The 9 Best Mini Fridges of 2020

Your snack stash has found a new home

Image shows an office scene with two people at their desks. There are three mini fridges pictured: black and decker, chefman, and midea

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In an ideal world, we’d all be able to pop out of the office to grab lunch at a set time every day. There’d be no interference, no phone calls, high-priority e-mails, and no unexpected emergencies to keep us planted at our desks while our stomachs growl. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in most offices.

You'll need a mini fridge to stash your meal-time goodies, beverages, and a few hold-you-over snacks. But mini fridges come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and not all are particularly “mini.” Others sacrifice efficiency and features for their diminutive size. What to do? Try one of our best mini fridges.

Best Overall: Danby Designer DCR044A2BDD Compact Refrigerator

The Danby Designer DCR044A2BDD might be a little too large for really small office spaces, but it’s still compact and it offers a lot, including superior adjustable shelving, eight can holders, tall bottle storage, as well as a freezer, too. The freezer area runs the full width of the fridge. There’s even an egg tray built into the door and a slide-out tray under the freezer area. The Danby Designer has all the perks of a “real” fridge in a more compact size.

It’s suitable if you have a lot of employees and everyone is trying to tuck their sandwiches and drinks into the same place. This small refrigerator offers a capacity of 4.4 cubic feet, but it’s only about 32 inches high, just shy of three feet. It should fit nicely under larger tables if you want to keep it out of sight.

Best All-in-One: Black + Decker BCRK25B Compact Refrigerator

This mini fridge has the same must-have features that many others offer, but it has them all in one place. You don’t have to pick and choose between freezer space or adjustable temperature control — the Black + Decker Compact Refrigerator has both. It also has two, full-width glass shelves, as well as door shelves, an ice cube tray, and a reversible door, so it will situate just about anywhere. The back is flat, so you can push it right up to a wall and the fridge has little legs to help stabilize it.

All this is packed into just 2.5 cubic feet, and it’s only a little over two feet tall, so it’s easily tucked beneath a desk. This Black + Decker mini fridge is also Energy Star certified.

Best for Versatility: Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer

Cooluli’s Electric Cooler and Warmer helps keep your food warm if you don’t want to use it as a fridge. The next time you come back from a lunch run with a hot burger only to get immediately sidetracked before you can enjoy it, just pop it in the “fridge” — after turning the control to warm, of course.

We like this mini fridge because it’s so adaptable — you can power it with either a USB adapter with a 2A power bank or with an AC/DC adapter. A USB cord is also included. And it’s particularly compact at about 10 inches high.

Best Desktop Fridge: Chefman Portable Personal Fridge

Chefman’s Personal Fridge is extremely popular for its portability. This mini fridge isn’t limited to being tucked into a corner of the office and it doesn’t require floor space. Yes, it’s that small — it’s pretty much a desktop model — but it can still hold up to 12 cans of soda (or beer for Friday happy hours) and the shelves are removable if you want to store something bigger, too.

This compact fridge wins when it comes to versatility. It can either warm (leftovers from lunch) or cool whatever you place inside. All you have to do is flip a switch to tell it what you want it to do. It doesn’t use Freon, which appeals to some buyers.

Best for Simplicity: Magic Chef MCAR320B2 Refrigerator

Magic Chef offers a simpler, compact refrigerator, although it’s not necessarily much smaller at about 33 inches high and 3.2 cubic feet. It can be a good fit for an office that just wants the basics: a fridge to keep things cool with no freezer to take up interior space.

That’s not to say that the Magic Chef mini fridge isn’t without its bells and whistles. This one also has a reversible door, and it can sit flush against the wall — nothing protrudes from the back to make it infringe on your floor space any more than is necessary.

Best for Odd Spaces: Midea WHD-113FB1 Double Door Mini Fridge

Midea is another well-known name in mini fridges, and at 2.2 cubic feet, this one is small enough to fit just about anywhere. Adjustable legs help to accommodate tight squeezes, and its reversible double doors are a nice touch that sets this fridge apart. And, even if you have the perfect spot for it but the door won’t open there, you can just take it off and put it back on the other way.

Despite its compact size, this Midea model also has a freezer space and a vegetable drawer. The temperatures of both the fridge and the freezer are adjustable, and it has an Energy Star rating, so it won’t kill the office electric bill.

Best for Beverages: EdgeStar Cold Beverage Cooler

Who has time to eat? If your office is more concerned with keeping beverage cans cold, consider the EdgeStar Beverage Cooler. It has space for up to 103, 12-ounce cans and five 750 mL bottles. It’s not tiny, however, even though it’s designed for just one primary purpose. It also still stands close to three feet high.

The door is glass so you can easily see how much or how little is left stocked inside. And, of course, there’s no rule that says you can’t put anything but beverages in there, as the chrome shelves are removable. The high power compressor will keep whatever you place inside cool. And, you can even thwart thieves away because EdgeStar’s Beverage Holder is lockable.

Best Value: Insignia 2.6 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge

Insignia 2.6 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge

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Get good bang for your buck with this Insignia mini fridge. At just 2.6 cubic feet, the compact fridge is perfect for storing beverages, fruit, and other snacks. The three glass shelves offer enough space for you and your co-workers, while a can rack helps keep drinks organized and easy to reach. Its adjustable thermostat allows you to toggle the temperature between 32 and 39.2 degrees. The fridge is already small, but its back fits flush with the wall to optimize office space. Keep in mind that its size isn't meant to hold larger lunches or meals, but for almost half the price of other mini fridges, it's worth sacrificing a bit of fridge space.

Best for Style: Daewoo FR-044RCNM Retro Compact Refrigerator

While style may not be the most important factor when looking for a mini fridge, it's hard to resist the retro look of the Daewoo Compact Refridgerator. Perfect for adding some color in an office, the mini fridge is available in Mint, Red, City Blue, White, and Cream Beige. Beyond looks, it delivers great functionality, too — the 22.8 x 19.2 x 36.1-inch fridge features LED lighting, a wire bin, a fresh food drawer, a two-liter bottle rack, and a top table design, allowing you to place drinking glasses and dishes on the fridge. You can even get a matching microwave for more classic touches. The compact refrigerator is energy star-certified.