Originally posted. August 4, 2011
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
Buying a Viking refrigerator freezer is a major dream for many homeowners. Unfortunately, when shopping around Viking refrigerator prices are difficult to pin down. In this article, I hope to answer some of the questions the typical buyer has about the cost of Viking fridge freezers.
Viking refrigerator reviews have a tendency to highlight the size of these appliances. This is hardly surprising as some of them are an exceptional 48 inches in width, the type of refrigerator size that is going to support a whole lot of capacity. Let us look at the prices for these units first.
48″ Quiet Cool Side By Side Viking Refrigerators
The high end of the Viking fridge range consists of the professional series. A great example of one of these models is the VISB548SS. This cabinet depth Tru-Flush refrigerator is loaded with features, but does not come cheap. You should expect to pay in the neighborhood of $8000 for one of these models.
Fans or colorful appliances have a great option with this particular model, as it can be had in a variety of different finishes apart from the default stainless steel. These range from a pumpkin orange hue to a lemonade yellow; this wide range of color is great for fans of a retro look.
There are many other 48-inch Viking professional models available with an assortment of minor features added. These include the VCSB548D-SS, and the lineup. These range in price from $8000 to $11000.
The slightly cheaper VISB548X and VCSB548X lack door mounted water and ice dispensers an oddity for such an expensive cooling appliance but are an alternative that allows you to purchase for roughly $1000 less. Quite a savings if you can live without that feature.
As well as the Professional models discussed above, Viking also offers some designer options. The Viking Designer DFSB548D, DDSB548X and DDSB548DX lines sell for close to $9000, and they are clearly targeted at the very high-end consumer. Another option is the Designer FDSB548 panel ready model at $7800, but with additional charges for the custom panels.
42″ Built-In Side-by-Side Viking Refrigerators
The VISB542DX (integrated) and VCSB542DX (built-in) American style refrigerator freezers are great options for kitchens that have insufficient floor space for the massive 48″ models. At 42 inches in width, these units are priced between eight thousand and ten thousand dollars.
They are similarly equipped to the wider models, and also include the custom colors option for those who really want to create a splashy effect in their homes kitchen. Note this option will set buyers back an extra thousand or two, but it is certainly a vibrant feature for those who value that type of thing.
The Viking Designer collection in the 42 inch width range category include the DDSB542DB for just over $8500, the DDSB542X for $7500, and attractive wood finished DFSB542D is priced at eight thousand dollars.
36″ Viking Bottom Freezer Refrigerators
With these slightly smaller refrigerators, Viking gives up on the side-by-side layout and opts for the bottom mount freezer configuration. This is an understandable choice, as things can get tight when side-by-sides are made to narrow.
The top-end Viking refrigerator of this type is the Professional VIBB536LX/VIBB536RX range. These left hinge door/right hinge door swing models are priced at a little over $7000, but judicious shopping will enable you to find priced for a little less than that for the base models.
Note again, is you want the attractive custom colors with brass accent option you will have to pay for it. At an extra $1500 it can push the cost of one of these units up to the eight thousand dollar price point.
The VIB models discussed above are integrated refrigerators. Buyers preferring the built-in look also have access to the VCBB536LX/VCBB536RX range at a similar price point.
For about $7200, the Designer DDBB536 bottom-freezer refrigerator collection is available at this refrigerator size point. Alternatively, the panel ready Viking Designer DFBB536X starts at $6500.
Viking Mainstream Refrigerators
With a price point of $4000, the 36″ Viking Professional VCFF136DSS appears to target wealthy consumers who want the Viking brand but are not willing to pay for their more expensive models.
This particular counter-depth French Door refrigerator is somewhat similar to those produced by more mainstream brands in its feature set, but still offers the status of Viking for buyers who value it. Another option, similarly equipped but without water/ice dispensers in the door, is the VCFF136SS, which sells for a little over $3500.
Also in this category falls the Viking Professional Side by Size fridge freezer, the VCSF136DSS. At $3700 the benefits of this model are debatable. It does not look that much different to a high end Maytag of Whirlpool model, so you pay a lot for the brand name with this particular unit.
