Originally Posted by Dougcole
Honest question. What is the appeal of drawer type fridges on boats? I know they are currently popular, and they do look nice, but don't they waste a lot of space? We have a drawer freezer on our home fridge, and even though it has a sliding shelf inside, it is pretty much impossible to organize. Stuff gets buried and we don't find it for months.
I've spent time on sailboats with top loading fridges and though they are efficient, they are a nightmare to work with. The thing you need seems to always be on the bottom. I know drawers are easier to access than a true top load but the concept is the same. If you use most of their capacity the contents are in a pile. You have to leave it open for an extended period of time while you dig through it looking for what you need which wastes power.
I think they would be sleek looking, modern and great on a day boat where you are only keeping a few snacks and some drinks onboard, but for for a working galley made for extended cruising?
Is there something that I am missing?
We have one of these and find it rather easy to find things. The only exception are plastic bags of small items that reside in a small sliding tray within one of the drawers.
To me the depth of each drawer is less than the depth of the cabinet or depth of a conventional front door fridge so the access problem there is things behind others. In the drawer you can see most of the tops of items and you get to recognize items that way. The typical under counter door fridge frequently requires at least kneeling to find things on shelves but behind other items.
A home freezer draw generally contains a collection of bagged / wrapped items and not a collection of jars, cans, etc as in the fridge.
We try to keep drinks on one drawer and food stuff in another so you know where to start. With the door fridges there is one large door to open to get at anything.
I guess its one of those "to each his own" sort of thing any why both types are available.