Basics. What should I know before purchasing a cooler?
Exterior fronts and sides of coolers can be black vinyl or stainless steel, and tops are generally stainless steel. On units designed to slide under a back bar or counter, tops are made of galvanized steel.
All BigTray units are constructed of CFC -free, foamed-in-place polyurethane, high-density cell insulation. Compressors are oversized and feature a forced-air refrigeration system. Interiors are rust-resistant galvanized steel. Fluorescent lights are standard in the bottle coolers, providing good light and faster service even in the darkest bars. Bin separators and shelves are vinyl coated wire. Some of the direct draw dispensers have built in glass cooling or bottle cooling compartments. Bottle units come with a sturdy, removable bottle opener and cap catcher. There are also separated glass/plate chillers available. Most units feature door locks or positive seal doors with snap in magnetic gaskets. There are air vents on the side of the coolers to provide a flow of fresh air through the condensers, even in the tightest situations.
What type of cooler do I need?
Back Bar Coolers should be used when beer and wine storage is located behind the bar. They are designed for display and are made for back bar height. Click here to see our selection of Back Bar Coolers.
Draft Beer Coolers are designed for kegs and can go under the bar or behind it. Click here to see our selection of Draft Beer Coolers.
Bottled Beer Coolers are designed for either bottled or canned beer storage. These units have slide tops and no doors. Because they are lower profile, bottle coolers are usually placed under the bar. Click here to see our selection of Bottled Beer Coolers.
Multiple draw heads (Draft Beer Coolers only). Do I need them?
Although the standard on most draft dispensers is two heads, multiple draw heads and tapping equipment are available and recommended for fast-paced operations.
Casters. Do I need them?
Casters come standard on some models and are optional on others. Remember, casters add portability and portability means easier cleaning and sanitizing. Be careful of your height restrictions however, casters add 3"-5" in height and may raise the unit to an undesirable height.
Verify dimensions of doorways and turning access prior to making your purchase.