36″ Viking All-Refrigerators
When you are looking for a freezerless refrigerator option, this manufacturer has several offerings. First is the built-in VCRB536LX/VCRB536RX selection. Prices for these models range from $6000 to $7000 dollars, depending on the finish chosen.
Again, this refrigerator without freezer lineup is also available with an integrated design for a similar price these are the VIRB536LX and VIRB536RX models.
A cheaper option in this range is the Viking Professional DFRB536X. While not as feature packed as their more expensive brethren, at a price point of roughly $5000 it is a more affordable Viking freezerless refrigerator option.
30″ Viking All-Refrigerators
Viking does not even bother with combination fridge freezers at this size point. Clearly, they wish to maintain their reputation for spaciousness and not to try to cram too much into too small a footprint.
In a familiar pattern, these are available in both integrated (VCRB530LX/VCRB530RX) and built-in (VIRB530LX) models. While still very expensive, Viking refrigerator pricing for these units is slightly more affordable, with the entry-level unit retailing at just over $6200 but sometimes being available for less than $6000 with Viking sales or the occasionally available Viking rebate.
At an even lower price, the Viking Professional DFRB530X – comparable to the DFRB536L/DFRB536R, but slightly smaller also will set buyers back in the general vicinity of five thousand dollars.
Viking Refrigerator Prices
Clearly, Viking refrigerator pricing is relatively high, and thus they are not suitable for every buyer. However, if you value what the brand offers, and have the finances to afford them, they are a great option.
Unlike Sub-Zero, Viking is a little less secretive about their pricing, but they do have strict control of sales. Products must be purchased through an authorized dealer, and dealers serve strictly defined sales areas for example, you cannot buy from a seller in California is you live in New York. We do not sell Viking refrigerators direct here at www.fridgefreezersite.com.
Similarly to Sub-Zero, however, is the brand premium in the prices Viking charge. This manufacturer has been very successful as positioning themselves as a premium brand in the minds of consumers. When performing major kitchen renovations to take their home up market many homeowners consider Viking refrigerators their best choice for improving their home in a manner that also increases the properties resale value.
Viking Refrigerator Parts and Repair
One important thing to keep in mind is that when you purchase a premium refrigerator brand like Viking you really should invest the time and money into properly maintaining it. Have any repairs or maintenance performed by your dealer, rather than having an unaffiliated third party work on your Viking refrigerator.
By doing so you will accomplish a couple of important items; firstly, you will avoid invalidating the warranty, and secondly, you will ensure that any work done is of good quality. Also, be sure to only use or have the maintenance man use – genuine Viking refrigerator parts. It makes very little sense to go cheap on replacement parts such as water filters.
When buying a premium brand refrigerator, you should be prepared to pay a little extra for authentic parts and quality maintenance work. If you enjoyed this article be sure to visit this page on Viking appliances for more.
Originally posted. October 17, 2011
Anyone who understands how refrigerators work understands the importance of compressors. These pieces of equipment are critical for making sure that any refrigerator or freezer functions properly. While many companies produce compressors to be used for a wide variety of different appliances, some stand out from the competition. Particularly Danfoss compressors. The long and short of a compressor’s function for refrigeration appliances is to draw out hot air and gasses from the inside of the appliance and releasing cooled gasses into the freezer and refrigerator which is what keeps the food cool or frozen.
While all compressors in refrigerators do the same thing, not all of them are the same quality. Danfoss refrigeration compressors enjoy a major reputation for being some of the best manufactured. In fact, Danfoss’s own website proudly proclaims their status as the world’s leading producer of compressors for both air conditioning units and refrigeration appliances. This company also produces many other parts such as Danfoss valves or other parts, but when it comes to making a high quality refrigerator unit you need to start with a good compressor or the rest won’t last.
Sometimes the exact type of compressor is related to the refrigerator model. For example, there’s a lot of information about the Danfoss BD35F Compressor, which is so named because it’s associated with the small portable Danfoss BD35F 12 Volt Fridge. Finding information on really specific serial numbers or models of compressors can become difficult, but considering how technical the issue of compressors is, often times the only way to find a lot of information online is if there’s a recall or something wrong with the part.
