How to find the best compact refrigerator for you

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Mini fridges are a popular staple in college dorms and offices, and aren't an expensive investment - many models cost around $80 and the average price is $160. There are many different types of mini fridges, and here are a few things to keep in mind when you're shopping for one:

  1. Size. Compact refrigerators vary in capacity, with a range of around 1.7-5 cubic feet. To give you an idea, a 1.7 cu. ft. fridge has about the same capacity as a large microwave. Larger compact fridges (over 3 cubic feet) are also much taller, around 3 feet in height on average. These won't fit under desks or dorm beds.
  2. Freezer. The smallest mini fridges are all-fridges, meaning they have no freezers at all. Medium-sized mini fridges often have a small freezer compartment within the fridge space, which often can only house a couple of ice trays or popsicles. Some larger compact models, usually at the 3 cu. ft. mark, have an entirely separate freezer compartment with enough room for a few frozen dinners and some ice cream. These models are more like miniature full-sized fridges, taller with more storage options (some even have a crisper drawer).
  3. Layout. Depending on your purposes, you may find the fridge's layout important. While mini fridges used to only offer several wire racks, you'll find that newer models offer several features like adjustable glass shelves, drawers and even door storage for cans and bottles. Pick a layout that best suits your needs.

Opinions on mini fridges reveal the attributes users really care about in a mini fridge. Of the thousands of opinions collected, users most often discuss how quiet the product is (20%), how suitable it is for a dorm (14%), how suitable it is for an office (12%), how much value it has (12%) and the overall satisfaction with the product (30%). Below is a list of the compact refrigerators with the highest cumulative scores:

Best Mini Fridges

#1 rated in best: Danby 2.5 Cu. Ft. Energy Star Compact Refrigerator, scored 100/100100

1. Danby 2.5 Cu. Ft. Energy Star Compact Refrigerator

The Danby 2.5 Cu. Ft. Energy Star Compact Refrigerator tops the charts among all mini-fridges. This all-fridge model has 2.5 cu. ft. of space, which is below the average size for a mini-fridge. It is Energy Star certified and measures 17.6" by 20" by 27" (W x D x H). This small refrigerator is very popular among users. It is extremely high-ranked for several categories, including #1 for performance, #1 for reliability and #2 for quietness.
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#2 rated in best: Magic Chef 4.4 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator, scored 93/10093

2. Magic Chef 4.4 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator

According to user opinions, the Magic Chef 4.4 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator is the #2 best mini-fridge. It has 4.4 cu. ft. of space (including the freezer), which is far above average for a compact refrigerator. The product is 21.1" wide, 18.9" deep and 32.9" tall. It is ranked #1 for quiet and #3 for performance among all mini-fridges on the market.
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#3 rated in best: Black & Decker 2.7 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator with Freezer, scored 92/10091

3. Black & Decker 2.7 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator with Freezer

The Black & Decker 2.7 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator with Freezer is the #3 best-rated mini-fridge. This product measures 17.88" W x 18.75" D x 26.13" H. It has a total capacity of 2.7 cu. ft., including a small freezer section. This model takes 2nd place among all mini-fridges for both top and performance. Users consider it highly reliable and mention that it runs very quiet.
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