Whether you are a student returning to college or an office working sitting at a hot desk, a cheap mini refrigerator could prove to be a useful purchase for you. If you are a student you may need a bit of cool storage in your dorm room to keep a few cans cold or a few snacks fresh, if you are sitting at a desk in summer a couple of cold cans close to hand can help get you through the day in either case an affordable mini refrigerator is a great buy, but you have many choices and picking the best refrigerator for you can be difficult.
If you just need to keep a few cans cool then you are probably best looking for a six pack refrigerator or mini portable refrigerator. These are small, lightweight, less than $60, usually have a carry handle, are plastic cased, don’t have an ice box and can usually hold a six pack and keep them cool at a desk or in a car. The Koolatron KWC-4 is the best selling portable on the market at the moment and comes in fetching red and white livery Mini Fridge 8 Liter AC/DC Portable Beauty Fridge B088CX1YQF.
If you need something more like a standard fridge but a miniaturized version with door storage, interior rack, and an ice box then you are best looking at the Haier HNSB02 1.7 cu ft mini refrigerator. This is the cheapest available at the moment running to $70. The fridge can store a 2 liter bottle and several cans in it’s door compartments whilst also having room for groceries in the main body of the fridge. The ice box is only really useful for creating a handful of ice cubes but is better than nothing.
Whichever cheap mini refrigerator you opt for carefully weigh up how you intend to use it and just how long you need it to last. The Koolatron portable can be useful on car journeys as well as on a desk but does not lend itself well to further use whereas the Haier is less portable but can always be used years later as a second overflow fridge at home. If you like the idea of a mini refrigerator but want something a little bigger than the smallest but not as big as a standard fridge you can find a wide range of fridges in common sizes of 2.4, 2.7, 3.6 and 4.5 cu ft. The larger versions will have bigger door storage and more interior racks making them more useful but increasingly difficult to move around, however you’ll find that price wise there is only a small difference whichever size you opt for.