Glass door refrigerators allow the user to quickly identify the contents for restocking or purchasing decisions. Many establishments place refrigerators with glass doors in the front-of-house for customer self-service. When selecting a model to suit your specific needs, be sure to take into account the compressor location and how the doors actually open. The compressor on glass door refrigerators will be located on either the top or bottom of the unit. Each position comes with some benefits and drawbacks. Bottom-mounted compressors, for example, reduce bending strain on employees’ and customers’ backs because the bottom shelf is higher off the ground. However, every time the door is opened, some of the hot air from the compressor may flow into the cabinet. This problem is eliminated when the compressor is on the top of the unit.
Glass door refrigerators come with either swinging or sliding doors. Choosing between each type is a matter of personal preference, but sliding doors tend to eliminate word flow or customer congestion since the door will not block any walkways.