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The Best Mini Fridges for Every Need

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From dorm rooms to offices, bedrooms to barrooms, the humble mini fridge has many homes. Models range in size from less than 1 cubic foot — just large enough to stash a six-pack of beverages or medication that requires refrigeration — to larger than 3 or 4 cubic feet, some with separate freezer units. Whatever your needs, these compact refrigerators will help you keep your food and beverages cool and at hand.


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AstroAI 4L Mini Fridge
Amazon

AstroAI 4L Mini Fridge

$46 from Amazon

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A small, portable thermoelectric cooler/warmer like this Amazon bestseller is ideal for the bathroom or bedroom, where it can be used to stash a couple beverages, medication, or cosmetics. With a carry handle and a 12-volt power adaptor, the AstroAI can also go from car to outdoor picnic, keeping cooked foods warm or refrigerated goodies cool (though not ice cold, as some owners note). The 4-liter capacity is just large enough for a six-pack. 


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Cooluli 10L Mini Fridge
Amazon

Cooluli 10L Mini Fridge

$80 from Amazon  

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Larger thermoelectric mini fridges like this one do the same thing smaller units like the AstroAI do — they just offer more interior space for foods, meds, makeup, and so on. Cooluli's 10- and 15-liter-capacity portable mini fridges can cool and warm, switching from AC to DC power by swapping the cord for the 12-volt adapter. They're available in seven colors, including two eye-popping patterns.


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Frigidaire EFR176-RED Retro Bar Fridge
Amazon

Frigidaire EFR176-RED Retro Bar Fridge

$160 from Amazon

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Black, white, and stainless steel are all fine finishes for a mini fridge, but who says a compact refrigerator can't be colorful and fun? A retro-style mini fridge like this 1.6-cubic-foot one from Frididaire is large enough to stash both beverages and food, with room for a 2-liter soda bottle in the door, plus a tiny freezer unit that is just big enough for an equally tiny ice cube tray, and a bottle opener on the exterior side wall. This fridge is also available in aqua ($104).

RCA RFR322 Single Door Mini Fridge
Amazon

RCA RFR322 Single Door Mini Fridge

$190 and up from Amazon

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With a capacity of 3.2 cubic feet and a sub-$200 price, this RCA mini fridge is cheaper than some compact refrigerators with less capacity. It's got the usual features — reversible door, adjustable wire shelving, and a can-dispenser in the door — and is available in more than a half-dozen finishes (including a very vivid lime green). 


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Magic Chef Two-Door Mini Fridge
The Home Depot

Magic Chef Two-Door Mini Fridge

$178 from Home Depot

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With a dedicated freezer section that has a separate, sealed door, this 4.5-cubic-foot compact refrigerator is one of the few that could find a place in a small vacation condo or studio apartment. This Home Depot top-seller is also — on a sheer dollar-to-cubic-inch basis — the best bargain in our mini fridge roundup. There are three adjustable wire shelves, a see-thru produce drawer, and room in the reversible door for a 2-liter soda bottle plus a six-can dispenser. Available in white, black, and stainless finishes.

Black+Decker BCRK25B Mini Fridge
Lowe's

Black+Decker BCRK25B Mini Fridge

$201 from Lowe's

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A 2.5-cubic-foot compact refrigerator like this model is big enough to keep food and drink for more than one person. Owners say the adjustable thermostat does a great job of keeping items cold, although the freezer section isn't substantial enough to keep foods like ice cream frozen solid. The door is large enough to hold a 2-liter bottle of soda, plus there's a can dispenser that can hold five 12-ounce cans. The two glass shelves can be removed for cleaning, and the refrigerator door is reversible.


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Midea WHD-113FB1 Compact Refrigerator
Amazon

Midea WHD-113FB1 Compact Refrigerator

$235 and up from Amazon

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This 3.1-cubic-foot Midea gets positive marks from owners and professional reviewers alike, in part because it's one of the few with a separate (and functional) freezer section. Buyers say the freezer actually keeps foods frozen solid, a big plus, and the refrigerated section does its job commendably. There's also a separate see-thru drawer for stashing fruits and veggies, and room in the door to stash a 2-liter bottle and six 12-ounce cans. Available in black, white, and stainless finishes, this mini fridge has removable glass shelves and reversible doors.

HomeLabs Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler
Amazon

HomeLabs Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler

$375 from Amazon 

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At the far end of the price spectrum is this 3.2-cubic-foot HomeLabs compact beverage refrigerator. It's designed for home bars or anywhere where you want to keep up to 120 12-ounce cans cold and ready for drinking (you could also use it as a wine cooler). Buyers say the digital thermostat is easy to read and to operate, keeping drinks reliably cold. Unlike some cheaper mini fridges, most owners say this one is relatively quiet when operating, although some dislike the fact that the interior LED stays on all the time and can't be turned off. 


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