EdgeStar 3.1 Cu. Ft. Fridge/Freezer: What Customers Are Saying

EdgeStar 3.1 Cu. Ft. Fridge/Freezer - CRF320SS

The EdgeStar 3.1 Cu. Ft. Energy Star Fridge/Freezer CRF320SS is one of our bestselling refrigerators for use in dorm rooms. It earned this status with features such as its sizable separate freezer space, low temperature capability, Energy Star label, and its overall sleek design. Customers who purchase this unit have also found it useful in spaces such as an office, in their RV or as secondary storage in their kitchen.

The EdgeStar 3.1 Cu. Ft. Energy Star Fridge/Freezer has received tons of positive customer feedback in over 100 customer reviews. We love hearing stories about how our customers use the EdgeStar Fridge/Freezer and wanted to share a few different examples. Below are a few of our favorite customer reviews for the EdgeStar CRF320SS. Click here to read all reviews.
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6 Reasons to Add a Beverage Refrigerator to Your Entertainment Areas

Entertaining at home has become a popular choice for many people, giving them the ability to lower their spending and still provide a good time for their closest friends and loved ones. Creating the perfect entertaining space can be a fun project that often includes brainstorming about all the different fun things that can be done with your space. Hosts should consider features that will make their parties and get-togethers run more smoothly, while also impressing those who attend. Adding a beverage refrigerator to your party space has many different benefits that can be helpful to both you and your guests. Read on for the top six reasons why.
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5 Back-to-School Appliances You’ll Need For Your Dorm

Back to School Bundle of Savings

It’s that time of year again. The pools are starting to close down. The neighbors are all getting back from their family vacations. The sun doesn’t seem to be as intense as it was a few weeks back. Unfortunately, this all means one thing — summer is coming to an end… and a new school year is about to start.

For the early school years, stocking up for back-to-school was pretty simple. All you had to do was walk down the school aisle at your local grocery store, picking out the most basic supplies. If you were lucky, you might even get a new backpack. But leaving for college is a little bit different, especially that first year. You still need those basic school supplies, but you also need a few basic appliances to help you get by in the dorm.

While you’re busy registering for classes, don’t forget about these essential back-to-school appliances for your dorm room.

1. Compact Refrigerator

Compact Refrigerator

The obvious appliance that every dorm needs is the small, compact refrigerator. Every college student needs one of these. Even if you’re on a meal plan and don’t plan on preparing your own meals in your room, you need a dependable mini fridge just to keep your drinks and snacks cool.

Compact refrigerators usually consist of 1 to 2.5 cubic feet of space. They are small enough to put in a corner or underneath your desk, but large enough to hold your basic foods and drinks. If your school allows it, you should look into getting a midsize refrigerator. These are not only small enough for a dorm atmosphere, but usually have more cubic feet of space and a separate freezer compartment for your frozen foods. For the price and the features, this will be your best value.

The best compact refrigerators for dorms:

2. Microwave

Microwaves

Having a dependable microwave is another must-have dorm appliance. Sure, your dorm will probably have a microwave in the common area, but most likely, it’s going to be an old model that probably doesn’t work as effectively as one you bring yourself. Plus, it’s likely that somebody will be using it when you need it.

Avoid the drama, and bring your own microwave. You’ll have the luxury of heating up your leftovers or making a bag of popcorn, all without having to leave the room or wait in line. It’s almost a guarantee that any microwave your bring with you, will be better than the one that is in your dorm and used every day by countless amounts of students. Just be sure to check if your dorm allows microwaves beforehand. Some do, and some don’t.

The best microwaves for dorms:

Another possible option, is to combine the two most needed dorm appliances into one. A combination refrigerator and microwave may just be the perfect solution for you. This unique combination basically gives you an all-in-one kitchen, without taking up lots of space. Not to mention, if you bundle the two appliances into one, you’re going to save a little bit of money.

3. Humidifiers

Dorm Humidifier

On most college campuses, dormitories usually tend to be hot and dry places to live. Bringing along your own humidifier will not only help keep your room more comfortable to live in. The extra moisture in the air will help you feel a little better by relieving dry, itchy skin, as well as help with any allergy symptoms you may experience. Now that you’re living in close quarters to other students, a humidifier may also dramatically reduce your chances of catching other their viruses. Nobody likes being sick, and that’s especially true when you have to cram for a big test.

Humidifiers are generally pretty quiet, so you won’t disturb your roommate. And they’re also pretty small, so they won’t take up much space. Which is precisely why they rank as one of the best dorm appliances.

