Used Refrigerators – Pros And Cons

New refrigerators can cost a lot more than many families can afford, so when the time comes to get a new fridge sometimes a family benefits from selling a used refrigerator while at other times a family needing a new appliance will be looking to actually buy a used unit.  There are some definite advantages to going this route as opposed to shopping brand new at full retail prices, but there are also some potential negatives to going the used route.  Knowing where to find the best used refrigerators for sale is also a large part of deciding whether or not going used is a good idea or not.

The pros of going the used route include price.  Obviously any used refrigerators for sale, even if they are only mildly used, will be heavily discounted compared to a brand new fridge right out of the store.  Depending on how well taken care of the fridge was, there’s a decent chance that it not only works as a stop-gap but it that appliance could last several years and work just as well as a brand new model, and without having to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars more.

The potential cons are also fairly easy to recognize.  There’s always the potential that a used fridge will break down earlier than a new model, and worries about being conned into buying a “jerry-rigged” fridge which will then break down later.  Quality can be an issue, and you will want to keep an eye especially on very old models.  Most likely you will also have to handle the transportation yourself.

If you decide the pros outweigh the cons then the first step is locating ads for used fridges.  Generally speaking, you don’t find too many used appliance stores.  Because of this, looking at local classified ads is often the best way to get solid leads on where to find some cheap used or even free refrigerators.  This not only includes newspapers or local penny savers, but also online sources like Craigslist or even online sites which specifically focus on serving as local online classified ads.  This allows you to figure out the best options available at a local level, which is critical since you should never agree to buy used refrigerators without inspecting those appliances in person.

If you have friends who have experience with these appliances, ask for their assistance and hit up several places in one day.  While they are somewhat rare, taking the time to find a used appliance store could help out immensely as many of them offer warranties on any appliances they sell, and that extra piece of mind is worth considering when looking to purchase an inexpensive used refrigerator.


Originally posted. May 27, 2011

Wine Refrigerators – Choosing a Fridge for your Vino Collection

A wine fridge can be the perfect appliance for the wine aficionado. Wine fridges are specially made to keep wine perfectly chilled until just the right moment, giving you the perfect wine experience.

You can find a wine cooler fridge from many brand names including Avanti, Cuisinart, Danby, EdgeStar, Frigidaire, General Electric, Haier America, Marvel, Samsung, Sanyo, Summit Appliance, Sunpentown and Vinotemp.

You may find some specially made wine refrigerators that exclusively hold wine for less than $100 or you may get luxury cabinets that cost more than $1000.

For instance, Haier America’s 12-bottle freestanding wine refrigerator only costs around one hundred dollars. This design boasts a soft interior light as well as adjustable thermal control so you can have your wine at the temperature you like.

The double pane insulated glass door has a recessed handle. The interior contains five full-width chrome wire shelves to hold the wine bottles.

On the other hand, Marvel’s beverage and wine refrigerator has two temperature zones to accommodate four wine bottles in one and sixty 12-ounce cans in the other. Digital controls and an LED panel allow you to adjust and monitor the refrigerator’s internal temperature.

This design also includes a MicroSentry system that alerts you when your desired temperature is higher or lower for an extended period of time. This Marvel model also has two adjustable shelves, one pull-out wine rack and a removable tempered glass shelf. The dual-paned tinted glass door protects wine from UV rays and provides insulation. This model costs from $1200 to $1300.

You could also go with a countertop design such as Avanti’s 16-bottle countertop wine cooler. Although it can fit 16 bottles, it is a compact design that can adjust the thermostat for red and white wines.

The slide-out chrome shelves also keep your wine secure as does the vibration free operation. A reversible thermopane glass door lets you observe the softly illuminated interior.

The Avanti refrigerator costs between $90 and $125, which makes it a great option if you are looking for a wine refrigerator but have a limited budget.

Another more upscale option is the GE Profile 29 inch Wine Center.

For wine collectors who need a little more storage space for their collection, this particular wine fridge can be an excellent choice.

