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Compact Refrigerators Have Graduated from Dorms—Here’s What You Need to Know!

From freeing up your main refrigerator to stocking up on local craft beer and seasonal wine, compact refrigerators are the small kitchen appliance you probably didn’t know you needed. While similar small appliances such kegerators, wine coolers, and beverage centers are specifically designed for drink storage, compact refrigerators offer extra refrigeration space for just about anything you would store in a regular refrigerator. From leftovers to food items that might need their own space, mini fridges are a great option for buyers who want the flexibility of standard refrigeration with a compact design.

Where Can I Use a Compact Fridge?

If portability is a factor, then shop traditional freestanding compact fridges that can be placed virtually anywhere: under the counter, the countertop, a kitchen cart, inside a pantry, the patio and even an equipped RV.

High-end designer models—such as compact drawer refrigerators or built-in mini fridges—require a dedicated space with specific dimensions. As always, the golden rule before buying an appliance is measure your space, measure again, then buy. Still unsure? Contact our experts! They’ll be glad to fill you in on what you need for proper measurements.

Keep Your Mini Fridge from Becoming a Monster Utility Bill

While Consumer Reports shows some standard 4.4 cu. ft. mini fridges costs just $27 to run annually, not all compact refrigerators are the same. The good news is options such as ENERGY STAR-qualified mini fridges keep compact refrigerator energy costs from rising. Here are a few extra tips to ensure things stay icy and not pricey.

  • Place your mini fridge in a cooler spot, preferably one that is not enclosed so it doesn’t trap heat and drive up energy use.
  • ractice regular maintenance of coils, gaskets, and door seals for optimal cooling efficiency.

Small Doesn’t Have to Mean Skimpy Features

Don’t let yourself be sold on the idea smaller design means sacrifice. In fact, mini fridge sizes often rely on innovative food storage solutions to provide maximum efficiency and usability, such as:

  • Built-in door storage makes for easy grab-and-go of your favorite beverages without crowding valuable interior space.
  • Can racks and wine shelves are not just ample, but also keep bottles and cans safely stored

Skinny mini fridges offer separate freezer and refrigerator storage and organization just like a traditional refrigerator. The small footprint makes them great in media rooms, home theaters, and apartments.

Higher-end models also tout temperature settings for everything from deli and produce, to perfectly chilled reds, whites, and rosés.

Ready to Browse?

Start by looking through our catalog online to find a compact refrigerator in the style and size that works with your home! If you’re still considering, check out our complete guide to refrigeration shopping where you can compare all the refrigerator appliances Albert Lee carries from small-size to family-size.