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What You Need to Know Before Buying A Walk-In Cooler or Freezer

What You Need to Know Before Buying A Walk-In Cooler or Freezer

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.

 Walk-In vs Reach-In: A Designer's Perspective

Walk-In vs Reach-In: A Designer's Perspective

“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.


Commercial Walk-in Coolers: What You Need to Know

Commercial walk-in coolers are an essential piece of equipment for commercial foodservice establishments. You can store high volumes of food products in these commercial walk-in coolers. You can extend the lifespan of raw food products and pre-cooked foods with commercial walk-in coolers. They help in cutting down on food wastage. With refrigerators and freezers, you can store food at ideal temperatures for a prolonged period.

You can purchase walk-in coolers and freezers with side or top-mounted compressors. Choose between various types of walk-in coolers for your commercial establishment, including an indoor walk-in cooler or an outdoor walk-in cooler. Outdoor models are perfect for commercial establishments with limited indoor space. Walk-in coolers can include condensers that are designed for refrigeration or freezing.

Walk-In Refrigeration Units FAQs


? Do you need a floor to set up a walk-in cooler?

You can set up walk-in coolers in places without floors. But it is more economical and efficient if you place walk-in coolers on concrete floors or other durable floors. Concrete floors can withstand heavy usage, and they do not get damaged due to condensation. You will need concrete floors for freezers, refrigerators which need carts, pallet jacks, and hand trucks.

? Can I use walk-in freezers to refrigerate food?

The refrigeration systems in walk-in freezers are designed for freezing temperatures. Walk-in freezers do not allow higher temperatures for refrigeration purposes. You will need separate refrigerated units like walk-in coolers or refrigerators to store food products above freezing temperatures.

? How cold is a walk-in freezer?

Walk-in freezers can store foods below freezing temperatures. According to FDA guidelines, walk-in freezers should be able to store frozen food below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.


? How to prevent cold air from escaping from walk-in freezers?

You can prevent cold air from escaping walk-in coolers when they are used frequently. Most commercial walk-in freezers and walk-in units can be outfitted with affordable plastic strips on the front; also, you can invest in an air door that can create a separate air curtain which will lead to energy savings in the long term. It also prolongs the lifespan of the compressor by decreasing the stress on the compressor motor.

Additionally, you can prevent food decay by keeping warm air out of the cooler. It can also reduce condensation and water pooling inside the walk-in freezer. Walk-in freezer units with air doors or plastic strips can keep your food fresh for days or months. With these doors, you can also prevent pests from entering the walk-in freezer.


? What are walk-in cooler combo boxes?

Walk-in cooler combo boxes are highly efficient refrigerated units. These units are also extremely versatile. Walk-in cooler combo boxes come equipped with freezer and cooler sections. Low-temperature combination box units that offer -10 degrees Fahrenheit are perfect for storing frozen meat, chicken, vegetables, and pre-cooked meals.

The cooler section of a walk-in cooler combo boxes offers a medium temperature range of 35 degrees Fahrenheit. You can store cheese, aerated beverages, and other essential ingredients safely in walk-in cooler combo boxes. Walk-in cooler combo boxes come equipped with an insulated and durable body that can retain heat over a prolonged period.

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Walk-In Refrigeration Recent Reviews

Gregory M (Atlanta,GA)

Best part about this walk in cooler is certainly the installation. For the massive size, it took me less than an hour to set up the entire thing. It's working as expected, performance is superb. Very happy with this purchase.

Gregory M (Atlanta,GA)

Best part about this walk in cooler is certainly the installation. For the massive size, it took me less than an hour to set up the entire thing. It's working as expected, performance is superb. Very happy with this purchase.

Keith L (Los Angeles,CA)

It's bigger than I imagined. The walk-in can hold short speedracks and shelving units. I had no problem with setting up. It would be better if it came with a fitted ramp.

Guy E. F (New York, NY)

Despite the fact that this walk in is so large, it was actually surprisingly easy to set up. Such a user friendly assembly process that takes less effort than we anticipated.

Joseph E (Cleveland,OH)

Excellent Indoor Walk-in Freezer!! Incredibly well made. So much room inside! Food stored frozen very well, keeps the temp at -10F. The unit comes with floor. Great investment for business. Highly recommended.

Daniel R (Baltimore,MD)

This walk in cooler has lots of storage space. It really helps us access our ingredients quickly. It helped us create a better workflow for food prep. Makes a lot of difference for us day to day. 5 stars!

John A. H (Boston,MA)

Looking very impressive. We received our walk-in freezer on time. It was packaged very securely and runs great. Installation was simple and fast. Perfect for our needs. The freezer is meant to take food business to the next level.

Joe J. B (San Francisco,CA)

Was blown away by how was the assembly was from start to finish. The walk in cooler was up and running in just a matter of hours. Panels are not heavy and overall assembly can be done by a few people

Sue C (Surprise, Arizona)

I purchased this walk-in freezer for my bakery business and it is working fantastic! Very easy to put together in less than a half an hour!

Brent M (Webbers Falls, Oklahoma)

product was as expected

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