One of the benefits of trusting a long time producer like Danfoss is that their parts are more likely to be completely reliable and function the way that they’re supposed to. In short, a good summary of reasons to look for units with Danfoss compressors – rather than with competitors products such as Sawafuji – include:
- High quality construction
- A long standing reputation for quality
- Household and commercial strength compressors
- Wide selection
Unless the issue concerns repairs, many times you won’t need to know a lot about compressors. However, if this becomes an issue and a repairman recommends a Danfross compressor, you at least know that he is recommending a part that has a reputation for quality. Like most other companies in most industries, Danfross also offers a warranty to cover potential wear or damages for up to one year.
Originally posted. June 2, 2011
Many consider Wolf appliances to be the best residential cooking solutions for the upscale kitchen. Along with Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf ranges and cooktops can form the basis of a magnificent kitchen renovation.
Wolf Wall Ovens
Wolf 30″ single ovens come in two different options, the E-Series and the L-Series. Both ranges come with ten cooking modes and an LCD touch control panel. The dual interior halogen lighting displays the cobalt blue interior to good effect.
The 30″ E-Series is available in framed (SO30-2F/S-TH) or unframed (SO30-2U/S-TH). The 30″ L-Series is very similar, sold as the S030F/S (framed) and the S030U/S (unframed). These two Wolf ovens have mostly overlapping features, though the L-Series does cost a little more. The major differences other than styling – between the two are the presence of door hydraulics on the Wolf L-Series.
Wolf also offers some 30″ double oven choices in both the E and L series. The built-in DO30-2F/S framed and DO30-2U/S E-Series models blend seamlessly into your existing kitchens cabinetry. Likewise, the dual-convection L-Series DO30U/S and DO30F/S offer very similar functionality with merely a slightly different look.
For kitchens were space permits, Wolf also offers the 36″ built-in SO36U/S unframed single oven. Featuring a rotating control panel that is concealed when not in use, this stylish Wolf oven can fit the largest meal with ease.
Wolf Gas Ranges
Wolf offers a selection of several different gas ranges. These ranges come with stylish red control knobs a Wolf trademark and dual brass burners with automatic re-ignition. Combined with the large-capacity convection oven these units have many points in their favor.
Their collection of gas ranges consists of the 30″ (R304), 36″ (R366, R364C, and R364G), 48″ (R488, R486C, R486G, R484CG, R484DG, R484F) and 60″ wide models (R606DG, R606, R606CG).
Also available is a selection of Wolf Dual Fuel ranges that can be configured to run off either Natural Gas or Propane. This collection ranges in size from the 30″ DF404, all the way up to the 60″ DF604GF featuring four burners, a griddle and a French top.
Wolf rangetops come in two basic types, their regular gas models and their sealed burner models. The 36″ gas range tops (RT366, RT364C, and RT364G) and 48″ units (RT488, RT486C, RT486G, RT484CG, RT484DG, RT484F) let you take your grilling indoors.
The professional sealed burner Wolf range tops maximizes heat control using duel-stacked burners. This collection is available as the SRT304 (30 inches), SRT366, SRT364C, SRT364 (36 inches), SRT486C, SRT486G, SRT486CG, SRT484DG and SRT484F (all 38 inches in width).
Gas cooktops from the Wolf home selection are an appealing drop-in alternative to a stove top. The 36-inch CT30G/S and 30-inch CT30G/S provide a great cooking experience with their fined-tuned burner control and patented True Simmer feature.
If gas is not an option, Wolf also offers some fine Electric cooktops that come with a damage resistant ceramic glass surface. The CT30E/S, CT30EU (30″), CT36E/S and CT36EU (36″) offer exception control of cooking temperature for cooktops of this type.
Also available are some magnificent induction cooktops, which apply heat directly to the cookware and not to the cooktop, making them safer to use around children. These units are available in 30-inch (CT30I/S and CT30IU) and 36-inch (CT36I/S and CT36IU) widths.
All of these cooktops are also available in 15-inch models for installations where space is limited the CT15G/S, the CT15E/S and the CT15/IS.
