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Refrigeration Guide


Whether you are building an outdoor kitchen or just looking for a way to keep cold drinks nearby when working or entertaining outdoors, an outdoor refrigerator makes a great addition to every home. When it comes to choosing which model is right for you, there are many factors to consider. What will you be storing in it? What, if any, are your size constraints? What is your budget? What is the climate like in your area? How important is warranty coverage to you? These are just a handful of examples, and there are literally hundreds of options available.

To help you make an informed decision, we have put together this buying guide. In the guide, we will explain the pros and cons of 4 main categories of refrigeration to consider. In each category, we will also show you our top picks based on a variety of factors such as function, value, and warranty coverage.

To get you started, here are the 4 main categories and some quick points about each. Check out the tabs at the top for more details and our top picks in each category. In this guide, we are only taking a look at refrigerators. For more information on ice makers, beverage centers, and wine coolers, be sure to check out our other guides.


Indoor Rated Refrigerators


Pros:
  • Huge variety of sizes/colors available
  • Affordable price point
  • Cons:
  • Outdoor use voids warranty
  • May not cool well in high temperatures
  • Not built to withstand exposure to the elements

  • Indoor Rated Refrigerators From Grill Companies


    Pros:
  • Affordable price point
  • Warranty coverage
  • Matches brands other outdoor products in look
  • Cons:
  • Usually basic/no frills models
  • May not cool well in high temperatures
  • Not rated to withstand exposure to the elements

  • Outdoor Rated Refrigerators


    Pros:
  • Warranty coverage
  • Rated to withstand exposure to the elements
  • Better insulation for more efficient operation
  • Cons:
  • Higher price point.
  • Inconsistent temperature inside the refrigerator
  • Won't reach temperatures as low as food grade units

  • Outdoor Rated Food Grade Refrigerators


    Pros:
  • Warranty coverage
  • Consistent low temperatures to keep food safe
  • Rated to withstand exposure to the elements
  • Forced air cooling for even temperature throughout unit
  • Strong compressor, fan, and extra insulation provides more efficient operation
  • Cons:
  • High price point
  • Best models don't match grills looks exactly