A small fridge is any fridge with a capacity of 5.5 cu ft or less. Such a fridge is ideal for someone who would like to keep drinks and food cool but does not have enough space to accommodate a large fridge. College and university students who might have to share dormitory rooms with others can use these fridges to store snacks and drinks. This mini refrigerator will also come in handy while on a camping trip. Here are the different types of mini fridges available in the market today:
Cube Mini Fridge
Cube fridges usually have a capacity of about 1.5 to 2.1 cubic feet and weigh anywhere from 25 to 30 pounds. The good news is these fridges are cheap and you can get one for $100 or less. The downside is they tend to have poor insulation, which means they may not keep drinks and food as cold as conventional fridges. In addition, they are not energy efficient. Nevertheless, a cube fridge will serve you well if you intend to use it for a short period.
This type of fridge is slightly larger than a cube mini and will have a capacity ranging from 2.5 to 3.2 cubic feet. Furthermore, they tend to have better insulation and better energy efficiency. Some manufacturers produce mid size fridges that have freezer compartments inside while others have storage compartments behind the door. This means that you can pack more food and drinks inside. You may come across fridges that defrost automatically and have adjustable thermostats. On the cost front, expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $200.
Counter Height Fridges
This type of fridge will be more or less the same height as your kitchen counter. Capacity wise, you will be looking at about 3.5 to 4.5 cubic feet. Unlike the other fridges described above, you can get a counter height small fridge with double doors. The only drawback is they are the most expensive and you could easily spend more than $200 acquiring one. However, you are likely to recoup your money over time because these fridges are the most energy efficient among small fridges. They also come with more features such as a separate freezer, drinks dispenser, vegetable crisper, and interior light. These are unheard of luxuries in any of the other small fridges.
Travel Mini Fridge
Although the fridges described above qualify to be in the mini category, they are not necessarily suitable for storing drinks and food while on a road trip. This is where a travel fridge comes in handy. Depending on your preference, you can buy a compressor, absorption, or thermoelectric travel fridge. Most of these fridges can comfortably hold 12 cans or bottles of drinks and can be powered by either a car battery or portable generator power.
To start with, a compressor fridge can plug into your car battery via the cigarette lighter. However, you should unplug it when you stop your car and the engine is no longer running. An absorption fridge relies on liquid ammonia to cool food and drinks. One benefit of buying an absorption fridge is it does not have a motor, which makes it much quieter. Thirdly, a thermoelectric fridge can run on car battery power but it will drain the battery very fast. It is also very noisy because it uses a motor to keep foodstuffs and drinks cool. The rule of thumb is to use it for short trips.
All in all, a small and portable fridge may be necessary when travelling or living in an environment where you do not have much space. With this in mind, you could go for small travel fridges, counter height fridges, mid size fridges, or cube fridges.