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[Walmart] $98 Hamilton Beach Mini fridge 3.3 cu. ft.

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[Walmart] $98 Hamilton Beach Mini fridge 3.3 cu. ft.

Looks like they're clearing out the inventory because the SKU is not on Walmart.com website.
Pick up at the store.
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I wonder if this would be good for a Kegerator
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Quick Edit to add more info [x2] - Added efficiency and annual KW figures for comparison.

I just returned this fridge to Walmart after trying it for 6 weeks. Note that I got this at regular price ($200 after tax).

Pros:
1) it "works" - for $200 after tax (at regular price), it was usable for the price.

Cons:
1) Due to the lack of a circulating fan, internal temps are very inconsistent. I've had the majority of items on the lower rack completely frozen, while stuff on the top are "chilled" this is at setting 6 (range from 0 - 7) - Note that 0 turns the unit off.
2) Power efficiency is terrible - uses about 80% of the electricity of my Samsung Fridge with 5.5x the capacity with a top freezer. FYI I used a P3 P3IP4400, Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor to track energy usage.

Overall, warm-ish deal for $99... thought I'd share my experience so others can adjust their expectations.

Update #2:

This mini fridge uses approximately 40-50 watts when the compressor is running IIRC - Rated at 270KW annual - efficiency leaves a lot to be desired.

For reference I am using an Samsung RT18M6213SR top freezer fridge - 17.6 cubic feet - 448KW Annually (with Ice Maker), 364KW Annually (w/o Ice Maker). This fridge is 5.3x the cubic feet.

To simplify;
Hamilton Beach uses 81.81KW Annual per cubic feet VS:
Samsung 25.45 KW Annual per Cubic Feet (Ice Maker On)
Samsung 20.68 KW Annual per Cubic Feet (Ice Maker Off)
Last edited by ProjectPixelation on Jul 23rd, 2019 8:38 am, edited 17 times in total.
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ProjectPixelation wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2019 12:22 pm
Quick Edit to add more info.

I just returned this fridge to Walmart after trying it for 6 weeks. Note that I got this at regular price ($200 after tax).

Pros:
1) it "works" - for $200 after tax (at regular price), it was usable for the price.

Cons:
1) Due to the lack of a circulating fan, internal temps are very inconsistent. I've had the majority of items on the lower rack completely frozen, while stuff on the top are "chilled" this is at setting 6 (range from 0 - 7) - Note that 0 turns the unit off.
2) Power efficiency is terrible - uses about 80% of the electricity of my Samsung Fridge with 3.5x the capacity with a top freezer. FYI I used a P3 P3IP4400, Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor to track energy usage.

Overall, warm-ish deal for $99... thought I'd share my experience so others can adjust their expectations.
Do you remember roughly how many watts it was pulling from the wall?
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ProjectPixelation wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2019 12:22 pm
Quick Edit to add more info.

I just returned this fridge to Walmart after trying it for 6 weeks. Note that I got this at regular price ($200 after tax).

Pros:
1) it "works" - for $200 after tax (at regular price), it was usable for the price.

Cons:
1) Due to the lack of a circulating fan, internal temps are very inconsistent. I've had the majority of items on the lower rack completely frozen, while stuff on the top are "chilled" this is at setting 6 (range from 0 - 7) - Note that 0 turns the unit off.
2) Power efficiency is terrible - uses about 80% of the electricity of my Samsung Fridge with 3.5x the capacity with a top freezer. FYI I used a P3 P3IP4400, Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor to track energy usage.

Overall, warm-ish deal for $99... thought I'd share my experience so others can adjust their expectations.
Best post with good details.
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ProjectPixelation wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2019 12:22 pm
Quick Edit to add more info.

I just returned this fridge to Walmart after trying it for 6 weeks. Note that I got this at regular price ($200 after tax).

Pros:
1) it "works" - for $200 after tax (at regular price), it was usable for the price.

Cons:
1) Due to the lack of a circulating fan, internal temps are very inconsistent. I've had the majority of items on the lower rack completely frozen, while stuff on the top are "chilled" this is at setting 6 (range from 0 - 7) - Note that 0 turns the unit off.
2) Power efficiency is terrible - uses about 80% of the electricity of my Samsung Fridge with 3.5x the capacity with a top freezer. FYI I used a P3 P3IP4400, Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor to track energy usage.

Overall, warm-ish deal for $99... thought I'd share my experience so others can adjust their expectations.
I have had this fridge for around a year without any issues and bought it for, I think, $87 at Walmart. My brother, father in law and brother in law also grabbed this minifridge.

We had to return one due to a huge dent in the top, looked like a mini hulk tried to open the fridge as this was not a typical ding but besides that all of ours have been going strong.

I have beer on the top, bott....everywhere. This thing is FULL of beers (besides the freezer), and temp has been fine for me, Ice cold beverages without slushie beer or anything being frozen.

Mine has been amazing.
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MikeB84225 wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2019 5:07 pm
I have had this fridge for around a year without any issues and bought it for, I think, $87 at Walmart. My brother, father in law and brother in law also grabbed this minifridge.

