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How to Determine the Best Walk-In Cooler for Your Needs

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Anyone looking to purchase a walk-in cooler must consider two key things: what you will be storing and the amount of space you have to work with to determine the best walk-in cooler for your needs. An undersized refrigeration system in your walk-in cooler can result in problems and if the product you are storying needs to be brought down to temp in a specific time period or if it needs to be stored with specific conditions. . Here are some important things you should know about selecting a walk-in cooler:

Types of Walk-In Coolers

There are two types of coolers you’ll typically be able to choose from:

  • Nominal (Sizes are Fixed)
  • Custom (Exact Specifications can be met)


When choosing a walk-in, you need to determine how much food you will be needing to store. For example, a single cubic foot of storage space can hold approximately 28 lb. of food. Prior to ordering your cooler, you need to carefully consider the types of food you will store and the frequency of supplies coming in as well as any temperature requirments.

Since a walk-in cooler is a long-term investment, you have to go into it with the proper planning.


Where will you install the walk-in cooler? Is it going to be indoors or outdoors? Indoor walk-in coolers and freezers often presents challenges on space constraints as space is limited. Outdoor installation often isn’t as limited in terms of space, but it will require you to choose a cooler designed for outdoor use and ensure the area is well-prepped for walk-in cooler installation.

Here are some of the other elements to consider that may affect your cooler’s size and space:

  • The Panels
    • The panels will keep the walk-in cooler at the right temperature. Most are made with 24 to 26 gauge galvanized steel, aluminum, or aluminum-coated steel, or stainless steel. The panels range from 3 1/2” – 5” thick. Inside the panels is an insulating foam for energy efficiency.When buying any cooler, it’s important to pay attention to the materials used. Search for something built with high-quality insulation materials to ensure DOE and other local government regulations are met.
  • Floors
    • There are walk-in cooler models with and without floors. The insulation material is the same as the wall panels, but typically a heavier gauge metal is applied depending on traffic and use expected on the floor.
  • Door
    • Access points need to be determined so the appropriate solution can be recommended to keep the cold air in and the warm air out. That could be man doors, air curtains, glass doors etc.


Keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. KPS Global can help you with your ànot sure why the dedicated walk-in page wasn’t selected to promote here walk-in cooler needs. We design, manufacture, and install insulated panel solutions for various industries. Contact us today at

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