also known as compact refrigerators, are fantastic editions
to a college dorm room, office, hotel room, and even sometimes
are used as make-shift outdoor units. It is
safety hazard to attempt to use Mini Refrigerators which are not
certified for outdoor
use as outdoor refrigerators, and
should not be attempted.
There is no doubt
that in a financial pinch or emergency situation a mini refrigerator could temporarily
replace a full size unit. Its all really a question of
personal needs and means.
Many units such as the one
shown here do offer the ability to make ice and freeze small
amounts of food. Many others also have handy compartments
for quickly cooling bottles or glasses.
Most often the
freezer and refrigerator compartments of a mini
refrigerator are integrated into
one unit. For a little
extra though, you can get a mini fridge that has two separated
with two doors. This generally protects food from odors
better than a one unit type deal.
The average overall
storage space for a mini fridge is between 2 and 6.5 square
Other types of important features
to look for in a mini refrigerator are auto
defrost (to prevent
freezer burn), child proof doors, tall
bottle storage, quality of finish, interior light, and digital
Side Notes for Mini Refrigerator:
Safety concerns should be taken into
consideration before attempting to use a standard mini
refrigerator as an outdoor unit. Outdoor units are
best guarded specially against shocks resulting from
water contact, such as rain or pool water. The UL
company sets the safety standards for outdoor
refrigerator units are best used indoors, for
storing beverages, for an indoor bar unit, or to create
extra storage space apart from the main refrigerator in
Mini or compact refrigerators are also
widely used as an extra convenience to be able to
quickly grab drinks from a television area, rather than
having to make an entire trip into the kitchen.
Even though mini refrigerators are generally
cheaper than larger models, this does not mean
that it is a good idea to rush a purchase before the
appropriate research has been done. Personal needs
versus features and price should be taken into
If an ice maker is required, don't
take it for granted that all models include one.
Mini, or compact refrigerators can be extremely
useful mainly as items of convenience in the
home. Many people use them to place either in
their television room or their bedroom in order to save
a trip to the kitchen to grab a beverage. It has
in certain cases even been expressed as a massive help.
Another feature which may add to this convenience
factor, particular in a mini-bar, or under the bar
scenario is tall bottle storage which is included in the
door. Often this feature alone will seem to open
the storage space of the mini-refrigerator. It can
be a fantastic benefit.
Don't be afraid to ask a store or manufacturer
questions before making a purchase. Increased
education and product knowledge will always help in
making better decisions.