A mini-fridge offers you flexibility, space-saving cold-food storage, and safety. Who wants to share a community fridge with a bunch of people in the dorm, or office? Choosing the right machine for your needs is pretty simple.
Are you looking for the perfect tiny mini-fridge, just enough for your personal use, or a larger one for your office needs? Whether you are shopping for your new college student or your home office, we found the best mini-fridge for you.
At a glance
- The best: Danby Designer 3.3 Cubic Feet Refrigerator
- The best tiny minifridge: Midea WHS-65L Compact Fridge
- The best dorm minifridge: HomeLabs minifridge
- The best office minifridge: Black+Decker BCRK25B
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 will 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 minifridges, and the Danby Designer is a 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 ice cubes, you can upgrade to one of Danby’s dual-compartment fridges.
The best tiny minifridge
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 accommodate 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.
The best dorm minifridge
Why should you buy this: It’s a great and very versatile fridge that’s perfect for dorms…or anywhere else.
Who’s it for: People shopping for a dorm fridge, those looking for a great basement fridge, etc.
Why we picked the HomeLabs minifridge:
Those looking for an excellent dorm fridge will find everything they need in this 3.3 cubic foot refrigerator, which offers surprisingly complete features for such a compact model. Temperature controls can adjust between Maximum, Medium, and Minimum depending on what you need (or turned off when not in use), but it’s the interior of this fridge that really impresses.
The main compartment is divided by three glass shelves to create individual storage sections for different foods, but if you have larger items, you can remove the shelves if necessary. The door also has its own shelves for storing snacks, and a great can holder section that’s perfect for whole canned beverages for easy withdrawal. There’s a tiny freezer section on the top — about the right size for a small frozen pizza. In addition to all this, it’s also a very affordable fridge, making it easier to fit into dorm budgets (you can also write on the stainless steel door with a marker for notes and other messages).
The best office minifridge
Who should buy this: Thirsty office workers who hate the lunchroom.
Who’s it for: Employees who want a handy fridge that fits under their desk or anywhere else
Why we picked the Black+Decker BCRK25B:
The office is a great place for a minifridge if the lunchroom fridge is too full — or too, uh, problematic. But finding just the right fridge for your desk can be a challenge: This Black+Decker fridge is an ideal solution! In one compact frame it offers a full-width freezer compartment that includes an ice cube tray, two glass shelves for the refrigerator compartment, and two full-width door shelves with special spots that can fit a 2-liter bottle and a stack of cans. That’s a lot of space, and all in a fridge that’s a bit under 27 inches and can fit under the average office desk if there’s enough clear space.
You can control the fridge with an adjustable thermostat, and even adjust the legs if it starts to wobble. The door is also reversible, which makes it easier to find the right spot for this model. It’s also Energy Star rated, which should be comforting for an office worried about how much power an employee refrigerator is using up. Speaking of this, make sure to get permission before putting this model in! If you are looking for a whole-office fridge for a more flexible organization, then you may want to check out the affordable and classy 3.1 cubic foot Bossin fridge.
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 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 minifridge, 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 plan to place your new appliance. Minifridges 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 minifridge. Do you
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