Chillin’ on Earth Day with the Gladiator Chillerator

Happy Earth Day everyone! You may have seen this big ol’ fridge on the set of Motorz during the Letterz segment:

It’s not the most energy efficient fridge in the world. It’s a Kenmore 24 cu. ft. fridge/freezer that I bought from Sears nearly 15 years ago. It’s served us well as a primary kitchen fridge for 4 years and then our garage fridge for 11.

Today, coinciding with Earth Day, a replacement showed up from Gladiator GarageWorks! Not only does it match the decor of the rest of the Gladiator GarageWorks cabinets and tool carts, but it’s also going to save us a huge amount of money every month. It’s unknown how much the old fridge cost us per month, but thanks to the Energy Star compliance of the new Chillerator it’s now only going to cost us an estimated $3.50 per month to operate! That’s a lot of extra beer money to fill the fridge!

The new Motorz fridge is a Gladiator GarageWorks 19.0 cu. ft. (also listed at 18.9) Chillerator® Garage Refrigerator. Gladiator GarageWorks is owned by Whirlpool, so this is essentially a Whirlpool fridge. And, just like the rest of the Gladiator products in the Motorz garage studio (featured in the “Extreme Garage Makeover” episode), it’s made extremely well and is shipped with tremendous care.

Right out of the packaging, all I had to do was unbolt the plastic skid feet on the bottom, remove a lot of blue tape and foam, give it a good cleaning, and then plug it in! The fridge opens from the left side by default, and I wanted it to open from the right side (as pictured above with the old monster). Switching the hardware from one side to the other took about 30 minutes and required a socket, a wrench, and a screwdriver.

Like other Gladiator GarageWorks products, the fridge comes with everything you could possibly need–including huge casters with beefy brackets to mount them to the bottom. I opted to not install them because I like the look of how it sits on the floor with its built-in factory casters. But it’s nice to know they are thinking ahead that this is a garage fridge and that owners of it might want to wheel it around like their other modular products. Very cool.

The manual recommended a full 24 hours before putting food into the fridge. I recommend you do that, but I didn’t. First, I’m a very impatient person. Second, the food and beverages I had to move wasn’t a lot and could take a brief cool-down if that actually happened. But third, and coolest (pardon the pun) of all, it only took about an hour (not the stated 24) before the fridge was cool and the freezer was freezing cold!

This is by far the coolest garage fridge you can ask for, especially if you already have other Gladiator GarageWorks products in your garage. It has diamondplate (treadplate) all over the front and just screams “man cave fridge”. It doesn’t come with an ice maker, but who has plumbing in their garage for that? Nobody I know!

For more information on this killer fridge, check out all the information and photos at the Sears website. Just remember Father’s Day is coming up in June… Dad would love this!

More info and to buy: Gladiator GarageWorks 19 cu. ft. Chillerator Garage Refrigerator/Freezer

If you’re looking for something larger than the Chillerator, they have a Freezerator 21 cu. ft. refrigerator/freezer too!

Be sure to check out more photos below, and look for it in future episodes of Motorz TV!


Disclaimer: Gladiator GarageWorks and Sears provided the product mentioned in this article complimentary to Motorz TV (Duke Networks) for promoting it on the show and website.

  1. Chris, Any chance you still have the caster kit you did not install on your chillerator? I bought a closeout at Sears that only has the factory casters. I’d love the 5″ heavy-duty, but the kit itself is impossible to find. Thanks. Kory

  2. Whoa! Gladiator got back to me. They don’t sell a wheel kit for the freezerator, but will sell me all the parts for $300! Ouch. If you change your mind and decide to sell (for less than $300) please hang onto my email and let me know. Thanks.

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