Mini fridges are good for more than just dorm use. You […]
Mini fridges are good for more than just dorm use. You can put one under your desk at work, in your bedroom, in the rec room, or in the nursery to hold milk and medicine. Like full-sized refrigerators, mini fridges vary in their capacity, door style, and other features.
Mini fridges come in all cubic foot capacities, but the 1.5 to 1.7 range is ideal for dorms and offices because of their size and the fact that they don't use much electricity. This size fits more than enough cans of soda plus items on shelves. A separate freezer space is rare at this size, but not impossible to find. Check with your dorm to see what size mini fridges they accept, because you may be able to use a larger version, such as a 2.4-cubic-foot model. Many mini fridges over three cubic feet will have separate freezer space.
A deep door means that it's designed to hold many items, such as half-gallon jugs of milk or juice. Narrow doors will likely hold a few 12-ounce cans of soda. Decide what you most want to store in the fridge to choose your preferred door design.
Most models of mini fridges have reversible door options. That means you can put the fridge anywhere in a room without limitations, making access to your fridge much easier. It may be tricky to change the door, but there are directions in the manual or online on how to switch the door.
There are stainless steel, black, and vibrant-colored mini fridges to match your personality and decor. Some mini fridges come in retro colors, such as red, blue, or green. Others may combine a black body and stainless steel door.
The tiniest mini fridges of one cubic foot or less store a can or a bottle or two of soda and cost around $34 to $50. More traditional mini fridges with about 1.7-cubic-foot capacity, ideal for dorm rooms or to place under office desks, run about $84 to $120. Fridges that are 2.4 to 3.3 cubic feet run from $120 to $144, with some models that include a separate top freezer running as high as $220.