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PRIDE: The Lowdown On Back Bar Coolers

Amanda McCorquodale

The Albert Chicago Back Bar Refrigeration
There are a lot of choices—from configurations to temperatures, aesthetics to door types—when specifying these hardworking beverage chillers. Here at The Albert in Chicago, bartenders count on multiple Perlick Back Bar Refrigerators—a two-door BBS60 (left) and a three-door BBS84 (right).

Back Bar Cooler Gallery (PRIDE Suppliers Only):

Beverage-Air’s BB58HC Back Bar Refrigerator offers functionality for nearly any application. Its full electronic control, stay-open door feature and self-closing doors allow for easy use in the field. A balanced, forced-air R-290 refrigeration system provides rapid chilling of product. Temperature range is 36°F-38°F. The BB58HC also offers a stainless top, field-reversible doors, LED lighting, magnetic door gaskets and door locks—all standard. Available with exterior black or stainless front and doors, interior galvanized steel on walls and ceiling with a heavy-duty stainless floor. Options include stainless interior; food-rated models; wine models (40°F-60°F); solid, glass or sliding doors; and compressor mounted on right or left side.

Krowne’s Self-Contained Pass-Thru Back Bar Refrigeration allows for access on either side, which is ideal for an island-style application. Doors self-close under 90° to save energy while keeping products at an optimal temperature; they stay open pass 90° for loading and unloading purposes. Bright-white, down-action LED lights are aesthetically designed and come standard to allow for easy viewing of products. All units come standard with stainless, cove-corner interior, which increases cleanability and prevents seepage. Door handles are full length for easy opening, stainless for increased durability, and include built-in locks to easily prevent theft. Operating temperature is 30°F-40°F.

Master-Bilt’s MBBB Series Solid Door Back Bar Refrigerators, part of the Fusion Series, come either 59-in.W, 691/8-in.W, 80¾-in.W or 95¼-in.W. Internal capacity allows for stacking of three tall boys. Units boast a stainless top with a black finish on the front, doors, sides and back. Interior consists of galvanized steel with a stainless floor. Door openings sport plastic breaker strips to reduce condensation. Adjustable shelves, interior LED lighting and door locks come standard. The self-contained refrigeration system uses R-134a refrigerant; temperature range is 34°F-38°F. The condensing unit slides out for easy cleaning and service. Front-breathing condenser is on left side.

The AdvantEDGE Glass Door Back Bar Refrigerators come in widths ranging from 59-in. to 95¼-in. Coolers come with stainless top and black exterior front, sides and back. Interior walls consist of galvanized steel and the floor is stainless. Glass doors include locks, magnetic door gaskets and plastic breaker strips around the openings to limit the formation of condensation. Each door section has two adjustable shelves. LED lighting is included. Coolers use R-134a refrigerant and the temperature range is 34°F-38°F. Condensing unit slides out for easy service. Optional features include 4-in. plate casters, floor racks and shelves with product guides.

Choose from 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-door models of Perlick’s Self-Contained Back Bar Refrigerators. Units sport refrigerator and wine drawers. End-wall refrigeration featuring digital controls may be mounted on the left or right side. Models are NSF-7 certified for open storage and UL listed for the U.S. and Canada. Choose from temperature range 33°F-40°F (refrigerator), 50°F-55°F (white wine), or 60°F-65°F (red wine). Energy-efficient, long-lasting LED interior lighting comes standard; choose from Crisp White or Cool Blue. Models are front-vented and use R290 hydrocarbon refrigerant. Anti-sweat heaters in the cabinet face prevent condensation.

Self-cleaning condensers come standard on Turbo Air’s Super Deluxe Series Back Bars. A rotating brush automatically dusts off the condenser daily, which prevents compressor failure from buildup and saves operators time and money. Forced air cooling system quickly cools and maintains consistent temperature (33°F-38°F) throughout the unit. The stainless countertop and interior make for easy cleaning and durability. Other highlights include LED interior lighting; easily adjustable, heavy-duty, polyethylene-coated wire shelves; front-breathing, side-mount compressor for easy service; and door locks. Back bars measure 69-in.W x 27¼-in.D x 37 1/8-in.H.

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