The first of the Wolf microwaves is the 24″ MWC24 convection microwave. This unit is available with either 30″ of 36″ trim kit to match them perfectly with the correspondingly sized wall ovens in a cooking tower. With 1.5 cubic feet of capacity and 900 watts of power, this unit is good for anything from popping popcorn to slow cooking.
The more traditional MW24 features a massive 2.0 cu ft. cooking area and 1200 watts of power. The trade-off in this model is the lack of a convection-cooking mode. As with the MWC24 convection microwave, this unit is available with trim framing designed to match the rest of your wolf appliances.
Finally, the Wolf drawer microwave models are the 24″ MWD24-2U/S and the 30″ MWD30-2F/S and MWD3-2U/S. These drawer microwaves can be readily installed undercounter or below a Wolf E-series wall oven.
While Wolf appliance prices are very high, attractive and feature rich cooking appliances from Wolf stoves and gar ranges make great additions to any homes kitchen.
Originally posted. April 18, 2011
The Whirlpool W1TXEMMW top freezer refrigerator seems to be perfectly geared towards small families or couples that need a reliable fridge but is still budget friendly. It has all the essentials that anyone expects in current refrigerator models these days, but if you’re looking for some premium features like a water dispenser, dual cooling systems, and air/water filters, then you’re going to have to do without those (or else upgrade to a higher end model).
When it comes to storage options, it is safe to say that most users will be satisfied with the variety of this model. The Whirlpool W1TXEMMW top freezer refrigerator comes in with a gross 20.9 cu. ft. capacity which it divides between the main food compartment (14.5 cu. ft.) and the top mounted freezer compartment (6.5 cu. ft.). There are several bins and shelves on the door to accommodate an assortment of bottles, cartons, and other food or drink containers.
In addition, there are four SpillMizer glass shelves in the main compartment to carry more of your food items. These spill-proof shelves are winners in minimizing spills and leaks from your jars, cans, and bottles, and it makes cleaning up a breeze as compared to mopping up all sorts of dripping stuff that has puddled up at the bottom of the fridge.
The Whirlpool W1TXEMMW top freezer refrigerator also has a meat pan included inside the main compartment, and there are two crisper bins at the bottom to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh, safe, and perfectly delicious for days. Fruits generally require a different environment as compared to vegetables, so you will appreciate the dual humidity controls for each crisper drawer. Keep in mind that most fruits prefer a low-humidity environment, while veggies need higher humidity levels to stay crisp and fresh.
You will find two storage shelves inside the freezer compartment itself, plus two more shelves on the door for additional food or drink storage options. The Whirlpool W1TXEMMW also has an ice maker (installed at the factory) which is sure to be a hit with users who love mixing cold drinks.
You will also be glad to know that the Whirlpool W1TXEMMW fridge freezer is Energy Star certified. This means that your energy consumption and expenses will be reduced by as much as one-third, without sacrificing features, style, and comfort, as compared to using a refrigerator model that does not carry Energy Star certification.
With regards to appearances, the model looks and feels clean and smooth to operate, but if you want a model with counter-depth style, you need to look somewhere else. The protective coating on this model is very durable, although it is not made of stainless steel. This is probably an effort to prevent raising the costs and therefore the price of the appliance.
Overall, the Whirlpool W1TXEMMW top freezer refrigerator is a budget-friendly model that carries all of the essentials that you will need. Some premium features are sacrificed in exchange for affordability, but if you belong in its target market, it’s not likely that you’ll be missing such features like a water filter, an air filter, or a water and ice dispenser.
Originally posted. June 5, 2011
A compact mini fridge is a popular purchase for those who live in small residences such as dorm rooms or studio apartments. Usually when shopping for a mini refrigerator, budget is one of the primary concerns. Fortunately, mini refrigerators can be had cheaper than you might think.
Mini fridges suitable for cooling beverages can be purchased online from retailers such as Amazon for as little as forty to sixty dollars. If finances permit, then for a hundred dollars or so it is possible to get a unit that can store some food as well.
While these mini fridge freezers are significantly cheaper than full sized ones, the price of these small fridges new still puts them beyond the reach of many. Fortunately, they are often available used for a significant discount either through your local newspapers classified section, or via online sources such as Craigslist and eBay. Purchasing used can be a very smart move as it may allow you to buy a much nicer mini fridge with freezer than you might otherwise be able to afford.
