Most covers can accommodate several different sizes of rack. To find the best size, you need to go with the smallest cover that will fit your rack. In order to do this, pay close attention to the maximum height, width, and depth accommodated. If your rack is larger than these three dimensions, the cover will not fit. Conversely, if you get a cover that fits too loosely, it will not adequately protect your food and may drag on the floor when moving.
You can purchase one of these in one of three materials: vinyl, polyester, or fabric.
- Vinyl tends to be the least expensive option. It is both flexible and strong, enabling it to hold up to years of restaurant use. Clear or opaque versions of this material are available.
- You may associate polyester with clothing, but it can also be a durable and flame-retardant material for rack covers. Because of this, some models made of this material can be used for proofing.
- Fabric tends to be the most expensive type. These models are not clear, meaning that if you wish to see inside the cover without removing it, you will have to purchase a model with a window. This material is durable and helps insulate pan racks. Because they're available in multiple colors, these may be the best choice if you'll be using your cover in a customer-facing application like catering.
Besides sizes and materials, many additional options are available for these models. If you need a model that is an opaque color, you may wish to get it with a viewing window. This allows you to see inside without removing or lifting the cover. A zipper flap is a very useful option as it allows you to remove a pan without removing the cover. An info pocket allows you to place a nametag, HACCP information, or special instructions in a visible place on your cover. If you need to keep a rack either hot or cold, insulated covers are available.