Three Things To Know Before You Buy a Mini Fridge

Compact fridges come in a variety of purpose-built designs. Here’s a look at three of the most popular.

From garages to wet bars to college dorm rooms, miniature refrigerators have become a ubiquitous appliance thanks to their compact design and utility. Which style is right for you? That all depends on what—and how much—you need to keep cool.

For Tight Spaces

This 19.7-inch-tall unit is equally at home under a counter or desk as it is in a dorm room. BLACK+DECKER

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Standard mini refrigerators consist mainly of fridge space—both in the main compartment and in the door—but also offer a small freezer for frozen goods. Need to stash a couple emergency ice cream sandwiches? This is your huckleberry.

For Happy Hour

This is designed specifically for keeping liquids cold and shouldn’t be used for fresh foods like meats and produce. hOmeLabs

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Sometimes, all you need is a refrigerator for beverages, and there are several models designed explicitly for this purpose. Typically, they come with a glass door so you can peruse the drink options prior to opening the unit.


Its versatile charging system and size make it perfect for use on the road. Cooluli

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If you’re in need of a fridge for keeping things cool on the go, consider a super-compact design that runs on AC/DC power like any mini refrigerator, but also features a USB cord for use in a vehicle. These units are great for things like breast milk, insulin, and medications that need to be kept cool on long road trips.