The manufacture Danby produces a wide range of these mini-refrigerators, and for $140 dollars it is possible to buy the DCR34BL. This is a 3.2 cubic foot appliance that is not only a compact refrigerator, but incorporates a mini freezer as well, thus providing a very useful appliance.
Apart from Danby, there are many other manufactures of mini fridges. Some of the more notable brands are Emerson, Sanyo, Summit and Haier. Available in sizes from the absolutely tiny (perhaps fitting just a few soda cans) all the way up to 4 or 5 cubic feet in capacity, there is plenty of scope to purchase a mini refrigerator with mini freezer sized right just for you.
Another great feature of a mini fridge is their ability to double as a countertop. When your living quarters are small, every square foot is valuable. A fridge freezer with a flat top gives you a nice convenient surface for preparing sandwiches and the like. Plus when you are done with food preparation you can simply bend down and put the food back in cold storage.
One factor worthy of consideration when purchasing a mini compact fridge is the amount of energy it will utilize. Unlike a mini cooler, these devices need to be powered.
Due to the cost of electricity these days, it is definitely worthwhile investing a few extra dollars to purchase an energy star rated mini fridge. While coming up with the extra money can be difficult is money is tight, you will be better off down the road as your electrical bills will be lower.
Originally posted. October 22, 2010
Propane refrigerators are a popular alternative to the regular electric fridge. Propane fridges and propane freezers make use of the fuel LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) commonly known as propane. Propane heaters and propane grills are very common appliances, so propane as a fuel is very easy to find.
These refrigeration devices do not have any moving parts. Rather than using a compressor to cool the contents, a propane refrigerator makes use of heat in the form of burning propane to keep the refrigerator or freezer cold.
Propane refrigerators and their close relative the kerosene refrigerator – offer some significant benefits a traditionally powered fridge freezer does not.
Firstly the absence of moving parts meant these appliances do not suffer from any mechanical wear. This makes a propane refrigerator freezer reliable long lasting appliances.
Secondly, since these devices have no motor they operate without vibration. With no vibrations and generating next to no noise a propane refrigerators is very silent when running also.
The technology used within a propane fridge freezer or kerosene fridge freezer is an absorption system. This operates by using a mixture of ammonia, hydrogen and water in an enclosed loop that forms a nonstop cooling cycle. Absorption technology is commonly found in camping refrigerators and 3 way camping fridges.
The mixture within an absorption refrigerator is pressurize, which ensures that the ammonia remains in a liquid phase at normal room temperature.
Heat created by the burning LPG is used to boil the ammonia water mix in boiler portion of the propane refrigerator. This mixture then bubbles up into the separator where the water and ammonia are separated, then the remaining ammonia in gaseous form moves into a condenser unit.
In the condenser, series of cooling fins extracts the heat from the ammonia gas, which is transformed back into the form of liquid ammonia. The liquid ammonia then flows on into the propane refrigerators evaporator unit.
The evaporator is where the chilling action takes place. In this portion of the propane fridge or propane freezer the pure ammonia mixes with hydrogen gas. Through the wonders of Chemistry this reaction reduces the pressure of the liquid ammonia and it evaporates into gaseous form.
This evaporation of the ammonia is a cooling process, and this reaction is what provides the cold temperatures that are applied to cool the fridge freezer unit.
Finally the now liquid ammonia is recombined with the liquid water in the absorber unit. From there the combined liquid returns to the boiler and the process begins anew.
One key thing to remember is that with no moving parts, a number of the steps in the process are solely reliant on the force of gravity to occur correctly. For this reason absorption refrigerators like these all propane refrigerators and propane freezers need to be kept level in order to operate correctly.
With a combination of burning propane and cooling the refrigerator or freezer unit, there is unsurprisingly a lot of leftover heat. For this reason liquefied petroleum gas refrigerators should be setup with ample air clearance to allow for sufficient airflow to dissipate all this heat.
