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NORCOLDDE-0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer

NORCOLD

DE-0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer

Model # 5388699Mfg # DE0061R

$1,399.00

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Product Description

You’ll have all the luxuries of home onboard!

The DE-0061 features a flush-mount self-venting design, improved cooling efficiency resulting in a low amp draw, an exceptionally quiet, hermetically sealed compressor, top-mounted controls and the addition of an interior light. The dual voltage design runs on 120V AC shore power at the dock and automatically switches to 12V or 24V DC when the boat is underway. Replaces the DE-461, DE-561 and DE-560. Complete installations require a set of exterior door panels, sold separately (Model 5388582). Black acrylic trim.

  • Power Requirements: 0.9A @ 120V AC; 3.5A @ 12V DC; 2.2A @ 24V D
  • Capacity: 7.0cu.ft.
  • Interior Organization: Adjustable shelves and bins
  • Case Material: Reflective insulation board
  • Door: Right hinged; Reversible
  • Overall Size: 53-3/4"H x 24-1/2"W x 24"D
  • Cutout Size: 52-7/8"H x 23-1/4"W x 23-3/4"D
  • Weight: 105lb.
  • Warranty: Two years

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DE-0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer

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NorcoldDE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer
 
2.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

47%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Holds temperature well (10)
  • Attractive (7)
  • Energy efficient (7)
  • Space for tall items (5)
  • Quiet (4)

Cons

  • Noisy (9)
  • Not cold enough (6)
  • Flimsy shelves (5)
  • Unreliable (5)
  • Limited shelving options (3)

Best Uses

  • Small kitchens (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual cook (8), Avid cook (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (19)

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1.0

I know the reason for the Mixed Reviews

By Brian

from Long Island, NY

About Me Casual Cook

Pros

  • Energy Efficient
  • It Is The Only Option

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Not Cold Enough
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Small Kitchens

Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

This unit has VERY mixed reviews, and the main reason for them is very simple. There was a silent MAJOR design change to this unit by the manufacturer (norcold). This model number has been around for a long time, and until recently has a reasonably good reputation. I researched this product extensively before purchasing a replacement. The main problem is this is the ONLY option currently available in a two door unit approximately this size that has a dedicated freezer (as opposed to a small ice tray/compartment). All the other options are no longer available (the company in mexico that made Dometic/Tundra TJ85 burned down a few years ago, and stock has disappeared, and the Waeco unit this size is also gone), currently this is truly the only option for a unit this size. Historically the Norcold DE-0061 used the linear sawafuji (made in japan) compressor/refrigeration system. It is very easy to identify as it has a long cylindrical compressor and a very large condenser coil on the back of the refrigerator (kind of like a home refrigerator) which is mostly cooled by convection. This was an excellent design and worked very well (people have had these running 20 years), a few years ago (around 2009), they switched to a Danfoss compressor with a very small condenser in an effort to save cost (the Danfoss parts used in these units are currently made in China, they haven't been made in Germany for a long time). The tradeoff of small condenser danfoss system is since it has very little area, it requires a lot of forced air to cool it, to do so they put a noisy fan to force air through the condenser, and this is the main reason for the noise and poor performance everyone is complaining about. The other problem with the danfoss units is they tend to be less reliable as the Sawafuji units in a moving application (especially if tilted while operating). This thing is made very cheaply, the doors do not latch easily. On my old fridge, I used to be able to just close the doors and they would latch, on this unit, I have to apply approx. 40lbs of pressure to the lower door to get it to latch closed. Everything on it is plastic and flimsy. Short of doing major cabinet work to accommodate two smaller units, this is the only thing that fits if you want a fully electric compressor type refrigerator. I really wish there was a better option, but until there is, I'm stuck with this thing.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

rebutal to negative reviews

By Jon B

from Sacramento Delta, CA.

