I have to say, with appliances in general, one cant go wrong with Kenmore in terms of quality and price. Kenmore's compact regriderator is not an exception either. I used this when I was living for several months at a time at a motel. The motel actually supplied me with one. This is a quiet unit. I dont even remember it being in my room at night as the room was so quiet. How does it work in terms of keeping one's food cold? Well, it does that very well. I havent had an issue with my food going bad or growing mildew on it (and i even eat my food slowly so some foods are in the fridge for a month and nothing has gone bad on me). It is compact so one cant really put much in terms of milk cartons or 2L bottle soda. I wish it was a tad bigger. I dont know why these companies make either a huge fridge or a small 'college' fridge like this (nothing in between). Anyway, I rant on that, this is a great fridge for the money and does its job very well. Design basic fridge. nothing extraordinary.