U-Select Buying Guides: Bottle Coolers

By Phil Scoble

Many businesses use at least one bottle cooler, but how do you pick the perfect model for you? We outline the questions you should be asking to get the right bit of equipment for your business.

1: Don’t expect your bottle cooler to be a great fridge

Bottle coolers aren’t designed to be very efficient cooling systems. Virtually all of the models on the market are Class 4, which only guarantees cooling up to 32 degrees celsius. This means that most bottle coolers chill the bottles you put in them very slowly.

So if you need cold bottles fast, it’s best to consider another cooling solution for them before you put them in the bottle cooler.

There are some exceptions. Gamko create bottle coolers that generally seem to do a good job of cooling their contents. However, they are a premium brand. So before you buy, consider how you will get your bottles down to temperature as fast as possible.

2: Get out your tape measure!

It’s important that you consider not only where the cooler will end up in your business, but also how it will get there!

Check out the most likely point of delivery. Then follow the journey your bottle cooler will have to follow to reach its final home. Check its dimensions against the doors and stairwells it will go through BEFORE you click ‘buy.

Our advice

A bottle cooler is a vital part of many bars and cafes. They often serve as both chiller and sales display, but they are often not the best at cooling the bottles!

So have a plan. Either budget for a premium cooler, or have somewhere else in your business to pre-chill your bottles

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