are also sometimes referred to as under-the-counter
refrigerators. However there are important differences
between the two terms.
may also fall into the classification of indoor
refrigerators, and are not generally subject to the same safety
standards as Outdoor models.
It is necessary to
make sure that Outdoor Refrigerators have
extra safety precautions
in place to safeguard against possible shocks caused by rain,
and also the potential heat of a nearby grill.
sets the standards for safety concerning outdoor refrigerators,
and it is
very beneficial if the model lists that it has been
certified as safe by UL.
As it concerns pricing Outdoor
Refrigerators can be quite pricey, due to added safety features,
or other more luxury oriented ones. In any case they range
in price from around 500$ to
around 4000$. These
extremely expensive models usually have precise temperature
built in to protect certain kinds of alcohol.
The storage capacity of these outdoor units is generally 4 to 6
cubic feet, and other features
to look for are front lock,
stainless steel finish, rear evaporator, interior light, and
Side Notes for
Refrigerators may require extra safety precautions due
to the possible hazards of the outdoor environment.
This includes such issues as rain, water from a pool, or
heat from a grill which is close by.
It is a
positive if the UL company has certified a particular
unit as being outdoor safe.
Outdoor models can
sometimes get into the more expensive end of
refrigerators overall either due to special safety
features, or due to enhanced cooling features in order
to protect expensive wine or other kinds of alcohol.
Child proofing with a front door lock is always a
good idea with outdoor refrigerators.
expensive models of outdoor refrigerated units do exist,
though these may be without the best safety standards,
and may also fall into the more general category of
under the counter units which are really made for indoor
use. Always make sure to shop and compare so that
you don't get more than you need in an outdoor model.
Many good outdoor refrigerator models may seem to be
out of the price range of most consumers. However
with enough shopping around certain lower price range
models can be found. It is important however not
compromise safety features for a lower price.
Even though outdoor refrigerators can look similar to
mini or compact refrigerators, these two categories
should definitely not be mistaken. Mini
refrigerators are generally not certified for outdoor
If an outdoor refrigerator appears to
be certified for outdoor use, but the certification is
not designated as UL, it would be beneficial to send a
query to the store or manufacturer to ask what specific
safety certification the model has recieved.