U-Line compact refrigeration has been a leader in their industry since 1962. At the outset, under the auspices of founder, Henry Uihlein Sr, the company developed and patented the first undercounter residential ice maker. Less than a decade later, in 1971, they introduced the first undercounter Combo Model ice maker and refrigerator which is able to sustain two temperature zones in the same cabinet using only one compressor. The technology now provides the ability to maintain a certain living standard in dorms and tiny houses. Always committed to environmentalism, in 1993, during the ozone hole crisis, U-Line became the first North American appliance manufacturer to eliminate chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from their insulation. This was more than two years ahead of the US government’s mandate.
For over five decades, U-Line has been a shining beacon of American ingenuity. From their inception up to the present day, all of their products are designed, engineered, and assembled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Let’s take a look at two examples of why U-Line compact refrigeration has been able to exceed expectations.
U-Line Compact Refrigeration: U1224RFINT00B 24-Inch Built-In Counter-Depth Panel-Ready Compact Refrigerator
This diminutive refrigerator, from U-Line’s 1000 Series, is perfect for an artist’s studio or a high-end guest bedroom. Though relatively small, the interior is surprisingly spacious. The refrigerator compartment has a 4.2 cu ft capacity, which can hold up to 114 12 oz cans and the freezer has a 1.5 cu ft of space, enough for a few frozen meals and a couple of pints of ice cream.
U-Line’s passive cooling system uses coils condenser and evaporator coils on the rear of the unit. This eliminates the need for a fan to circulate air. Fewer moving parts means less chance for malfunction. It also affords more efficient performance despite being able to preserve a 34-45 degree F temperature in the fridge and a 0-5 degree F temperature in the freezer.
This model can be freestanding with a separately sold kit. However, its default installation configuration is to be built in. It’s also panel-ready to blend seamlessly into surrounding cabinetry or closets.
The undercounter ice maker is the innovation that launched U-Line. This one’s updated, of course. Behind the handsomely sleek stainless steel door is an absolute workhorse of a machine. Able to store up to 30 lbs of ice, it’s also capable of producing up to 90 lbs in a 24-hour period, more than enough for an all-night soiree. The ice it releases are pellets which are cylindrical and compressed, measuring approximately 3/4-inch by 1/2-inch. This is the most efficient ice to produce, which explains the unit’s impressive output. You can also choose from five ice density settings.
You’ll have the perfect pellets whether you want a lighter ice for a quick refreshing drink or ice that melts slower to savor something like a peaty single malt scotch. This model also features a convenient internal water dispenser so you’ll be able to quench your thirst with a single appliance. Both the water and ice are filtered by the unit for complete freshness and purity.
This ice maker takes every aspect of ergonomics into account. It can be installed as a built-in or freestanding unit so whether you want to place it in the corner of a dining room or under the counter of a home bar, the choice is yours. Four adjustable leveling legs are useful if you’re putting this in an unfinished basement or on the floor of an older house that’s settled just a bit. The doors are field reversible for easy pairing with U-Line compact refrigerators or beverage centers. After a certain amount of ice production cycles, the unit’s bright LED display will notify you when you need to clean the storage cavity.
Once you’ve had this U-Line ice maker in your home, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.