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Danby DAR0488W Diplomat 1.7-Cu.Ft. Compact All Refrigerator, White

by Danby
2.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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  • 1.7 cu. ft. (48 liters) "All Refrigerator" capacity
  • Quiet energy efficient semi-conductor technology
  • Automatic defrost; mechanical thermostat
  • 1 Full Width Wire Shelf
  • Tall bottle storage
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Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Danby
Model Info DAR0488W
Item Weight 33 pounds
Product Dimensions 18.9 x 16.9 x 10.8 inches
Origin Made in USA or Imported
Item model number DAR0488W
Capacity 1.7 cubic_feet
Refrigerator Fresh Food Capacity 1.7 cubic_feet
Installation Type free standing
Part Number DAR0488W
Form Factor Stand alone
Special Features Auto DefrostReversible Door
Color White
Voltage 120 volts
Defrost Automatic
Door Hinges Reversible
Door Material Type Steel
Lighting incadescent
Shelf Type Wire
Shelves 1
Material Type metal
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Counter Depth 18.88 inches
Manufacturer Warranty Free 10yr Warranty on Major Components

Additional Information

ASIN B001DSIFX2
Customer Reviews
2.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

2.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,476 in Appliances (See top 100)
#335 in Home & Kitchen > Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Compact Refrigerators
Shipping Weight 26.8 pounds
Date First Available September 14, 2004

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Product Description

Product Description

The Danby DAR0488W Diplomat 1.7 Cu. Ft. Compact All Refrigerator, in white, is a quiet energy efficient model. It makes a great refreshment fridge and is perfect for small spaces. It has a reversible door hinge and a smooth back design for a flush fit against walls. This unit is equipped with an automatic defrost which leaves the interior free of frost build. With a single door, simple white finish and an integrated handle, this model has a fresh, tidy look.

From the Manufacturer

The Danby DAR0488W Diplomat 1.7 Cu. Ft. Compact All Refrigerator with Thermoelectric Technology, in white, is a quiet energy efficient model. It makes a great refreshment fridge and is perfect for small spaces. It has a reversible door hinge and a smooth back design for a flush fit against walls. This unit is equipped with an automatic defrost which leaves the interior free of frost build. With a single door, simple white finish and an integrated handle, this model has a fresh, tidy look.

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Customer Reviews

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I am a research buff and read over 300 reviews on refrigerators. I wanted one at work to keep my drinks and food cold. Many reviews stated that this unit does not get cold enough. I beg to differ. This refrigerator gets colder than I can keep it. I have to lower the temp to a lower setting so my drinks won't freeze. I really like this unit a lot. It is small enough to hide under my desk and even behind my desk in the corner. No one really knows that I have one at work. I am well pleased with this unit and the maker is a well known brand overall. Danby is the maker and I will buy another one from them soon.
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Danby may make nice refrigerators, and price-wise, their strongest competition seems to be Haier and Avanti, especially for compact fridge for use in dorm/offices.

Now, my previous personal fridge was a Haier which lasted for a good 2 1/2 years, but it suddenly died one day and I needed a quick replacement. I used it primarily for storing drinks and snacks, so I didn't need one that was "freezing" cold.

I did my fair share of research, and landed on this deal directly from amazon.
The problem with getting compact fridges shipped is the packaging. Note, this unit essentially has none, aside for a half inch thin "padding" of styrofoam on each side. It is shipped directly in its retail package, and a lot of people have noted that some shipped fridges arrive DOA due to the damage during shipping, so my suggestion is to reduce time it takes to ship as much as your budget allows. Luckily, this Danby is lightweight, and though the box look a bit beat up, the unit itself is in fine working order so far.

Another problem is the temperature. I haven't measured it directly, but it is true that it may not be cold enough for medical purposes, and anything other than storing refreshments for that matter. I expect dairy (e.g. milk) would be okay, but if opened frequently the unit seems to get warm fairly easily. It does get colder after around 24 hrs after the unit has turned on.

The inside has a strong "factory" odor to it, and it takes some time to get rid of, but not a major problem. There is also a light that comes on when the door opens, which is a plus factor.

For the price range, this makes a great personal beverage cooler which was exactly what I needed, but I suspect that it may not be cold enough for some (as others have noted). If you need a fridge that needs to be colder, look for a unit that has a small freezer section up top; they tend get much colder than this Danby. Good luck!
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This fridge didn't even last five months. Take note of the other recent negative reviews and purchase at your own peril.
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This is NOT a refrigerator in the sense that most people think of. It does not have freon or a compressor it and will not actually cool anything. It is a thermoelectric fridge and will only go 10 degrees below room temp. (Information I learned after arguing with Danby that the product was broken because it never actually got cool.) You are better of putting ice in a cooler. Do not waste your time or money if you are actually looking for a compact fridge that will keep items cool.
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These come in black too, wanted a black one but took the white one because I could get it from amazon and thus far I am 100% satisfied with amazon and their customer service is insanely good. Sadly the fridge was returned, it wouldn't get cold enough for our needs, 48degrees and fluxuated between 47 and 48, we needed it as a baby formula preservation system in our nursery, just isnt cold enough for that, or anything else I can think of needing a fridge for.
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We were pleased to get this refrigerator at a bargain price, however, it simply did not keep items at an adequate temperature. Ended up on the trash heap in less than 7 months. I wish I had purchased a different item.
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Bought this b/c it was cheap. Now I know why. Does not keep things cold, not even cool. Has a very bad stale smell that just wont go away. No matter what the setting is, it just want keep cold. Not worth the money. Going to try to contact the company and see if I can get my money back.
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Door gasket was defective and it had to be returned. Quality seems cheesy and I'll replace it with another brand.
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