Whether you work in an office cubicle that’s just a little too far from the break room or you’re a college student looking to upgrade their dorm, a mini fridge is an excellent addition to any space that’s not roomy enough to fit a full-sized refrigerator.
While the market is bursting with options — from mini fridges specifically crafted to hold brewskies to novelty fridges designed like old-school ice boxes — it’s important to keep a few things in mind before you vie for the first mini fridge... that catches your eye.
Chief among these considerations is space. Consider the dimensions of the space in which you’ll be using your mini fridge while also accounting for how much room you’ll need for drinks, munchies, and the like. Dorm rooms tend to have more space, but require more food too. Offices, on the other hand, often offer cubicle occupants less room — but require just a few snacks and beverages rather than full-fledged meals.
With these considerations in mind, here are the best mini fridges to buy right now:
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As it’s name suggests, this mini fridge boasts a compact design — but that doesn’t mean this favorite of man cave captains and office employees alike skimps on storage space for soft drinks, goodies and ingredients for your favorite meals. With 4.4 cubic feet of storage, two and a half shelves, and even a vegetable crisper, Danby’s spotless steel fridge bridges the gap between mini fridge and full-size replacement.
Satisfied buyers love this pint-sized powerhouse for its surprising spaciousness... and convenient size — not to mention its eight can holders, state-of-the-art thermostat and scratch-resistant work-top. Plus, this mini fridge is versatile, fulfilling every customer’s needs whether they’re looking for extra space for their foodie finds (no roommates allowed!) or transitioning between full-sized fridges.
Danby’s mini fridge is just the right size for any dorm room, so college students can store their favorite snacks with ease. Plus, this mini fridge is energy efficient, boasting an energy star rating. That means you can start storing your groceries guilt-free. Hey — you can only live off of instant ramen so many nights a week!
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Investing in a mini fridge doesn’t always mean breaking the bank —especially if you can live without additional features like freezer shelves and vegetable crispers. For those seeking out a basic mini fridge to keep under their desk, look no further than the Midea Compact Single Reversible Door Refrigerator — a little fridge with big value for its reasonable price tag.
While it only features a single adjustable shelf, customers love its performance, the fact that it’s much quieter than the... competition, and how quickly it cools down just about anything you put inside. It boasts just enough space for a few snacks, cans of soda, water bottles, jars, and smaller boxes. That’s a 24 pack of 16.9 oz water bottles’ worth of space according to one reviewer (who provided photo evidence)!
If you’ve ever needed an excuse to hook up your bedroom with a portable pantry to keep all of your favorite munchies in arm’s reach, there’s never been a better time than now — with Midea’s affordable and functional compact mini fridge.
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This mini fridge from Haier, which also happens to boast a half-width freezer compartment complete with ice trays, is a budget-friendly option that brings the quality performance you’d expect from a higher-end model at a fraction of the price. For those looking for a mid-tier mini fridge, Haier’s stainless steel refrigerator/freezer hybrid is the way to go.
Satisfied customers are raving about the size of this mini fridge —specifically, how it’s spacious enough to fit a decent number of beverages... and snacks, yet it fits under most desks with ease. That means you’ll never go hungry (or thirsty) with this sleek appliance at the ready. A 4” by 9” freezer compartment means you can even hold a few frozen meals or delectable desserts so satisfying your sweet tooth is more convenient than ever.
While it’s hard to deny the deal you’ll be scoring by investing in Haier’s mini fridge, a decent number of customers reported minor dents in their orders upon delivery — so be sure to examine your mini fridge carefully once it arrives.
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Sometimes, the niftiest things come in the smallest packages. Such is the case when it comes to Uber Appliance’s six-can mini fridge. With an old-school design that recalls retro-futuristic appliances from yesteryear, this affordable — and adorable — mini fridge is as appealing to the eye as it is to the wallet. But this miniature maestro does more than just chill your drinks. Want to keep a meal warm during that long drive to the family pot luck? Easy — flip the switch on the back of the fridge... to “warm,” and voila! Quick, convenient heat to keep your homemade casserole nice and toasty.
Set it up next to your computer monitor for a cold iced coffee to go with your late-night binge-blogging — or hook it up the morning of your next road trip with the girls. With two ways to power this baby —both AC and DC — there’s no need to dish out extra dough for a converter. And you can even hook it up to your car thanks to the 12V car cigarette lighter cord that comes complimentary with your purchase.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Let’s face it: the office can be a stressful environment. Workplace competition is aggravating enough — nobody wants to deal with in-fighting over the last yogurt in the break room fridge. That’s why a strategically hidden mini fridge, like Igloo’s Compact Fridge, is an absolute must for any office worker with hopes of maintaining their sanity through lunch.
Luckily, Igloo’s compact fridge — measuring 1.6’ by 1.7’ — fits comfortably under most desks, just out of sight from the prying eyes of... hungry coworkers. Plus, it boasts a removable shelf, a small freezer compartment, and compressor cooling technology to keep your drinks chilled and your salad crisp no matter the outside temperature.
But Igloo’s compact fridge doesn’t lose its appeal once the work day comes to a close. While many satisfied users report purchasing this mini fridge to keep their lunch fresh at their respective workplace, new parents also vouch for Igloo’s appliance — and they’re celebrating an unexpected use of the compact fridge: keeping their little ones’ bottles fresh.
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Foodies who dabble in all things outdoorsy are sure to fall in love with Cooluli’s Electric Mini Fridge Cooler and Warmer. Not only is it essential to any dorm, office space, play room or garage-turned-man-cave, but it offers gourmands the unique option to bring their favorite snacks with them on the go.
By boasting a cigarette lighter adapter and a six-foot-long cord, your favorite new appliance can easily fit in the backseat of your vehicle. That makes this versatile mini fridge a must-have... addition to any camping trip or long drive to your family’s next vacation destination. And it’s perfect for truckers who want to take their favorite pick-me-ups on the road with them! But that’s not all this nifty fridge is capable of — in fact, it goes from portable cooler to food warmer with the flip of a switch.
New mothers love it for its advanced temperature regulation technology, allowing them to store milk at optimal temperatures. Likewise, other homeowners praise how well it stores temperature-sensitive medicine. Spacious enough to fit a ton of beverages, a few of your favorite meals, or anything else that needs a blast of warmth or a brisk chill, Cooluli’s Electric Mini Fridge will fulfill your every heating and cooling need.
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There’s a time and a place for chilling leftovers in an expensive, over-the-top mini fridge. But sometimes, all you need is a cold one. Well, Insignia’s sleek, windowed beverage cooler can hold up to 115 of your favorite drinks — so you’re all set when it comes to beating the summer heat with a crisp can of your favorite IPA, cola, or canned iced coffee.
With easy-to-use, touch-sensitive controls that adjust temperature at the tap of a finger, three full shelves, and even an auto-defrost system... that detects excess frost and melts it away, this patented appliance matches high-quality performance with affordability.
Satisfied buyers love loading their Insignia beverage coolers up with everything from sports drinks to ice cold water, making this appliance a necessary component for that empty corner of your home gym. For consumers with a taste for all things brewed, Insignia’s cooler makes an excellent beer fridge worth raving about.
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