One of the coolest things about hotel rooms? The mini bar fridge!
It isn’t as if we wouldn’t all live with and use fridges on a daily basis, but there is something in all of us that just perks up the moment a mini fridge comes into play.
And not without reason, we think!
While “normal”, full-sized fridges are mostly concerned with keeping our food fresh and from spoiling (which is GREAT, don’t get us wrong!), mini bar fridges are typically reserved for the fun stuff.
There’s cans of soda; there’s snacks; and there’s alcoholic drinks.
No wonder we love mini bars, right?
And, honestly, the main reason why we advocate for having a mini bar fridge in your home is exactly that: they hold the fun stuff!
Whether it’s for when you are having friends over for a party or you are spending the night on the sofa watching Netflix, there just is nothing better than leaning over and having a perfectly chilled drink (and snack) within easy reach.
Owning as mini bar fridge is a form of treating ourselves and treating ourselves well, we think. And in a world that’s big on self-care, that can only be a good thing, right?
So, without any further ado: here are our top picks for the best mini bar fridges you can have in your home:
Cooluli Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer
Cooluli’s mini bar fridge is one of the most versatile appliances you can get. And it comes in a wealth of super cute colours. There really is nothing we don’t love about this mini fridge.
And, in this case in particular, mini is the operative word. The electric cooler comes with a capacity of “just” 4 litres / 6 cans, which makes it the perfect choice for anyone who likes to take their cold drinks with them wherever they go.
Cooluli also takes the idea of cold drinks anywhere literally. For regular use, there is a wall-socket option, but the fridge can also be powered by a car’s cigarette lighter, as well as a power bank. Which means you can really take it anywhere you want!
We know the fridge is on the small side, but that is what makes it our top pick. Cooluli’s mini bar fridge is more than just a great choice for your home (think man caves or dorm rooms!), it is also super handy for new parents (keeping pumped milk or formula nearby), can be used for temperature sensitive items (both medicine or cosmetics), and is just the thing that keeps kids (and parents) happy and hydrated on longer car journeys.
- 4 litres / 6 can capacity
- For use with: power socket, car cigarette adapter, USB power bank
- Sleek design, carrying handle on top
- Cooling and heating option
- Energy saving & silent
RCA Compact Fridge
RCA’s compact fridge is an amazingly sleek and beautiful device that is perfect for small offices, dorm rooms, living rooms or the patio (weather shelter needed!).
The fridge has 3.2 cubic foot of interior storage space, which is divided up into a large refrigerating unit and a small, super handy freezer. The mini bar fridge might not be the biggest (as it well should!), but it makes the absolute best of the space it has! The two main interior racks can be easily adjusted to accommodate your needs, and shelves as well as specialised beverage holders in the door provide extra storage options.
The fact that the shelves slide out makes for super easy cleaning. And the door is reversible so you can make it fit your room’s needs perfectly.
- 3.2 cubic foot capacity
- Fridge and freezer
- Two main shelves & specialised can and bottle racks in door
- Easy to clean
- Low energy consumption
Danby DAR017A2BDD Compact Refrigerator
Danby’s refrigerator is perfect for small areas like dorms, wet bars, or single-room apartments.
The stylish fridge with 1.7 cubic foot (49 litre) capacity easily fits onto countertops and comes with a handy drink dispenser. The interior provides ample space for cans and bottles of all sizes that can be stored on super strong wire racks.
Outfitted with an automatic de-frost system, the DAR017A2BDD will run like a charm for a long time. And the best? It’s energy-star compliant, which means plugging the fridge in will have no noticeable impact on your electricity usage!
- 1.7. cubic foot (49l) capacity
- Drink dispenser
- Automatic de-frost system
- Environmentally friendly refridgerant
- Energy-star compliant
Midea WHS-65LB1 Compact Refrigerator
Midea’s mini bar fridge is a great choice for anyone who doesn’t need a lot of extra fridge space, but wants to keep a few chilled cans and snacks within easy reach.
