How to Buy a Walk in Cooler

So you're in the market for a walk in cooler...

First and foremost, thanks for being here.

We know you have options when it comes to buying a walk in cooler, so we're honored for the opportunity to help you in your journey. 

We're committed to helping you make the best decision when it comes to buying a walk in cooler...even if it means sending you to our competition.

We'd love your business, of course. But first, we'd love to earn your trust.

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"How to Buy a Walk in Cooler" covers all major aspects of buying a walk in cooler, from learning how they're made to helping you find a reputable refrigeration contractor.

The world of walk in coolers is a mystery to most people outside of the foodservice equipment and commercial refrigeration industries.

Our goal is to demystify this world so you can easily understand the basics. Even a small amount of walk in cooler knowledge can help you make cost-effective decisions and avoid potential pitfalls.

How to Use This Guide

This guide is designed for small business owners operating a restaurant, convenience store, bakery, brewery, ice creamery, flower shop, or any other business that needs to keep perishables fresh and profitable.

We recommend reading this guide front to back. However, feel free to skip around and start with the topic that interests you the most. Use the table of contents below to navigate through the many different topics.

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Start with the final chapter - Top 12 Walk in Cooler Manufacturers - if you're further along the journey and are prepared to start requesting quotes. Or start with the topic that interests you the most. 

Just keep in mind some of the topics discussed here are interdependent and best understood when read together in the order presented.

Have questions? Get in touch with us here. We're happy to help.

Without further adieu...

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Walk in Cooler Parts: How Coolers are Made

Chapter 2: Is an Outdoor Walk in Cooler Right For You?

Chapter 3: Walk in Cooler Options and Accessories

Chapter 4: How Much Does a Walk in Cooler Cost?

Chapter 5: Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Used Walk in Cooler

Chapter 6: How to Build a DIY Walk in Cooler

Chapter 7: How to Find a Reputable Refrigeration Contractor

Chapter 8: How to Store Food in Your Walk in Cooler

Chapter 9: Top 12 Walk in Cooler Manufacturers



CHAPTER 1 - WALK IN COOLER PARTS: HOW COOLERS ARE MADE

Walk in coolers play a critical role in keeping perishable goods - foods, beverages, flowers, plants, pharmaceuticals, etc. - fresh and profitable.

But what exactly is a walk in cooler? What parts and components make up this cool insulated box?

Knowing what a walk in cooler is and how one is made will help you make educated, cost-effective decisions and avoid potential pitfalls.

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CHAPTER 2 - IS AN OUTDOOR WALK IN COOLER RIGHT FOR YOU?

Which type of cooler is right for you? Indoor or outdoor?

Deciding whether an indoor or outdoor walk in cooler is right for you is a personal decision. What works for you might not work for another business and vice versa.

Both offer pros and cons. The right one for you depends on these four factors

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CHAPTER 3 - WALK IN COOLER OPTIONS AND ACCESSORIES

You don't have to be an expert on walk in coolers or commercial refrigeration to successfully operate your business.

But having a basic understanding of what options and accessories are available will help you make better decisions when it comes to your cold storage needs.

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CHAPTER 4 - HOW MUCH DOES A WALK IN COOLER COST?

This chapter covers the costs associated with most common walk in cooler packages.

Find out why buying a walk in cooler is much like buying a single-family home in a tract community and how you can save a few extra bucks upfront.

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CHAPTER 5 - BUYING A USED WALK IN COOLER

Now that you have a better idea how much a walk in cooler costs, you may be thinking, "Hmmm...maybe a used walk in cooler is the way to go".

Be careful. Buying a used walk in cooler can lead to larger expenses and headaches down the road.

Think a used walk in cooler might still be worth it? Consider these three things before searching for one online.

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CHAPTER 6 - HOW TO BUILD A DIY WALK IN COOLER

Looking to build your own Do-It-Yourself walk in cooler?

The video and step-by-step instructions in this chapter will show you how to build a walk in cooler in no time.

The process is broken down into four parts. Get full access here.

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CHAPTER 7 - HOW TO FIND A REPUTABLE REFRIGERATION CONTRACTOR

Price is the key reason why some people end up with the wrong refrigeration contractor. Cheaper is almost always never better, yet many double down on best price despite the precedents.

Instead of choosing a contractor based on best price, use the 3-step screening process in this chapter to find a reputable refrigeration contractor who can help solve problems, not create additional ones.

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CHAPTER 8 - HOW TO STORE FOOD IN A WALK IN COOLER

You may think that just throwing everything in the walk in cooler is an acceptable way to store perishables inside your cooler. As long as it's inside the cooler, it's all good, right?

Not quite. There's an art and science to handling and storing food in a walk in cooler.

Follow the 3 steps outlined in this chapter to help minimize waste, avoid foodborne outbreaks, and keep perishable items fresh and profitable at all times.

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CHAPTER 9 - TOP 12 WALK IN COOLER MANUFACTURERS

While we're confident that our custom and standard walk in coolers are among the best in the industry, we compiled a list of the top walk in cooler manufacturers in the U.S. to provide a better understanding of the industry and help focus your search.

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Moving Forward

At Mr. Winter, we understand how challenging starting and operating a small business can be.

We've been manufacturing walk in coolers and freezers to help small businesses like yours keep perishables fresh and profitable since 1976.

When you buy a walk in cooler with us, you get:

  • 10-yr warranty on panels and a 1-yr warranty on refrigeration & hardware

  • Your walk-in cooler delivered to its final location, ready to be assembled

  • To keep perishables fresh and profitable in as little as 2 weeks

Ordering a quick ship or custom-built walk in cooler is easy. It all starts with a quote.

Fill out the short form below to request a quote and start keeping your valuable perishables fresh in as little as 2 weeks.


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