One of the most important decisions that managers who run commercial kitchens have to make is deciding on the type of fridge they want to implement into their kitchen. This may seem like an easy decision, but there are a lot of factors and types to consider in order to get the best value for their money and to ensure the kitchen runs smoothly. Some of the most popular types of commercial fridges include upright, display and counter top refrigerators. Let’s discuss the advantages of all three types.
Counter Top Fridge
This type of fridge is ideal for coffee shops, delicatessen and convenience stores, as they allow businesses to keep the contents at the right temperatures, while letting customers easily see them without opening the doors. A counter top fridge is very compact and ideal for commercial kitchens that have limited space. There are various designs to choose from, and some of them are made to hold specific type of items, whether that’s cakes, drinks, or even fish. The main concern when buying this type of fridge is the size and storage capacity.
Arguably the most commonly used type of fridge, as it has the advantage of using up vertical space instead of the much needed horizontal space in commercial kitchens. You can choose between upright fridges with display and without display, but regardless of which type you end up choosing, you can enjoy the convenience of having your products well-organized on shelves. Upright fridges also have a large capacity, and they offer quick and easy access.
Display fridges are designed for front-of-house use mainly. They are ideal for displaying and merchandising products, and they come in various different models. From counter-top, wine and beer fridges, to multi-deck and serve-over counters, you can pick the one that will benefit your business most.
But regardless of which type you end up choosing, there are a few factors to consider. First and foremost, ensure the fridge you buy is Energy Star rated. In other words, make sure it’s energy efficient, so that you don’t have to pay enormous electricity bills. Next, consider whether it features automatic defrost, which may or may not be important to you.
Furthermore, consider its size. Remember – a larger unit doesn’t necessarily mean more capacity. The size of the fridge matters big time because you will need to be able to physically transport it through narrow doors and to your kitchen conveniently. Some people don’t take into account the fridge’s door, and the fact that it needs a certain amount of free space to be properly opened.