Undercounter freezers are ideal anywhere that quick, convenient access to chilled items would be beneficial. They are often found under bar tops, in cafes, or in commercial kitchens. There are three groups of undercounter freezer models.
- Hotel Minibars are a small size of about one square foot. They are designed for food and refreshments in hotel rooms
- Counterheights have about six square feet of storage space and are ideal for break rooms and small cafes
- Standard Undercounters offer anywhere from 12 to 40 cubic feet of storage space and are ideal for large kitchens.
Depending on how much storage space you need the following options can be beneficial.
- A single section freezer typically comes with three shelves, with the option to buy more if you're storing smaller items.
- Larger boxes are split up into multiple sections, each with its own door.
An Undercounter freezer comes with options on what type of door you want.
- Solid doors are better insulated, so they are the more energy efficient of the two under most conditions.
- Glass doors provide visibility into the box when the door is closed, which means users can see what's in each section. If your equipment is frequently accessed, this can save energy in the long run.
Three common materials are used to build the interiors of commercial coolers:
- Stainless steel is very durable, which means it's scratch-and dent-resistant, easy to wipe clean with a cloth, and resists the growth of corroding rust, though that can form given damage or the use of caustic cleaners.
- Aluminum is easy to clean and more affordable, but it's less resistant to scratching and denting. While aluminum can corrode if damaged, the corrosion is clear, unlike rust, and actually forms a protective barrier that prevents further corrosion in that area.
- ABS plastic will not dent, scratch, or rust. Interiors made of this material are molded in one piece, with coved corners and no hard angles, so it's easy to clean and contains spills. Unlike metal, ABS can be punctured by a hard enough blow.
Here are some installation tips for your undercounter freezer.
- Make sure that the unit has ample air flow and is not placed near any stoves or ovens, so your food items are kept properly frozen.
- Then it is as easy as plugging your undercounter freezer into an electrical outlet./li>
According to the Food and Drug Administration, your fridge should be set at or below 40 F (4 C). Your freezer should be set at 0 F (-18 C).