We had to return one due to a huge dent in the top, looked like a mini hulk tried to open the fridge as this was not a typical ding but besides that all of ours have been going strong.

I have beer on the top, bott....everywhere. This thing is FULL of beers (besides the freezer), and temp has been fine for me, Ice cold beverages without slushie beer or anything being frozen.

I think being filled with liquid dissipates the temperature equally. However when it's not full, it changes a lot.
Mine has been amazing.
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ProjectPixelation wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2019 12:22 pm
Quick Edit to add more info.

I just returned this fridge to Walmart after trying it for 6 weeks. Note that I got this at regular price ($200 after tax).

Pros:
1) it "works" - for $200 after tax (at regular price), it was usable for the price.

Cons:
1) Due to the lack of a circulating fan, internal temps are very inconsistent. I've had the majority of items on the lower rack completely frozen, while stuff on the top are "chilled" this is at setting 6 (range from 0 - 7) - Note that 0 turns the unit off.
2) Power efficiency is terrible - uses about 80% of the electricity of my Samsung Fridge with 3.5x the capacity with a top freezer. FYI I used a P3 P3IP4400, Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor to track energy usage.

Overall, warm-ish deal for $99... thought I'd share my experience so others can adjust their expectations.
Could the inefficiency be due to the cold setting cranked to 6?
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I’ve never had any temp inconsistencies with mine. Have had it for two years. Works great. For $98 it’s a good fridge for a basement, garage, etc.
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MeatJuice wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2019 3:55 am
Could the inefficiency be due to the cold setting cranked to 6?
Good observation!
Guys, if you set the temperature too low your beer will freeze and the compressor will run non stop hence the high energy cost.
Note to self: use less apps and more common sense.
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radeonboy wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2019 1:22 pm
Do you remember roughly how many watts it was pulling from the wall?
approximately 40-50 watts when the compressor is running IIRC (rated 270KW Annual).

For reference I am using an Samsung RT18M6213SR with top freezer - 17.6 cubic feet - 448KW Annually (with Ice Maker), 364KW Annually (w/o Ice Maker)
That's 5.3x the cubic feet.

Here are the numbers:
Hamilton Beach uses 81.81KW Annual per cubic feet VS:
Samsung 25.45 KW Annual per Cubic Feet (Ice Maker On)
Samsung 20.68 KW Annual per Cubic Feet (Ice Maker Off)
MeatJuice wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2019 3:55 am
Could the inefficiency be due to the cold setting cranked to 6?
I doubt that's the main cause. I've had this mini fridge running in the basement where ambient temps were lower than the ground floor. This should give it an advantage over my Samsung on the ground floor. where ambient is higher. Yet it still uses significantly more energy per cubic feet than my Samsung - with ice maker function turned on.
I suspect it's the culprit is the compressor, but mostly the lack of good insulating materials.
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MikeB84225 wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2019 5:07 pm
I have had this fridge for around a year without any issues and bought it for, I think, $87 at Walmart. My brother, father in law and brother in law also grabbed this minifridge.

We had to return one due to a huge dent in the top, looked like a mini hulk tried to open the fridge as this was not a typical ding but besides that all of ours have been going strong.

I have beer on the top, bott....everywhere. This thing is FULL of beers (besides the freezer), and temp has been fine for me, Ice cold beverages without slushie beer or anything being frozen.

Mine has been amazing.
confirm I also have this fridge for about a year, work great beer always cold ! :)
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ProjectPixelation wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2019 12:22 pm
Quick Edit to add more info [x2] - Added efficiency and annual KW figures for comparison.

I just returned this fridge to Walmart after trying it for 6 weeks. Note that I got this at regular price ($200 after tax).

Pros:
1) it "works" - for $200 after tax (at regular price), it was usable for the price.

Cons:
1) Due to the lack of a circulating fan, internal temps are very inconsistent. I've had the majority of items on the lower rack completely frozen, while stuff on the top are "chilled" this is at setting 6 (range from 0 - 7) - Note that 0 turns the unit off.
2) Power efficiency is terrible - uses about 80% of the electricity of my Samsung Fridge with 5.5x the capacity with a top freezer. FYI I used a P3 P3IP4400, Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor to track energy usage.

Overall, warm-ish deal for $99... thought I'd share my experience so others can adjust their expectations.

Update #2:

This mini fridge uses approximately 40-50 watts when the compressor is running IIRC - Rated at 270KW annual - efficiency leaves a lot to be desired.

For reference I am using an Samsung RT18M6213SR top freezer fridge - 17.6 cubic feet - 448KW Annually (with Ice Maker), 364KW Annually (w/o Ice Maker). This fridge is 5.3x the cubic feet.

To simplify;
Hamilton Beach uses 81.81KW Annual per cubic feet VS:
Samsung 25.45 KW Annual per Cubic Feet (Ice Maker On)
Samsung 20.68 KW Annual per Cubic Feet (Ice Maker Off)
So for us don' know about how to monitor the energy consumption, just look for "energy star" logo?
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I think this would be a decent fridge for those going back to school in Sept.
i.e. First year uni/college students living in residence (campus).

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