Pros / The freezer can reach zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Cons / It is a bit pricey.
Verdict / The EdgeStar CRF321SS is a mini fridge and freezer combo that has many of the conveniences of a regular-size fridge.
The EdgeStar CRF321SS’s fridge and freezer have a combined 3.1 cubic feet of space. This mini fridge looks like a small version of a regular-size fridge, with a separate freezer door on the outside. Also, the freezer can reach temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit, so it makes ice better than many of its competitors.
This mini fridge costs more than many other models we reviewed, both up front and in long-term operating cost. It is energy efficient enough to be Energy Star certified, but it costs an estimated $32 a year to power – that’s the second-highest annual operating cost of the mini fridges we considered.
Still, the EdgeStar’s many helpful features may make it worth the extra expense. For example, it has an interior light, a rarity for mini fridges, which is useful if you plan to keep it in a dimly lit place.
This mini fridge has an auto defrost feature, so it is easy to clean. However, you have to manually defrost the freezer.
Inside the EdgeStar CRF321SS, there are two slide-out glass shelves. However, they aren’t adjustable. One is fixed, and you can remove the other to fit particularly large items in the fridge – but there is only one spot for it inside.
Unlike many other mini fridges, this one has a see-through crisper drawer that helps keep fruits and vegetables fresh. On the inside of the door, there’s a shelf for small jars and condiments as well as shelf that can hold a 2-liter bottle and other tall items. The door also has a soda can dispenser.
The refrigerator and freezer doors are reversible – you can unscrew them and reattach them to the other side of the door frame. Since you can choose whether the doors swing open to the left or to the right, this fridge fits in more places than minifridges with fixed doors.
EdgeStar covers this mini fridge with a one-year warranty on parts and a 90-day warranty labor in case something is defective. If you need a bigger mini fridge with lots of space and similar features, check out the Magic Chef MCBR440S2.