Propane refrigerators come in all sizes, and are available from a variety of manufacturers. The Ez Freeze is manufactured right here in the USA and range in size from 10.0 cubic feet to a substantial 21.0 cubic feet. The EZ1050W refrigearator-freezer runs off either Propane or Natural Gas, and be purchased for about 1400 dollars. At the top end they offer thestylish EZ2150S model with stainless steel doors. This has the look of a traditional top freezer mounted appliance, with all the benefits of operating off of Propane.
Another option for the Propane fridge freezer buyer are products from Crystal Cold. Their selection includes the CC12R, the CC18Rsd, the CC17R freezerless refrigerators and many more. Dometic too manfuactures some propane applainces – the Dometic DRC4000 3 way propane refrigerator is a relatively budget friendly option.
Originally posted. November 22, 2010
Lets face it, vintage is in right now. Websites like Etsy.com are exploding with popularity, and there are vintage markets popping up everywhere. Many fashion forward people are following suit with their home purchases and renovations, rejecting the standard refrigerator models on the market today for more obscure and unique brands that embrace streamlined retro feels. Even in the most modern kitchens, a vintage refrigerator can provide a splash of color and personality that the typical white box just cannot. Maybe a vintage fridge is just what you need.
Step One: Get Inspired!
If you are considering investing in a kitchen makeover or constructing a new home and leaning towards that nod to vintage, do your research and get inspired. 101 Kitchens by Julie Savill devotes an entire illustrated chapter to going vintage, including a directory of suppliers. Or a book like 101 Vintage Kitchen Decorating Ideas by Krissy Falzon could prove that you dont need to take the leap of purchasing retro inspired appliances to complete the look your going for. Even a book like Judith Wilsons The Vintage Home: Clever Finds and Faded Treasures
, though not wholly focused on retro kitchens, can provide inspiration, sources and reassurance that the purchase of a vintage fridge is the right move for you.
Step Two: Investigate Brands
Once youve decided that yes, you do indeed want to invest in a vintage fridge, the price tag may hold you back. Perhaps the most well advertized brand known for their retro obsession is Big Chill. Big Chill fridges start at $1,695 and thats for the tiny one! However, their vintage aesthetic is undeniable, and the range of color choices is delicious. You may be surprised to find the Big Chill units to be your most economical option in the world of vintage fridges. Northstar shares a similar aesthetic at a slightly higher price. Another company embracing classic 1950s retro is Smeg, probably the best known of the vintage refrigerator brands. Although their prices are a little harder to find (youll need to contact an authorized dealer) you can believe they are certainly the next step up on the price scale. They may be financially unattainable for some, but colors like lime green and the pastels, paired with the glamorous lines put the Smeg 50s Retro style fridge at cult status. If money is not a consideration, and you are looking for something truly unique, go custom. Robeys creates refrigerators youll instantly warm to with designs throwing back a little further in history, all the way to the ice box in fact. Their cabinet-like units are completely customizable, and at a pretty penny you can be sure.
Step Three: Consider Refurbishing
An alternative option to buying new is to refurbish an original. Refurbishing a refrigerator is no small undertaking, and under no circumstance is it recommended to just plug in a genuine vintage refrigerator and expect it to function as your household refrigeration. Authentically vintage fridges are dangerous energy hogs. Current wiring and cooling technology has progressed so far beyond what it once was, and its a lot of work to update a vintage fridge. Not to mention the horror stories we have all heard about kids getting trapped while playing hide and seek because the latches are inoperable from the interiors. Hire a professional to make sure your fridge restoration will leave you with an efficient and safe machine. They will reinsulated, rewire and refit with a modern refrigeration system that eliminates environmentally destructive refrigerants. For pricing youll need to contact a professional restorer for an appraisal. There may not be one local to you, which will involve shipping costs in addition to the restoration. A well-known company out of Georgia is Antique Appliances and they can include a calculation for shipping.
Good luck to you as you take the plunge into vintage. If you decide to purchase a vintage fridge youll be honoring an era gone by, while simultaneously embracing todays technology and culture. Remember it is a long-term investment youll live with many years to come. Youll be honoring an era gone by, while simultaneously embracing todays technology and culture.
Originally posted. May 15, 2011