School Milk Cooler Buyer's Guide

School Milk Cooler Buyer's Guide

In any school, safety is a main concern. Food safety should be no exception as this helps to ensure that students are kept healthy and alert throughout the school day. At KaTom Restaurant Supply, we offer two brands of school milk coolers that merge the concepts of safety and reliability to meet any school's needs. Choosing the perfect milk cooler for your institution can be tricky, so read through the information provided in this Buyer's guide, and then determine the best choice of milk cooler for your school based on your specific needs.

Single-sided Access, Double-sided Access, or Bulk Storage Coolers

When choosing the perfect milk cooler for your school, the first criteria to look at is the type. We offer three varieties to meet your school's needs. With choices of the single-sided access, double-sided access, and bulk storage coolers, you can pick the most affordable and practical unit that will work for you.

Single-sided access milk coolers are designed with only one way to access the contents of the cooler. A stainless steel door on the front of the unit opens by folding down to allow students easy access to the beverages inside. This type of unit can be placed with one side near or against a wall to allow your school's cafeteria to appear more spacious.

The double-sided access milk coolers feature a stainless steel fold-down door on both sides, making this type of unit an excellent choice for larger schools or cafeterias that operate with two lunch lines. The double-sided access cooler will allow students to reach their beverage of choice from both sides of the unit, reducing the amount of time spent standing in line and maximizing the amount of time each child has for their lunch period.

The bulk storage variety of milk cooler is used as a more behind-the-scenes unit. This type of milk cooler is excellent for storing extra milk or beverage product until the single or double-sided coolers need to be restocked. Upon request, this type of unit can also be cut and designed to allow students to access the contents.

Case Capacity

When choosing the perfect milk cooler for your school, consideration should be taken concerning the number of milk cases a unit is capable of holding. Smaller schools can most likely use a smaller unit, such as one designed to hold 8 milk crates. Larger or growing schools should consider one of the larger units, holding 12 or 16 milk crates. Regardless of the case capacity of the unit, all contents will be held at a safe temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit up to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Forced-Air vs. Cold Wall Cooling Systems

Each school milk cooler must have a refrigeration system in order to keep milk and other beverages at a safe temperature. The two options for refrigeration are forced-air or cold wall.

School milk coolers with a forced-air refrigeration system will maintain milk temperatures between 32 degrees and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Forced-air refrigeration will keep milk or other contents cold during prolonged serving periods of more than two hours. A cold-air blanket covers the contents to keep milk cold and drinkable for students. This is the most energy-efficient method of cooling available.

The other option for milk cooler refrigeration is the cold wall system. Unlike the forced-air units, this type of refrigeration system is not designed to hold milk during prolonged serving periods, but will keep milk at a safe temperature between 32 degrees to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Interior Construction

School milk coolers can be purchased with three different varieties of interior constructions. We have models available with interior constructions made from galvanized steel, white aluminum, or stainless steel.

Units with a galvanized steel interior have the added benefit of being corrosion-free. Galvanized steel goes through a chemical process to keep corrosion from occurring. Steel is coated with layers of zinc because rust will not attack this metal. Galvanized steel is both inexpensive and effective, and this metal can be recycled and reused to minimize resource loss. For applications where water or moisture is going to be prevalent, galvanized steel would be the best option.

White aluminum is another option for the interior of your chosen milk cooler. Aluminum is also remarkably corrosion resistant and has a low density. Aluminum is a nontoxic metal as well, so product contamination will be one less worry for your school.

Coolers with a stainless steel interior offer nearly effortless cleaning and maintenance because there are no pores or cracks for dirt or bacteria to hide in. This durable material will not chip and does not rust easily. Stainless steel, when cared for properly, has a life expectancy of over 100 years, and the material is completely recyclable.

Exterior Construction

School milk coolers are offered with two varieties of exterior construction; either laminated vinyl which come standard in white or stainless steel. True milk coolers come standard in white but are available in a wide variety of exterior colors.

The vinyl and stainless steel versions are constructed of two different materials. The vinyl sections of the cooler are made from non-peel and non-chip laminated vinyl. Generally, the front, sides, back, and top of this type of cooler will be made from this durable material. The doors on the vinyl/stainless models are constructed from high-quality stainless steel to prevent dents and scratches and cut down on cleaning and maintenance time.

All stainless steel models feature an exterior that is constructed of all heavy-duty, hygienic stainless steel. The front, sides, back, top, and doors are all made of this easy-to-clean material. The coolers with this type of exterior construction offer an attractive, yet practical appliance for your school's kitchen.

School Milk Cooler Buyer's Checklist

  • Did I take shipping and product cost into consideration when budgeting for this unit?
  • How much milk will my school need and will the crate capacity accommodate this need?
  • How will this cooler affect the utility costs of my school?
  • Is this cooler easy to clean and maintain?
  • What type of warranty is offered with this cooler?