RCA RFR321-FR320/8 IGLOO Mini Refrigerator, 3.2 Cu Ft Fridge

A fridge that is designed for convenience, priced to be affordable and makes the perfect dorm fridge. There are quite a few things about this fridge that make it nice for college dorms, but there are also a few things that people need to keep in mind before purchasing this fridge.

Features

Price

Price is always an important thing to keep in mind, especially for those that are shopping on a budget. This price is available in a nice range of colors, and the price does vary depending on the color. Some models will be more expensive than others. Regardless of the color, you will stay in the $100-$150 range, making this a nice, affordable option.

Free shipping

Customers that order this product through Amazon can enjoy not having to spend a dime on shipping costs. Because of the price, customers automatically qualify to get free shipping even if they are not Amazon Prime members.

Colors

The different colors available are one of the reasons that this fridge is such a popular college dorm mini fridge. It is available in:

  • Black
  • White
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Stainless steel
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Purple

People that like to color coordinate usually enjoy the nice range of colors available with this product. A purple mini fridge is nice for girls that love the color purple and there are enough options that this product can coordinate with an office or a man cave that is decked out in someone’s favorite sports team colors.

Built in can dispenser

Compact refrigerators are always perfect for keeping drinks cool, but this mini fridge takes that up a notch with a built-in can dispenser in the door. Consumers can stack their cans and then grab one out of the bottom when they are thirsty. This is both convenient and helps to save space.

Glass shelves that can be removed

There are a couple of nice things about the shelves that come with this product. First, they can be taken out. That is ideal for those that would like to store taller things in the refrigerator compartment.

Tempered glass shelves help products look more modern, and they are easier to clean. No one is going to spend hours wiping down the individual wire parts of wire shelves or deal with products not sitting level in the fridge because this one comes with glass shelves.

Levelling feet

The feet on the fridge can be adjusted so that the product always sits perfectly, even if the fridge is not level.

Reversible door

The reversible door feature allows customers to open the door from the right or the left. This is nice for people that want to place the fridge in a certain area and be able to open it in whichever direction they want to.

No interior light

While it seems to be accepted that these products are smaller, so they do not require an interior light, there have been some disappointed customers because there is no interior light. Customers that want a compact refrigerator with an interior light might want to investigate options for this before purchasing this product.

Door storage

The storage on the inside of the door is divided up nicely. There is the built-in can dispenser and another section that is perfect for holding a two liter bottle of pop. Above that, there are a couple of smaller shelves that can hold cans of pop or other smaller items. Over all, there are enough compartments that you’re going to enjoy the door storage if you like for everything to have its own little spot.

Not energy star certified

If this fridge has gotten energy star certified, it is not listed in the product description. It might have low energy consumption, but it is not low enough that it should be considered energy efficient.

Several customers stated that they only saw a slight increase in their electric bill after purchasing this product, so it is important to keep that in mind.

Only one thermostat

There is only one thermostat on this fridge, meaning that it will be used for both the refrigerator and the freezer. If families are considering this for an option to keep things cold if their main appliance goes out, this is not a good option.

One door

There is only one door, so customers need to keep that in mind. When that one door gets opened, it means that cold air will be let out of the fridge and the freezer compartment, which can be less than ideal for customers that are looking for an option that provides them additional storage for frozen foods.

Modern look

Because this fridge has a hidden door handle and sleek look, it appears a bit more modern than some of the other compact refrigerators on the market. If you are looking for a mini fridge that can coordinate well with modern décor, this is a nice option. If that modern look doesn’t matter, keep the other features in mind when deciding if this is the right product for you.

Might arrive with a dent

There are multiple customer reviews that state that this product arrived with dents or dings on it. This is not a problem from the manufacturer, but a problem in the shipping. This can be inconvenient, but you should note that Amazon has shipped out replacement products to customers that have requested a new one because of this issue.

Some of the dents are on the top of the product and small enough that they do not affect the performance, so some customers have opted not to return them.

Keep this in mind, especially if ordering this for someone else. If this is for a college dorm and you must have it ready to be packed up by August, consider ordering it in advance so that you have plenty of time to return it. This should solve the dent issue that many customers complain about.

Needs ventilation

This fridge should not be placed in a cabinet or small, enclosed area. It does need to be ventilated and have a few inches of room around it. If not, it can cause the product to overheat and die. Keep in mind where you want to put this at before you order it to make sure that it is going to work out well for you.

Freezer is not frost free

The freezer on this is not frost free, which has been a complaint from some customers. However, multiple customers have stated that they are able to keep food frozen in the freezer without it being covered in frost, and the product can be manually defrosted with no problems.

Smaller size freezer

The freezer on this product is smaller than most people have expected when ordering it. Some customers have clearly stated that it is big enough to hold two ice cube trays, but nothing much bigger than that.

Uses .8 amps

For those that have a limit on how many amps their mini fridge can use because of a college dorm or office policy, you need to keep in mind that this one uses .8 amps. If you are purchasing this product for somewhere outside of the home, it is important to inquire about current policy before purchasing any product, including this one.

The Verdict

This is a great product as long as it is ventilated and arrives in good condition. The products arriving with small dents in them seems to be a common problem, but it’s up to you to decide whether this is going to be a problem or not. If this is going to be a deal breaker, it might be a better idea to go with another product instead of taking a chance on having to send this one back.

Conclusion

This is a nice fridge for those that want something to keep drinks cold in the garage, it’s a perfect little dorm mini fridge, and it’s a nice idea for the office. For family use or frozen food, it’s not the best option. Keep all of the pros and cons about this product in mind before deciding whether it is right for you or not.