Re: CommonHouse Fridge?
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 05:54:05 -0700 (PDT)
Quite a few cohos seem to have gone the route of redundant residential 
appliances:  Two stoves, two refrigerators, two dishwashers, etc, all of good 
quality.  Total investment is about the same as for quality commercial 
equipment, but these cohos are discovering advantages in appearance, 
flexibility, and performance.

Hobart is famous for its commercial dishwashers, but for commercial 
cooler/freezers, it has a lot of competition.  Which raises a question:  Do you 
need freezer capacity in your common kitchen?  (The answer is not obvious …)


On Oct 5, 2014, at 10:30 PM, Ruth Hirsch <partner-in-healing [at]> wrote:

> Hi,
> We are going to have to replace our venerable commercial fridge (bought used 
> 1997, approx.)
> We are deciding between two household refrigerators and a commercial one.
> We'd love your input.  
> Have you a commercial fridge? 
> If so, what brand?
> Is Hobart actually better?
> What do you have  and do you like it? love it? 
> Have you residential fridges?  
> Are you happy with what you have?
> We love our commercial fridge.  The reasons to consider residential:  
> - the noise bothers some folks a lot. (kitchen adjacent to where we have 
> meetings.  Having someone unplug fridge bec of noise happens.)
> -  repairs need to be done by someone trained to work on this type fridge.  
> Other folks may not have served us well.  
> -  We wonder if,  if we had two residential one,  when we aren't using both, 
> if we could unplug/turn one off.  save electricity.  
> -warrantee might be less costly (we never have had one one the commercial 
> fridge.)
> many thanks,
> Ruth J. Hirsch
> Cantines Island CoHousing
> Saugerties, NY
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