Glass Door Merchandisers
Glass door merchandisers are attractive, eye-catching display refrigerators and freezers that can hold anything from bottled and canned drinks to ice cream. Glass door coolers come in a variety of sizes, from countertop models to 72” wide three-door units. Most merchandising refrigerators and freezer have bright lighting and a lit top banner area, all with the purpose of catching the customer’s eye.
For models with two or more doors, you have an option between swing door and sliding door units. Swing door merchandisers are typically will save energy, as they are less apt to be left open, and a majority of manufacturers make the doors self-closing.
Sliding door models are great when you have narrow space between aisles where a swing door might be a burden. Sliding door merchandisers are easy to open, however, over time, the rails that the doors sit on can become worn down, and that can lead to the door not closing properly, letting cool air out. This leads to the unit consuming more energy to stay at temperature.
Glass Door Merchandisers vs. Reach-In Refrigerators
Before we dive into the world of merchandisers, it’s important that we clarify what a merchandiser can’t do. If you’re looking for a back-of-the house refrigerator, you may see a glass door merchandiser is cheaper than a glass door reach-in refrigerator and think it’s okay to buy the glass door merchandiser to use for food storage.
That would be a wrong assumption.
Merchandising refrigerators are designed to hold packaged items only, such as bottled or canned sodas, or packaged sandwiches. The reason for this is because merchandisers aren’t built to meet strict interior holding requirements that a storage refrigerator does. A reach-in storage refrigerator is built to hold both closed food products and open food products, such as food pans for buffets, salads, etc. If you are trying to store open food products in a merchandiser, not only are you at risk of endangering your customers by potentially not holding product at a safe temperature, but you will most likely get written up if this is caught by a health inspector.