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Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer - GAFZ21XXRK

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Gladiator Garage Works 21.0 cu. ft. Freezerator Convertible Refrigerator-Freezer, Model GAFZ21

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The Gladiator® Freezerator® convertible refrigerator/freezer - the ultimate second refrigerator with ideal proportions providing the latest and greatest in innovation, space savings, and an upscale look that really stands out in the garage. It appeals to busy families who buy in bulk from warehouse clubs, who need space for chilling surplus beverages like that extra gallon of milk that will eventually end up in the main refrigerator, who need extra refrigerator or freezer space around the holidays, and who want chilled beverages to be consumed outside without having to enter the house. The convertible upper compartment allows you to decide if the compartment operates as a refrigerator or freezer.

Features:

  • Unique Upper Compartment Refrigerator Converts to Freezer by Simply Turning a Dial
    The 6 cu. ft. upper compartment can be converted from a refrigerator to a freezer as needs change.
  • Door Mounted Beverage Rack
    Upper compartment in-door beverage rack holds 24 12-oz. cans or 20-oz. bottles.
  • Dedicated Lower Freezer Compartment
    The 15 cu. ft. lower freezer compartment is great for storing large frozen items and bulk frozen food purchases.
  • Refrigerator with Built-in Heater
    Built-in heater keeps refrigerated items chilled inside, not frozen, even in very cold environments, with an operating range from 0-110 degrees Farenheit.
  • Reversible Door Swing
    Door swing can be changed to accommodate preference.
  • Pull-Out Baskets
    One adjustable pull-out half-width basket is extra deep and slides out, so you can store more bulk items and easily reach them. One heavy-duty pull-out full-width basket slides out, allowing full access to items on the bottom of the freezer. This basket is also extra wide, so it can store more items at once.
  • Light in Both Compartments
    Internal lights make every item easily visible and quick to locate.
  • Heavy-Duty Solid Rubber Casters: Fixed Front - Swivel Rear
    The unique 5" x 2" casters increase stability and make the unit easy to move. The front casters lock with a simple step, making it possible to solidly hold the unit in place. The swiveling rear casters make the unit easy to move.
  • Heavy-Duty Adjustable Shelves
    Four heavy-duty adjustable shelves move easily, giving the flexibility to store food and beverages anywhere in the unit.
  • 3 One Gallon Door Bins
    Three 1-gallon adjustable door bins move easily, giving the flexibility to store frozen food and ice cream anywhere in the freezer door.
  • Double Pass Heat Loop
    Unlike typical freezers designed for inside the home, the Freezerator® Convertible Refrigerator/Freezer has a double pass heat loop that helps keep the unit´s outer surface from sweating in high humidity environments.
  • Frost Free Defrost
    The Frost Free Defrost adjusts the frequency of defrosts by monitoring the compressor run-time and the evaporator heater on-time, resulting in improved food preservation, fewer ice crystals, less freezer burn and energy savings. Never requires defrosting.
  • Underwriters Laboratories Classified
    The Freezerator® Convertible Refrigerator/Freezer meets applicable building code and safety standards, including all requirements associated with UL Listing and/or Classification. The UL mark gives instant peace of mind that this Gladiator® product meets the safety requirements of UL.
  • Rounded Tread Plate Doors
    The Tread Plate pattern matches the family look of other Gladiator® GarageWorks Products.
  • Large Recessed Door Handles
    Functional and space-saving recessed handles create a sleek and integrated look.
  • Color: Graphite
  • Ice Maker Option is Not Currently Available for This Model

Electrical Requirements:

  • 15 or 20A, 115V, 60HZ, AC Only. Grounded circuit is required. A time delay fuse or circuit breaker and separate circuit is recommended.

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 32.5"
  • Height: 73.125"
  • Depth: 31.5"

Approximate Weight:

  • Shipping: 275 lbs.

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer):
    Full One Year Warranty

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

TypeUpright
French DoorNo
Installation TypeFree Standing
Total Capacity (cu. ft.)21 Cu. Ft.
Defrost TypeAutomatic
Automatic Ice MakerNo
Commercial UseNo
Control TypeMechanical
Defrost TypeFrost Free
Freezer Interior LightYes
Freezer LocationBottom
Number of Freezer Baskets/Drawers6
Number of Freezer Door Baskets/Drawers5
Number of Refrigerator Shelves/Bins2
Number of Refrigerator Door Shelves/Bins2
Crisper TypeNone
Can DispenserNo
Refrigerator Interior LightYes
Refrigerator Shelves MaterialWire
Water DispenserNo
Ice MakerNo
Ice DispenserNo
Deli DrawerNo
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
Interior LightYes
LockNo
Number of Shelves4
Reversible DoorYes
Shelves TypeWire
Energy Star CompliantNo
Current15 Amps
Voltage115 Volts
Height (inches)73.13"
Width (inches)33"
Depth (inches)31.5"
  

