Car Fridges – Vehicle Refrigerator Options

Installing a car fridge in your vehicle allows you to have refrigeration on the go in your vehicle.  It can prove to be a very gratifying modification.

If you have a large truck or SUV, and like to go on long trips, a car fridge will prove itself extremely valuable as a camping fridge on family vacations or off-road trips.

However, you don’t have to hit the open road in order to enjoy the benefits of a portable car refrigerator.   It can serve a simple a task as that of providing a supply of cold drinks for the family while you run errands about town, or at the kids soccer game.

Portable Car Fridges come in several different styles.   They can be powered solely by 12V DC, 24V DC, or even 110V AC; and are even available with combinations of these power options.  Some fridges, known as 3-way fridges, even have an LPG propane option.  However, you should definitely not attempt to power your fridge using propane when driving.

If you are going to be giving your fridge regular use in anything but the most benign of conditions, you will want to invest in a quality car fridge. Some good quality portable car fridge manufacturers are National Luna, ARB, Engel(a manufacturer with a long history) and Waeco.

Car Fridges come in various sizes, from very small – roughly a dozen quarts – to very large – some over 80 quarts of storage.  Some car refrigerators even provide two compartments, one which serves as a fridge, and a second one which serves as a freezer.  This expands your options by allowing you to take frozen meat, and other similar perishables, with you on the road.

If you will just be using your fridge on quick errands around town, then a very small cheap 12V mini fridge may serve your purposes better than the more expensive models intended for more serious use.

When planning a car fridge purchase there are some important things to consider.

How much storage do you need?

This fridge will be occupying space in your vehicle, so if you buy one that is too large you may regret it.

How will you power it?

Make sure the fridge is compatible with your power supply.  For example, if you are going to run it off your 12 Volt car battery, make sure it is a car fridge that will run on 12V DC (12 Volt Direct Current).

Do you have sufficient power?

This is an important item.  If you are going to run the 12v refrigerator full time, you may want to consider installing a second battery in your vehicle especially for the use of the car fridge.  You do not want to run your starting battery down keeping your beer cold.

Enjoy your new car refrigerator!

Originally posted. October 10, 2010

Counter Depth Refrigerators – Pros and Cons

Counter depth refrigerators give the look of a built in unit by sitting flush with kitchen counters and cabinetry. They come in many different configurations and are a standard option for most appliance manufacturers in this day and age. They are simply freestanding refrigerators with a shallower depth. The typical kitchen counter is 24”, so you can imagine how this cuts down the refrigerators capacity a little bit. However, they are cheaper than the flush alternative of a built in.

Numerous Options
Counter depth refrigerators come with as many design options as any freestanding or built-in unit. They are available side-by-side, top freezer, bottom freezer, and even with French doors. They can be purchased with or without ice and filtered water dispensers, and most features remain the same from brand to brand depending on your needs. Some popular brands that manufacture counter depth refrigerators are the same ones you would look to for any other refrigerator and include Frigidaire, LG, Electrolux, and GE. The same finish options are available as well, including the popular custom panel, to create a seamless looking spread of cabinets.

Smaller Capacity
The largest counter depth refrigerators and side-by-side units and run right around 23 cubic feet of interior space. This isn’t much smaller than a typical bottom or top freezer. And in some cases they are a good alternative if you aren’t necessarily looking for a huge refrigerator, say you eat out a lot, are single, or live in a really small apartment. Some interesting design options for tiny living could be a counter depth unit or something tall and skinny.

Dollars and Cents
Buying a new refrigerator is a big commitment and investment. If you have your heart set on a built in, but just can’t afford it, a counter depth freestanding unit is a smart alternative. The aesthetic is there, but the price tag is not as jaw dropping. And if you end up moving a freestanding unit will be easier to take with you if you decide to do so. Alternatively if the decision is between a standard dimensioned freestanding unit that will protrude past your cabinet line, and a counter depth built in, consider if aesthetic alone is worth the price difference. For example, an average built in unit will cost you around $5,000 depending of course on make and model. A freestanding unit of the same brand and comparable size will run you around $1,100 and a counter depth will run you right around $2,800. What is the look of your kitchen worth to you?

