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.

red Budweiser mini fridge
Mini fridges: not just for storing beer.Photo by Brian Jones on Unsplash

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.

Fridge-Freezer Combo

BLACK+DECKER BCRK17W Compact Refrigerator
This 19.7-inch-tall fridge is equally at home under a counter or desk as it is in a dorm room.BLACK+DECKER

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.

Drinks Only

hOmeLabs Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler
This fridge is design specifically for keeping drinks cold and shouldn’t be used for fresh foods like meats and produce.hOmeLabs

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.

Portable Cooler

Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer
This ultra-compact four-liter design can also serve as a warmer.Cooluli

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.