Top Refrigerators for Tiny House RVs

Photo of Tumbleweed Elm-18 Equator with a Edgestar 2.3 cubic ft. Refrigerator 

In continuation of our "Top Appliances for Tiny House RVs" blog series, this week we are going to focus on our recommendations for chilling your leftovers - a.k.a, the fridge! Click here for our post on "Top Laundry Units" and here for "Top Manufactured Composting Toilets." So let's get started. Grab a beverage, because we are serving up some food for thought! 

In our Ready-Made Tiny House RVs we prefer to use one of the first two options on this list, depending on the size requested by our costumer. Our build team at The Shed Yard has tested these units for quality and energy consumption. Both of our recommended refrigerators are more energy efficient that the majority of models on the market today, which is a valuable factor to consider when shopping for tiny home appliances.

1). Edgestar - Model # CRF320SS

Photo of Tumbleweed Elm-18 Equator with a Edgestar 2.3 cubic ft. Refrigerator

  • Retail: $229.00 (as of 8/22/2014)
  • Size: 3.1 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 33 1/2" H x 19" W x 19 3/4" D
  • Weight: 57 lbs.
  • Power: 115 V/ 75 W/ 0.64 A
  • Separate refrigerator and freezer compartments 

2). Avanti - Model # RA7316PST

Photo of Tumbleweed Cypress-24 Equator with Avanti 7.4 cubic ft. Refrigerator

  • Retail: $449 (as of 8/22/2014)
  • Size: 7.4 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 56" H x 21.5" W x 23" D
  • Weight: 92 lbs.
  • Input Voltage: 110 V/60 Hz
  • Separate refrigerator and freezer compartments


Those are our two favorites! Below are a few more compact options used by tiny house RV owners.

3). Dometic - Model# 2354

  • Retail: $749 (as of 8/22/2014)
  • Size: 3 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 29-3/4" H x 20-1/2" W x 21-3/8" D
  • Weight: 71 lbs.
  • Power: 3-Way (12V DC/110V AC/LP Gas) *
  • Separate refrigerator and freezer compartments

*Propane power allows for off-grid usage

Photo credit: Dometic


4). Danby - Model # DAR195BL

  • Retail: $139.99 (as of 8/22/2014)
  • Size: 1.8 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 19.7" H x 17.5" W x 19.6" D
  • Weight: 48 lbs.
  • Power: 90 W/1.2 A 
  • No freezer 
  • Photo credit: Compact Appliance




    5). Chest Refrigerator - Multiple Models & Manufacturers 

    Art's Chest Refrigerator / photo credit: Tiny Sip House

    It's difficult to detail the specs on this particular option, as there are so many varieties of chest refrigerators. Tumbleweed Workshop presenter Art Cormier's tiny home RV is outfitted with a Dometic chest refrigerator (pictured above). He has also cleverly secured a cutting board to the top lid, effectively hiding the unit.

    Art's Tiny Kitchen / photo credit: Tiny Sip House

    As always, we hope this list if helpful. If you have any recommendations of your own, please comment below!

    Check back soon for more Tumbleweed appliance recommendations.



    Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. As soon as their build is complete, they will travel around North America with their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. Click here for more info on their tiny house and giant journey.



      Top Laundry Units for Tiny Homes

      Tumbleweed Cypress-24 with EdgeStar Washer/Dryer Combo

      One of the most frequently asked questions regarding tiny home living is: Can I do laundry in a tiny home? The answer is: Yes! There are many units available and elements to consider, such as: space requirements, load capacity, weight, portability, automatic vs. manual, ventilation, power consumption, and budget. 

      When our customers request an automatic laundry machine for their Tumbleweed, we always provide them with a combination washer/dryer. This is because combo units are compact enough for tiny home living without sacrificing the quality and convenience of a standard automatic machine.  

      Dave Fisher, our Tumbleweed builder, researched and tested many combination washer/dryers for our House-To-Gos. Below we'd like to share the two combination units we recommend and use.  

      1). LG - Model # WM3455HW

      LG Washer/Dryer Combo
      • Retail: $1,435.00 (as of 8/8/2014)
      • Size: 2.3 cubic ft. / Dimensions: 33.5" H x 24" W x 25.25" D
      • Weight: 159 lbs.
      • Ventless
      • 15 lb wash capacity
      • 9 lb dry capacity
      • Highly energy- and water-efficient
      • Nine (9) washing cycles / Six (6) drying cycles
      • Five (5) temperature levels
      • Also comes in silver  

      Photo credit: Compact Appliance

       2). EdgeStar - Model # CWD1510S 

      EdgeStar Washer/Dryer Combo
      • Retail: $949.00 (as of 8/8/2014)
      • Size: 2.0 cubic ft.  / Dimensions: 33 1/6" H x 23 7/16" W x 23 1/2" D 
      • Weight: 188 lbs.
      • Ventless
      • 15 lbs. wash capacity
      • 7.71 lbs. dry capacity
      • Seven (7) wash cycles
      • Three (3) wash/rinse temperatures / Five (5) spin speeds
      • Also comes in white  

      Photo creditCompact Appliance


      If automatic laundry is not for you, below are three zero electricity options commonly used in tiny homes.

      3). The Wonder Wash

       Wonder Wash

      • Retail: $42.95 (as of 8/8/2014)
      • Size:  12" x 12" x 16"
      • Weight: Less than 6 lbs empty
      • Wash capacity: Approx. 10 T-shirts or 2 pairs of blue jeans
      • Wash time: 1-2 minutes
      • Operation: Crank handle
      • Bonus Video - Watch as Tumbleweed Workshop presenter Art Cormier uses the Wonder Wash



      Photo credit:

      4). The Laundry Pod 

      Laundry Pod
      • Retail: $99.95 (as of 8/8/2014)
      • Size: 14.45" x 14.02" x 13.55"
      • Weight: 6.5 lbs empty
      • Wash capacity:  Approx. 10 regular articles of clothing
      • Wash time: 1 minute
      • Operation: Crank handle



      Photo credit: 

      5). Scrubba

      *Lightweight travel option. Backpacker friendly.

      • Retail: $54.95 (as of 8/8/2014)
      • Size: When bag is flat - 21.3" x 12.6" 
      • Weight: Less than 5 oz.
      • Wash capacity:  Approx. 2 days worth of summer clothes
      • Wash time: 1-3 minutes
      • Operation: Rubbing against internal wash board 


      Photo credit:


      Jenna Spesard is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. After the build is complete, they plan to travel around North America in their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. More on their tiny house and giant journey here.

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