The best humidifiers for dorms:

4. Coffee Machine

Dorm Coffeemaker

Whether you have early morning classes or plan on studying late into the night, you’re probably going to need to have access to a readily supply of fresh coffee. This is why a reliable coffee maker is an essential for your dorm. Most dorms won’t have a coffee machine readily available to you, and if they do, you can bet that it’s been there for many years.

To eliminate overall waste, we would recommend a single-cup coffee maker, like a Keurig. These are great at brewing just enough for you to make it through that last chapter of your textbook, without having to brew a whole pot that you’ll just pour out.

The best coffee makers for dorms:
Steam Iron

5. Iron

Having an iron is another important must-have for the dorm, even though a lot of students will think they won’t have a need for one. At some point, you’re going to need put on a nice shirt and nobody wants to look like a wrinkled slob. Steam irons are easy to carry around, and small enough to store out of the way.

The best irons for dorms:

Moving away from home and living in a dorm isn’t going to be easy for most students, at least not at first. Bringing along these appliances is a great way to make the transition into the dorm easier, so you can concentrate more on your studies.

What’s your list of must-have dorm appliances? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.

Utilizing Your Small Space: Freestanding vs. Built-in Beverage Refrigerators

Living in a small space certainly has its pros and cons, but one challenge that can be easily avoided is cramping due to large appliances. If you have a smaller home, you need to decide whether you prefer a freestanding or built-in refrigerator. For a lot of people, the built-in option is their preferred choice due to their added space efficiency and storage capabilities. No matter what you choose, beverage refrigerators also come in a variety of shapes and sizes designed to accommodate any home. It’s wise to weigh all of your options to figure out which type of refrigerator is the ideal choice for your home.

The Differences Between Free-Standing & Built-In

Danby Beverage Fridge

While the differences between the two types of refrigerators seem pretty clear, they each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages associated with them.

Built-in refrigerators are designed to fit under your existing counter. These can typically replaces old appliances that are taking up space, such as a trash compactor. Whether you use it as your primary or secondary refrigerator, the built-in option is great for freeing up some much-needed space in a smaller home or apartment. If you live in a large home that has a crowded refrigerator, the built-in device is perfect for storing smaller items, in order to free up some space in your main fridge.

Free-standing refrigerators can be set up just about anywhere. They make a great addition to a game room, home bar or man cave, as you can store your drinks right there for easy access. For the same added convenience, the free-standing beverage fridge is also a great addition for parties. The downside is that they take up more space than a built-in. If you have a small living space, then the free-standing fridge may not be the best choice for you. The important thing to take into consideration, is the size and shape of the fridge, and whether or not you can live with it taking up your much needed space.

If you have limited counter space, a built-in unit frees up room for cooking and other appliances, whereas a freestanding unit requires its own area. On the flip side, beverage refrigerators that are built-in eliminate some of your storage space, but keep your counters clear and your home easier to walk around in. There are a few obvious trade offs between the two types, so just remember to think it out and utilize the space by purchasing compact appliances wherever possible.

Converting a Free-standing to a Built-in

One of the added benefits of a freestanding refrigerator, is that it can stand alone or on top of a countertop, all you need is an electrical outlet and you’re good to go. If you choose to install a freestanding unit under your counter, just know that there is a safety risk associated with doing so. This is because the unit needs the proper amount of venting space, it’s likely that it’ll overheat.

If you choose to install a free-standing unit underneath your countertop, try to leave at least two to three inches on each side of the cooler, as well as at the top, if possible. This will help keep the unit from overheating. Another possible downside of converting your fridge for this purpose, is that you run the risk of voiding your warranty by operating it in too small of a space.

The Benefits of Thermoelectric Cooling

EdgeStar Beverage Refrigerator

Furthermore, you can look for beverage refrigerators that employ special features, such as thermoelectric cooling instead of a compressor. A thermoelectric cooler is a cooling node with a ceramic piece that passes an electrical current. There are also often small fans which help to evenly distribute the cool air throughout the unit. There are many advantages of having a refrigerator that has this feature. Not only do they work well in small spaces, but they also tend to have a longer life associated with it. This is because there are no “moving parts” within the unit, unlike the compressor-based refrigerator, so less maintenance is required.

Thermoelectric cooling systems are available for both built-in and freestanding models and are much safer and energy-efficient than their compressor-based predecessor. Depending on how large your living space is, this may be a great alternative for you.

Top Models To Get You Started

There is a wide variety of beverage refrigerators to choose from. So, here’s a quick list of our favorite models to get you started.

