Sushi Display Cases Buyers' Guide
With its colorful components and eye-catching presentation, sushi is a naturally attractive food that needs to be displayed in an equally appealing way. However, it's also important that sushi is protected from things that might degrade its safety or quality, such as dust, germs, and unsanitary hands. Sushi display cases, made specifically to showcase the popular food, protect your product from being contaminated and ensure it stays fresh and appetizing.
Although each sushi case serves the same purpose, there are a few factors to consider when deciding which is right for your restaurant or commercial operation.
Display cases range from 48 to 83 inches wide, so you need to know how much space is available as you shop. If you are filling an existing space, it's important to make sure the display case you order will fit within those specific parameters. If you are building with the relative freedom that a custom space provides, you need to consider how much sushi you will be making and displaying each day. As with any piece of equipment, a certain amount of space in the model will be taken up by the mechanical components that allow it to run.
All of the sushi display cases available from KaTom have self-contained refrigeration systems. This is convenient because you only need to place these models and plug them in for them to work. Although you won't have to worry about a separate condensing unit, you need to think about where the built-in condensing unit is located, which will either be on the right or the left of the case from the customer's perspective. Some sushi display case models have a see-through glass side on the end opposite the condensing unit, and you'll want that side to be visible to customers.
A sushi case with aluminum exterior construction might be more budget-friendly, but stainless steel is more durable. Aluminum will never rust like stainless can if it gets scratched, but stainless steel is more resistant to denting and suitable for high-traffic sushi bars.
Sushi display cases come with either two or four doors. These are the doors that face your sushi chefs, allowing them to put food in the case and take it back out for customers. Four-door cases are generally more expensive, but they offer greater accessibility. Some cases will also have hinged doors, which makes cleaning an easier task.
The sushi display case's food plates, where you'll set the sushi, also vary in number and type. The more food plates you have, the easier it is to take them out and spot clean. Some are flat, while others are grooved or perforated to help with drainage.
Lastly, most sushi cases feature angled glass that reduces glare, but you might want to consider a model with in-case lighting, which can help better showcase your product.