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Old 03-28-2019, 05:20 PM   #1
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Fridge size

I'm looking at 2 refrigerators, one is 7.5cu ft and the other 10cu ft. same dimensions with the 10 being a few inches deeper. With only one or two people is it worth it to have the extra room or is the 7.5 big enough? I see a lot of people using the smaller fridge boxes which tells me 7.5 should be plenty big.
7.5 is $231 and the 10 is $329


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Old 03-28-2019, 06:50 PM   #2
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I got the Magic Chef 10.1 from Home Depot for my build. It's nice to have the extra room and nice sized freezer. More room for more water, beer, and food!
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:53 PM   #3
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We have a 10 ft one. Nice size. Works for family of four.

Iím sure 2 people could get by with less. Depends on if you are full timing. Probably want bigger if full time/
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:46 PM   #4
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I'm looking at 2 refrigerators, one is 7.5cu ft and the other 10cu ft. same dimensions with the 10 being a few inches deeper. With only one or two people is it worth it to have the extra room or is the 7.5 big enough? I see a lot of people using the smaller fridge boxes which tells me 7.5 should be plenty big.
7.5 is $231 and the 10 is $329


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I'd go 7.5. Every fridge I've ever owned has filled up with mostly junk - do I really need a big enough fridge to hold six jars of relish?
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:52 PM   #5
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I'm debating whether the extra 2.5cf is worth $100. I doubt I would keep food in it when it is at home. I don't eat much at all and would probably never be more than a week from a store. The floor model at HD of the 10cf in Black has damage to the "wrap" on the box. Store guy thought is was a protective wrap, but I showed him the white one that had the same patterened wrap, only in white. It is the finished skin of the box. If they'll discount that one I would go with the 10 over the 7.50, better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. They owe me on the compressor deal so lets see.
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Is there a difference in power draw? I'm assuming you will run off your battery bank and an inverter. Do they need pure syne inverters?
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Old 03-28-2019, 11:12 PM   #7
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Is there a difference in power draw? I'm assuming you will run off your battery bank and an inverter. Do they need pure syne inverters?
The 10cu.ft unit is rated at 160w/1.3a, the 7.5cu.ft. unit is rated at 80w/1.3a.
I have a pure sine wave inverter.
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The 10cu.ft unit is rated at 160w/1.3a, the 7.5cu.ft. unit is rated at 80w/1.3a.

Either there is incorrect information in the numbers you quoted or the 7.5 cu ft is twice as efficient.
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:07 AM   #9
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Either there is incorrect information in the numbers you quoted or the 7.5 cu ft is twice as efficient.
The review did mention that the brand I looked at didn't have any usage numbers posted. The Danby 7.5 is rated at 343kwh per year, .9 per day
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:49 AM   #10
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I swapped out the 7cu.ft. refrigerator in my trailer with a 10cu.ft. and love the additional space.

The Energy Star rating is 336kwh/year.
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i'd go with the 7.5 - we've got around a 4.5 cubic foot fridge and its always packed but just the right size. it draws .89 amps so its very minimal power consumption. its was $199 from lowes. A fridge will draw less energy and turn on less often if it is packed rather than a little empty otherwise it has to cool empty space, so get the one you can keep packed but enough to fit all of your needs.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:55 AM   #12
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To me the interesting part would be if the condenser is separated. I mean not integrated inside the outer skin of the fridge. If it is separated you can insulate the outside and have much lower consumption. Also it is easier to vent the heat to the outside in summer or inside in winter.

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