DormSmart Living Blog: When Buying a Dorm Fridge: What's the difference between a Separate True Zero Degree Freezer and a Separate True Freezer Compartment? Get the Dorm 411!

April 23, 2011

When Buying a Dorm Fridge: What's the difference between a Separate True Zero Degree Freezer and a Separate True Freezer Compartment? Get the Dorm 411!



A dorm fridge with a "separate true zero degree freezer" such as the Absocold or Microfridge 2.9 cu. ft. models operates just like mom's refrigerator freezer at home... it keeps your food frozen.

A dorm fridge with a "separate true freezer compartment" such as the Haier Compact 2 Door Refrigerator / Freezer 3.3 cu. ft. model is NOT a true zero degree freezer. Here's a quote directly from the Haier Use and Care Manual that best describes the intended use of their separate true freezer compartment:
"...This compartment is designed for making ice cubes and for short-term food storage (a few days at most)..."
So if you are a dorm dweller who needs to freeze your food longer than a few days, our recommendation is to buy an Energy Star Qualified dorm fridge with a separate true zero degree freezer to ensure your food stays frozen and safe to eat while saving energy for the planet and utility costs for your school (helps keep tuition cost down).

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