All and all, you are not limiting the configuration, be it side-by-side, top or bottom freezer, by considering a counter depth unit, if anything it’s commendable to be aesthetically minded and searching for cost effective alternatives to some more expensive, but beautifully integrated, units.


Originally posted. May 24, 2011

Whirlpool Water Filters – 4396710 and 4396841

The 4396710 and 4396841 Whirlpool water filters are used in a variety of different fridge freezers from several manufacturers.  These filters should be change out every six months or so in order to maintain the quality of the water that is dispensed from your kitchens refrigerator.

These models of refrigerator water filter fits a large variety of refrigerators from Kenmore, KitchenAid, Amana, Maytag, Viking and of course Whirlpool. It is ANSI/NSF certified to standards 42 & 53 for the reduction of a variety of contaminants.

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The Whirlpool 4396710 Water filter boasts a 97% reduction in Chlorine, 99.7% reduction in Class I Particulates, and also greatly reduces the quantity of Lead, Mercury and Absestos.  The Whirlpool 4396710 readily replaces the existing water filter in any of the following refrigerator models:

  • KSBP23INSS00, KSBS23INBT01, KSBS25INSS01, and others.

And for any of the following filter numbers:

  • 4396710, 4396710B, 4396711, 4396710P PUR Ultimate
  • 9020, 9030, 46-9020, 46-9030, 469020, 469030
  • T1RFWB2, T1WB2, T1WB2L, T1RFKB1, T1KB1, T1KB2, T1RFKB2
  • 2260538, 2260515, 2260538
  • W10121145

If you own one of the refrigerators/water filters listed above then you need the 4396710 replacement water filter.

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Another commonly used Whirlpool water filter is the 4396841.  The Whirlpool 4396841 is used in a variety of refrigerators that feature PUR Measure or Fast Fill functionality.  The Whirlpool 4396841 will replace any of the following water filter models:

  • Whirlpool 4396841B
  • Whirlpool 2305267/Whirlpool 2305222
  • Whirlpool 95357630
  • Whirlpool T2RFWG2/T2WG2/T2WG2L/T1WG2/T1WG2L
  • Whirlpool P2RFWG2
  • Viking RWFFRSXS
  • KitchenAid 4396842/43967842B
  • W10193691

Buy some extra 4396841 water filters today if you currently use one of these filters in your refrigerator. No matter which model your fridge freezer needs, I recommend that you buy a combo pack so you will have spares on hand six months down the road when it is time to replace the part.



Originally posted. October 11, 2011

Consumer Reports Appliances

Consumer reports magazine is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization with over 3.2 million subscribers. They test over 3,000 products a year to pin point best buys and worst buys. They claim to be 100% unbiased due the fact that they take no outside advertizing. This also means they must charge a nominal fee to provide their review service, $26.00 yearly, $5.95 monthly. A mobile application is also included in the subscription, which can be helpful while out shopping. The website includes a vast inventory of products under the categories of Cars, Electronics, Home and Garden, Babies and Kids, and lastly Appliances. Consumer Reports Appliances include Laundry and cleaning, kitchen, and heating, cooling and air.

Laundry & Cleaning
Laundry and cleaning includes pretty much any cleaning appliance you can imagine including clothes dryers, washers, sewing machines, steam irons, steam mops, vacuum cleaners both wet and dry. In addition to appliances they also include reviews on consumable cleaning supplies. When searching for the best product, you can either enter the make and model you are interested in, or enter specific criteria like size, energy consumption, or specific features. They also feature particular topics of interest in an article like format, for example “Water-saving washers.”

Kitchen Appliances
The appliances included in the kitchen category are even more numerous and include two sub categories. Large appliances are listed as cook tops and wall ovens, dishwashers, freezers, microwave ovens, range hoods, ranges, refrigerators, and wine cellars. Small appliances are listed as blenders, coffeemakers, countertop induction burners, food processors and choppers, garbage disposals,  juicers, thermometers, mixers, slow cookers, toasters and water filters. A nice addition to the consumer reports website is a more holistic view, the Kitchen-Planning Guide, where you can choose your appliances together and compile the best products for your home.

