Category Archives: Undercounter


Haier HNSE05 Review

Haier HNSE05The Haier HNSE05 refrigerator is a counter-high model with 4.6 cubic ft of space. At around $160, it’s one of the cheaper mini-fridge models available. The feature set on the Haier HNSE05 is fairly standard: Energy Star rated, adjustable glass shelving, large door bins, small freezer section & can dispenser on the door. It is available in white, black (HNSE05BB) and stainless steel (HNSE05SS). As with most of these compact refrigerators, the freezer section is definitely small – just large enough for a few ice trays.

Because of the low price, it’s hard to rag on the Haier HNSE05 too much. However, it does have some design flaws I need to mention. For one thing, I don’t think the space is used to its highest potential. The top shelf is so small next to the freezer, it can only hold something very small. The freezer door seems to jamb up with ice fairly often as well. Also, a fair amount of users had trouble with the HNSE05 breaking down not long after purchasing it. So, while I appreciate cheaper appliances in a lot of cases, I can’t say I fully recommend the  Haier HNSE05 model. I’m giving it a 3.5/5 star rating.


KitchenAid Architect Series II Undercounter Refrigerator

KitchenAid Undercounter RefrigeratorThe KitchenAid Architect Series II undercounter refrigerator is a smaller unit, which stands just 24″ tall. The KitchenAid Architect Series II undercounter fridge works great in satellite kitchens, the bar area, dorm rooms or just about anywhere you don’t have a lot of space. The interior is a fairly spacious 5.7 square ft. The standard version has a stainless steel exterior. However, you can purchase a wood paneling exterior to better match your cabinets. There is also a 2 drawer variation, which is a pretty innovative design. The drawers almost make it look like a small filing cabinet.

Although the KitchenAid Architect Series II undercounter refrigerator is a spectacular unit (not to mention energy star compliant), it’s still on the very high-end as far as price goes. Depending on the model and style you want, it can range from $1,100 – $1,800. So, I can’t say this unit is for everyone. But, if you’re looking for a high-end undercounter refrigerator – and can afford the price – you’ll definitely want to check this one out.