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In the food service and catering industry, finding the right commercial freezer is critical to maintaining the quality of your food, adhering to safety regulations and optimising your operations. Each type of freezer offers distinct features and benefits tailored to different business needs. Understanding these can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your storage requirements, space limitations and budget constraints

Types of commercial freezers

Understanding the differences between the different types of freezers can help you choose the best option for your specific requirements.

Chest freezers

A commercial chest freezer is a versatile and efficient storage solution for businesses in the food industry. These freezers typically offer a large storage capacity, making them ideal for storing bulk quantities of frozen goods. The chest design allows for easy organisation and access to items, with sliding or lift-up lids for convenient loading and unloading. Chest freezers are known for their energy efficiency, helping businesses save on operating costs while maintaining optimal temperature levels for food preservation.

Key advantages

  • Spacious storage and ideal for large containers
  • Top-opening design enhances energy efficiency
  • Various sizes and top configurations to choose from

Blast freezers

Blast freezers are powerful refrigeration units designed specifically for commercial use. They work by rapidly cooling hot food down to a safe temperature, preventing bacterial growth and keeping food fresher for longer. One of the key features of a blast freezer is its ability to freeze food quickly, preserving the quality, texture and flavour of the products. These freezers are equipped with high-powered fans and refrigeration systems that circulate cold air at high speeds, ensuring even and consistent freezing throughout the storage space.

Key advantages

  • Nutrients are retained
  • Increases shelf life of prepared foods
  • Decreases bacteria growth

Upright freezers

Upright freezers, also known as reach-in or vertical freezers, are a great choice for many businesses thanks to their smart design. They offer lots of storage space without taking up too much room on the floor. These freezers are especially handy as many come with adjustable shelves which make organising and accessing your items easy. For even more convenience, some upright freezers come with wheels, making it easier to move your freezer.

If you want to display frozen goods, models with glass doors do just the trick by making everything inside easily visible to customers, helping to increase sales.

Key advantages

  • They're compact and make good use of vertical space
  • Generally, they have a larger storage capacity compared to other freezer types
  • Compatible with GN containers for easy transfer

Factors to consider before choosing a freezer

When looking for the ideal commercial freezer, it's important to think about what your business needs.

Storing needs

Consider what kind of food you'll be storing. Commercial freezers usually keep temperatures from -18 to -25°C, ideal for different types of food. For fresh items like vegetables or desserts that aren't stored long, a warmer setting within this range is fine. For storing meat or fish longer, cooler temperatures are better.

Placement

Think about where the freezer will go. For displaying frozen goods to customers, an upright display freezer with good lighting and perhaps even a lock for security is best. For kitchen storage, prioritise capacity and efficiency. An upright freezer with durable doors and adjustable shelves helps staff access without bending over too much.

Measurements

Finally, measure the space where the freezer will go. Make sure there's enough room for it and that it has proper ventilation. Also, ensure there's an accessible power socket nearby or you might need to install a new one. By considering these points, you'll find it easier to choose the right type and size of freezer that fits your business needs perfectly.

Features to look for in a new professional freezer

When you're in the market for a professional freezer, choosing the right one for your business is crucial. Freezers are essential for keeping your stock fresh, up to safety standards and ensuring your products are top-notch. With so many types out there, picking the best one can be overwhelming.

Size

When choosing a commercial freezer, it's important to find the right balance between how much you need to store and the space you have. Luckily, there's a wide selection of freezers out there that can fit into any space you have. If your space is tight but you need to store a lot, you might want to think about pairing an undercounter freezer with a compact reach-in model, such as this 200L freezer . This mix can help you store all you need efficiently.

Even the smaller reach-in freezers, which are 60 x 60cm, require a good amount of vertical space so they can be accessed and closed easily. On the other hand, commercial chest freezers take up more room on the floor but don't need as much height. Note that these freezers still need enough height so you can open the top lid. For kitchens that want to maximise their workspace, counter freezers offer the perfect solution by combining a workstation with a freezer section.

Storage capacity

The size and design of a freezer determine how much it can hold. Big upright freezers, especially the ones with two doors, have a lot of storage - up to 1200L. Meanwhile, chest freezers are usually available in capacities of up to 500L. Small freezers that fit under counters or on top of them don't hold as much but are still great at making the most of the space you have. They're especially useful in kitchens where space is limited.

If you’re looking for a freezer with a large capacity and adjustable shelves, our product specialists recommend this 1200L freezer . It’s also suitable for GN containers and comes with wheels for easy mobility.

Kitchen aesthetics

When purchasing a commercial freezer, it’s essential to consider different colour options such as black, white, and stainless steel. Each colour choice can impact the overall aesthetic of the space where the freezer will be placed. Black may provide a sleek and modern look, white can create a clean and bright appearance, while stainless steel offers a professional and durable finish. Stainless steel freezers are also easy to clean and maintain

Automatic defrost

Having frost pile up in your freezer isn't just frustrating; it affects how well and efficiently your freezer works. That's where the defrosting procedure steps in, using heat to get rid of the ice build-up, ensuring your freezer runs smoothly and uses energy efficiently.

Manually getting rid of frost, especially in places like commercial kitchens, can be tricky and needs to be done at just the right time. Factors like how often you open the freezer door, the moisture level in the air and any dampness from the food being stored play into when defrosting is needed. If it's not done when it should be, the food inside might not stay in good condition.

Alternatively, freezers with an automatic defrost feature handle this task for you, adjusting the defrosting schedule based on what the system needs. This makes life easier for kitchen staff, keeping the freezer running well without extra work.

Temperature control and display

The ability to adjust the freezer's temperature to suit different food types is important. To ensure your food stays fresh for as long as needed, you might have to set the freezer temperature between -17°C and -15°C. This is often the best range for many commercial freezers, depending on what you're storing.

It's a good idea to opt for a freezer that comes with a digital temperature control and display. This feature makes it easy for staff to set and keep the freezer at the right temperature, removing any uncertainty.

Tropical rating (ambient temperature)

A commercial freezer with a tropical rating is built to work well in the hot and humid conditions you'd find in tropical areas. Suppose the temperature in your kitchen often goes above 32°C because of the hot climate outside and the heat from kitchen appliances. In that case, you might want to choose a freezer that's designed for these warmer temperatures to ensure it keeps running smoothly.

You can look at the manufacturer's guide to find out the highest temperature the freezer you're considering can handle. At Maxima, we offer a range of solid-door freezers that can keep cool and work perfectly in temperatures as high as 43°C.

Ease of cleaning

It's a good idea to select freezers with shelves that are strong yet light and can be taken out, making them simple to clean. Freezers with a durable stainless steel outside are not only protected from wear and tear but are also easy to keep clean. For commercial freezers with a glass top or a front display, choosing ones made from high-quality, strong glass that doesn't need much upkeep is smart.

Maxima offers a range of stainless steel freezers that are all easy to clean and maintain. For a compact solution, our product specialists recommend this 200L freezer with a glass door .

Selecting the right commercial freezer is a vital decision that can significantly impact the efficiency and operational success of any culinary business. By considering factors such as size and capacity, type of freezer, energy efficiency and features, businesses can ensure they make a well-informed choice that aligns with their specific needs. Additionally, factoring in the durability and warranty offered by the manufacturer provides an added layer of security and confidence in the investment.

For advice and an extensive range of high-quality solutions suited to your business needs, you can contact us at Maxima. Our team of experts is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the process, ensuring you select the perfect freezer for your business requirements.

Ensure that your products stay fresh and explore Maxima’s freezer equipment today!