Heating, Cooling & Air
Often forgotten, due to the out of sight out of mind circumstance, the heating cooling and air appliances are actually some of the most important appliances in your home. includes reviews of air conditions, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, gas fireplaces and furnaces, humidifiers, pellet and wood stoves, solar water heaters, space heaters and water heaters. The forum feature on the website can be very helpful especially for these appliances, where people can ask questions and have peers and professionals provide advice and experiences.

Since 1936 Consumer Reports has been providing expert buying advice, recommendations and ratings on a wide spectrum of products. Like all products that are reviewed and tested, Consumer Reports Appliances are acutely researched before testing even begins. Data is gathered about consumer demand, and then staff shoppers in 65 US cities purchase the products to be used as test samples. Surveys gather information on experiences from hundreds of thousands of subscribers that is used in the Frequency of Repair and Reliability Reports. Finally state of the art testing equipment, some of it specially designed by Consumer Reports engineers, is used to compare the quality and performance of the product to government, industry and Consumer Report designated standards. So you can be sure will provide you with accurate and concise information about any appliance you are considering purchasing.


Originally posted. May 29, 2011

EdenPURE Reviews

Edenpure portable heaters are small appliances that have been getting a lot of press lately due to their extensive television advertising – they are even endorsed by the actor who portrayed the character Al in the old sitcom Home Improvement.

Before making the decision to purchase an Edenpure heater however, it is wise to take a look at some Edenpure reviews before committing.  Whilst their advertising would have consumers’ thinks an Edenpure portable heater is the best thing since sliced bread, they do have some detractors.

Rather than using alternatives such as heating coils, kerosene or propane heating, Edenpure heaters utilized infrared heating to warm your home.  An Edenpure Infrared Portable Quartz Heater therefore heats using a somewhat different technology.

Many Edenpure reviewers are quick to point out the low operating temperatures of these heaters. Compared to traditional heaters – which have very hot surfaces – these devices provide a lot of heat to their surroundings while minimizing the temperature of the unit itself; this makes these infrared heaters less likely to cause fire.

Edenpure reviews often appreciate the wide model selection available from this firm. The low end EdenPURE Personal heater is well regarded for small rooms.  The EdenPURE GEN3 and newer more efficient EdenPure Gen4 Quartz Heater are great sellers for larger areas.  These units are expected to provide reliable service for 10 years or more, and the heating bulbs are easily replaceable.

The Edenpure signature heater with air purifier is their high end unit with built in humidifier. It is capable of heating up to one thousand square feet and is easily portable due to its rolling casters.  With three power settings this model can be readily used in small or large rooms as a heat source.  It also comes with a remote control for easy use from across the room when tucked up snug in your bed.

Some reviewers do some have negative things to say about Edenpure heaters.  The major item is some concern that they produce insufficient heat for the price.  On the other hand, the additional safety of the low operating temperatures more than makes up for this for some. If this item concerns you then you are probably better off choosing one of the larger Edenpure models.

Overall the Edenpure reviews out there are as a whole rather positive, with only limited negative comments about these infrared heaters.

Click here to shop for heaters from Amazon.

Originally posted. January 16, 2011

Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

Bottom freezer refrigerators are an extremely popular fridge freezer style.  They offer a number of benefits that other types of refrigeration appliances do not.

This article explores some of the advantages of bottom freezer fridge freezers.

The primary benefit of one of these refrigerators is that they do not require a whole lot of floor space.  Many modern refrigerator designs – such as the side-by-side and French door refrigerator freezers – are rather wide, and do not easily fit into small kitchens.


A bottom freezer fridge will usually be narrower than these types of appliances, which makes them better able to be installed into narrow openings against your kitchen wall. Now of course there are other fridges that have a similar width to these units – top mount freezer refrigerators for one – so there must be other additional benefits that explain the popularity of the bottom mounted units.

What bottom mount freezer refrigerators offer that top mount units do not is convenience. Since the refrigerator compartment is elevated in these appliances, it is a lot easier to access the contents of your fridge in a bottom mounted freezer fridge device. Considering that most users will need entry to the refrigerator considerably more often than they do the freezer, this can be a significant advantage.

