The following review was written by the editorial department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.




Thetford Marine has introduced three new portable Norcold Refrigerator Freezer (NRF) models ranging in capacity from 1.06 cubic feet (the equivalent of 42 beverage cans) to 2.12 cubic feet (86 cans). The NRF models (which range from $850 to $1,050) utilize CFC-free foam insulation and refrigerant. A separate freezer-only section helps users freeze select items, while a removable wire basket provides convenience and organization. The stainless steel interior prevents staining and improves cooling. The sealed compressor has built-in, low-voltage protection, while the electronic control panel displays the internal temperature and allows the user to set the desired temperature. An indicator light alerts owners to installation issues, such as improper ventilation or high ambient temperature. Other features include a corrosion-proof plastic exterior and heavy-duty, removable handles. A reversible, removable hinged lid is included, along with a DC power cord. An optional adapter allows AC operation. Thetford Marine, Ann Arbor, Mich., 800-543-1219; www.thetford.com

July 2011