Kolpak Walk-in Cooler and Freezer Buyers' Guide
Foodservice industry leader Kolpak was founded in 1969 and became part of Welbilt (then The Manitowoc Company and later Manitowoc Foodservice Group) in 1995. The company maintains a manufacturing facility in Parsons, Tennessee, and is known for producing top-of-the-line walk-in coolers, freezers, and refrigerated systems, as well as the accessories that go along with them. Most of all, though, the company is recognized for its walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers.
Models in the Polar-Pak line of Kolpak walk-ins are pre-built and engineered to be easily assembled, without need for a refrigeration technician or plumber, although anyone who has never assembled equipment like this might want one on call to guide the process. These are self-contained refrigeration units, which means you can plug them in after assembly and immediately begin utilizing them in your foodservice operation. We do recommend you give the unit at least 24 hours between assembly and power-up to allow liquid levels in the system to even out.
Benefits of Kolpak Polar-Pak Technology
Kolpak walk-in coolers and freezers include a number of standard features that make them effective and economical. The doors are constructed with superior insulation, which seals in cold air and prevents condensation. They also come with adjustable hinges and a durable handle, and the interior safety release helps users avoid being locked inside.
Polar-Pak models are made with 4-foot modular panels, which are filled with non-CFC urethane foam insulation and exceed industry standards. In assembly, the company utilizes Posi-Loc panel fasteners that ensure an airtight fit throughout the unit. The panels are interchangeable, so you don't have to waste time figuring out which one goes where during assembly. Additionally, the floor panels have coved corners, which provides better sanitation and easier cleaning.
All Kolpak refrigeration equipment includes a hot gas condensate evaporator, which means you don't need to worry about a drain line, and the freezer models are equipped with heated air vents, which avoids vacuum and pressure build-up. KolPak Polar-Pak technology also includes improved air circulation around the coils for energy efficiency.
These Kolpak refrigeration units are available with side-mounted compressors or top-mounted compressors. Top-mount models are flush to the interior of the unit, which means that you don't have to sacrifice any interior storage space. Side-mounted compressors may be easier to access for cleaning and service, but are more susceptible to damage from foot traffic and vandalism.
Kolpak walk-in coolers and freezers can be 6.5-feet or 7.5-feet tall. They are also available in a variety of widths, starting at about 5 feet and going up to almost 10 feet. Many models are offered as either freezers or coolers, so remember to double check which type you're looking at when browsing our selection.