10 Best Mini Fridges and Small Refrigerators 2018 (Refreshed)

(Last updated on 31 May, 2018)                                                                                                                  

Desktop screen, a small refrigerator and a cabinet

Selecting the best mini fridge is sometimes confusing.

Or is it? 

The above statement is true especially when you are looking for a small refrigerator that will both fit your budget and needs.

Whichever model you choose don't forget to check the UL certification and energy rating. Also, if you buy a dorm refrigerator, get a door lock for your fridge.

To help you find a good quality mini fridge, Here you will find the best small refrigerators for your home, dorm, kitchen, bedroom, travel or office use. 

But before we get started with the mini fridge reviews, here is a quick list with specifications.

S.no.

Refrigerator

Best for

Feature

Capacity

​Estimated yearly energy cost

Dimensions (WxHxD inches)


​1.

Danby DAR033A1BBUD2 Budweiser with black cabinet

Home

​Low consumption Led lights

3.3 Cubic feet

  $26

17.7 x 33.1 x 20.1

​2.

Midea Whs 65 L- best selling Mini Fridge

Dorm, Office

​Reversible door, Adjustable legs

1.6 Cubic Feet

  $​25

19.4 x 18.6 x 17.7 

​3.

Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board Home Refrigerator

​Kitchen

​Erase board refrigerator with neon marker

3.2 Cubic Feet

  $27

18.25 x 33.25 x 20          

​4.

Chefman Personal compact mini fridge

Outdoor, Home, Dorm, office

Highly-portable and eco-friendly

0.14 Cubic Feet

Not Found

7 x 10 x 9.5 

​5.

Danby designer ​DAR026A1BDD-3- Perfect dorm fridge

​Dorm

​Perfect size compact fridge

2.6 Cubic Feet 

  $30

​20.1 x 17.7 x 27 

​6.

Daewoo FR044RCNM Best Retro Refrigerator

Home, Dorm

​Retro design and effective cooling

4.4 Cubic Feet

  $27

19.2 x 36.1 x 22.8  

​7.

Keystone KSTRC312CB Compact 2-Door Refrigerator

Dorm, Office

​Space-friendly model

3.1 Cubic Feet

  $32 

18.5 x 33.25 x 20

​​8.

Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer- Best budget​ mini fridge

All places

Multipurpose (Travel and desktop-fridge)

0.14 Cubic Feet 

​Not found

7.7  x 10.5 x 10.2

​9.

Marshall MF 4.4-NA- high capacity ​bar fridge

Home, Dorm

​Authentic Marshall logo and powerful cooling

4.4 Cubic Feet

  $30

20.25 x 32 x 22.25

​10.

Haier HCR17W mini Refrigerator

Dorm, Bedroom

​Simple dorm refrigerator

1.7 Cubic Feet

  $24

18.88 x 17.88 x 19.38

Best Mini fridges- Quick Overview

How much does a mini fridge costs?

Quick things to know about dorm refrigerator

small refrigerators

Danby DAR033A1BBUD2 BUDWEISER- Well-designed freezerless refrigerator

Tricolor (blue, red and white) small refrigerator

Danby Budweiser has an interior refrigerator with the capacity of 3.3 cubic feet. This model is also available in for as low as- 1.4 cubic feet and as high as- 4.4 cubic feet.

A good-quality mini fridge will generously cost you from $200-400. However, Budweiser is available for less than $150. This budget is perfect; especially when compared to the additional features.

Worktop of this small refrigerators has an additional safety layer for making it scratch proof. LED is embedded in the centermost part instead of the sidewall of refrigerator ceiling. This arrangement of LED helps maintain the brightness with lesser energy consumption. It can hold 52 beer cans and two beer bottles and has a reversible door, so you could decide which way your door swings.

Only thing that’s missing is the freezer box. It does chill beers, but don’t expect too much as cooling is limited. It would be a perfect choice if you love English beer. Nevertheless, it might not be the best for extreme chilling purpose.   

Interior shelves are made of stainless steel and not of glass, meaning you can put bulky weighing items. You can re-adjust the compartment space of this mini fridge as the shelves are adjustable.

                                        Pros:

  • Freezerless refrigerator cooling system for faster chilling
  • Well-equipped fridge door for carrying 14 cans and 2 bottles in one go.
  • Scratch proof layer is supported with multicolored design

                          Cons:

  • Light source is absent in 3.2 cubic feet model of this brand

Midea WhS-65LB1- Best Budget Unit for dorm and bedroom  

black color mini fridge


WHS 65LB1 is a stainless steel finish with a space-friendly interior refrigerator compartment. Door space is well managed for putting bottles and cans. This mini fridge is best for those who are looking for an inexpensive mini fridge with active cooling. However, freezer cools a bit lower than other models. It might not be a good option if you are thinking to make ice cubes. 

