Did you know that reach in refrigerators are one of the most commonly miss-purchased pieces of equipment?
Buying a new refrigerator may seem like a rather simple task, but there is actually a decent amount of planning and thought that needs to go into it. The notion of simplicity often leads restaurant owners to buy based on look rather than consideration of their needs and research of what options are available.
Let us guide you through this potentially puzzling process with the major factors to take into account when purchasing a new reach in refrigerator. Source: http://www.nsf.org/services/by-type/standards-publications/food-equipment-standards/ Source: https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/refrigerators/key_product_criteria
Reach In Refrigerator Sizes
Reach ins are generally sized by their number of doors. They vary from 1 door up to 6 doors, all with different ways they can best be utilized.
Reach In Refrigerator Door Types
If you do not already know that you need a specialized door type, solid doors are probably your best bet. Half doors and glass doors are less versatile than solid doors but have their advantages for specific needs.
Reach In Refrigerator Compressor Locations
Reach ins come equipped with either a top or bottom mounted compressors. Environment and methods of use dictate whether a top or bottom mounted compressor is best for your establishment.
Top Mounted Compressor
Bottom Mounted Compressor
Options and Accessories for Reach In Refrigerators
NSF 7 Rating
If you are planning to use your reach in refrigerator for back-of-house use, you will likely be storing open and unpackaged foods within. An NSF 7 rating means that that refrigerator can hold open food safely. Although most reach ins have this rating, always double check if this is the way you are planning to use your unit before you purchase.
Energy Star Efficiency
The Energy Star rating is given to refrigerators that are 10% more efficient than federal standards require. Refrigerators with these ratings use less energy than their non-rated counterparts, saving money on utility bills and leaving less of a footprint on our planet. Energy Star rated refrigerators are preferred by many money and environmental conscious restaurants.
Most commercial reach-in refrigerators are 120v/1ph and come standard with a cord and plug. For heavy-duty applications or on some three section reach-ins some manufacturers offer 208v-240v/1ph. Most will also work on a 15.0a circuit. International voltages such as 220v/50hz/1ph are available.
What are your main questions when purchasing a new reach in refrigerator? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments!
Source: http://www.nsf.org/services/by-type/standards-publications/food-equipment-standards/ Source: https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/refrigerators/key_product_criteria