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Old 25-07-2013, 20:55   #16
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Just want to share - great experience with a Dometic unit. 110 and 12v with low voltage cutout.
They stand behind their product.

Haven't tried the Engel. Interested if anyone has comparative viewpoint between brands?
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Old 26-07-2013, 01:06   #17
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Engel does seem to be the gold standard. Some suggest that Edgestar is comparable for less money. Did you happen to investigate them?
Yes. We were originally leaning towards a Dometic or Edgestar because both brands are cheaper. However, we read several reports of them failing after one to two years (Dometic) or using too much power (Edgestar).

We paid more for the Engel because we are full time users. When/if we stop sailing we will end up in Queensland where we can make good use of a good 12v fridge.
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We paid more for the Engel because we are full time users.
This is a good upgrade which I hadn't considered only because I didnt know. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 27-07-2013, 06:22   #19
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After several months without refrigeration our Engel 22 quart fridge arrived on Monday. It has already changed life aboard Sea Change II.
Is there a reason you went with the 22 quart?

The link you provided showed the next model up almost doubles the internal capacity with a small increase in external size and only $30 more.

Is there an insulation issue with the MT35 or is it a space restriction on the boat?

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Old 27-07-2013, 06:35   #20
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It has already changed life aboard Sea Change II.
Anything that changes life on board is worth the money. Its a great thought to have when buying something: "Will this change life aboard? Or will it just be invisable?"
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Old 27-07-2013, 07:23   #21
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Anything that changes life on board is worth the money. Its a great thought to have when buying something: "Will this change life aboard? Or will it just be invisable?"
That's a great observation, and our philsophy, somewhat.

Rather than buying something because we think we might need it, we wait until we know we really want something before buying it.

The exception is safety gear, of course.
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I love my Engel. The only pain is fitting it but it's completely worth that hassle.

Low power, plenty of cooling, high quality.
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Is there an insulation issue with the MT35 or is it a space restriction on the boat?
Hi Frank,

It was both space and power.

We live on a fairly traditional (read small interior) cruising boat. Space is a premium.

The larger fridge uses the same coolant unit, so we figured it would run more and use more power. We have limited solar power generation and battery capacity.

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I have an engel , I would rate coolmatic Engel is Japanese


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