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3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 27, 2021 10:51 PM
       3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 27, 2021 11:29 PM
       3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 28, 2021 8:45 AM
       3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by WMH [NC]) Feb 28, 2021 9:22 AM
       3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 28, 2021 11:12 AM
       3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Barb [MO]) Feb 28, 2021 1:30 PM
       3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by WMH [NC]) Feb 28, 2021 2:39 PM

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3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 27, 2021 10:51 PM

I was reading a one of those "let's cut-and-paste random Reddit posts into an article" about people's memories of their first apartment in NYC, and one person mentioned they used to have a 3-in-1 appliance that was a stove/sink/fridge. I had never heard of that sort of thing before--- so about five seconds on the internet brought up places like


I thought that was really cool, especially for trying to come up with a basic kitchenette in a situation where space is at a premium and your tenant lives a ramen lifestyle?

Obviously, with three-things-in-one, there's a lot of opportunities to go wrong. Has anyone ever tried one of these things? Is it the sort of thing that sounds good, but will probably end up getting replaced in 5-8 years? Or have people actually had a positive experience with such things? --137.118.xx.xxx

3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 27, 2021 11:29 PM

They were called Acme units. A base metal cabinet with a stainless steel top. A small unit had a sink and 2 burners on top with a small refrigerator underneath. The larger units had a sink and 4 burners on top with a frig under neath. They cost year ago between $1,000 to $1800 a unit. --47.155.xx.xxx

3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2021 8:45 AM


I was thinking about it some more. I figured you could get a sink base for about $100, a stretch of countertop for under $50, a prep sink for $150, a double-burner hot plate for $50, and a dorm fridge with freezer for $250. It would be about $600'ish.

Obviously, it's not ideal--- hot plates are banned from dorms for a reason--- but it's still an efficient use of space, and I do like the all-metal-ness of it. But doing things individually would make it easier to replace, so that if the fridge or a stove element went out in six years, you were only out the $x of that component, and not $1500 + freight for a whole new unit.

But it really did strike my fancy. --137.118.xx.xxx

3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2021 9:22 AM

We looked at them for our studios but individually was cheaper and easier and more practical from a repair/replace standpoint.

FWIW, instead of a hot plate, these days we use induction burners. Much safer! Won't stay on without a pan sitting on them, obvious when it is on, etc. You do need the right pans but they are very efficient and cheap these days, too. --50.82.xxx.xxx

3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2021 11:12 AM

Nice. I hadn't heard about induction burners. Like you said, it seems they heat with electromagnetism-- so only magnetic-bottomed cookware will function with it.

More good stuff to read about. Thanks! --137.118.xx.xxx

3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2021 1:30 PM

You can buy a 2 burner stovetop of your preferred type from the bigbox stores. They have induction, electric coil, electric smoothtop, and even gas. Easy to set the stovetop into a counter of your choice, and use a sink of your choice, then put a regular 3 cubic ft refrigerator into the counter under the cooktop (or a 9 cu ft next to it). No need for a custom piece like the Acme one that is difficult and expensive to fix.


3in1 SinkFridgeStove (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 28, 2021 2:39 PM

Deanna, it's what we cook with in our own house. I bought a single burner on Amazon, then another at Walmart, then a double-one at Amazon.

They are great - MUCH more adjustable than electric, more like gas. You can use cast iron pans on them. It does limit your choice of cookware - can't use cheap pans - but long ago a tenant left behind a whole set of induction-ready pans!!!! Didn't know it at the time what a great deal that was for us LOL! And I picked up some good speciality ones (soup pot for instance) at TJ Maxx for cheap.

I will say there is a learning curve at first. --50.82.xxx.xxx

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