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Emerson Compact Refrigerator

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  • Emerson Compact Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Perfect for Rec Rooms, Dorm Rooms, Offices
  • 3.1 cu. ft; Made of Plastic
  • Features Adjustable Thermostat; 1 Drawer
  • Holds Up to 5 Cans, Holds Up to 2 Bottles
  • Double Panel Door, Built-In Light, Integrated Handle, Free Standing Unit Can Be Set Up in Any Room
  • Top Freezer; Air Tight Seal
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Emerson Compact Refrigerator

Product Information

Product Dimensions 34.6 x 22 x 20.5 inches
Item Weight 82 pounds
Shipping Weight 70 pounds
Manufacturer Emerson
ASIN B0014E448U
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number CR500
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2.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,164,807 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#474 in Home & Kitchen > Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Compact Refrigerators

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I'm usually overall elaborate with my reviews, but I'll be brief on this particular one since more than likely if you're reading this, you're probably buying this fridge on clearance or it's coming to its end of life cycle.

First the positive aspects of the fridge. Emerson has accomplished what many could not successfully do with other brand models, in that you have a fully functional TRUE freezer space inside a compact fridge. It's amazingly large and can actually fit regular tubs of half gallon ice cream. (The horizontal cartons anyway. Vertical cartons can be laid down on their sides) It can keep things in a solid block of ice if needed, and due to the low volume space of the freezer, it acts as a better ice cube maker.

The fridge has a TRUE FLAT back. No wires are exposed, you can literally sit it against the wall. The trick is that Emerson ran the cooling coil around the fridge, so that the heat sink is actually on its sides and bottom. They then covered it with thin plastic on all sides. The fridge is warm to the touch, but never hot because of this.

With positives come negatives of course. The fridge itself would be comparable to 3.9cu Ft models, but because of the enclosed freezer door, it is cut down to total 3.1cu Ft. (2.2cu Ft for space, 0.9 for freezer)

The fridge is HEAVY. It's 57.5lbs is not entirely accurate. Although I don't have an exact measurement, it definitely is a lot heavier than similar compact fridge models. Typically other models would be around 45lbs.

The refrigerator space is surprisingly weak compared to the very powerful freezer space. I'm assuming the motor that it uses is the same one on other fridges, so they implemented more research onto keeping the freezer cold, but not the fridge as cold.
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You can purchase this through target, which may save you on shipping. They also have more reviews on there website than this one does. I ended up going to target. I asked them to open the package to make sure it wasn't damaged since most complained about this, the one I had didn't have any damage. This isn't real stainless steel, more of a look a like. It does have a lock, but my friend told me that you could go to the hardware store and buy the so called "key" (it's not a real key), so if you have a smart roommate this may not work. I like how it has 2 doors. The freezer gets cold. This is a little noisy. 1st off, I didn't keep this, b/c I found one similar that I liked better at walmart (SPT brand)--they have it on amazon as well, and i reviewed it on here. I think the soda holder can be a pro/con depending on if you have a use for it, I didn't. Doesn't hold a quarter of a gallon of milk unless you lay it on the side on the shelf or take the wire shelf out. I like the light inside.
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I bought this fridge three years ago. I liked the fact that the freezer was an actual seperate compartment and I like the fact that I could lock it up if need be (this came in so handy later on when I wound up having four roomates).

I had a terribly long review planned but changed my mind. Heres the deal, I've owned a few dorm sized fridges since I was a teenager and this is the best I've had so far. Like many of the positive reviews, I agree that the freezer is the best aspect of this product. It functions just as well as any regular sized freezer.

As far as any issues with the fridge portion not getting your beverages ice cold, you have to remember what conventional wisdom about how the "cold zones" in a refigerator works (The farther away from the cold air source, the warmer the air is- thats why the fruits and veggies go in the bottom storage compartments while beverages and dairy items should be closer to the top, and so on). Its no different for mini fridges, and no different for this one.

If you want your 20oz bottles or 12oz cans of drink really cold, put them on the top rack right next to the cooling element instead of the storage rack on the door (which is not the best place to put milk in a regular fridge either). Cheeses, yogurts and other dairy items might go bad before the expiration date if you put them in the bottom drawer (like I did when I first bought this fridge), try putting them at the middle level (under the wire rack). I have had no issues with lunch meats going bad too soon when putting them in the bottom drawer, so don't worry about that.
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We bought the refr from the Target store so nothing was damaged on it.We arent real happy with the coldness of the refr part.Freezer is good but the pop isnt that cold with the temp on 6 which is the highest it will go. It is quiet running and looks attractive.
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By Justin Davis on February 22, 2010
I had a mini fridge in my room for a year and it broke so I replaced it with this Emerson one. I love it, the Freezer gets very very very cold, as well does the refrigerator part. You can store lots of things in it, and it even has its own storage compartment for fruits and cold cuts!
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