Ultimate Commercial Refrigerator Buying Guide (2)

Ultimate Commercial Refrigerator Buying Guide (2)

Door Type

Swing Doors

  • Choose one with a stay-open feature to make loading and unloading easier.
  • Make sure you have cough space or else swing doors can block traffic flows.

Half Doors

  • Also known as a Dutch door.
  • Traditional swing doors split into two sections.
  • Half doors help conserve energy and promote more consistent internals temperatures.

Door Material

Solid Door


  • Easier to clean than glass.
  • More insulation than glass.


  • Gain energy efficiency but lose product visibility


Glass Door



  • Can see the contents before opening the door.
  • Less insulation than a solid door.


  • Gain product visibility but lose energy efficiency.



  • Most commercial refrigerators can handle and maintain temperatures between 36 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • The freezer can maintain between 2 and-2 degrees Fahrenheit.



Choosing the Compressors Location


Why does the Compressor Location Matter?


There are positives to both so what is best depends on your business and personal preference.



  • Ideal for hot areas and in cooking line applications.
  • Easy to clean and service.
  • You can stack items on top of the reach-in.



  • Best for cool and dry areas.
  • Efficient operation duck to heat not rising into the cooler.
  • Less likely to clog than bottom-mounted compressors.


Energy Consumption

  • Install correctly to limit leaks and ensure efficient operation.
  • Design the shelving layout for efficient access and effective airflow.
  • Install the refrigerator on insulated floors with thermal barriers under each wall panel.
  • Select a refrigerator that uses LED lighting.




Make sure the room where you are installing the unit is well ventilated.

  • Add a little space on all sides for proper ventilation.
  • Make sure there is enough space at the
  • front to open doors without obstructions.


Utility Requirements

  • Ensure that you’re building and desired location
  • can supply the power necessary to run a
  • commercial refrigerator.


Other Tips

Measure door frames and hallways for a problem free delivery.

Avoid installing units in exceptionally humid or dusty areas.

Install it on a level surface away from heat and moisture-generating equipment.

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