The 8 Best Mini Fridges of 2019
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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 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.
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 glass shelves — two of them and full width — 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 in to just 2.5 cubic feet, and it’s only a little over two feet tall, so it’s easily tucked beneath a desk. It’s also Energy Star certified.
The Danby Designer DCR044A2 might be a little too large for really small office spaces, but it’s still little 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 — it’s not a little, tucked-in afterthought. 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. The Designer 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.
Midea is another well-known name in little 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 really nice touch that sets this fridge apart. What if you have the perfect spot for it but the door won’t open if you place it there? Not a problem. 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.
Haier’s model also comes with an adjustable thermostat, a freezer and an ice cube tray. And it’s particularly short, just a little over 27 inches high. It will tuck circumspectly under most desks, not to mention breakroom tables if the breakroom is a little short on space. It weighs just 42 pounds, so it’s moveable without killing your back or enlisting the help of multiple coworkers.
The shelves are full-width and made of wire, not heavy glass, but you don’t have to worry about them holding the weight of your beverages because the door accommodates up to two two-liter bottles. There’s even some room left over for cans.
Magic Chef’s contribution to our list is a simpler 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. Why spend more on a model that’s loaded with things you don’t need and might not ever use except for the occasional office party?
That’s not to say that the Magic Chef MCAR320B2 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.
Chefman’s Compact Personal Fridge is extremely popular for it’s portability. This 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 tuck something a little larger in there as well.
This fridge has it all over the others 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.
Cooluli’s Electric Cooler and Warmer also extends into warming up or keeping warm whatever you place inside 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 one because it’s so adaptable — literally. You can power it with either a USB adapter with a 2A power bank or with an AC/DC adapter. A USB cord is included. And it’s particularly compact, about 10 inches high. You won’t have to figure out where in the office you’re going to squeeze it.
Who has time to eat? If your office is more concerned with keeping beverage cans cold, consider the EdgeStar Beverage Holder. It has space for up to 103 12-ounce cans and five 750 mL bottles. It’s not tiny, even though it’s designed for just one primary purpose. It 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. The chrome shelves are removable. The high power compressor will keep whatever you place inside cold. And if you have a soda thief in your office, breathe a sigh of relief. You can easily thwart him or her because EdgeStar’s Beverage Holder is lockable.