On a related note, in this type of refrigerator the location of the crispers are a lot more convenient also. When a fridge is resting on the ground, the bottom couple of shelves – which is where the vegetable crispers are normally found – are very low and difficult to get to. When the fridge rests on top of the freezer unit however, the fresh produce stored in the crisper is a lot easier to access and thus a lot more likely to be eaten.

There is an extensive selection of Maytag bottom freezer refrigerators available; but odds are all your favorite brand have offerings also.  Amana refrigerators, Fisher Paykel fridges, Whirlpool, the Korean firms LG and Samgung, GE, Bosch and KitchenAid are just some of the brands are available in bottom freezer styles.

You can see a large selection of available bottom freezer refrigerators at Amazon.

Originally posted. December 14, 2010

Beko Fridge

The line of Beko fridge freezers has a lot of fans due to their modern looks and innovative features.  Beko, a European firm has a great reputation for producing a range of quality and reliable electronics goods, not just refrigerators.

Beko is renowned for producing goods that provide excellent value for money.  Their appliances have a reputation for being very durable and energy efficient, while at the same time performing admirably.

Beko has some great choices when it comes to choosing a compact refrigerator.  The CDA543 Beko fridge freezer is good example.  This over under unit comes equipped with auto-defrost, and is remarkably frugal when it comes to energy usage. Being relatively compact, it has a combined fridge freezer capacity of 10.5 cubic feet.  While not a huge American style fridge freezer, it is perfect for a small family.

Another unit Beko produces is so compact it is almost a portable fridge freezer; the FC 140.  With about half the capacity of the CDA543 it is best suited for very small kitchens, and for at most two people.  Still, with two drawers and three shelves, the volume is used well.  With this appliance you get a Beko freezer built into your compact fridge.

If what you are looking for is a high end American fridge freezer, then perhaps the Beko AS920 is right for you.  This side-by-side fridge freezer, with a whopping 20.4 cubic feet of combined capacity, makes a great fixture in any sufficiently large kitchen.  It incorporates a water dispenser in the door, concealed hinges, digital display and several other advanced features.  When you put it all together this unit has a lot of appeal.

Another model in their lineup is the LA620 under counter fridge.  Hidden under a countertop, this integrated fridge is installed in a similar manner to a dishwasher.  Grossing less than five cubic feet it is relatively small, but exceptionally unobtrusive.  Although it is small, the clever design still allows for in-door storage to be used to maximum effect.

Finally, for the entertainers out there, Beko produces a mini bar fridge.  The tiny MR54 bar refrigerator has only 1.5 cubic feet of capacity, but that is ample for chilling drinks. This unit also comes with two ice cube trays, to give you the final ingredient you need for making mixed drinks.

As you can see the Beko fridge freezer model line is available in all sizes and styles. With a wide selection of Beko appliances available they are sure to have a refrigerator to suit your needs.

Originally posted. September 16, 2010

Jenn Air Refrigerator

Purchasing a Jenn Air refrigerator can be a very enjoyable experience; this manufacturer creates a wide variety of very pleasing refrigerators for shoppers to choose from.  This article explores some of the different Jenn Air appliances in their fridge freezer range.

Jenn Air Refrigerator Installation

There are three different install options for a Jenn Air refrigerator.  These are built-in, free standing and undercounter type units.

Jenn Air Built-In Refrigerator

The Jenn Air selection of integrated fridges includes eight different models. The JF42NXFXDW is an attractive 42 inch French Door style integrated unit. Those seeking an integrated bottom-freezer style Jenn Air appliance for their kitchen have the option of the 36 inch JB36NXFXRW.

The bulk of the Jenn Air integrated refrigerator line-up are in the side-by-side style.  With six different models there is an ample selection.  These include the JS48NXFXDW, JS42NXFXDW, JS48SEDUDW, JS48CXDBDB, JS42SEDUDW and the JS42CXDBDB models.

Jenn Air Free Standing Refrigerator

Shoppers seeking a stand-alone refrigerator from Jenn Air have six different options. Their free standing French Door units are three cabinet depth refrigerators – the JFC2290VEM, JFC2089WEM and the JFI2089WES models – which are all artfully designed so as not to block kitchen thorough fares.

