Whether it’s your family home or your commercial business, refrigerators are one of the most essential appliances in any kitchen. And if you’ve ever eaten warm yoghurt or even warmer fruit juice; you’ll know the high value that a cold refrigerator has in anyone’s life. Worse yet, if you’ve ever bought groceries and watched them grow mould or turn bad fast, you’ll know that a kitchen without a refrigerator is a costly kitchen which requires daily trips to the shops to access fresh goods. With their constant maintenance of accurate, cool conditions, your family or kitchen team has access to produce that stays fresher for longer.
However, keeping food cool is where the similarities pretty much end. Domestic fridges and commercial kitchen refrigerators boast many distinguishable differences, with these differences making properly designed and constructed commercial units better suited for commercial environments. So, how do you know which is best to suit your needs? As refrigeration experts, Interquip has put together a list of the major factors that set these two types of fridges apart.
First: Long Live The Commercial Kitchen Refrigerator
When it comes to the longevity battle of the commercial kitchen fridge or a domestic one, the clear winner is the commercial fridge. Fridges of all kinds don’t come cheap, however, skimping on cash means you’ll be performing CPR on a dying domestic fridge sooner than it takes for the ice trays to firm up.
Domestic fridges tend to not have as long a lifespan as commercial fridges, especially when placed in a commercial environment. Domestic fridges are unfortunately not designed to constantly be opened and closed and handle the exposures found in commercial kitchens. The lifespan of a domestic fridge will be considerably less than that of a commercial kitchen refrigerator.
Well designed commercial refrigeration includes many features seldom (if ever) found in a domestic: Larger compressors, digital temperature control, open shelving with fan forced cold air to each shelf, fully adjustable heavy duty shelves, Monoblock refrigeration systems to name a few.
Secondly: Better Warranties & Advice With Commercial Refrigerators
When buying a commercial refrigerator, it will come with at least 12 months warranty, with some brands offering up to 3 years. Professional advice around the right unit for your purpose is expected. The same cannot be said for domestic fridges. Domestic fridges do include warranties and repair services, however, these warranties are either void or significantly reduced if a domestic fridge is being used in a commercial (YES including offices, schools and aged care homes!). Interquip provide professional service agents in every state that can assist you with fridge professional advice, issue resolution and repairs if need be.
Thirdly: Who’s Been Stealing Food From The Fridge?
As domestic fridges are designed to be used in family homes, they are typically unable to be locked. In a commercial setting, you may need to be able to lock up your valuable or sensitive products in a fridges, and as commercial fridges can be specified with locks, this is yet another reason to consider commercial vs. domestic.
Fourth but least: Temperature Control Is Best With Commercial Fridges
If you need accurate temperature control for the success of your business and commercial kitchen venture, then a commercial kitchen refrigerator is the only option for you. Domestic fridges, unfortunately, do not offer very accurate temperature control abilities and differ greatly, not only from brand to brand, but unit to unit. In our experience, domestic refrigeration will fluctuate in temperature far more than a good, well designed and constructed commercial refrigerator.
Looking for a high-quality commercial kitchen refrigerator for your home or business? Speak to the experts at Interquip today to find the right fridge for your needs! Call us on 1800 110 303 to find our more!