About Me Avid Cook

Pros

  • Holds Temperature Well

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boat

    Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

    We have a 7.0 cu ft Norcold on our boat. Same size at the DE0061 but different model # as it is 24 years old. Can't comment about the previous owners use but we have run this unit 24/7 since April of 2005. It must be defrosted as it is not a frost free model. With the thermostat set about mid point the fridge hovers around 38-40 degrees F and the freezer keeps stuff rock hard. On the hook it will suck the batteries down but that is physics. I wrote this because no one rights reviews unless they have had problems and I have no affiliation with the manufacture.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good product

    By Billylll

    from Little Egg, NJ

    About Me Casual Cook

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Energy Efficient
    • Holds Temperature Well
    • Space For Tall Items

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Low Current Draw
    • Quiet
    • Reliable Boat Fridge

    Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

    I read others negatives about the DE0061 and wonder if I have a different product. Mine has been great since the day it was installed about 5 years ago.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    NEVERCOLD

    By Yachtmaster

    from Marina Del Rey, California

    About Me Gourmet Chef

    Pros

      Cons

      • Noisy
      • Not Energy Efficient

      Best Uses

        Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

        It is very Loud in the Salon and it is running most of the time.
        Good Yacht builders never use Nevercold.
        Drains my battery bank. I have a 1000Ah 8 deep cycle 6 volt golf cart battery bank. New batteries @ 13.25Volts to start with down 50% by morning.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Norcold DE0061R

        By Pacific Time

        from Gig Harbor, WA

        About Me Avid Cook

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Less expensive

        Cons

        • Flimsy Shelves
        • Noisy
        • Not Energy Efficient
        • Poor Layout

        Best Uses

        • Small Kitchens

        Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

        I bought this DE0061R to replace my old Norcold which lasted 20 years. This newer model is just plain noisy. It clicks and groans and wheezes all the time. If I did not have to heave it out of my boat again I would replace it in a heart beat. I do not believe this unit will last 10 years let alone 20.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        very disapointed

        By fitz

        from marathon florida

        About Me Avid Cook

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not Cold Enough
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • none

          Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

          had unit for 3 years. replaced both door latches($100), fridge door(300). has to be set at highest temp setting to maintain temp. will never buy another norcold product!!!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Last Norcold for me

          By Frig Man

          from Discovery Bay, CA

          Pros

          • Has a light
          • Thermostat on the top now

          Cons

          • Door latches poor quality
          • Limited Shelving Options
          • Noisy

          Best Uses

            Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

            I selected this unit to replace the older 0041 model. The very first thing I noticed was how noisy it was. It was so bad I thought it was broken. Norcold advertises that the compressor (the part of the cooling unit on the outside) is quiet, and it is. The part they don`t advertise is how noisy the condenser is (the part of the cooling unit on the inside). Well on my 45' boat with the frig in a separate cabin it can keep me up at night it's so loud.

            It also stopped running on DC power on anything less than 12vdc even though it should run down to 10.7 vdc. I had to have this repaired by an authorized Norcold repair station. Apparently Norcold does not yet have a repair manual for this unit and three visits latter after changing several parts it now seems to be cooling on DC but still as noisy as ever.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent boat frig

            By Rag sailor, gone to the dark side.

            from San Diego, Ca

            About Me Casual Cook

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Energy Efficient
            • Holds Temperature Well
            • Quite

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

                Purchased to replace a 20 yr old Norcold with sling compressors. The old unit was very noisy. This new one with Danfros compressor is very quite. The fan makes more noise than the compressor.

                Installation required a few tweaks. But hey, it goes on a boat. Nothing is standard!
                The Admiral likes it (wife). Biggest issue, she would like more refrig space & less freezer. And yes, the plastic drawher is very flimsy .

                Works great off 12Vdc, reasonable power draw.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Poor quality fit and finish

                By Bruce

                from Discovery Bay, CA

                About Me Casual Cook

                Pros

                • Holds Temperature Well

                Cons

                • Flimsy Shelves
                • Noisy
                • Poor exterior finish

                Best Uses

                  Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

                  This was a replacement for a failed 10 year old Norcold and required significant dismantling of my Mainship to bring to salon. If you want left side hinges, be prepared for a lengthy job to modify.
                  Unit is quite noisy and exterior fit and finish on front are a digrace. I wouldn't buy again.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  gets cold fast and is very quiet

                  By ShyBeaver

                  from Bucktown, PA

                  About Me Casual Cook

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Customizable Shelving
                  • Has built in drain tube
                  • Holds Temperature Well
                  • Quiet
                  • Space For Tall Items

                  Cons

                  • Door panels should be inc

                  Best Uses

                  • Perfect replacement

                  Comments about DE 0061 AC/DC Refrigerator/Freezer:

                  bought this product to replace my old Norcold that went bad. the install was easy and fit perfectly. was able to use exact same mounting holes. very quiet unit!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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