The fridge comes with 1.6 cubic feet capacity that’s divided by one rack and has upright bottle storage space as well. Its mechanical temperature adjustment ranges from -2° to 2° Celsius (32° to 35.6°Fahrenheit), which, again, is not a lot, but very much enough to achieve great refrigerating results.
The WHS-65LB1 is a professional, energy-saving device that fits every room design thank to its reversible door and adjustable legs.
- 1.6 cubic feet capacity
- One rack & door storage
- Temperature ranges from -2 to 2°C / 32° to 35.6°F
- Reversible door
- Energy saving
Ivation Red And White Wine Cooler/Chiller
While the Ivation isn’t a traditional mini bar fridge, we feel that this list would not be complete without a dedicated wine cooler/chiller.
The free-standing innovative wine cooler will protect your red or white wine and preserve its quality and rich flavours, so you can enjoy its taste to the fullest.
The Ivation fridge allows you to store wine in a stable atmosphere. The customisable temperature ranges from 54º to 64ºF (12º – 18ºC), which is the optimal temperature to facilitate ageing in wines. An insulation made from CFC-free polyurethane foam and tempered smoked thermopane doors ensure a dark, odour-free interior that is kept at constant humidity.
A special, very energy-efficient thermoelectric cooling system without compressor minimises vibrations and noise, which allows your wines to properly settle and age.
Digital exterior touch controls and an LCD temperature display, as well as soft interior lighting round out the sleek, beautiful design and make the wine cooler a perfect fit for any room.
- Cooler for white and red wines
- Temperature range from 54º to 64ºF (12º – 18ºC)
- Special insulation & smoked door for optimal storage
- Energy efficient, no-compressor cooling system
- Exterior touch controls and temperature display
Q: Which mini bar fridge is the best?
The answer to this question depends entirely on you.
All of the above are great fridges and do exactly what they are supposed to do.
We cannot tell you which of them fits your needs best. We can only give you the tools to make the correct choice. And in this case, this meant showing you a variety of options from small to big, from “can hold a few snacks” to “easily deals with a decently-sized wine collection”.
Q: Which type of mini bar fridge (free-standing or built-in; glass-fronted or not) is best?
Again, this depends very much on your preferences.
If you have the space available or are just in the planning stages of a room, a built-in fridge might be the most visually pleasing option. The main benefit of built-in fridges is that they become virtually invisible and do not take up extra countertop space.
On the other hand, if you plan on moving the fridge around a bit (maybe keeping it out on the patio during the summer months and in your games room in winter), a free-standing one might be better.
Similar factors apply to the glass-fronted question. If you want to see what’s in the fridge at any time, glass doors are your thing. If you don’t really care, or want to hide the fridge behind a cupboard front anyway, there really is no point in choosing a glass-fronted one.
Q: Can I use a mini bar fridge for spirits and wine?
Of course you can use mini bar fridges for alcoholic beverages. Just as you can put bottles of wine and spirits into your normal-sized fridge.
Especially with wines, however, it might be a good idea to look into dedicated wine coolers if you plan on having a whole collection of them chilled and at the ready at any time.
So, if your main concern is storing wine bottles at their optimum temperature, look into wine coolers. If you just want to keep an opened bottle fresh or chill a bottle or three down for the evening, a mini bar fridge is perfectly up to the job.
Q: What do I need to keep in mind while browsing?
There are a few factors you should be somewhat certain about before clicking the “buy” button:
- Capacity: Do you want to chill just a few cans or is the fridge meant to hold enough drinks for a party?
- Size: How much space do you have available for the fridge, anyway.
- Portable: Are you planning on moving the fridge to different rooms? Do you want to be able to take it along on a long car trip. Or when you are out at the sea/lake/game/camping?
- Freezer: Is just a fridge all you are after, or do you want a (small) freezing option as well?
- Extras: Are there any extras (drink dispenser, upright bottle storage, etc.) you need? Is “just” a fridge enough? Are there features you are not willing to compromise on?