Chest freezer buying guide

Chest freezer buying guide

Chest freezers are the ideal storage solution to maximise frozen storage volume for catering businesses. Chest freezers come into their own when used as a bulk storage unit for raw ingredients or big-batch prepared items, for high volume, frequent use foods like bread or ice cream. They are energy efficient and have more internal storage space in relation to external dimensions than any other type of freezer unit. Due to their relatively simple construction they are also very cost effective, and very reliable.

If, however, you need to be able to access frozen foods quickly, or wish to organise your frozen foods into categories and maintain stock in that way, a chest freezer may be less suitable than an upright freezer or even a freezer room, where shelves will allow storage division more easily. Many businesses utilise both types of freezer to handle a variety of requirements.

 

Types of chest freezer

When selecting a chest freezer, you should identify whether it is important that you can see into the unit at a quick glance, perhaps if the chest freezer will be used front of house or perhaps for display of food to customers, for example ice creams. If this is the case a sliding glass lid freezer is the best option.

If not, and maximum storage or energy efficiency are your key aims, then the standard chest freezers or super efficient chest freezers are your best option. The trade off between these two categories is simply space, effectively the super energy efficient models sacrifice some of their internal dimensions for additional insulation. However, it should be pointed out that the difference is not huge, and neither in general is the price between units of similar size.

Catering Appliance Superstore do also provide low temperature chest freezers primarily for use in laboratories or healthcare facilities. These can achieve temperatures at -45c or -60c. These are highly specialist and therefore more expensive freezers, absolutely essential for protecting samples and scientific materials.

By Philip Wearmouth | Catering Appliance Superstore