Built-In Refrigerators:
Freestanding Refrigerators:

Choose whether a freestanding or built-in beverage refrigerator is right for you based upon your current space availability. For small spaces, a built-in unit is a smart choice. Opt for a thermoelectric model to save money and provide your beverages with optimal storage safety. Home beverage refrigerators are functional, beautiful and ideal for storing your favorite beers, sodas and wine.

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Austin Smarter Spaces Tour : 1715 Giles, Unit C

The first house profiled from the Smarter Spaces Tour was the home at 4813 West Park. Be sure to check out that post for more pictures and inspiration on how you can make great use of the room available in a small space.

Next up though, we have 1715 Giles, Unit C.

1715 Giles, Unit C

  

This place was actually 1 of 4 townhome units in a small development. It had a long, narrow hallway with a small half bath on the left and door to the garage on the right when you first walked in before it opened up to the living area and kitchen. The architect, who was actually using the home as an office at that time, told us they had decorated the home on a budget, but it wasn’t obvious at all. We loved the items they had chosen, especially the lighting fixtures and burlap ottoman/seat that you can see in the picture above on the right. All of the pieces felt eclectic but like they went together at the same time, not an easy task to pull off.

The ceilings are surprisingly tall for a small space and feature skylights that really open up the space up with natural light. My favorite feature of this home though was the backyard. It has a patio that faces a small creek and wooded area that is very serene and beautiful.

Both bedrooms were upstairs and each had its own bathroom, but the bedroom on the back of the house also featured a small balcony that overlooked the patio and same creek.

We were able to get a few of our products in this house to show off, including the EdgeStar stainless steel kegerator, Kamado grill and MicroFridge red mini fridge (one of my favorite products).

See more photos of the home below.

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Best Appliances for a Small Kitchen

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but living in tight quarters can be challenging especially when it comes to having a well-stocked kitchen. You want to be able to cook and clean with ease, without your appliances taking up too much space. Here are my top five recommendations for small kitchen appliances:

 

Koldfront Countertop DishwasherCountertop Dishwasher

Unfortunately, a dishwasher is one of the first things to go in a small kitchen. But, who wants to spend their evening hand-washing all of your dirty dishes? A countertop dishwasher can be your saving grace. It fits easily on most countertops and hooks up to almost any faucet.

This particular Koldfront model, pictured on the left, holds up to 6 place settings and has a cutlery basket. It also conserves water and energy.

 

Compact Refrigerator

Luckily, appliance manufacturers have recognized the need for a refrigerator between full-size and mini. Apartment-sized refrigerators are just slightly smaller than regular fridges and most feature all of the same amenities: vegetable crispers, extra storage in the door and an auto-defrost freezer. The only thing you might have to sacrifice (besides a little space) is an ice maker in the freezer section.

This MicroFridge apartment refrigerator/freezer pictured is perfect for a small space. Not only does it fit in tight spaces, but it has great storage for everything you need, plus a 0 degree, auto-defrost freezer and a unique design.

 

EdgeStar Portable Ice MakerPortable Ice Maker

Often times, smaller, compact refrigerators do not come with ice makers. Save yourself the trouble and space of ice trays with a portable ice maker. These fit easily on a countertop and you just need to add water and plug it in to create a good amount of ice. It works well for everyday use or entertaining.

The EdgeStar stainless steel portable ice maker pictured can make ice in under 10 minutes and comes with a set of 10 ice bags for storing the ice in a freezer.

 

Broil King Range

Cooktop

If your kitchen space is too small for a stovetop oven, the next best thing is a portable cooktop. These cooktops heat food with ease and can be stored elsewhere when not in use, saving your countertop space. You can also choose from a wide variety of models ranging from double burners to induction heating.

Pictured to the left is the Broil King Professional Double Burner Range. It features durable construction, high-watt heating and non-skid feet so it doesn’t move while in use.

 

Sanyo MicrowaveConvection/Microwave Oven

A microwave is an essential appliance in any kitchen, but can be even more necessary in a compact kitchen space that doesn’t have room for an oven.

This Sanyo 3-in-1 microwave oven allows you to microwave, grill and bake all in one unit. The compact design fits easily in a small space and is easy to use and clean. It cooks a large selection of dishes and has a wide temperature range. This works well to cook all your favorite foods without taking up a lot of room.

 

Having a small kitchen does not need to be the end all be all to having a functional kitchen. With a few simple adjustments and products you will be cooking gourmet meals and cleaning like a pro in no time!