WHS 65LB1 has adjustable legs and reversible door. Talking about the working, you might notice a bit of humming sound during the time of excessive cooling (which is normal). While it’s a cheap dorm fridge, you do need to miss out on door lock

I recommend this refrigerator for those who want to chill drinks or store food items. Mechanical temperature adjustment offers a good range, you can alter the temperature to as low as -2 degree Celsius making your drinks to chill fast. There are fewer-to-no issues with this model and there is a one year warranty, so you don’t need to be skeptical about this unit.

                                        Pros:

  • Budget friendly fridge with a stainless steel design.
  • dual side door opening makes it easier to put the refrigerator anywhere.  
  • Refrigerator compartment is well-organised for storing food items. 

                          Cons:

  • Freezer output is limited, i.e. not good for making ice cubes

Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board- Best Small Home Refrigerator 


Black color medium sized refrigerator

Texas-based Igloo is known for creating different refrigerators with fancy features.

Igloo FR326M has a writable front door with dry erase board. Best thing about dry erase boards is that they are easy to clean and remains usable for years. You can use the front board for writing messages, dropping quick notes, drawing a cartoon, or listing essential items to bring from the supermarket.

This Igloo refrigerator is UL certified (safe to use) and has a cord of around 5 ft. The adjustable thermostat helps maintain an optimum fridge temperature. It can efficiently create ice cubes, and the refrigerator's back area does not generate too much noise (but yes, it does generate some decibels).

With a reversible door, put this exquisite mini fridge on either side of the table and it will open without colliding with your furniture. IGLOO FR326M is available in black and white color as well. Talking about the compressor, it does the cooling job effectively. This refrigerator came out in 2013, but is still popular in 2018.

This fridge is not a good option for dorm, bedroom or office (because of the noise), however, it’s a fine choice for kitchen, thanks to its efficient compressor system.

                                        Pros:

  • Dry erase front door could be used for drawing or reminders. 
  • Adjustable thermostat is there for ensuring the effective cooling
  • can store microwaved food 

                          Cons:

  • Compressor is bit noisy at times

Chefman compact mini fridge- Best Multi-Purpose Personal Refrigerator

                Best personal cooler      

Chefman is a good personal fridge for keeping your cans cold, however, if you are buying it for storing breast milk, you might be disappointed as the cooling is limited. I was confused between Uber Chill and Chefman, but latter won the battle in nick of time. It is an ideal mini fridge with portability that allows you to use it anywhere from home to office. Chefman is the #3 best selling mini fridge on Amazon.

Chefman refrigerator could carry six 12 oz. soda cans in one go, so you could get instant access to child drinks. It can be used for storing quick snacks, drinks and medicines. You can literally use it anywhere, i.e. in home, dorm, office, travel, rec room or camping.

This mini fridge is compatible with both the AC and DC, and could be easily connected to your car plug. Interior part of the Chefman refrigerator contains removable shelf making it customizable and cool.

While you can use it for both cooling and heating purpose, heating is more efficient in this unit as compared to other desktop fridges. Chefman is a freon-free cooler, which makes it safe to be used in outdoor area. This personal mini fridge also offers you with a one year warranty and additional Chefman-club recipes.

Bottom line-You can get this 0.14 cubic feet mini fridge if you want a low-budget personal refrigerator that can just cool drinks (not make it chilled) and store snacks. But if you want a mini fridge that is really cold and provides high chilling; you might want to skip this one

                                        Pros:

  • Smallest portable refrigerator
  • 6-cans Carrying capacity
  • Can work on both AC and DC

                          Cons:

  • Not the best choice for excessive cooling

Danby Designer DAR026A1BDD-3- Perfect compact refrigerator for dorm and bedroom (TOP PICK)

Black color mini fridge

I have already mentioned the 4.4 cu ft version of this model. That said, Danby designer is specifically designed for dorm rooms.

Danby designer dorm fridge is a budget friendly product with good quality design. There is no door lock on this unit but, you can always get an additional refrigerator door lock for that. However, if door lock is one of the features you don't want to miss, go for Danby DAR044A6PDB unit instead.

Danby designer is available in multiple sizes, but 2.6 cu ft is the optimum for dorm rooms. DAR026A1BDD has 8-can holders integrated in the door. With around 253kwh yearly energy consumption, it would be good for those looking for compact fridges that charges low electricity bill. 

