Doors. Capacity. Size. Budget. Energy. Accessories. There are a lot of decisions to make when buying or leasing a commercial refrigerator. Getting the right chilling equipment for your kitchen has an impact on the success of your restaurant. Before you begin, remember that residential refrigerators don’t carry the National Sanitation Foundation’s (NSF) blue seal of approval. You need the NSF approval for commercial use.

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself that can make your selection process smoother and narrow the field of commercial refrigerator possibilities:

  1. How will we use the refrigerator? You may discover that your multiple use needs, such as storing food and storing beverages for sale, may drive you to think of more than one refrigeration unit. Consider employee work flow and access to the refrigerator to determine walk-in vs. reach-in style.
  2. What are my space restrictions? You have many options. Knowing where you’ll place the commercial refrigerator (away from heat), as well as estimating capacity needs, will help you choose the number of doors and overall size needed.
  3. What accessories will create efficiencies? For example, it may be helpful to have pan slides that you can take out of the refrigerator to the oven (instead of standard shelving). And strip curtains on a walk-in unit will save about 75% of outside air infiltration. You may also want to have casters on the commercial refrigerator to facilitate cleaning.

You’ll also want to run the numbers on leasing vs. purchase. There are solid reasons for both, and talking with Ice & Refrigeration Systems can help you find the best commercial refrigerator to match your New Orleans restaurant priorities. We represent the leading commercial refrigerator manufacturers including Silver King, Hoshizaki, Manitowoc, Arctic, Alamo, and more. Ice & Refrigeration Systems carries a full line of commercial kitchen equipment and always offers free delivery. Call us at 817-888-3056.