Reach-In Refrigeration

Reach-In Freezers

Commercial freezers maintain interior temperatures from 10°F to - 10°F in high ambient temperatures. Foods remain frozen and hold their quality within a reach-in freezer. Choose from multiple sections, door types, and compressor locations to fit your needs.

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Reach-In Freezers

Reach-In Refrigerators

Safely hold and preserve large amounts of refrigerated foods in a free-standing, upright unit. Units available in single, double, or triple sections. Choose from solid, glass, or split doors, or even pass-thru refrigerators.

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Reach-In Refrigerators

Reach-In Dual Temp

House your refrigerated and freezer storage in the same unit. Two or three section refrigerator freezer combo units can have split, full length, solid or glass doors, with each section being split vertically for each refrigeration type.

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Reach-In Dual Temp

Expand cold storage space and boost convenience near prep areas with a commercial reach-in refrigerator or freezer.

Commercial reach-in refrigerators and freezers provide extra space to keep perishable items easily on hand and at a safe holding temperature. With a commercial reach-in refrigerator or freezer, cooks will be able to serve high-quality product throughout the day. Choose from a wide variety of refrigeration styles to fit the needs of your commercial kitchen, café, or retail space.

Burkett's selection of commercial reach-in refrigerators and freezers have many different styles from solid or glass doors, single sections or multiple sections, and top or bottom mounted compressors. Glass door refrigerators allow customers to easily view your product, while solid-door units are a great durable option for back of house operations. Some models even offer refrigerator/freezer combinations to store both chilled and frozen foods in one area. Choose from one, two, and three door reach-in refrigerator and freezer options based on your industrial kitchen's volume and needs.

Burkett is proud to offer a huge selection of commercial reach-in refrigerators and freezers from the best brands in foodservice. We provide selections from top refrigeration vendors like True Refrigeration, Turbo Air, SEAGATE, Delfield, Continental Refrigerator, Traulsen, and Beverage Air, all with specifications designed with your business goals in mind. Commercial reach-in refrigerators and freezers are essential to any industrial kitchen's operation. They provide valuable storage space and peace of mind for business owners in search of refrigeration equipment that will improve the efficiency of their kitchen's workflow.


Installation Considerations

  • Moving process - Measure door frames and narrow passages between your restaurant's point of entry, and where the unit will sit in the kitchen. Make sure you'll be able to maneuver your reach-in refrigerator/freezer past any obstacles. It may also be beneficial to plan on moving your new unit into the kitchen before or after business hours if it is a replacement/upgrade to a currently in use commercial refrigerator.
  • Ventilation space - Read over the included spec sheet to determine the correct amount of clearance for air flow. Commercial reach-in refrigerators/freezers most commonly house their compressor either at the top or bottom of the unit. Based on your new refrigerator's configuration in this area, you can plan ahead to have the right amount of space dedicated to air-flow. This will keep your reach-in refrigerator/freezer operating efficiently and effectively for years to come.
  • Floor space - Ensure that the space you've chosen for the unit has a level floor space. Larger units like a commercial reach-in refrigerator/freezer become a working hazard if they are off balance and therefore prone to toppling over. You'll also want to make sure that it is not placed too close to any heat generating or moisture prone equipment for the best performance and longevity for your investment.
  • Power supply - Reference the spec sheet included with your reach-in refrigerator/freezer to see what kind of electrical connection it will require. You'll need to place the unit near an acceptable outlet that is not already overloaded by other equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Reach-in Refrigerators and Freezers

What is the difference between reach-in refrigeration and walk-in refrigeration?

The most noticeable difference between reach-in refrigerators and walk-in refrigerators is size. Walk-in coolers and freezers are a room of their own dedicated to storing large amounts of food in commercial kitchens. Reach-in refrigerators and freezers offer more versatility with a smaller footprint, single or several section units, and included shelving. Place a 3 door reach-in refrigerator near prep areas to stock product as it awaits transfer to the front-line. A single section reach-in freezer is perfect to keep near a cooking area for use during peak service times. Reach-in refrigerators and freezers are an incredibly flexible refrigeration option that can be used for many different purposes in a commercial kitchen.


How does a commercial reach-in refrigerator or freezer work?

Similar to most commercial refrigeration, a reach-in unit pulls ambient air through its compressor, cooling and forcing the air throughout the unit's interior. While many commercial reach-in refrigerators and freezers may look identical, their specifications are fairly different.


  • Temperature holding- Any commercial refrigerator will need to hold temperatures at or below 40°F. Commercial freezers will hold temperatures at or below 0°F, often with a range as low as -10°F. In order to achieve these interior temperatures, reach-in freezers typically have a more powerful refrigeration system.
  • Horsepower- Commercial reach-in refrigerators and freezers both use compressors and some sort of refrigerant to achieve cold holding temperatures. Commercial freezers will use a higher horsepower system. Their compressors will also cycle more often, requiring that extra power to keep colder temperatures.
  • Defrost- Commercial refrigerators generally will not have to be defrosted. This is a specific consideration for commercial freezers. Some brands and models offer an automatic defrost system which can save time and money. Ice build-up in a reach-in freezer can impact its performance and lower the lifespan of its refrigeration unit. It's important to consider the specific upkeep for your commercial freezer.

Should I choose a top or bottom mounted compressor?

Commercial reach-in refrigerators and freezers most commonly have top or bottom mounted compressors. Top mounted compressors collect less dust on the coil, and are often more efficient, but limit storage space on top of the unit. Bottom mounted compressors are easier to service and need less clearance near the ceiling. Choose based on your individual needs to ensure your full satisfaction with your new commercial reach-in refrigerator or freezer.


Glass doors or solid doors?

Choose between glass doors or solid doors for your commercial reach-in refrigerator/freezer based on its intended use.


  • Solid doors - These are a great option if the unit will be used in back of house operations. Solid doors are durable and keep sometimes messy food products tucked away from the customer's eye.
  • Glass doors - Showcase fresh food products or beverages with glass doors. This option can be especially beneficial if used near the front of house. Glass door models often feature LED lighting and will showcase your business's products beautifully. For retail coolers, check out merchandiser refrigerators and freezers.
  • Split doors - These offer the most customization options. Burkett offers models with split solid doors, split glass doors, and combination units. One section can be a glass door to showcase products, with the other half a solid door for the most options in one unit. These models are extremely versatile and a great option if you need different types of storage but only have the space or budget for one commercial reach-in refrigerator or freezer.