No matter your specific niche in the world of hospitality or food service, some needs remain the same across the industry. The appropriate cooling hardware to hold foods at the correct temperature or to chill beverages for patron enjoyment is an essential element. Some are small and compact, while others are big and bulky — so what kind is right for your establishment?
While your work area’s specific dimensions and space constraints will ultimately dictate what purchases you can make, there is plenty of variety to consider. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main types of commercial cooling equipment to consider their best use cases and the types of spaces that will fit them best.
The Different Types of Coolers You Can Consider
Most food service establishments will need a range of different cooling and freezing technologies to meet their needs. Some only need a few units, while others may need a very large capacity. Depending on your specific needs, The FEDepot can help you identify the solutions that will be the most space and cost-effective for your needs among hardware that includes the following types.
The under-counter cooler: The perfect solution for on-line cooling storage in the kitchen, at the coffee counter, or anywhere else where staff need quick access to cold products. Small and space-saving, these coolers can fit snugly beneath counters of multiple sizes, leaving products in easy reach but also out of sight and out of the way.
The back bar cooler: Similar in form factor to the under-counter cooler, back bar units are best at storing beverages, from soft drinks to bottled beer and more. These coolers are ideal for bars, restaurants, and other spaces where serving patrons quickly is important, but self-service is not an option.
The display fridge: When self-service is an option, the display fridge is the perfect choice. Coming in many sizes, they may be short and stout to allow patrons to grab beverages quickly, or they can be quite large and open for grab-and-go functionality. Display fridges can work well even in small spaces, providing a way to draw the customer’s eye.
The commercial ice cube machine: Virtually everyone needs ice for one reason or another in hospitality, but fitting an ice maker into your space doesn’t have to be a challenge. With capacities rated by the weight of daily ice production, you can find surprisingly compact units for small-scale operations that only need a smaller portion of ice each day. Likewise, they can also be quite large.
The reach-in cooler: Most like the traditional refrigerator, reach-ins tend to be large and less suited for cramped spaces. They are for longer-term storage, like walk-in coolers, and are best placed in a location where they can facilitate quick restocking of under-counter coolers.
Finding the Equipment That Makes the Most Sense for Your Business
Understanding your options is just the first step. Next comes the need to find an equipment supplier that you can trust to deliver equipment that fits your space and suits the task at hand.
With The FEDepot, there’s no need to carve time from your schedule for unnecessary showroom visits and lengthy sales presentations. Instead, we offer a more direct connection to the high-efficiency commercial coolers that today’s hospitality sector demands. From back bar coolers to ice machines and everything in between, our no-hassle buying process means you can kit out your space faster and more cost-effectively. Speak with our team today to learn more about how we can help you find the best fit.