The best mini-fridges for some extra space

Affordable and practical, here is our rundown of the best mini fridges to buy now.

Best mini fridges

by Marina Avraam |

It could be that your tendency of stockpiling oat milk has gotten out of hand, or perhaps the bottles of wine in your fridge have left little space for some actual food; whichever it is, a mini-fridge can help.

Apart from providing extra space, a mini-fridge is also useful for those cheeky midnight cravings, when we can't be bothered to make our way from the bedroom to the kitchen - we know you can relate to that one.

Mini-fridges fit practically anywhere, are highly affordable and are an all-around great addition to your space. To help you pick the right one, we've made a list of our top mini-fridges currently on the market in terms of price, space and customers reviews.

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What to look out for when buying a mini fridge

Capacity: The smallest mini-fridges will have a 10L capacity, and can typically fit around six 300ml cans which is great if you're not after much space. Mid-size mini-fridges sit at around the 40L to 50L mark, while anything about 60L is considered large capacity.

Sound: If you're thinking of placing your fridge in your bedroom, then you'll want a model that is relatively quiet in operation. Most fridges will disclose their decibels in the description; anything under the 40dB mark is acceptable, but fridges below the 30dB mark are considered extremely quiet.

Cooling system: The cooling systems found in fridges can be divided into three; compression, absorption and thermoelectric. A compression cooling system is the most desirable and is also the type most commonly found in larger fridges or pricier mini fridge models. An absorption cooling system is the quietest option, however, your energy bills may start going up given that this isn't the most energy-efficient system. Finally, a thermoelectric cooling system is highly affordable but is not ideal for cooling dairy products or meat, due to the lack of temperature control.

Is it safe to have a mini-fridge in the bedroom?

Yes, mini-fridges are completely safe to keep in the bedroom, as long as they are kept on a hard surface. Make sure to opt for a mini-fridge with low decibels, so to prevent any sleeping disturbances.

Do mini-fridges use a lot of electricity?

This all depends on the model, but most mini-fridges run at between 80 to 100 watts. The location of your mini-fridge, how often you open and close it and the set temperature are all factors that will impact the energy consumption of your fridge.

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Marina Avraam is a Commercial Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, and also writes for Mother&Baby, Heat and Closer. She has a passion for psychology, reading and fashion writing.

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