How to Choose a Commercial Refrigerator for Your Restaurant

Keeping large stocks of food is key for the success of a restaurant. After all, there’s no greater disappointment for a guest than getting excited for a particular meal on the menu, only to find out that it can’t be made because the kitchen lacks the ingredients. But since large stocks of food are also more easily prone to spoilage, restaurants need to preserve their supplies in a safe and reliable way. With that being said, investing in high-quality refrigeration is the best way to ensure your guests end up satisfied and at the same time avoid violating health and safety laws.

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Unlike domestic fridges, when selecting commercial refrigeration, there are many different factors to consider. After all, the needs of a restaurant are a lot more complicated than those of an average household. So, to make the selection process easier for you, here are the most important things to pay attention to.

Size

Commercial fridges and freezers come in a variety of sizes. An easy way to figure out how large a fridge is is by the number of doors it has. Reach-in freezers are usually available as 1, 2, and 3 door models. So for instance, if you run an average-sized restaurant, a double door commercial refrigerator will be suitable for you. However, don’t forget to consider its exact capacity also, as different fridges can have different internal storage. For instance, one double door commercial refrigerator can store up to a 1200 litres, and another model barely 900 litres. So, make sure that you pick a model that can meet your storage needs at the busiest times.

Energy-efficiency

Keeping things cold 24/7 obviously drains a lot of electrical energy. However, a high electricity bill is nothing compared to a hefty fine for violating health and safety laws. But like any business, a restaurant also has a limited budget to work with, and you don’t want all of it to go to running your refrigerators, right? In that case, pay good attention to the energy consumption rating attached to commercial refrigerators. For example, an energy efficient double door refrigerator with a capacity of 1200 litres tends to require around 50 kWh/24hr to run. Anything more than 80 kWh/24hr will result in very high electricity costs.

Defrosting

Over time, the inside of a fridge will start to accumulate ice which can reduce its performance and affect its lifespan. For this reason, many commercial refrigerators also include an automatic defrost system. This system can be programmed to kick in at specific intervals. Although this feature is present in more expensive models, it’s a worthwhile investment as you won’t need to manually defrost the unit yourself.