Koolatron has designed an even more compact four-bottle wine cellar that can be either free-standing or mounted to the wall or a cabinet. This design holds four 25-ounce bottles. Like other wine fridges, it has a thermoelectric cooling system, removable shelves and a transparent door to see the softly illuminated interior. Koolatron compact designs cost from $100 to $140.

Edge Star also carries a slim-fit wine cooler with its 12-bottle freestanding wine refrigerator.  It has all the features of many other refrigerators except this design is only ten inches wide.  The EdgeStar also has a modest price tag from between $120 and $140.

Whether you are looking for luxury, compactness or simply a good way to keep your wine at your desired temperature, a wine fridge may be just the thing you need.  There are many options available to you, so you should be able to find the right refrigerator at just the right price.  You are sure to enjoy the wine the way you have always wanted when it is chilled exactly to your liking.

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Originally posted. August 12, 2010

Dyna Glo Heater

If you are in the market for a Dyna Glo Heater there are many different offerings in their model line.

From small portable Propane heaters through industrial strength Kerosene Forced Air, Dyna Glo Delux heaters are available to suit every need.

The Dyna Glo Delux, TT15DGD, 9k – 15k BTU Single Tank Top Heater consists of a heating element that attaches directly to the top of a liquid Propane tank using a standard P.O.L. tank connection. With an output of up to 15000 BTU – depending on the setting – this Dynaglo propane heater is great heating solution.

A similar solution – but with two heating elements – is the Dyna Glo Delux TT30DGD, 18k – 30k BTU Double Tank Top Heater. This propane heating device offers double the BTU output, though gets mixed reviews from buyers.  I would advise avoiding this particular model in favor of one of the others.

Those looking for more powerful propane heating solutions should consider the Dyna Glo Delux, RMC-FA150DGD, 100k – 150k BTU Propane Forced Air Heater. This Dyna-Glo heater is great for use outdoors – in applications such as industrial workspaces, barns and construction sites – able to heat up to 2700 square feet for up to 5 hours on one 20lb propane tank. This Dyna glo propane heater model is also available in a smaller model – the Dyna Glo Delux, RMC-FA125DGD, 70k – 125k BTU Propane Forced Air Heater.

A model suitable for even larger scale applications is the Dyna Glo Delux, RMC-FA300DGD, 300k BTU Propane Forced Air Heater. This unit can be fuelled by a large 500lb propane tank for well over 36 hours, and includes a high powered 1800 CFM blower to circulate the heat. The 300000 BTU of heat this propane heater generates can warm up to 7000 square feet.

While all the models described above are Dyna Glo Propane heaters, there is also a sizable selection of Dyna Glo Kerosene heaters to select from. One such unit is the Dyna Glo Delux, RMC-KFA75TDGD, 75,000 BTU Kerosene Forced Air Heater with Thermostat. This dynaglo Kerosene heater can produce 75000 BTU of heat – great for outdoor applications – and can run for ten hours on its five gallon fuel capacity.

Those seeking the ultimate in Dyna glo kerosene heating solutions also have the option of purchasing the Dyna Glo Delux, RMC-KFA650TDGD, 650,000 BTU Kerosene Forced Air Heater with Thermostat, but this unit will be overkill for any but the largest heating needs.

Originally posted. December 18, 2010

Samsung Fridges

Samsung Fridges are available in a variety of different styles, varying finishes and multiple price points.  This means that anyone looking for a Samsung refrigerator is sure to find an appliance that is right for them.

Samsung Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

One type of fridge offered by Samsung is the bottom mount style of appliance.  Currently there are four different models of this type available, their prices range from $899 – Samsungs cheapest fridge – through to $1399.

The low end of this range is the Samsung RB195ACBP unit. It and the more expensive RB197ACRS both have a capacity of 18 cubic feet.  For a little more space, the other two units are the RB215ACRP and the RB217ACRS, both of which have a capacity of 20 cubic feet.

For each of these two sized, the more expensive bottom mount is an extra four hundred dollars over the entry level model.  Clearly Samsung is proud of the feature set of their top level units.

Samsung Side-By-Side Refrigerators

There are five different Samsung refrigerator models in this category – though a total of 20 if you count all the different finish options such as black, white, stainless platinum and stainless steel fridges that are available.

