Commercial refrigerators are sometimes preferred by homeowners because of their sleek, stainless steel appearance, glass front door, and/or large capacity.
Although commercial refrigeration provides an aesthetic benefit, beware of the obstacles a piece of commercial refrigeration might entail. This guide has been written to highlight some of the issues that may arise when purchasing a piece of commercial refrigeration for residential use.
Types of Commercial Refrigeration Often Considered For Residential Use
Refrigerator or Freezer with single, double or triple solid stainless steel doors
Refrigerator or Freezer with single, double or triple glass swing doors
Refrigerator or Freezer with single, double or triple split stainless steel doors
Dual Temperature double section unit that offers the flexibility of being a two-section cooler, a two-section freezer, or a single side cooler and a single side freezer
Undercounter and worktop refrigerators and freezers, with stainless doors. This size refrigerator can be converted into a kegerator
Back bar bottle coolers
Draft beer dispensing kegerator
Before you purchase any commercial refrigeration for your residence, make sure to consult your home insurance company and/or landlord. Discuss county regulations, residence rules, feasibility, etc.
Commercial refrigeration is significantly louder than regular residential refrigerators and freezers. Commercial units also put off heat, which will contribute to higher air conditioning bills.
If you are renting or renting-to-own your residence, it would be in your best interests to discuss your intention prior to purchase.
The cost of a dedicated commercial cooler or freezer is generally higher than stainless steel residential refrigeration. However, commercial back bar coolers and kegerators, with two or more towers, are usually less expensive than a bar cooler manufactured for the residential market. Summit does sell a home kegerator that holds a single, full size keg that is less than most commercial brands the same size.
Get The Look For Less
Perlick Residential and Summit, manufacture high-end residential appliances that look similar to commercial brands, but are less expensive and better suited for residential use.