Reach-in merchandisers and freezers are the workhorses of the restaurant industry. They are the perfect choice for kitchens, storage rooms, and dining rooms in restaurants of all types—cafes, sit-down restaurants, fast casual, and everything in between. Available in one, two, and three-door sizes with multiple widths, reach-in fridges are designed to meet the needs of the most discerning user.
When it comes to commercial reach-in refrigerators, restaurateurs have a variety of options to choose from. Some models feature traditional doors, while others use drawers and pull-out hardware for simplified access. Some restaurants may even benefit from customer-facing merchandisers for to-go or counter service.
If your restaurant has limited space, reach-ins can help you optimize space by combining worktops and cooling equipment. When refrigerators can double as countertops, you can make the most efficient use of your available room. Or, if you’ve outgrown your walk-in, you can supplement your cooling equipment with reach-in models to make ample space for cooling.
While your home fridge might have pre-built compartments for crisping or deli storage, commercial appliances give kitchen managers more control over their configurations.
The answer will depend on your:
Organization style – Some kitchen managers prefer to organize in a doored format for ease of visibility while others prefer drawer storage.
Ingredients – For cold ingredients that must remain upright, drawers might pose a tipping hazard. Ingredients in bags, however, might be more easily stored in drawers.
Positioning – For reach-in coolers placed on the floor, staff will have to bend over to open the doors. However, they won’t have to bend to the floor to access drawers. Coolers placed at eye level, on the other hand, might offer improved visibility using doors instead of drawers.
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