find sliding doors are more common in front of house merchandisers and refrigerators, which work well in narrow aisles.
COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION MATERIALS
While the interior of most commercial refrigeration units are lined with plastic, the exterior of most refrigerators will feature one of the following metals: stainless steel, aluminum, G90 galvanized, painted G90 galvanized or galvalume. Stainless steel commercial refrigerators, commercial freezers and commercial coolers are a favorite among chefs and restaurateurs due to their durability. They are extremely strong, dent-resistant and less likely to rust. However, if you can't stomach the price tag of stainless steel, other options like aluminum are also rust and dent resistant, and might be worth considering.