“Well, If I have a walk-in cooler, do I really need to have a reach-in and work top refrigerators?” This question comes up often when I discuss the layout and design of a client’s kitchen. The answer is that it depends.
The kitchen size will make a difference; If the available space is somewhat small and can’t support both reach-ins and a walk-in, then even a small walk-in would yield better cu ft of storage.
For instance, a 6ftX7ft walk-in would be equivalent to having two two-section and one single-section refrigerators. A walk-in will have one compressor; the reach-ins would require three. However, if space allows for reach-ins and worktop refrigeration, then we don’t want to busy up the kitchen with staffers all heading to the one refrigerated walk-in available, or running up and down to the cellar when they need refrigerated ingredients.
Foodservice establishments that need to produce at high volumes and have plenty of storage space for refrigerated items can benefit from investing in a walk-in refrigerator. Read about features, types, and other must-know topics in our walk-in refrigerator buying guide to make an informed choice.