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Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer
 
4.3

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Space for tall items (23)
  • Attractive (22)
  • Holds temperature well (15)
  • Customizable shelving (14)
  • Door shuts securely (13)

Cons

  • Noisy (4)

Best Uses

  • 2nd refrigerator (11)
  • Big families (8)
  • Beverages (5)
  • Garage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual cook (16), Avid cook (12), Gourmet chef (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Freezer for Garage

This is one of the best purchases I've made in awhile..So far it works great... Wish I would have bought it ten years ago. Very handy because you can move it...Read complete review

This is one of the best purchases I've made in awhile..So far it works great... Wish I would have bought it ten years ago. Very handy because you can move it very easily for garage clean up.We use the top part as a extra refrigerator... Works out great when milk and other things are on sale... We can stock up on pop and keep it cold. Lot's of room in top and bottom... We got it so we could buy extras and stay stocked up. We have a side by side in the house and never had enough room after a trip to [...] or [...].. You can hear the freezer run....It's not real loud, but I think that part will come in handy is case I trip a breaker and don't realize it... It's on a line with out side lights and might not notice right away... I can't hear it run in the house only if I'm in the garage. It looks very cool in garage.. Ordered it one day and had it sitting in the garage on the forth day.... I would highly recommend this freezer.... Great if you have no room in the house for freezer. Much easier go out to attached garage then up and down steps to the basement....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great when it works!

Originally purchased last July 2007. Worked fine initially, and it gave me ample room for frozen food storage with the top portion for drinks the unit itself is well sorted. In May of...Read complete review

Originally purchased last July 2007. Worked fine initially, and it gave me ample room for frozen food storage with the top portion for drinks the unit itself is well sorted. In May of 2008 it started not cooling, I called for service under warranty and it was fixed so we thought only to have the same problem again a month later. It was then fixed again for the same thing now here it is again exactly a month later and it's not cooling again finally [...] called Whirlpool to let them know it's the same problem and it cannot be fixed. I am now waiting for Whirlpool to contact me to replace the unit. I'm done with the Freezerator now just want the Chillerator so my frozen food will no longer be spoiled. So far Whirlpool has been good will see if they follow through with a replacement. Wish me luck. It seems that out of alot of these units I might have gotten a dud, but would still purchase another Whirlpool product if they stand behind their product.

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1.0

Expensive, Unreliable and Trouble

By John

from Chicago

About Me Casual Cook

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Breaks Down
  • Difficult to Defrost

Best Uses

  • Best use is dumpster

Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

This unit cannot be regulated. It worked fine the first year and then trouble started. Everything inthe freezer got soft and the refrigerator turned into a freezer. A mountain of ice formed constantly in the back of the freezer and engulfed the food. A hammer was necessary to get rid of it. Ice also clogs the open vent in the back. It was so thoroughly clogged, I had to disassemble it to open it. I would never buy this product again. It is poorly engineered. At [$], I feel I got ripped off. I am replacing it with a freezer and small refrigerator. It has to be an improvement. All they claim to do to this to differentiate it from a regular refrigerator is add insulation. Freezers have plenty of that and perform much better.

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4.0

I Love this Freezer Combo

By DeiDei

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Avid Cook

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Door Shuts Securely
  • Space For Tall Items
  • UNIQUE DESIGN

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Basement Storage
    • Medium families

    Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

    This was one of best our purchases; we bought it in 2007 and have never had any problems with it. I highly recommend this freezer and would not hesitate to purchase it again. We keep it in our basement. I found this product by accident. I was doing an internet search...input of color and freezer/fridge combo. The result of my search was a line of Gladiator products...had no idea that what I wanted was already an available product, but I'm so glad it was and we only paid [$]

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Buyer beware

    By GvS3

    from Inverness, IL

    About Me Avid Cook

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Door Shuts Securely
    • Great idea

    Cons

    • Appears troublesome
    • Breaks Down
    • Not Cold Enough

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

      This product is a great idea. That said it appears to be problematic. Purchased in Oct 2010 and seemed to work okay until colder weather hit. Then in early December realized that the fridge section was getting to cold and no matter how much we worked to adjust the upper and lower thermostats we could not maintain a temperature over freezing – meanwhile freezer section worked great.[...]