The smallest of these fridge freezers is the RSG257AARS/XAA which comes with a 24 cubic foot capacity at a price of $2299.  Interesting enough, while this is the smallest American style fridge freezer in their lineup, it also the most expensive.

The remaining four side by side Samsung fridge freezers all have capacities of 26 cubic feet.  Their prices range from $1299 for the RS261MDRS all the way up to $1799 for the RS267TDRS.  Price wise, the RS263TDRS and RS265TDRS are slotted in between the other two.

With this abundance of side-by-side models, Samsung could probably benefit from some consolidation of their product line in this category.

Samsung French Door Refrigerators

If you though Samsung’s selection of side by sides was excessive, then the depth of their range of French Door fridge freezer options will really get your attention.

Excluding the various finish options, there are sixteen different options in their line-up of French door fridges!  I will not list them all here, but will try to cover some of the popular options.

One of their cheapest models in this category is the 20 cubic foot RF217ACRS coming in at $1399.  While you will not get a lot of options at this price this is a solid performer that gets generally good reviews.

Stepping up to $1899 Samsung has the 25.5 cubic foot RF266AERS.  This is a good basic French door fridge freezer with a lot of space inside,

$2199 starts buying you some of the nicer features.  The RF26XAERS Samsung fridge freezer model has 26 cubic feet of capacity, but the extra dollars buy you niceties such as door mounted water and ice dispensers.

For the cream of the crop in the Samsung French door range, you will need to find $2999 for the RF4287HARS fridge freezer.  This 28 cubic foot unit has not three, but four doors. It also incorporates just about every option and feature that Samsung offers throughout its range.  This is an expensive model, but it you are willing to pay that type of money for a Samsung appliance it receives good enough reviews that it is worth considering.

Say what you will about Samsung Fridges, but it certainly cannot be said they do not offer you plenty of models to choose from.  Between the Bottom freezer, Side-by-sides and French door refrigerators discussed, there is surely an appliance suitable for you.

Originally posted. November 9, 2010

Integrated Fridges

For many homeowners, the ideal refrigerator in recent years has been a side-by-side, perhaps a stylish stainless steel fridge freezer. However, of late the new trend in kitchen renovations has been the move towards the ‘integrated kitchen’. The basic concept behind this is rather than having appliances matching each other; integrated appliances are instead used to match with the kitchen cabinetry. The popularity of this trend has led to the rise of integrated fridges.

A standard American refrigerator – no matter in white, black or stainless – is very hard to miss. When you walk into a kitchen the fridge stands out like a sore thumb. Integrated refrigerators, on the other hand, are custom designed to disappear in the kitchen.

A fully integrated fridge is usually custom designed for a particular kitchen, unlike traditional fridge freezers. The usual technique is to form a panel to be affixed to the appliance door. This panel will be made of the same type and tint of wood used by the kitchen cabinets. If properly designed, at first glance the door of the integrated refrigerator will look just like another cabinet.

To fully achieve this look requires more than just a door. The fridge must be designed to fit into the wall so it does not stick out further than the cabinetry. This may require modification to the wall to create a niche for the appliance to be placed. Also, if the kitchens cabinetry is somewhat ornate, it may be necessary to add trim to the door panel to fully duplicate the look of the rest of the kitchen.

As with traditional American fridges, an integrated refrigerator can be had in a wide range of styles. They can be a basic fridge or freezer, a fridge over freezer combo unit, or the classic favorite – a side by side unit.  Also popular, often as second fridges, is the use of an integrated under counter fridge to provide supplemental refrigerated storage for well equipped kitchens.

Since these custom built fridges are designed to be able to split tightly between cabinets, they do not require the traditional buffer space of air around them that other fridges do. This feature – plus their high stealth factor – makes integrated fridge freezers ideal for rooms other than the kitchen. The idea of an integrated bar fridge that blends subtly into the background appeals to many.

