Based on our extensive testing and research, our pick for the best mini fridge is the because it’s a quality unit that provides storage for a variety of foods and beverages of different sizes. Plus, it’s also a reasonably-priced mini fridge. If the Danby isn’t your ideal mini fridge and you want something smaller, we’ve also included our pick for the best tiny fridge. Looking for something a bit larger? We’ve included our pick for the best bigger mini fridge. If you’re looking for a high-tech appliance, we’ve included our pick for the best smart mini fridge as well.
At a glance
- The best: Danby Designer 3.3 Cubic Feet Refrigerator
- The best tiny mini fridge: Midea WHS-65L Compact Fridge
- The best bigger mini fridge: Frigidaire 4.5 cubic foot compact refrigerator
- The best smart mini fridge: Bud E-Fridge
Danby Designer 3.3 Cubic Feet Refrigerator
Why you should buy this: The Danby Designer Compact All Refrigerator makes the most of its size with a unique shelving system.
Who’s it for: People moving into dorm rooms and small apartments would appreciate this small appliance.
Why we picked the Danby Designer 3.3 Cubic Feet Refrigerator:
If you’ve been shopping for a compact fridge, you’ve probably seen the name Danby. This company offers a variety of high-quality mini fridges, and the Danby Designer is prime example of one.
This compact fridge, which comes in a variety of colors, utilizes on-door storage and a unique “Canstor” shelving system to give you the storage space for a wide-range of beverage sizes, including large two-liter bottles and 12-ounce cans. This beverage storage does cut into the main compartment a little, but the fridge’s three adjustable shelves are still wide enough for most products.
There is no freezer compartment on this fridge, hence the name “All Refrigerator.” For us, this is a good thing. The freezer compartments on most compact fridges are too small to be worthwhile. Still, if you want the ability to make your own ice cubes, you can upgrade to one of Danby’s dual-compartment fridges.
Midea WHS-65L Compact Fridge
The best tiny mini fridge
Why you should buy this: The Midea WHS-65L is the smallest fridge on this list, but its low price and quality build make it a worthwhile purchase.
Who’s it for: Need to have a cold beverage in reach at all times? This 1.1 cubic foot fridge fits just about anywhere you need it.
Why we picked the Midea WHS-65L Compact Fridge:
Limited on space? Like, really limited on space? The Midea WHS-65L is only about 18 inches tall and 19 inches wide, making it small enough to fit on a kitchen counter or under a desk.
Despite its small size, you can still fit a good amount inside. The fridge can easily fit a case of soda (if you place the cans in individually), and the shelf space is designed to accommodate a two-liter bottle.
This appliance also squeezes in a small freezer compartment. Of course, the freezer isn’t good for much. It’s only a few inches wide and can’t hold much more than a few ice cubes. Still, if you’re using this fridge as a convenient beverage cooler to save you a trip back and forth from your main fridge, you might find the freezer worthwhile.
Frigidaire 4.5 cubic foot compact refrigerator
The best bigger mini fridge
Why should you buy this: Frigidaire’s 4.5 cubic foot compact refrigerator offers ample size and a full-width freezer.
Who’s it for: Anyone looking for a fully functioning refrigerator in a small package.
Why we picked the Frigidaire 4.5 cubic foot compact refrigerator:
This offering from Frigidaire has all the features of a full-size refrigerator packed into 4.5 cubic foot box. There’s a serviceable freezer, adjustable shelves, and a can dispenser. This mini fridge even has a vegetable crisper.
Of course, you’ll have to pay a little extra for this premium appliance. We found the price tag justifiable, however, as this Frigidaire is the only appliance on this list that has the potential to serve as a main refrigerator. It may not be the first option to satisfy your cooling needs, but if you’re living in a dorm room or a micro apartment and have limited kitchen space, this fridge is more than adequate.
The best smart mini fridge
Who should buy this: Bud Light’s mini-fridge may advertise its logo on the side, but it also has a bit of cool factor and some useful smart technology.
Who’s it for: Beer drinkers (or soda drinkers) who fear the day they will run out of beverages.
Why we picked the Bud-E Fridge:
We get it. The Bud-E Fridge is a marketing gimmick to get people to buy more Bud Light. But it’s also really cool. Since it can be used with any brand of beer (or soda), it seems like an appropriate addition to this list.
This Budweiser-sanctioned product holds 78 cans. How do we know? Because the fridge told us. The Bud-E Fridge keeps track of your can count in real time, so every time you remove or add a beer, the number on the side of the fridge will change. Now, that might not sound like a very useful feature (can’t you just open the fridge and take a brief optical survey?), but it makes a little more sense with the fridge’s connected app. Now, when you’re coming home and find yourself curious as to how many beers you have the night’s game, all you have to do is check your app to see if you need to go to the store.
Unfortunately, this fridge is only available in California.
How we test
A good refrigerator has to do a lot more than just keep stuff cold. At Digital Trends, we try to look at our fridges from a variety of angles. How fast will they cool a beverage? How much energy do they use? Are they noisy? Do they have an interesting or unique features? Are they affordable? Are they a good value for the price?
While we’re frequently blown away by some of the smart tech that gets integrated into home appliances, we try to do our reviews from the point of view of a consumer. We compare our picks to other top models on the market to make sure that not only are they good products, but they justify their price.
You can read more about how we test our refrigerators here.
Things to consider
If you’re in the market for a mini fridge, you probably have an idea of how much space you have available. Will it go under the counter or in the dorm room? If you don’t know how much space you need, go ahead and measure where you’re planning to place your new appliance. Mini fridges come in a wide-range of sizes. You can get everything from a tiny 18-inch cube to fridges offering more than four cubic feet. Once you figure out the type of capacity you’re looking for, you can start zeroing in on the various features you want in your fridge. You’ll also want to check out if the unit needs to be freestanding before you install it under a counter.
The most important choice you’ll probably have to make, other than size, is whether or not you want a freezer. While it might seem nice to have a built-in freezer, keep in mind that any space you devote to a freezer is less space you have for refrigeration.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to review your eating habits before you buy a mini fridge. Do you buy a lot of two-liter bottles or gallons of milk? Look for a fridge with some added storage space on the door. Make sure the shelves have enough space (width and height) to fit your needs. Will you use your fridge more for leftovers or do you like to cook? You might want to get a fridge with a fresh veggie crisper.