DAR026A1BDD-3 is a compressor refrigerator, which ensures powerful cooling and low power consumption. It is energy star rated, which by the way, is essential for refrigerators. There is a holder with 2-cans-capacity above the bottle storage in the door. So, you can in total store 10 cans in this dorm refrigerator. Worktop is scratch resistant and shelves are adjustable. There is a good amount of extra space below the lowest shelf for storing fruits.

                                        Pros:

  • Spacious refrigerator interior with adjustable shelves
  • Door can hold up to 10 cans and one tall bottle
  • Energy star rated  

                          Cons:

  • ​Refrigerator exterior is not fancy
  • Door lock is absent

Daewoo Retro FR044RCNM - Most elegant compact refrigerator

Daewoo retro mini fridge is one of a kind, the robust features, and elegant aesthetic just wins the game. Mint green color Daewoo refrigerator is a vintage-inspired aesthetic design with a spacious interior. It’s a duo of retro-styled look with standardized and practical features that will provide an all-around kitchen solution. You can just go for this mini fridge if your budget is generous.

Unlike other mini fridges, temperature control is more swift and precise via soft dial, which is why it offers quick cooling.

There are three different door bins. The first is a mutli-keeper (name of the storage bin) with transparent covering shelf. The upper part of this shelf is wired for putting canned food.

The next bin is for keeping bottles. Third bin is designed for storing chocolate and protein bars.

Full width freezer compartment has great cooling power. The shelf is adjustable providing you with more interior space. Fresh keeper drawer can be used for storing food and vegetables.

The CFC-free design gives you access to every part of the mini fridge interior. The exterior is made with state of the art high-quality metal. About the lifeline of Daewoo fridge, I found negligible complaints about the cooling system.

If you would love to spend a one-time buck for an elegant looking table-top refrigerator with robust features, then Daewoo FR044RCNM is for you.

                                        Pros:

  • ​Elegantly designed LED
  • Spacious and practically crafted interior
  • Retro style doors gives it a great look

                          Cons:

  • ​Smaller size of this model is less available 

Keystone KSTRC312CB- Best Mini Fridge for Office Use

Black color small refrigerator

Keystone KSTRC312CB is a simplistic mini fridge for kitchen, office and dorm rooms. The interior customization is great; there is door storage in the top mount freezer area in addition to lower area space for bottles and cans. The lower storage of the door has wiring to keep the stored items sturdy. You could put multiple cans in the front door space and still have space to place the bottles in it.

Fruits and veggie crisper drawer is a great addition to this small refrigerator. The overall cooling is powerful, but freezer needs to be set at its maximum power for freezing effectively.

Front door is reversible and the thermostat is adjustable, but the working isn’t quiet, you could notice white noise when set to work on maximum power. This top-mount refrigerator is integrated with LED light; nevertheless, the unit still has low power consumption, thanks to the energy star rating.

                                        Pros:

  • Well-equipped refrigerator interior with fast cooling
  • Spacious front door 
  • Low power consumption

                          Cons:

  • Freezer efficiency is limited  

Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer- Best Mini Fridge for Outdoor Usage

blue and white color mini fridge blue and white color mini fridge with open door

Cooluli mini fridge is undoubtedly the best personal refrigerator for desktop users, travel enthusiasts and camping lovers, dorm students and of course, home.

It shows swift working in both the cooling as well as heating. Unlike, other personal fridge, it will actually chill your cans. On the other hand, it rapidly changes from cooling to heating mode; makes it good for crisping chips.

The shelf is removable, so you can either store a sandwich on the lower area and drinks on the upper, or just remove the wire shelf and put up-to-6 beverage cans.

Cooluli is a portable, light-weight mini fridge of around 4 pounds, so its good for outdoor use. This refrigerator has a thermoelectric system which works without Freon meaning it environment friendly (and the system doesn’t through-away extensive heat from the back area).

Simply put, Cooluli mini fridge is made for keeping beverages and other groceries cold during your trip, or chilling the cans in office.

                                        Pros:

  • Portable and lightweight 
  • Freon-free, environment friendly cooling system
  • Available in 4 different colors

                          Cons:

  • Need a short turn-off-break every few weeks 

Marshall MF 4.4 - Authentic Bar Fridge for Musicians (Editor's Choice)

marshal mini fridge

Marshall amp fridge is popular mainly because of the design and performance. Marshall 4.4 mini fridge is embedded with authentic logo and knobs to give you a feel of legendary JCM800 head while chilling your drinks.