All good things come at a price, and the integrated fridge freezer is not exempt. You will pay a significant premium in having one of these units customized for your kitchen. There may also be additional cost in preparing an area in your kitchen for the installation. However, if you are renovating already, then some of that money is going to be a wash.

Another possible negative factor to consider is that integrated fridges are usually significantly smaller than traditional models. This is due to the requirement for the refrigerator to blend with the cabinets, and not stick out into the kitchen.

If you have the funds, and can live without the extra fridge space, then creating an integrated kitchen may be for you. If so, then you will definitely find yourself needing to purchase one of these integrated fridges.

Originally posted. May 30, 2010

Dyna Glo Propane Heater

A Dyna Glo Propane Heater is a great piece of kit for anyone who regularly takes camping, caravan or RV trips in cold weather.

The ‘Dyna-Glo Tag-A-Long Portable Propane Heater’ – the official title on the box – will allow you to take an easily powered heat source with you wherever you go.  If you are all familiar with the ‘Mr Buddy’ propane heater, this Dyna-Glo model is very similar.  So what are the features of Dyna-Glo propane heaters that you should be aware of?

This Dyna glo heater is powered by your standard 16.4 ounce propane bottles.  These are the regular Coleman type bottles you find at many stores, so finding fuel for your heater will not be difficult.  Inside the end of the heater is a compartment for tucking the propane bottle neatly away. The compartment also contains a special swiveling valve that allows you to first hookup the bottle, and then lower it into place in the holder.  Very handy!

Dyna Glo Safety Features

The Dyna-Glo Tag-A-Long has a few features to ensure maximum safety during use.  First it features a tip-over sensor.  This sensor will shut off the heater automatically if the heater falls over.  Also included are low-oxygen sensors which are also designed to shutoff the heater if it senses Oxygen is being intended.

While this is a great idea, I would still recommend anyone using one of these inside to ensure they have a cracked window for ventilation – you can’t be too careful. Finally the manufacture boasts of the units’ heavy duty safety grills.

Dyna Glo Propane Heating and Runtime

This adjustable propane heater can put out between 4500 BTU and 8000 BTU of heat, depending on how you set it.  One of the 16.4 Oz. Coleman canisters can power the unit for close to 5 hours, enough to provide heating – and residual heat – for a night.

Precautionary Note

Many people will buy a large 20lb propane tank and rig a hookup to power these type of heaters.  This is done to allow for extended run time.  It also reduces the cost of operation, as the small Coleman canisters are rather expensive.

If you choose to go this route, do so at your own risk, but please keep this caution in mind.  Before shutting of the propane heater, shut off the propane tank.  Let the heater keep burning until it uses all the remaining propane in the feeder house.  This will prevent the high pressure propane in the hose causing any damage to any of your equipment.

Dyna Glo Two Models

The Dyna-Glo heater is available in two different models.  The chief difference between the two being that the larger of the two dyna glo heaters is powered by two of the Coleman cylinders, and can produce a little more heat for twice as long as the smaller unit.

If your outdoor adventures require a mobile heat source in the form of a portable heater, then a Dyna Glo Propane heater may be right for you.

Originally posted. June 28, 2010

Engel Fridge Freezer

Without a doubt, an Engel fridge freezer is one of the greatest 12v car fridges available.  Anyone who has ever done any research into 12v fridges know that Waeco fridges, Norcold fridges and Dometic refrigerators are all good units;  but many car fridge owners swear by their Engel Fridges.  So what is it that makes them so popular?

Non Engel car fridges can be obtained very cheaply.  Portable refrigerators utilizing thermoelectric refrigeration can be had for fewer than one hundred dollars.  However these devices are very inefficient.  They draw a wasteful 5 amps of power but do not cool well; generally being able to cool only a limited amount below external ambient temperatures.  This type of refrigerator is very poorly suited for use in a car, where inside temperatures can get very high, and available power is limited by the vehicles battery size.

Better car fridges use compressor technology, which use a lot less electricity and are a lot better at cooling than absorption.  Any car fridge that you purchase should be a compressor model.  This technology is key to the excellent operation of the Engel freezer compartments.

