Many rent-to-own companies, including Rent-a-Center, offer rental refrigerators. With these companies, the rental price applies to the purchase price, and once the contract is complete, the fridge becomes property of the renter. Short-term rentals are available through party rental stores.
As of 2015, Rent-a-Center offers refrigerators ranging from 18 to 22 cubic feet. Its refrigerators include name brands such as Amana and Whirlpool. Models are available in top freezer, side-by-side and French door units with a slide-out bottom freezer drawer. The company requires no credit check and offers free delivery of the refrigerator.
Sears also offers a refrigerator rental program for consumers. While called a rental program, the system works much like a layaway program but allows the buyer to take the refrigerator home after the first payment. To keep the unit, he must make subsequent payments every two weeks. The buyer pays off the unit in five months, but Sears offers a discount for completing the contract in one to three months, with the interest rated depending on the number of payments the buyer chooses for the rental agreement.
If one is looking to rent a refrigerator for a short-term event, party rental stores such as AAA Rental Systems in Chicago offer refrigerators from a small dorm-sized unit to a three-door glass display unit.