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for New England garages

      By Greg

      from Pelham, NH

      About Me Casual Cook

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Shelving
      • Built for cold garages
      • Room for BJs bulk buys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • 2nd FridgeFreezer
        • Big Families

        Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

        Wish we'd bought this one first. Our first "garage" fridge wasn't built for cold New England winters and the freezer section doesn't work in cold temps. The Freezerator is awesome - it handles both hot and cold easily. Drinks are kept frosty on top, and plenty of room for BJ's (warehouse) bulk purchases on the bottom. Plus the kids can get their own popsicles because the freezer is on the bottom. Will probably buy the Chillerator next year.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love this unit

        By Flavocat

        from Palm Beach County, Florida

        About Me Casual Cook

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Shelving
        • Attractive Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garage

          Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

          I bought this, even though it was pricey, because it fit my needs. Some of the older comments were not favorable, but I ignored them. They didn't make sense. I am really glad I bought this. The top part is handy for drinks and most refrigerated items. The freezer is very useful.

          One thing that is strange -- if you open the freezer, close it, and then immediately try to reopen it, the door is very difficult to open. I am told that this is normal operating function.

          If you need a garage freezer with a small refrigerator, buy this.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          what a great product...

          By ocnative1964

          from Canby, OR

          About Me Avid Cook

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Door Shuts Securely
          • Quiet
          • Space For Tall Items

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Big Families
            • Commercial
            • GARAGE BABY
            • Larger Kitchens

            Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

            This has to be the best Garage freezer ever made. I have had this unit going on about 6 months now, and it has worked flawlessly. once the roller feet were attached and the freezer in place (one man job) it was good to go.tons of storage options. and the refer on top is indispensable. we have a large counter depth SxS in the house and the overflow from Costco now has a place. its good looks in the garage are amazing and for those so inclined gladiator has a full line of matching workshop grade shelving/storage units that match this awesome unit.the ONLY complaint i could come up with it the REFER section is a bit cold, but once the unit stabilized the temperature it has been perfect, no freezing, just keep the lettuce away from the blower vent. [...]Finally, being a whirlpool unit (my repairman says if you dont want to see him buy whirlpool made units) I expect a long lasting relationship with this freezer.

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            5.0

            Product & [...] exceeded expectations

            By Nicky D

            from Southern, NJ

            About Me Casual Cook

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Shelving
            • Attractive Design
            • Door Shuts Securely
            • Space For Tall Items

            Cons

            • Found no cons

            Best Uses

            • Freezer and drink space

            Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

            If you are looking for a stand alone freezer with the added benefit of some refrigerator space for beverages, this is the product for you. We keep it in the garage. We love it.

            It's the only product we found that had more freezer than frig space. It's looks great in the garage too.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Product was delivered promptly and in great condition. All packing material was taken away.
            Delivery driver was professional, courteous, and very good.

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            5.0

            Great Product.

            By peter

            from Marana

            About Me Casual Cook

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Door Shuts Securely
            • Space For Tall Items

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

                [...]

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great concept. Could be executed better.

                By TM7289

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Casual Cook

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Door Shuts Securely

                Cons

                • noisy
                • Not energy efficient

                Best Uses

                • Big Families
                • Garage

                Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

                Having the majority of the space as a freezer while still having a fridge is a great concept. Haven't seen anybody else do this and it meets our needs. Based on some of the breakdown stories I bought the 4 year extended warranty. So far it's working well.

                A few cons:
                1) the fan is veryy loud (I can actually hear it in the adjacent bedroom). So the garage is the only place you'll be using this.
                2) It's not very energy efficient (listed as 770KWh per year).
                3) The fridge shelf is not height adjustable.
                4) The "tread plate" design is not real tread plate (minor item but I was still a bit disappointed).
                For a fridge at this price you'd expect at least the noise and energy efficiency to be taken care of.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect Freezer for Garage

                By Roger

                from Ohio

                About Me Casual Cook

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Shelving
                • Attractive Design
                • Door Shuts Securely
                • Lot's of room
                • Moves Easy
                • Space For Tall Items

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Big Families
                  • Extra refrigerator
                  • Handy for small family to
                  • Need extra freezer space

                  Comments about Gladiator Garageworks Convertible Graphite Freezer:

                  This is one of the best purchases I've made in awhile..So far it works great... Wish I would have bought it ten years ago. Very handy because you can move it very easily for garage clean up.We use the top part as a extra refrigerator... Works out great when milk and other things are on sale... We can stock up on pop and keep it cold. Lot's of room in top and bottom... We got it so we could buy extras and stay stocked up. We have a side by side in the house and never had enough room after a trip to [...] or [...].. You can hear the freezer run....It's not real loud, but I think that part will come in handy is case I trip a breaker and don't realize it... It's on a line with out side lights and might not notice right away... I can't hear it run in the house only if I'm in the garage. It looks very cool in garage.. Ordered it one day and had it sitting in the garage on the forth day.... I would highly recommend this freezer.... Great if you have no room in the house for freezer. Much easier go out to attached garage then up and down steps to the basement....

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Was delivered right on time in perfect condition.

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