While there are several manufacturers of 12v compressor car fridges, Engel fridge freezers stand out from the crowd.   Engel is powered by the renowned Sawafuji Swing Motor compressor technology which has several advantages over the competitors.  Many car fridges are made with other types of compressors – such as the Danfoss style – which while better than absorption models, do have some limitations.

Engel compressors have less moving parts than their reciprocating counterparts. They are specifically designed to handle the vibrations and shock that car fridges are subject to in rugged applications such as 4×4 off-roading.

The Engel AC/DC Fridge Freezer – Engel MT45F-U1 is probably the most popular car fridge freezer in Engels’ lineup. It draws only 2.5 Amps and provides a generous capacity of 43 quarts for this lower power usage. Another plus is that its shape makes it a very efficent footprint for placing in the back of many trucks.

Another great feature is that the startup surge for an Engel refrigerator is a lot lower than for a reciprocating compressor.  This can avoid the need to customize your vehicles electrical system for your fridge – a potentially costly endeavor.

When you purchase an Engel fridge you also have the choice of some great accessories. One of these is the Engel Transit Bag for MT45 – Engel TBAG45G to help protect your refrigerator from the daily abuses of dust and bumps inherent to many forms of off-road travel. Even more importantly the transit bags inner layer of insulation reflects a lot of external heat back where it came from, thus reducing the workload of the fridge. While at first glance this bag may appear to restrict access to the fridge, it is still easily accessed simply by unzipping the cover.

A great accessory when it comes to mounting your car fridge is an Engel Transit Slide Lock for MT35/45 – Engel TSL530/540. By mounting your fridge on one of these easy sand resistant slides, you can have easy access to your fridge without having to clamber into the interior of your truck every time you want to grab something; you back is sure to thank you for the purchase of one of these items.

While reciprocating compressors are energy efficient, the compressors Engel uses are even more so.  Engel fridges are known to draw only about half the power of similar Waeco units.  They are also able to cool much more effectively, being able to provide a very deep freeze.

With all these great features, Engels refrigerators should be high the list for anyone purchasing a 12v DC car fridge for their vehicle.  It is rare to find an Engel fridge for sale, so you may pay a little more for their models than you would for some of their competition, but you will be able to rest assured that you have a vehicle designed for the toughest conditions.

Used from the Australian Outback, to African Safaris; an Engel fridge freezer is sure to be able to handle everything you throw at it.

Originally posted. June 20, 2010

Nugget Ice Machine For Home

For people who prefer small cubelets of ice rather than the traditional cubes, the option of buying a nugget ice machine for home use appeals.  These machines make small marble sized, easily chewable pellets of ice that are great for use in beverages.

Unfortunately finding nugget icemakers for residential use is very difficult, as most of the machines that produce this type of ice are designed for restaurant or commercial use.  Firms like Scotsman, Manitowoc and Hoshizaki make plenty of nugget style ice-machines, but they are generally too large and expensive to be practical for most homeowners.

One of the smallest units available is the HoshizakDCM270BAH Cubelet Icemaker from Hoshizakii DCM-270BAH, which produces almost 300 pounds of ice nuggets per day for a purchase price of a little over $3000. This countertop unit could be used in a home at a pinch, but it would be serious overkill for most people.

The reason for the paucity of cheap nugget ice makers is that production of this form of ice is a relatively expensive process.  It will be produced almost continuously by freezing water on the inner wall of a cylindrical evaporator. A rotating auger collects this ice as it forms on the wall of the evaporator, and extrudes the nuggets.  This is clearly a much more complicated process than simply freezing ice cubes for future use.

If a homeowner has their heart set on one of these nugget ice machines, probably the most affordable route is look into purchasing used equipment from a failed restaurant or similar business.  The food service industry is highly competitive and there will generally be a steady stream of restaurant quality refrigerators, freezers and icemakers available at bankruptcy auctions.

Some people report success with visiting their local Sonic Drive-in (a fast food retailer) and purchasing ten-pound bags of nugget ice.  While a little inconvenient this is a very affordable solution if an amenable location is nearby.

