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Choosing the Right Shelving for Your Walk-in Cooler and Freezer

Choosing the Right Shelving for Your Walk-in Cooler and Freezer

Food storage in coolers and freezers have specific storage factors to consider.  Metro has a lot of expertise in shelving and as dealers for Metro we can help you find the best foodservice storage solutions that meet your application needs..

Metro shelving are known for their robust design to withstand high weight capacity of large volumes of frequently used ingredients. Durability to withstand cold damp conditions which is crucial for maintaining food safety and integrity in walk-in coolers and freezers. In addition, materials used are resistant to rust and corrosion and also offer flexibility in configuration shelf adjustment to optimize storage space. 


Keeping in mind when choosing Walk-in Cooler Shelving

  • Optimizes storage
  • efficient arrangement
  • ease of accessibility
  • minimize waste
  • enhance productivity
  • long lasting

Due to the environment that these racks function in, walk-in cooler shelving are designed with additional qualities in mind.



Metro has solution to combat moisture in any cooler or freezer shelving. The ability to withstand rust and corrosion is critical to product integrity and food safety is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing cooler and freezer shelving.

In a cooler, the moderate temperature and humidity level have a severe effect on easily corrosive materials thereby making plastic shelving the best in this application as  it won’t corrode in a wet environment. 

Traditional wire shelving meant for dry storage will not withstand the wetness and humidity of your walk-in cooler long-term unless they are stainless steel and epoxy-coated and also using plastic mats ensures the epoxy remains intact to further protect it from rust.

Strength & Stability

In walk-in coolers, high capacity food storage is just as important as employee safety. Maximum shelf capacity and design is an important when choosing foodservice shelving

Whether you’re looking for stationary, mobile, or high-density track shelving, it needs to be stable and robust enough for long-term use. The design of Metro shelving is always wobble-free and worry-free thanks to our rigorous stability testing.


Important to follow cleaning protocols not only for your commercial kitchen but also coolers and walk in freezers.

The Metro commercial shelving solutions for coolers and freezers make cleanup easier :

Removable Polymer Mats:

Rust-proof plastic removable shelf mats are used in cooler/freezer shelving. These mats are easy to remove and clean and are dishwasher safe. They are long lasting and protect the shelf from abrasive abuse of polycarbonate totes 

If you are looking for the aesthetic of wire with the added protection of mats, Metro offers Super Erecta Pro, a shelf with a wire base and  heavy-duty plastic mats created with commercial coolers in mind.

Built-in Microban:

Metro cooler/ freezer shelving solutions have built-in Microban antimicrobial product protection to help keep surfaces cleaner in between regular cleanings. Microban is built into all shelf surfaces, epoxy finishes, and shelf mats to help keep your cooler or freezer cleaner.

Wire vs Polymer Shelving for Walk-in Coolers

Metro has a “good, better, best” system - ranging from solutions that will work to the best products for the application. Budget constraints and personal preferences can affect purchasing decisions, so Metro offers innumerable options for your foodservice solutions.

Wire Shelving for Coolers and Freezers

Stainless steel wire shelving may be used in cooler because stainless steel is naturally corrosive resistant. However they are not rust proof hence we recommend wire shelving with epoxy coating, such as our Super Erecta Pro shelving line with Metroseal and polymer shelf mats. 

Super Erecta Pro is a GOOD option for cooler and freezer shelving. 

Metroseal Epoxy Finish

When you think of “green shelving,” you think of Metro. Metro is the originator of epoxy-coated storage solutions for foodservice environments and the only coating available with Microban® in the industry.

Metroseal is an innovative coating comprising two layers: one that helps maintain the shelf's structural integrity while protecting it from red rust and a top epoxy layer that is hydrophobic making it an excellent solution for use in wet environments.

Polymer Shelving for Coolers and Freezers

Metro’s advanced plastic shelving offers premium performance in and out of cooler environments.

MetroMax shelving units offer superior lifelong durability and performance and are ideal solutions for your walk-in cooler or freezer. The MetroMax 4 and MetroMax i all-polymer systems feature a lifetime warranty against rust and corrosion. MetroMax Q’s quick-adjust shelving is combined with polymer posts to deliver a 20-year rust warranty.

All MetroMax plastic cooler shelving comes with removable shelf mats that wash by hand or in commercial dishwashers and also serve as a protective surface that withstands the daily abuses from poly-carbonate food storage boxes and stainless-steel pans. Our plastic walk-in cooler shelving includes built-in Microban antimicrobial product protection, similar to our Metroseal products.

MetroMax Q is the BETTER option because it provides the best of both worlds — rust resistant, coated wire understructure with polymer shelf mats for a strong cleanable solution.

But for the BEST solution for your cooler or freezer, we recommend MetroMax 4. This 100% rust-proof, all plastic shelving unit provides unmatched performance and value.

Which Metro Shelving Solutions is Right for Your Cooler/Freezer?

Coolers and freezers are some of the most valuable storage systems in foodservice. Metro’s durable, cleanable walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer shelving systems effectively put your space to work.

If you have any questions about the best products for your application, talk to our experts at 1-877-877-0873 to go over the best options for your operation.

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