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Traulsen v. True Refrigerators

post #1 of 16
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Shopping for a fridge last year, I had my heart set on a UR36DT SpaceSaver model from Traulsen.

Now I'm ready to actually *buy* this thing and it's discontinued by Traulsen/Hobart.

Talking to some restaurant-supply places in Philly, I'm finding out that Traulsen might not be worth the $ anymore; they tell me I can spend much less and get a better box by going with a True.

Any opinions on True out there? Is this just a pitch? Should I consider other models or makes? With the space I have outlined for this fridge, it looks like I'll have to go with an undercounter freezer. My contractor will not install Sub-Zero since he says they lead to condensation problems! He won't touch them.

Also: I have radiant heat. Should this affect my choice in re: top-mount compressor or bottom mount?

Any help greatly appreciated.
Steve
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post #2 of 16
Steve,

One unit you might look at are made by Cold Tech out in Oakland (www.coldtechusa.com). They are all stainless steel, dual compressors (on top), and racks large enough to fit full-size sheet pans. They are OK for residential use (esp. their 40-BQ model). Cheapest place to get them is www.dvorsens.com out in San Francisco (they ship all over the country. Good luck, CMVnatural:chef:
post #3 of 16
I have sold some Coldtech refrigerator/freezers to residential users. They look great. One thing that should be considered is that the noise level is much higher with a commercial unit than with a residential unit. Coldtech has top-mounted compressors so the noise can be controlled through constructing a sound absorbing soffit or even by remoting the compressors in a nearby area, such as a garage.

In Chicago, Coldtech can be purchased through Pierce Chef Mart. They have several models on the floor.
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ColdTech Refrigerator/Freezers

JCarr,

ColdTech makes a 40CF model (30CF refer, 10CF freezer) that has a model number ending in BQ. This is for an extra-quiet set of compressors (to compete with SubZero). FYI. CMVnatural
post #5 of 16
Steve,

I'm a fan of True Refrigeration and I'll always vote for them when given the option. I think they are a great product. I can't speak for

Traulsen much, I can only tell you what I know. Good luck in your choice. 

Seth

post #6 of 16

And I hear that True Refrigeration is made in good ol' USA! 

post #7 of 16

In all the years I have been in this industry on an overall I'll take Traulsen. In particular if it has a Copeland Compressor. They both build the best in my opinion  .The true iron horses of the industry.  I had one Traulsen Reach In for 23 years. I think It had to be repaired twice. My refrig guys still claim they are best but claim  L G is also building great units..  Sub Zero is a designer delight but mechanicaly the pits.

Chef EdB
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post #8 of 16

Ed, you're (a) ten years too late; and (b) the thread is about residential -- not commercial -- installations.

 

BDL


Edited by boar_d_laze - 6/12/12 at 8:46am
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post #9 of 16

He's actually 10 years too late...unless there's something messed up about the dates on the original posts...

post #10 of 16

So he is.  Corrected.

 

BDL

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post #11 of 16

As long as we are playing the correcting game, abanynini resurrected the thread after a dormancy period of close to 7 1/2 years. Then after a period of roughly 2 1/4 years, topchef23 also responded. chefedb posted 3 hours and 10 minutes later.

 

Who cares anyway. Whew, spent far too much time figuring out that time line.

 

I quit, going outside to find a better game like playing pine cone with my dog.

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post #12 of 16

What's your point?

 

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post #13 of 16

There isn't one is my point.

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Chef EdB
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      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #15 of 16

Well, two years later and the thread is still helpful and relevant for those of us embarking on home renovations.  We've also been looking at commercial refrigerators, since we want glass doors, and you get so much more bang for your buck with commercial.  But I have been hearing the noise difference mentioned a lot.  Is the noise level of a commercial unit really that high?  If the refrigerator kicks on in the kitchen, will we be hearing it all over the house? Just how big a difference are we talking about?

 

Thanks!

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post #16 of 16
Commercial units will definitely be louder than those designed for residential use. They have much stronger compressors that will be noticeably louder. Noise level all depends on the size of the unit but I can't imagine that the noise would be heard in other parts of the house.
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