Types of Commercial Fridges & Their Uses

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There are many reasons one may choose to buy a commercial refrigerator, from opening a new restaurant to upgrading a supermarket. Whatever your reasons, Just Fridge has just the fridge for you. In this blog, we look at the different types of commercial fridges and their uses.

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The Low-down on Commercial Refrigerator Types

There are a lot of options out there and whatever your needs, we are here to service them. Here is an introduction into the cool world of commercial refrigeration.

Reach-In Refrigerators

The most common type of commercial refrigerator available today. The reach-in fridges are mainly used in high functioning restaurants. This is because they have generous storage capacity and can be used to store a variety of beverages and food products. They are powerful like regular fridges. They feature castors, which makes it easy to move when required. If you need more storage space, then you have an option to buy the double-doored model.

Merchandiser Refrigerators

These store products in the same way as reach-in style; though its purpose is to do so in the public view and to provide safe access for the public. They also are great at holding the product, such as bottles, cans and jugs, in a stable position while increasing their accessibility to the public.

Undercounter Refrigerators

Undercounters share the same purpose as reach-in refrigeration; however, its purpose is to do so in smaller areas while holding a smaller quantity of food product. They are not meant to showcase food product.


This type of commercial refrigerators is mainly used in restaurants and catering businesses. They are used in making and serving dishes. They come in different sizes as well. Smaller ones are perfect for smaller meals such as sandwiches and salads. The larger ones are perfect for preparing and serving pizza. They are mainly equipped with casters for smooth movement and often come with large temperature ranges.

Walk-In Refrigerators

Walk-in refrigeration, available in both freezer and refrigeration type, is a way to store large quantities of food product on directly accessible shelving while being able to freely move inside the refrigeration. They are intended to be accessed only directly by staff. They are either located in back-house operations, store-backs, and in mass storage facilities.

Commercial Bar Refrigerator

Bar refrigeration is available in three types:


Bar coolers are manufactured with both solid and glass doors. Glass doors allow the beer to be displayed while solid doors may be used for excess storage or keg storage.

Direct Draw

Direct Draw bar refrigeration allows the staff to both store and dispense or tap beer kegs in the same location, saving time and creating efficiency. Less common is a glass door type, which allows the staff to showcase the keg in use.


Hybrid bar refrigeration is less common but available. They can store glass bottled beer on one side, and on the other side, they can store or tap keg beer.

Display Cases

Refrigerated display cases are intended to create product displays that require refrigeration to maintain their appeal. They are intended for display purposes only and do not guarantee shelf-life.

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