Outdoor Refrigerators are one of the most popular appliances that are included when planning an outdoor kitchen. When entertaining outdoors, the ability to have cold beverages at your finger tips is a must! There are even more options than just refrigeration including refrigerated drawers, ice makers, refrigerator/freezer combinations and kegerators. The possibilities today are endless though budgets may not be.
When choosing an outdoor refrigerator an important feature to consider is front ventilation. This keeps you from having to add a vent in your structure for air flow. Otherwise, the heat from the refrigerator will collect in the back of your outdoor kitchen and burn the unit out quicker.
Another important feature is a unit that is a UL approved appliance for outdoor use. This is means that the product has passed a series of tests to be safely used outdoors.
Outdoor Refrigerators have to work harder than indoor ones because of the heat and elements.
There are lots of choices, today, from luxury to more budget friendly. Here in South Florida, we always suggest the refrigerators on this list first because our climate is so hard on these types of appliances.
Plus, we would rather the additional money be used towards a better grill.
This list our top picks (and sellers) for outdoor refrigerators under $1200 and UL approved :
1. Blaze 4.1 CU FT Outdoor Stainless Steel Refrigerator Model BLZ-SSRF-40DH - Blaze is our top pick for an outdoor refrigerator. The design looks high end though it has a very reasonable price for the features.
2. Delta Heat 20" Outdoor Refrigerator Model DHOR20 - Delta Heat comes in second because of the warranty. In this price range, they are the only refrigerator to offer a 2 year warranty. Plus the product is back by the same manufacturer as Twin Eagles.
4. Summerset 4.5 CU FT Stainless Refrigerator Model SSRFR-S1 - Summerset offers the most budget friendly refrigerator. The only feature we do not like on this refrigerator is the rear venting (we prefer front)