Understanding The Pricing Of Walk-In Coolers & Freezers

A walk-in cooler or freezer is an expensive investment in your business. Whether it be for a mom & pop restaurant or a high-end medical laboratory, the price of walk-in units can vary heavily in price. What factors go into the pricing of walk-in coolers or freezers? Well there are several factors. One is manufacturing process. Quick Ship units are less expensive than custom walk-in units because the wall panels are created in bulk, and thus brings down the price per wall panel. Next is materials - the more advanced, durable materials will obviously cost more than their lesser counterparts. Here are some things to consider when trying to understand the pricing structure of a walk-in cooler or freezer.


1) Custom Size vs Quick Ship


Every kitchen and commercial space is created uniquely, which means that not every walk-in unit will be the same size. There are however a number of more standard, average sizes that have been made into Quick Ship walk-in units. Quick ship units use nominal sizing, meaning that there are standard sizes and thus allowing for these standard size panels and units to be produced in bulk, helping to reduce the per-panel price and the manufacturer can then pass those savings onto the buyer. Standard sizing for the Quick Ship walk-in units also means that engineering plans are pre-designed and therefore don’t require a custom set of plans for each build. When a standard sized unit can’t fit your allotted area for your walk-in unit it will require custom sized wall panels, custom drawn engineering plans, and other non-standard materials that will cost more to produce. 


2) Door Type


Your walk-in unit door is an investment just in itself. The door is one of the more critical components that ensures an air-tight seal to prevent air from leaking in or escaping. The pricing of doors varies just like everything else. A more durable door may require a stronger material when it is being used in an area with lots of foot traffic or maybe when there are metal carts being taken in and out of the unit all day. Heavy foot traffic may also require more premium hinges, such as self-lubricating hinges, that will ensure the hinges continue operating for a longer period of time. The more premium features and the stronger material of the door can increase the price of the walk-in unit considerably. 


3) Walk-In Floor


Does your walk-in require a floor? Unless your walk-in unit is being installed on a perfectly level concrete slab than the answer is YES. There are several types of materials used for walk-in flooring. If your walk-in cooler is getting constant foot traffic, a ton of carts being moved in and out daily, or extremely heavy shelving, you will likely need a more expensive, stronger metal floor. 


4)  Package Deals


It may seem strange, but there are several manufacturers that only sell the walk-in unit itself, and don’t provide the electrical components or installation required to get the walk-in cooler or freezer set up for you. When you are buying a package deal with the walk-in unit along with a compressor, an evaporator, and a condenser, you will likely always get a better deal than if you were to price out and ship each component individually. Also take into account the cost to paying a licensed professional to install and set up each component for you. Often times when you buy a package for a walk-in freezer or cooler you will get a package price that will be significantly cheaper than individually pricing each component, along with installation help and often times better warranties on the components. 


Standardized materials vs. custom built walk-in units is the likely going to be the biggest difference in pricing when shopping around for walk-in units, however please do take into account the other materials and components used, as well as bundle pricing when making your decision. If you still have any questions, or would like to speak to a professional on the best ways to measure out and get the best pricing on a walk-in unit, HoodMart specialists are available to help answer any questions you may have and to guide you through the process of purchasing the perfect walk-in cooler or freezer. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.855.411.6386 or by contacting us through our live chat system.