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There’s nothing like living in a dorm room your freshman year of college. It’s magical in the sense that you’ll meet new people right away, some of whom will become your best friends for life. But, it’s also the most expensive rent you’ll ever pay for a bedroom with a shared bathroom, no kitchen and countless noise complaints.
One way to make your dorm feel more comfortable is to get a mini refrigerator. Because, yes, chilled drinks and snacks can make anyone feel happy and at home. Not to mention your mornings suddenly improving! Think about it. Wake up, and your cold brew is already there, come home late and your chilled snacks are at the ready. Mini refrigerators are an underrated necessity.
If you prefer your mini fridge to stand out as a retro accent piece or want one that’s small enough to fit comfortably on your desk, it exists. If you want to add more storage around your mini refrigerator, you can also check out a mini-fridge cart or cabinet for stashing utensils, dishes, pantry items and more.
Take a look below at the best and most unique mini refrigerators if you’re in the market. You can shop for different styles according to your needs.
- Best bang for your buck: Whirlpool 3.1-Cubic Foot Mini Stainless Steel Refrigerator
- Best minimalist design mini fridge: FRIGIDAIRE 3.2 Cu Ft Retro Compact Premium Mini Fridge
- Best for sitting on a countertop: Cooluli Vibe 15-Liter Portable Mini Fridge
- Best on Amazon: RCA 3.2-Cubic Foot Single Door Mini Fridge With Freezer
- Best “secret” mini fridge: Smart Storage Side Table with Cooling Drawer
- Best retro mini fridge: Galanz 3.1-Cubic Foot Compact Refrigerator
- Best mini fridge that doesn’t look like a mini fridge: Marshall Embossed Retro 3.2-Cubic Foot Mini Fridge
1. Whirlpool 3.1 cu ft Mini Refrigerator Stainless Steel, $165 (Orig. $197.79)
This Whirlpool mini fridge has everything you need: a separate freezer, a cubby for soda cans, a drawer for fruits and veggies and plenty of shelf space. Not only that, but its door is reversible, so you can change which way it opens if you need to, depending on your space.
2. FRIGIDAIRE 3.2 Cu Ft Retro Compact Premium Mini Fridge, $188 (Orig. $210.62)
If you like the look of a vintage mini fridge but want your dorm room to still have a modern vibe, this minimalist design is for you. You can find this FRIGIDAIRE Retro Mini Fridge in a few colors and sizes, but this 3.2-Cube Feet fridge is perfect for holding snacks, drinks, fresh produce and more. It has four shelves on the interior door, a fresh keep drawer, two more shelves inside and a special cooling keeper for extra cold storage.
Unlike a lot of other retro-inspired fridges, this one has a flat-top, so you can store other small appliances on top, like a coffee maker or microwave.
3. Cooluli Vibe 15-Liter Portable Mini Fridge, $99.99
This mini fridge is portable, meaning you can lift its top handle and take it anywhere. But mostly, you’ll want to place it on your desk to stash drinks and snacks (or even skincare if you prefer). It can hold up to 18 standard 12-ounce cans. However, you can also switch it to warming mode for keeping food warm if you need it. The door acts as a whiteboard (markers are sold separately), so you can write yourself reminders, notes or a shopping list.
4. RCA 3.2-Cubic Foot Single Door Mini Fridge With Freezer, $205.66
Amazon shoppers rave about this mini fridge! It comes in nine colors including black, stainless steel, white and an array of neon brights. Inside, there’s a freezer compartment for ice cream, frozen French bread pizzas and a cubby for cans on the inside door of the fridge.
5. Smart Storage Side Table with Cooling Drawer, $799
This next appliance isn’t exactly a mini fridge per se — but it’s so cool. This side table can sit next to your bed or your sofa, but it’s not just a table. It has a cooling drawer for keeping drinks and snacks chilled. It also has built-in speakers, wireless charging for up to two phones at once, LED motion-sensor lighting, two USB outlets and a standard power outlet. It’s a smart side table with a mini fridge-like drawer.
6. Galanz 3.1-Cubic Foot Compact Refrigerator, $330
This is the ultimate retro-looking fridge. It’s like an accent piece rather than an eyesore that sits in the corner of the room. Another plus? It comes with a separate freezer component for stashing plenty of frozen items and a large crisper drawer in the fridge for fresh produce. It also comes in a smaller size, as well as different colors such as black, red and green.
7. Marshall Embossed Retro 3.2-Cubic Foot Mini Fridge, $369.99
For the music lovers out there, this may look like a guitar amp, but don’t be fooled — it’s actually a mini fridge disguised as one. While there’s no included freezer or cooling drawer, there’s plenty of shelving and space inside to stash everything you want to keep cool. The matte black embossed design is just a bonus.
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