It has adjustable tempered glass shelf for ensuring longer shelf-lifeline. Low decibel compressor ensures the quite working (one of the main reason for why I added it on my best mini fridges list).

Amazingly spacious marshal compact fridge can cool up to 124-liter beverages without any cooling problem- it’s cooling system is reliable and optimum. You can put the beer bottles, and it will chill within few minutes. Interestingly, the freezer of this mini fridge is much more potent than other mini fridges and boasts efficient freezing.

Marshall mini fridge is available in 3.3 and 4.4 cubic feet model. The 4.4 models is more spacious and can carry 36 small cans, 18 large cans, 28 beer bottles and 8 wine bottles. Amplifiers of this bar fridge aren't real but, they do offer an authentic look to the fridge and it’s surely a treat for the music lovers.

Both the part of marshall mini fridge, i.e. refrigerator and freezer are temperature adjustable and their doors are reversible. If you are a guitarist, then you will definitely love this bar fridge.

                                        Pros:

  • Authentic marshal design
  • 120V high-power refrigerator with low decibel compressor for noiseless cooling
  • Easy-to-adjust temperature and highly chilling refrigerator

                          Cons:

  • Water dispenser is missing

Haier HCR17W- Simplistic Fridge For Dorms and Small Offices

haier (company) white mini fridge

Haier HCR17W is an old, simple yet good quality dorm fridge.

This mini fridge has full-width removable wire shelf, but the lower part is already spacious, so you might not need to slide it out.

Cooling system is efficient and you can precisely change temperature via the adjustable thermostat. Front door is provided with adequate storage space. Half width freezer compartment can be used for storing ice cube. It’s a simple, budget-friendly dorm fridge and you won’t get an integrated key lock on this unit.

Again, if door lock is your main concern, go for Edgestar CRF150SS fridge/freezer convertible refrigerator. It is has door lock, but the capacity 1.1 cubic feet (which is 1.7 cubic feet in haier HCR17W) and no additional door storage. Alternatively, you can also get a door lock.

Getting back to the haier mini fridge review, the entire structure is designed such that you will have more space than other mini fridges of the same capacity. For instance, the back is flat, and freezer is made half-width for storing ice cream bars.

                                        Pros:

  • Multiple sizes are available with optimum prices 
  • Spacious interior helps with easy storage 
  • High-performance compressor components are present in bigger models.

                          Cons:

  • Models above 3.0 cubic feet could become bit noisy at times

Additional suggestion (for those who want to buy a beverage fridge)

Personal Reviews from real users

10 Things to look for when buying a mini fridge-

How to buy the best mini fridge INFOGRAPHICS

How to decide the best mini fridge to buy?

If you have researched enough you must know the consideration to take into account when looking for the best small refrigerator. You need to look for portability, dimensions, cooling and carrying capacity. Here are some of the generous tips to help you buy it online. 

Select a budget

Find out the purpose of buying your refrigerator and your budget. For instance, if you are buying a fridge for just cooling drinks $500 wouldn’t be worth spending.

If you directly enter the refrigerator marketplace without deciding your budget, you will certainly end up perplexed about your buying decision, in that case, you will just keep increasing some bucks for superior features, but there ain’t any ending to this. Instead of this, calculate your savings and budget standard and adhere to it.

Check your Space

Know the dimensions of your refrigerator including the width, length and depth. If you are looking for a table-top fridge, dimensions won’t be necessary. Nevertheless, it’s important to take the measurements when you already have a cabinet to put it in.

Always choose a brand

Most of the problems including a unorganized interior, noisy compressor or slower cooling are already managed when you go for a bigger brand. Selecting a reputable brand refrigerator is a smart move that will save you from a lot of hassle. 

Also, high-quality brands have increased resale value which means you can get the most bangs for your buck! Here are some of the most reputable brands for buying a small sized refrigerator.

  • Danby
  • Midea
  • Daewoo
  • Igloo  
  • Haier

And that’s it!

Now that you know about the things to look for you are ready to go buy your own mini refrigerator. There are some good fits listed above to meet your requirements. If you want an elegant piece with a retro design, you can go for Daewoo mini fridge; however, if you always forget the things to bring, you just need an Igloo Erase board mini refrigerator. 

Not sure which mini fridge is the best fit for you? let me know in the comment section.

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My purpose for creating this site is to help users to- find and select the right refrigerator. I’m an appliance expert (had my own appliance store a while ago). I have so far reviewed best performing small refrigerators, counter fridges and wine coolers as well. I hope my content helped you make a decision. Feel free to get in touch via contact form if you are facing problem in finding the right fridge for you.

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