Another low-budget solution is to purchase a hand-cranked ice grinder.  This can be used – with some effort- to crush ice cubes into a shape that resembles the traditional marbled nugget.  Another option is to obtain a commercial snocone machine and icemaker; this will cost less than a real nugget ice maker for home but can produce crushed ice for home usage.

Finally, the truly frugal solution is to simply purchase an ice cube tray that makes very small ice cubes.

Originally posted. April 29, 2011

Engel Fridge Specials

Engel fridge specials are relatively rare.  These high quality 12v fridges are often considered the premium choice in car refrigeration solutions; anytime someone offers Engel fridges for sale they sell quickly.

Shoppers seeking the best 12v car fridges know that Engel fridge freezers have few rivals for quality – perhaps National Luna and Waeco have some competitive offerings, but Engels reputation is unparalleled.

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If you can find the Engel AC/DC Fridge Freezer – Engel MT45F-U1 car fridge for sale you should promptly purchase it.  It is very unlikely to remain available at a discounted price for too long, deals on quality appliances like this do not come along often.

Likewise, one of the other two way Engel AC/DC Fridge Freezer – Engel MT60F-U1 are good quality appliances, and a great buy if they can found on sale. These units can be operated on both mains power and 12v direct current power sources.  This makes them ideal both for use as car fridges and in stationary locations.

More common than Engel fridge specials are Engel fridge accessory sales.  Sometime you can purchase an Engel refrigerator with accessories such as the Engel Transit Bag for MT45 – Engel TBAG45G thrown in at a discounted price – or maybe even free.

If you are lucky enough to find a dealer advertising Engel refrigerator specials it makes great sense to pull the trigger and buy, as you will likely be waiting a long time to see another discount Engel fridge sale.  Finding good quality 12v fridges for sale is not easy.

Engel refrigerators are great deals at their regularly recommended prices, but if you cannot afford to pay retail the most likely method of obtaining a cheap Engel fridge is on the pre-owned market.  These quality 12v car refrigerators are well regarded for their extreme ruggedness and durability, so a used Engel should be a relatively safe purchase for those on a budget.

Originally posted. December 26, 2010

4 Benefits of a Maytag Refrigerator Water Filter

Maytag refrigerator water filters point towards one of the most popular additions to modern refrigerators, which is the convenience of having a water dispenser right there to get either ice or water with a simple push of a button.  However many people still want the extra protection that can only come from having a high quality water filter.  Maytag water filters come with many refrigerator units, but to remain effective these must be changed and maintained on average of every six months.  So why should you look for a fridge that includes a Maytag water filter?  There are several good reasons why.

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter#1: The filtered water is safer. Maytag refrigerator water filters enjoy a well deserved reputation for being some of the best in the industry.  These filters are NSF International certified to help reduce lead, sediment, chlorine taste, and other impurities from the water.

#2: Saves money. Filtered water serves the same purpose as bottled water: providing clean tasting and clear water for consumers to drink.  However the costs of bottled water can add up quickly.  Even the cost of replacing the water filter every six months will not come even close to what a one bottle of water a day habit will add up to money wise.

#3: Better for the environment. Speaking of bottled water, buying bottled water also means tons of empty plastic bottles.  The problem with this is that they often end up in landfills, as opposed to actually getting recycled.  Obviously taking fresh and clean water from a refrigerator right into a glass saves on all those plastic bottles which would otherwise end up as trash and pollution.

#4: Maytag water filters are inexpensive. One of the major benefits to this particular Maytag refrigerator part is that it’s relatively inexpensive, usually ranging from $30 to $40.  Even every six months, this leads to massive savings over getting bottled water.  These Maytag refrigerator water filters are like other Maytag refrigerator parts in that they are extremely reliable and a great value for the cost.

These four reasons help show why it makes so much sense to ditch the bottled water and trust a Maytag water filter such as the UKF8001 to get the job done.  Not only will they produce fresh tasting and clean water straight from the fridge, but they will help you to save money while enjoying all the benefits of delicious and clean filtered water.  There’s little doubt that keeping up to date with maintenance on the Maytag water filter in your fridge is a smart move.


Originally posted. May 4, 2011