Stainless-steel design with 3 adjustable shelves. Door is self-closing, stay-open, and lockable. Locking castors. Easy-to-use electronic thermostat controls with external digital display.
Some buyers report issues with door gasket falling off.
Can fit several dozen beer cans, bottles, or wine bottles. Sturdy shelves and door can withstand years of regular use. Runs quietly and without shaking. Door is well-sealed and glass is doubled-paned to reduce wasted energy.
Controls are less than intuitive for first-time buyers.
35 inch cubic space gives plenty of cooling space. LED lights keep everything well-lit and on full display. Tempered glass helps prevent flogging. Keeps down to 50 degrees C.
Motor runs quite loud. Some recommend extra glides.
Runs very quietly and smooth. LED lights are bright and light up entire fridge. It maintains temperature well, even after being opened frequently. Shelves are easily adjustable.
Only comes with 4 shelves.
The digital temperature controls allow for pinpoint cooling adjustments. The rotating wheels make it very agile and mobile for such a fridge. It's energy-efficient, and the shelves can be adjusted or removed.
This fridge may present storage limitations due to its compact size.
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Whether you work in a restaurant or another commercial setting, or you just have a busy home kitchen, you know a refrigerator sees a ton of action day in, day out. As such, it needs to be up to the task, and this is particularly true for commercial refrigerators.
Most commercial refrigerators have one to three sections, which will total a capacity of as much as 70 cubic feet. Commercial fridges are typically more durable than home refrigerators, and they incorporate a variety of features geared toward the heavy traffic and high pace of professional kitchens. They are usually just refrigerators (no freezer section), as these types of kitchens tend to have space for similar single-purpose freezers.
Commercial refrigerators ship in a large variety of sizes. These range from 20 to 30 cubic feet of storage for a one-section refrigerator up to as much as 70 cubic feet of storage for a three-section one. While you can store more food in a larger refrigerator, such units naturally take up more kitchen space.
Refrigerators are all about temperature, and there are a number of questions you should be asking before settling on a commercial refrigerator.
While commercial refrigerators operate at a variety of temperature ranges, most will usually run within a range of several degrees between 33°F and 43°F.
One final temperature question to consider is related to efficiency: how effectively does the commercial refrigerator hold its temperature? The better a commercial refrigerator can hold in the cold, the cheaper it will be to run. For the best energy efficiency, go with a unit that has been Energy Star-rated. Pricier models also tend to feature higher-quality gaskets or “foam-in-place” insulation, which also improve efficiency.
The amount of sound these refrigerators emit (largely from their compressors) can vary considerably. While some are whisper-quiet, others are noticeably louder. You might not notice a louder commercial refrigerator in a busy restaurant kitchen, but the same unit might drive you to distraction in a more sedate culinary setting.
Consider the existing noise level where you will be installing the refrigerator to determine what level of refrigerator noise will be acceptable to you.
Stainless steel throughout — bodies, shelving, hardware — is the way to go for a durable and long-lasting commercial refrigerator. Stainless steel will be more expensive than, say, aluminum, but the feature will pay for itself both with improved longevity and fewer service calls. Avoid commercial refrigerators with any mention of plastic, even if it’s just the shelving.
Commercial refrigerator shelving should be made from a strong and durable material, and stainless steel is recommended. This is also true for any clips that hold the shelves in place.
It’s important to note the number of shelves that ship with a particular commercial refrigerator. More shelves allow for more food storage options. For optimum versatility, be sure that all shelving is adjustable so you can reposition the shelves as needed.
Commercial refrigerator doors and handles offer features that can be quite helpful in a culinary setting. For example, some units include self-closing doors, which can help save energy. Alternately, many commercial refrigerator doors have a stay-open feature, which eases loading and unloading. And whether your commercial refrigerator has one, two, or even three doors, chances are they will be swing doors.
Handles can be a weak point on refrigerator doors, given the fact that they are constantly being yanked throughout the day. For longevity, go with a recessed handle rather than a bar handle that sticks out from the door’s surface.
A commercial refrigerator should have sufficient internal lighting to keep food items from disappearing into the shadows. LED lighting is relatively inexpensive to run and long-lasting.
Some commercial refrigerators still use physical knobs for setting temperature levels, but more and more now incorporate digital controls. With their digital displays, these units not only provide a more exact way to control the temperature but also an easy way to quickly tell the refrigerator’s current temperature.
Commercial refrigerators typically ship with either wheels or feet on the bottom. If the latter, the feet should be made from or coated with a nonslip material such as rubber. Feet often are adjustable, allowing users to level the fridge.
Wheels obviously allow the refrigerator to be more easily moved around a space or repositioned as needed. They can also be moved away from the wall, making it easier to clean under and behind. To keep your commercial refrigerator from rolling away, go with wheels that are lockable.
For ease in cleaning, consider a commercial refrigerator with removable gaskets around the doors.
Inexpensive: Commercial refrigerators under $1,000 tend to be more compact, typically with a capacity under 30 cu. ft. They are usually single-section refrigerators, often designed to store beverages.
Mid-range: In the $1,000 to $2000 range, the quality improves. Commercial refrigerators in this range usually offer a 30 to 50 cubic feet capacity and more shelving. These units more often have features like stay-open doors and digital displays. One- or two-section refrigerators are common here.
Expensive: Commercial refrigerators over $2,000 typically have two or even three sections and usually are larger than 50 cubic feet. These units tend to be more durable and better insulated, to run quieter, and to sport a range of advanced features like all-digital temperature controls.
A. Commercial refrigerators typically have solid metal doors or glass doors, and each option has advantages. A solid door generally offers better insulation, so the fridge retains cold better. Solid doors also are easier to clean. Glass doors let users know at a glance what’s inside (and what isn’t).
A. While you want a unit that holds as much food as you need it to, you also must take your available space into account. To verify that a refrigerator will fit your kitchen, carefully measure your space, taking into account both the size of the refrigerator as well as the recommended ventilation allowance. Measure not just width and depth, but also height.
You will also want to measure any hallways and doorways a commercial refrigerator will need to pass through, particularly if it’s a larger model. You don’t want a unit delivered to your curb only to discover that you can’t get it into your kitchen.
A. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for placing and installing the refrigerator. In addition to explaining the proper ventilation space needed, these instructions will cover the power required. Most commercial refrigerators run on a standard outlet.
Other installation tips include setting your commercial refrigerator on a level surface and avoiding, if possible, dusty areas or placing it near other kitchen equipment that produces heat or moisture, such as a fryer or a sink.