What’s so super cool about this Chillerator Refrigerator designed specifically for the garage? I’d start with it’s downright sexy stainless steel design that compliments any garage or man-cave perfectly.
Packed with technology designed specifically for combatting grueling garage environments, the Chillerator performs perfectly under a wide range of temperature extremes. The innovative double pass heat loop helps prevent external condensation in hot garages, keeping your fridge from becoming a Sweaty Betty.
There’s also on onboard heater that keeps your frozen foods frozen when the temperature drops below 38 degrees. It may seem odd to need a heater inside but here’s explanation of that problem here if you care to read more about it.
The Frost Free Defroster monitors the run-time of the compressor and the evaporator heater’s on-time, then automatically adjusts the defrost frequency. This prevents ice crystals from forming which can freezer burn your food and rob you of energy savings. No need to ever defrost this fridge yourself.
It’s Energy Efficient Certified
This fridge can save you some dough $$$ – it’s up to 53% more efficient than similarly sized top mount freezer units manufactured from 1993-2000. Energy Star Certified to save you 453 kWh per year (approx $50 year) over these older refrigerators. It even is 30% more efficient than top freezer fridges that are of similar size built between 2001 – 2007.
The Gladiator Chillerator provides 19 cubic feet of storage (5 freezer and 14 fresh foods and frothy beers). There’s a can caddy in the door for storing up to 35 beverages and also 4 adjustable 1 gallon shelves. Plenty of room for your beers, sodas, a gallon of milk and a few bottles of chilled wine.
There are 2 pull out “crisper” storage drawers in the bottom in the standard configuration of most modern refrigerators and 4 adjustable glass shelves (one with a drop-out) to accommodate odd sized items.
In the freezer compartment there is a shelf dividing it and a Ice Maker Kit is available too.
Both the freezer and fresh food compartments have lights so you can easily see the contents in the dark.
The chillerator easily moves about your garage rolling effortlessly on it’s beefy locking casters. Once in place simply lock the wheels in position to keep it from moving. These casters can also be removed if you wish to use the refrigerator conventionally with the included leveling feet. The casters lift the unit up nicely so rodents and garage debris do not clog the cooling coils.
The Stainless Steel doors offer a tough looking and durable finish for the garage environment and the rest of the fridge has a beautiful black finish.
The reviews from customers are very positive for the older model Chillerator which was discontinued in 2011. Customers with those models report excellent performance and are generally very pleased with their purchase. The newer model (released 2013) is too soon to know how it will perform over time. Two reviewers noted the fresh food compartment is difficult to cool past 38℉, however these were the only isolated issues I found and most consumers love their Gladiator Garageworks Chillerators. The freezer portion performs exactly as designed keeping the contents frozen during external ambient temperature changes. Customers also love the large casters keeping the units off the garage floor and allowing them to easily move to clean behind or when changing their garage layout.
A Typical Chillerator Review
Most houses these days come with a standard size fridge (and the majority seem to sport the horrid side-by-sides that can’t fit squat in the freezer section), so my husband and I bought our Gladiator a few years ago. We never attached the ice maker and use it with the freezer portion on bottom and for extra fridge capacity on top if needed. It’s been worth its weight as we live in AZ with garage often hotter than 115 through several summer months. This refrigerator allows me to do mega-shopping trips only once a month to stock and keep everything. We’ve never had a problem with it and are very happy to have spent the money. It is expensive, I suppose, for something kept in a garage — but since it’s held up with no problems for about 7 years, it’s worth the price. My SubZero in the house has had two repairs already in that same time frame — and I paid a heck of a lot more for it.”
Where to Buy a Chillerator
There are several place you can purchase a Chillerator. Some local big box stores will special order the refrigerator for you such as Lowes or Home Depot. You can also purchase directly from Gladiator GarageWorks or online at one of the trusted retailers listed below.