The Commercial Fridge: An Overview

Businesses like restaurants, grocery stores, and bars have special refrigeration needs. Because of this, many different types of coolers, chillers, and refrigerators are available for business owners. Many of these new models are super energy efficient. In fact, several models use 35% less energy than their older counterparts. This is just one reason savvy restaurateurs and other businessmen are replacing their old units with a new commercial fridge.

Types of commercial refrigeration

Many types of commercial refrigerators are very specific in their usage. For example, a milk cooler is specially designed to keep milk at its proper storage temperature, even when the refrigerator door is left open.

A typical commercial bar fridge is counter high and is designed to keep canned and bottled beverages at just the right serving temperature.

Under counter commercial refrigerators save space by sliding under an existing counter. They consist of solid doors or refrigerated drawers, or a combination of the two. Some models are on casters, making them very portable.

Roll-in commercial fridges are perfect for caterers or other businesses that need easy access to large amounts of food at one time. With these models, the food trays slide easily in and out of the cooler.

Deli cases generally have a clear glass front. Some have sliding doors, while others have a solid glass front and are only accessible at the back of the unit. The commercial deli cases provide cool air at high humidity to extend the shelf life of sliced meats.

Glass-door units are upright coolers that have a sliding or swinging glass door. These are popular with self service, like in convenience stores – customers can reach in and help themselves to cold items on the shelves.

Worktop commercial fridges are great two-in-one appliances. The top of the refrigeration unit provides a work space for chefs in the preparation of foods, and some models even come with backsplashes.

A chef base commercial fridge is a handy unit on casters that be rolled around to different locations. They’re usually two feet tall and come with refrigerated drawers. The wider the unit, the more drawers it has. Chefs often use this type of refrigerator to hold foods ready to be prepped.

Another type of commercial fridge is the fish file. It’s like a refrigerated filing cabinet, with a number of drawers used to hold crushed ice and seafood. This is the best way to store fish and other seafood items, so this type of cooler is popular with seafood restaurants and sushi bars.

Dual temperature commercial refrigerators are versatile appliances that are used in many restaurants. One side of this popular model is a refrigerator, while the other side is either a freezer or a heating cabinet. Cold foods are kept cold, and hot dishes are kept hot.

The most popular type of commercial fridge is the upright reach-in cooler. This type of unit might consist of solid doors, sliding doors, or half doors. The larger the unit, the more doors it has, in order to make refrigerated items more accessible.

Commercial refrigerators for homeowners?

My daughter has a friend whose father is a foodie - he loves eating and preparing all different types of food for his very large family and for frequent guests. Because of this, he uses commercial refrigerators in his home. He always has a large supply of wines, beer, and soft drinks on hand, along with a colorful array of cold foods.

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I like commercial over home models. They're certainly more reliable.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

You know, I believe the Duggar family of the televison show 19 kids and counting (I think she's at 19 now) have one of these in their home. They have to though, since they are feeding a small army.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Nice for commercial but I liked the one that looked like the cabinets that you posted a couple of days ago. I don't like to cook well enough to have a refrigerator that size.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hmmm, it is too big for me, but of course it is for cemmercial use and for big families as well, Maita


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Great hub and great appliances but I thing I stick with my little one. Thank you for your research and putting it together.


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Tubbs Merouge 6 years ago from Louisiana

I would love to have one of those in my kitchen but I imagine their cost prohibitive. Good hub Habee!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

That's what I hear, Sheila!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I think you're right, Veronica. Heck, they need several!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Pamela, I like the integrated fridges better, too!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Maita, sometimes I think I could use a commercial fridge when all the grandkids are here! lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I don't think we could survive with a small fridge, HH - too many grandkids!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

They ain't cheap, Tubbs!


Commercial Debt Collection 5 years ago

Nice post....we used to have a commercial fridge at our vacation home, but it broke down and we were unable to find an affordable replacement. These fridges are super expensive, but worth it.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

True, CDC. If you do a lot of heavy duty cooking, commercial refrigerators are great!


john 5 years ago

Hoshizaki ice machines are starting to really make some head way with Manitowoc ice machines. For a time, Manitowoc was pretty dominate with the big franchises but Hoshizaki has been taken notice for the shape of the cube and the stainless steel evaporators. Scotsman ice machines years ago was number one but I believe is probably number three in sales.

All ice machine companies have very good customer service and their warranties are pretty much the same.

Hoshizaki makes a great ice maker now that produces the same chewable ice as the Sonic’s restaurants use. It is called the Hoshizaki C-100BAF-AD and they are selling them like hotcakes. People have been asking for something this size for home use. Makes about 90lbs and stores up to 22lbs. Check it out!

If you ever need Hoshizaki parts they can be purchased and shipped quickly


commercial refrigerator 5 years ago

True has a Specification Series that many schools will purchase because of the uniqueness. There many types to choose from. Here are some of the models available.

True TA1R-1S

True TA2R-2S

True TA3R-3S

Here are some more that are available:

True TA1R-2HS

True TA2R-4HS

True TA3R-6HS


commercial refrigerator 5 years ago

True has a Specification Series that many schools will purchase because of the uniqueness. There many types to choose from. Here are some of the models available.

True TA1R-1S

True TA2R-2S

True TA3R-3S

Here are some more that are available:

True TA1R-2HS

True TA2R-4HS

True TA3R-6HS


ice maker 5 years ago

Getting the right ice maker

for you home or restaurant is very important. Check to see about how much ice you will need to satisfy a 24 hour period before choosing the size. Once you know that then inquiring of the cube size and voltage etc...There are some very good brands that will work well for you. Hoshizaki and Manitowoc ice makers are the top leaders I believe at this time. Check out the Hoshizaki AM50BAE cuber for the office or home. Scotsman

and Ice-O-Matic Ice Makers

are two other brands that are commercial grade but lack the sales as the other two. The all have great customer support and warranty about the same for all.


deli case 5 years ago

True mfg makes some real fine single duty deli cases that are made to last. Their evaporators are oversized to help bring the temperature down faster. Here are some of their models available: True TSID-48-2

True TSID-48-4

True TSID-72-3

True TSID-72-6

And here is some to look at:True TSID-96-3

True TSID-96-6


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for reading, JOhn!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Commercial refrigerator, glad you stopped by!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Ice maker, sounds like you know a lot about ice makers and the commerical fridge!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Deli case, thanks for the added info about commercial refrigerators!


Kelsey 5 years ago

There's a kitchen remodel in my future. I'd love to have a commercial fridge.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Kelsey, I think I could use a couple of commercial refrigerators! lol

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