8 Questions To Ask before Purchasing a Mini Fridge

So, you’re looking for somewhere to store your favorite wine, soda or bottle of beer? Look no further because mini fridges are the perfect solution.

mini fridge fitted inside a modern kitchen

Here are some questions and answers to help you choose the best mini fridge for your needs. The drink of your choice will be crisp, cool and ready to drink down in no time.

What beverages are you storing?

Will you be primarily cooling beer, wine, other drinks or a bit of everything?

If you’re storing one particular item, you might want to check the temperature range of the fridge you’re choosing to make sure it can reach the optimum for that beverage, whether it’s two degrees or 10. Also check out what’s the right temperature for your fridge.

You’ll also want to think about size. If you’re going to store wine bottles, you’ll likely need a bit more space than a small mini bar fridge that’s better suited to beers.

If you’re also planning to store foods, you’ll likely need a bit bigger space and check out tall or two door mini fridges with freezers.

haier tall fridge Danby 2 Door Compact Refrigerator

Mini fridges come in all sizes. Fridges vary from those with a 5 litre capacity to those with a 95 litre capacity.

Some fridges are better for storing food. For instance a table top fridge can be a practical addition to any kitchen, as can a larger under counter fridge. Other mini fridges are much smaller and only really designed to cool drinks and milk rather than store food and meats.

Does your fridge’s appearance matter to you?

Mini fridges come in many shapes, colours and styles.

Koolatron KWC-4 Cocacola personal 6 can mini fridge Danby DAR017A2BDD mini fridge Danby 2 Door Compact Refrigerator 1.7cf black mini fridge with items inside

Glass door mini fridges, for example, are great if you want to be able to see the beverages you’re storing with ease, however if you want a sleek and stylish fridge that blends with the rest of your decor, you may prefer a solid door that comes with different colors to fit your kitchen or guest room.

Where will your fridge be installed?

Would you like your mini fridge to be indoors, outdoors, in the kitchen or study?

There’s a lot of mini fridge with different styles and sizes to cater to your needs, wherever you need it.

Are you concerned with energy efficiency?

Different mini fridges come with different levels of energy efficiency – some will use more power than others.

Think about your own personal preferences and look into a model’s level of energy efficiency if this is something important to you.

Are you concerned with noise?

If noise is a concern then it is wise to find out how noisy each fridge is before buying it. Some run silently but really they will still make a small amount of noise. This is important if you are looking for a fridge to install in a room that will cater visitors or customers.

What size of mini fridge do you need?

Will it fit your kitchen or dorm room?

Always check the measurements before you buy a mini fridge.  If you are buying one to fit in a storage room, what are the maximum measurements you can it accommodate? We have listed the types of mini fridges from our previous post, How to Choose Your First Mini Fridge.

Please be reminded that all fridges may require ventilation around it too.

Do you need a regular fridge or a thermoelectric fridge?

A thermoelectric fridge is capable of cooling dairy products such as milk and butter and drinks. The cool system is based on a variable temperature so it is not recommended for meats.

If you want a fridge to store meats and other foods then we would recommend a real refrigerator and avoid the thermoelectric ones. Alternatively if you only want to cool certain items of food or drink every now and then, a thermoelectric fridge will fit the bill.

Do you need a specialist fridge?

This is an important point to note if you want to buy a fridge for a particular purpose. For example wine fridges are designed to keep bottles of white wine at the perfect temperature to preserve the taste.

Danby Designer Mini Beer Fridge

Danby Designer Mini Beer Fridge

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NewAir- AW 181 E Wine Fridge

NewAir- AW 181 E Wine Fridge

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You can also get beer fridges ideal for keeping bottles and cans in. They are themed according to some of the most popular beers. Alternatively you could buy a generic drinks fridge to cater for wine, beer and soft drinks.

Once you’ve thought about these questions, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect mini fridge for all your favorite beverages.


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