The differences between a floral cooler & a beverage cooler

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The differences between a floral cooler & a beverage cooler
Florists use coolers to keep their flowers fresh (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Commercial coolers are used for a variety of different purposes, and to cool many different products. Two common types of coolers are the floral cooler and the beverage cooler. Both of these types of coolers can be seen in supermarkets and floral shops, and many also exist in back rooms for storage. Floral and beverage coolers are used for different purposes, and so they have different cooling systems.

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One of the main differences between a floral cooler and a beverage cooler is their purpose. Florists do not use coolers to make their flowers cold, but rather because the cool air prevents the flowers from wilting and keeps them fresh. Supermarkets and other stores use beverage coolers to provide a cold product to consumers. Because of these different objectives, both types of coolers have different cooling mechanisms and options to accommodate different products.

Cooling Mechanisms

Beverage coolers and floral coolers use cold air in different ways. Floral coolers use a regulated air system that prevents the flowers from being damaged by the influx of air, while preventing them from drying out. Similarly, floral coolers allow you to adjust the humidity to be between 80 to 95 per cent inside the cooler, which also helps prevent drying. Beverage coolers are designed to keep beverages as cool as possible without freezing, and generally try to keep the humidity as low as possible. Additionally, floral cooler thermostats are usually set lower than beverage cooler thermostats.

Types of Coolers

Floral and beverage coolers come in a variety of models with different features. Both types of coolers are made in walk-in and reach-in styles. The walk-in models are much larger and are meant to be used more for storage than for product display. The reach-in coolers come with different door options, including a sliding door and a door that you pull open. Either type of cooler can be custom made to accommodate a specific space. Beverage coolers, however, come in an additional model that is not available in floral coolers; the commercial beer cooler opens from a sliding door on the top.


Though there are several companies that can convert a beverage cooler into a floral cooler, these conversions can be more costly than purchasing a cooler than has been manufactured for flowers. Determine how much stock you will be storing in your beverage or floral cooler before purchasing it, so that you know what size cooler to get. Additionally, both floral and beverage coolers come with different shelving options. Beverage coolers generally have more shelves placed closer together to accommodate as much product as possible, while floral coolers have more spacious shelves to prevent damage to the flowers.

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