Similarly, Jenn Air also produces three side-by-side free standing counter depth refrigerator freezers.  These models are the JCB2585WES, JCD2595WES and JCD2395WES.

Jenn Air Under Counter Refrigerator

Jenn Air also produces four undercounter refrigerators.  The under counter drawer refrigerator units are the JUR248LWES, JUR248RWES, JUD248CWRS and JUD248RWRS.  All of these models are very popular as second fridges in high end kitchens.

Jenn Air Finish Styles

These different models of Jenn Air Fridge Freezer have a variety of finish options; these have some rather exotic names. To Jenn Air white is floating glass white, black is floating glass black, and stainless steel is either pro-style stainless or euro-style stainless.

Particularly nice – and somewhat unique – is their oiled bronze finish; plus Jenn-Air also offers their high-end custom overlay where you choose a specific finish to match your kitchen cabinetry.

Jenn Air Wine Cellars

Those looking for a wine refrigerator from Jenn Air also have a couple of options.  The produce two under counter wine cellar models – the JUW248LWRS and JUW248RWRS.  These wine fridges are very high end units, and are available in either euro-style stainless or with the custom overlay to match your mini bar cabinetry.

Jenn Air Beverage Centers

Very similar to their wine refrigerators, the Jenn Air Beverage Center bar fridge models – JUB248LWRS and JUB248RWRS – are available with the same exquisite finishes as the wine cellar units.

Jenn Air Ice Maker

Last but not least, Jenn Air also manufactures an Ice-maker unit.  The 15 inch wide JIM158XWRS has a fifty pound per day ice production rate and comes with finishes matching those of the Jenn Air wine cellars and beverage centers to allow the creation of a very appealing wet bar area.

Originally posted. December 6, 2010

Frigidaire Refrigerators

When shopping for Frigidaire refrigerators, buyers have a large range of different – and well reviewed – product types to select from.  The Frigidaire refrigerator product line includes models of the following types –French Door, Side-by-side, Counter Depth, All Refrigerator, Wine Storage, Compact Refrigerator and last but not least Frigidaire Top Freezer units.  In this article I will briefly explore each of these Frigidaire refrigeration niches.

The Frigidaire French Door Refrigerator

Prices for Frigidaire French door refrigerators range from a low of $1600 for the 26 cubic foot ebony black FGUN2642LE all the way up to $2800 for the 28 cubic foot FPHB2899LF in Stainless Steel.   Frigidaire offers an extensive selection of these French door refrigerator freezers, with well over 20 different models to choose from.

The Frigidaire Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Frigidaire is one of the most prolific refrigerator manufacturers in the marketplace. In the American style side-by-side category alone they offer around 40 different models.  While some of this can be explained by having different models for units with only minor differences – such as the color of the finish – this is still a substantial range of products.  List prices for Frigidaire side-by-side refrigerator freezers range from $900 for the Bisque FFHS2611LQ on up to $2400 for the 23 cubic foot Stainless Steel FPHC2398LF.

The Frigidaire Counter Depth Refrigerator

These refrigerator freezers are designed for kitchens where it is desired that the appliances not stick out past the kitchen cabinetry.  Frigidaire offers half a dozen of these integrated fridge freezers in their model line.  Prices range from $1700 for the 22 cubic feet black FFSC2323LE on up to $2250 FGHC2379LE Frigidaire Gallery Premier Counter-Depth refrigerator freezer.

The Frigidaire All Refrigerator

The peculiarly named Frigidaire All Refrigerator line-up are stand-alone dedicated refrigeration units.  Frigidaire offers three models in this range, designed for people who do not want a freezer compartment in their refrigerator.  Prices range from $600 for the FRU17B2JW – a very cheap refrigerator – to $1200 for the high end FPRH17D7KF Frigidaire Professional 17 Cu. Ft. All Refrigerator.

The Frigidaire Wine Storage Refrigerator

Frigidaire also produces a few wine and beverage coolers.  They offer three wine coolers – ranging from the black $230 FFWC35F4LB with a capacity of 35 bottles to the stainless steel $480 FFWC38F6LS two-zone wine cooler. For those who prefer their drinks from a can $500 buys the Frigidaire 138 12 oz. Can Capacity Beverage center, which comes in stylish Stainless Steel.

The Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator

There are four models in the Frigidaire Compact refrigerators product line.  The cheap refrigerator in this selection is the 2.5 cubic foot black FFPH25M4LB at $160.  On the high end – although still moderately priced – is the $260 3.1 cubic foot compact refrigerator which is finished with a color Frigidaire calls Silver Mist.

The Frigidaire Top Freezer Refrigerator

The number of Freezer on top fridge options from Frigidaire borders on ridiculous.  There is in the general neighborhood of one hundred models to choose from. As with the side-by-side models a lot of this is due to the use of multiple model numbers for different finishes.  Prices vary dramatically for these units.  The cheapest Frigidaire Top Freezer refrigerator is the black FFPT10F0KB apartment size refrigerator at $430.  At the top end is the Stainless Steel FPUI2188LR Frigidaire Professional Top Freezer Refrigerator.

With close to 200 different Frigidaire refrigerators to choose from, this is one manufacturer that spoils buyers for choice.  Due to their widespread use, should they ever be needed Frigidaire parts will be readily available.

Frigidaire Refrigerators Reviews

Many individual fridge freezer models within the Frigidaire lineup have positive reviews.  This makes them a great option for any homeowner seeking a quality and reliable refrigerator for their kitchen.

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Originally posted. November 30, 2010

Currys Fridge Freezers: A Popular UK Retailer

Not everyone is familiar with Currys fridge freezers.  Currys is an extremely popular retailer in the United Kingdom well known for selling electronics.  However, they don’t just sell electronics like computers and stereos and other electronics like that.  They also offer a very wide range of refrigerators and freezers to the general public throughout the UK and Ireland.

Currys refrigerators and freezers are extremely popular nowadays, but the early history of this company started a long way from these appliances.  The company was founded in 1884 by Henry Curry who started out by building bicycles full time out of a backyard shed and then eventually a street store front.  From these humble beginnings they would eventually expand into a general retail store, even stopping the manufacturing of bikes in the 1930s and growing to over 500 stores.

The move to becoming known for sales on refrigerators and freezers was a natural part of growth and expansion, and as these technologies formed and became common place for every home.  Currys carries multiple brands, although the majority of Currys refrigerators will be manufactured by Beko, Daewoo, Fisher & Payekl, Indesit, LG, Samsung, Sharp, or Whirlpool. While you might find a freezer or fridge that isn’t from one of these manufacturers, there’s no question that they will make up the fall majority (if not all) of a Currys store options for these appliances.

Currys offers over seventy fridge freezers to choose from, and from this variety you should have no problem finding one that meets all of your home needs.  While popular models are going to vary from year to year, some are consistently among consumer favorites.  One such model is the very inexpensive Essentials C155CW10 Fridge Freezer because it comes in as the only Curry fridge freezer that costs under 200 British Pounds.  This is consistently the most popular model based on sales numbers.

What surprises many people is that the second most popular model of refrigerator freezers from Currys is the Hotpoint FF200LBP Fridge Freezer, which can retail for as high as 600 British Pounds.  This is definitely a high end model which advertises using the most up to date refrigeration and cooling technology to keep food fresher for longer.  Like the inexpensive Essentials model, this Curry refrigerator freezer combination comes in the standard freezer bottom refrigerator top design with simple white finish.

The most expensive brands offered by this company run at $1,300 British Pounds retail, and two models share this distinction: the Fisher & Paykel E522BRXU Smart upright model and the Liebherr CNESF5113 stainless steel fridge freezer.  These are the highest level of consumer strength refrigerator freezers offered through Curry retail stores, and both come in extra large sizes that include room for individual eggs, a small rack for wine, as well as other similar perks which make these units attractive for many upper class families.

While the brands and models may change over time, Curry fridge freezers offer a wide range from the simple and inexpensive basic models for most people to higher end consumer models produced by Fisher & Paykel and  Liebherr for individuals looking for more out of their refrigeration units.

Originally posted. June 8, 2011