Not all homes are roomy enough for most appliances. Thankfully though, there are many space-saving ideas today that you can apply for your abode. One is to choose smaller versions of common appliances like the mini fridge. We are glad that the mini fridge is a reality—this is a nice addition to any dorm room, small apartment, studio, the garage, home office and even your own bedroom. For the best in mini fridges today, just take a look at our samples.
- What are the different types of mini fridges?
Answer: There are different kinds of mini fridges and they are the following; the compact refrigerator, which is a standalone unit or positioned straight into a cabinet or pantry, the all-refrigerator which works for both food and drink, the mini fridge with freezer made with freezer space which fits ice cube trays or frozen meals, the mini fridge with microwave, the beverage center; designed to store drinks only and novelty mini fridges; these are devices designed to look like the fridges of old.
- What factors should I consider when choosing mini fridges?
Answer: First, you need to consider the size; mini fridge sizes range from 11 to 36 inches. Then you need to factor in the height; height begins at 10-20 inches to 50-60 inches. Depth for this device ranges from 0-10 to 30-40 inches. Capacities for miniature fridges also vary; it starts at 0.5 with 20-25 cubic ft. being the biggest. Check the features you want in the fridge as well—see if you want something that comes with a freezer, a microwave, designed for drinks only and the like. There are also ADA-compliant models and ones with Energy Star rating as well if you are keen on reducing electricity costs.
- How often should a mini fridge get cleaned?
Answer: You should clean your mini fridge on a weekly basis. Setting aside a few minutes of your time to clean and wipe down your fridge means a cleaner area for storing your food and beverage. Avoid contamination and bacterial/mold growth through regular cleanups; this will guarantee that your food will not only remain clean and edible, your health will be protected against germs as well.
Our Top Picks
Haier HC27SF22RB 2.7 Cubic Feet Refrigerator/Freezer
- Includes half-width freezer space
- 2 full-width wire shelves
- Features a flat-back design
- Manual defrosting model
The Haier HC27SF22RB compact fridge model is not only wallet-friendly; it also comes with two full-width interior shelves, a half-width freezer compartment, a space-saving flat-back design and adjustable leveling legs and thermostat. The freezer is the high point of this model since you can store ice on it (through its ice cube tray) and frozen meals/snacks. Very handy for dorm rooms, the garage, the study, the bedroom and smaller apartments. It is roomy enough to accommodate a good mount of food and bev but still compact enough to be concealed beneath your desk.
AstroAI Mini Fridge
- Has Cool-to-Warm features
- 4-liter capacity
- Includes AC/DC adapters
- Certified by CE, FCC, ETL and RoHS
AstroAI Mini Fridge makes cooling and warming fridge items a breeze for users; it cools down to 32 degrees F and warms up to 150 degrees F. It fits most corners and desks, but the capacity it presents is sufficient for many beverage containers, food items and even skin care products. The fridge includes detachable shelves too and operates quietly at 25 db. Comes in a great range of colors to suit your home’s interiors from standard neutrals like black and white to brighter ones like pink and blue.
Uber Appliance UB-CH1 Uber Chill Mini Fridge
- 4-liter mini fridge
- Includes AC/DC adapter and 12V cigarette lighter cable
- Has warming and cooling functions
- Retro fridge style
Now if you want something kitschy and has a decorative flair, you will be interested in the design of the Uber Appliance UB-CH1 Uber Chill Mini Fridge. It has the aesthetics of refrigerators from the past and it comes in several colors from plain black to a brighter red. Whether you want your edibles kept warm or cool, this little fridge model has the options to do those things. It plugs on any home outlet and it also works on 12 volt-vehicle cigarette lighters thus it makes for a handy fridge during road trips.
HomeLabs Mini Fridge
- Takes minimal space
- Adjustable temperature control
- Stylish design
- Organized, ample storage
For college students who love making their own food, the HomeLabs Mini Fridge will be your best friend. It comes with 3 temperature modes (Max, Med and Min) and it can be adjusted using the thermostat knob. Storage options include a section for keeping food items like butter and condiments plus sufficient room for bottles or cans of beverage. The modern, stylish look of this mini fridge holds its own as well.
Midea 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator
- Sleek stainless steel looks
- 32F-50F internal temperature
- 11.2F-5F freezer temperature
- Energy Star certification
One of the best in mini fridges today is the Midea 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator. With this on hand, you don’t need to rely on convenience stores or your dorm’s shared fridge anymore. It has temperatures which can take care of your frozen goods plus a nice range of helpful components like glass shelves, a crisper drawer, interior light and a reversible door. Adjustable legs make for extra convenience while a good choice of colors mean you can get something that fits your home or dorm room’s interiors. Another plus is its Energy Star certification.
BLACK+DECKER BCRK25B Compact Refrigerator
- Full-width glass shelves
- Full-width door shelves
- Adjustable thermostat control
- Energy Star certification
Another Energy Star in this list is the BLACK+DECKER BCRK25B. This one is already outfitted with adjustable temperature controls to keep all food and bev items in optional condition. While it does not contain an interior light, it does feature a bigger door that can contain a gallon-sized case plus a convenient dispenser for canned products.
Having a mini fridge is the best way to cut space around your home. The mini fridge is not only functional, it also gives any room a very organized and sleek look. Select the best candidate in this list today.