portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby amanda » Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:42 am

sienna wrote: You can't go wrong with spending $129!

The bar fridge was cheaper than my esky! If you can hold off on it, K Mart usually have the bar fridges on sale roughly once every 3 months, so keep your eyes on the catalogues - I'd be thinking they may have them on sale prior to Christmas.
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby amanda » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:21 am

Deals Direct have 120 litre bar fridges on their website today for $199.
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby sienna » Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:14 pm

So I bought the mistral bar fridge from Big W on sale last week and tried it out over last week while I was camping.
It seemed to keep everything in the fridge cold and froze ice bricks and ice blocks in the freezer section. I found that as long as I put items directly on the freezer tray, things froze. I did find that I couldnt stack things to freeze but once frozen it seemed ok. I froze some meat including sausages and mince - I flattened the mince down a bit to help with freezing. I don't reckon ice cream would stay frozen but that's ok. My son likes to walk to the shop after dinner to get a proper ice cream/ice block.

I can't remember if this next question was answered somewhere before so I'll ask again. Does brand name mean anything when it comes to bar fridges or are you just paying for the priviledge? I noticed that some of the known brand names had longer warranties but you also pay more. Any thoughts?

Thanks

Oh and being the whimp I am 8) I bought a little foldable four wheeled trolley (from bunnings) to wheel my fridge around on. Works well cos it keeps the fridge off the ground too.
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:51 pm

sienna wrote: being the whimp I am 8) I bought a little foldable four wheeled trolley (from bunnings) to wheel my fridge around on.


Being a Whimp!!!!....no way sienna.....that is a very sensible decision and your back will thank you for it later in life.

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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby amanda » Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:39 am

I like your trolley idea Sienna - do you happen to have a photo of it, as I just can't picture exactly what you mean. I presume it's something that you leave the fridge on while your using it?
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby sienna » Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:37 am

I can take a photo and upload it.
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby amanda » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:55 pm

That would be great - thanks.
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby sienna » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:42 pm

Hope this works....nope too big.
This is so hard. Gotta find a way to shrink the photo... I think I saw an earlier post somewhere.
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby sienna » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:09 pm

let's try again. :?

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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby Komodo » Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:18 pm

I like it!
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby sienna » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:27 pm

Just thought I'd give a recap on the fridge I bought. I used for 3wks over christmas and found it to be fine. It kept things frozen for most of the time and it was only the water iceblocks that melted from time to time, not sure why. But the meat was fine and that's important.
I noticed that fresh food didn't last as long as it does in my big fridge but long enough for me to eat it!
The freezer iced up heaps round the edges but it didn't seem to affect performance.
Overall, I'm happy with the fridge.
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:08 pm

sienna wrote:Overall, I'm happy with the fridge.


THAT is what is really important sienna....
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby HGMonaro » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:48 am

thanks for the follow up review... handy to read some real life usage!
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby ellewood » Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:18 pm

The freezer iced up heaps round the edges but it didn't seem to affect performance.


My husband left the door open to our bar fridge all night one night and the freezer part all iced up. I had to actually defrost it and start again. By the end of our 2 week holiday there was a bit of ice again. I think it has to do with how long you have the actual door open.

Ours has a year warranty from the manufacturer and then a 2 year extended warranty that we bought for $30. If the fridge breaks down in the extended warranty period they don't fix it they replace it. Well worth it if you ask me.

It certainly beats buying ice everyday!!
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Re: portable fridge/freezer vs bar fridge

Postby sienna » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:37 am

I'm always careful to either get multiple things out of the fridge at once or do it really quickly. Still get ice though. Wasn't that long ago that our normal fridges at home got ice. I love not dealing with ice, too! When we went away for a weekend at Byron bay recently, I had to take the esky. I froze drinking water so that when it melted I had more water to drink. There was also a campers kitchen with a big fridge/freezer so I got to make my own ice when I needed. Very handy.
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