If you tend to reach for seltzer, soda, and other carbonated drinks to quench your thirst, it turns out there may be a scientific reason behind your craving for bubbles. A 2016 study found that cold, carbonated drinks did the best job of satisfying thirst — though the exact reason why is still a mystery. Still, that’s enough reason to keep a well-stocked supply of bubbly beverages on hand, and the best mini fridges will give you plenty of room for storing your favorite drinks (and snacks) while taking up minimal space in your office, dorm room, or car. (Yes, your car.)
While most mini fridges are small, some are much smaller than others. Depending on how much you want to store, you can choose a super portable mini fridge that holds up to six drink cans or a larger one with room for 120 cans, plus more sizes in between. You’ll also want to consider how much temperature control you want — for the most control, choose a fridge with a digital thermostat that you can set to your desired temperature.
Beyond keeping things chilly, some mini fridges have a built-in freezer compartment for extra cooling power, but if you want to keep things Antarctic level icy, opt for one with a separate freezer section. Really tight on space? Look for a fridge with a reversible door, so you can be sure there’s enough room to fully open it in order to check on your supply of La Croix and string cheese.
Whether you’re sitting at a desk or hitting the road, these are the best mini fridges on Amazon that’ll keep your refreshing drinks and snacks within easy reach.
1. The best overall
This sleek mini fridge has a roomy interior with multiple storage shelves and a freezer compartment, so it’s a great choice for keeping a variety of things cold. It has a capacity of 3.3 cubic feet and measures 15.6 by 17.7 by 33.5 inches, and there are three adjustable temperature modes: minimum, medium, and maximum — which is cold enough to freeze ice. The door is reversible and has built-in storage space, including a can dispenser and a compartment large enough to hold a bottle of wine and a liter of soda. The glass shelves are removable and the bottom one is height-adjustable for the option to store taller items. Another cool feature? You can use a dry erase marker to write notes or shopping lists on the stainless steel-finish door.
According to a reviewer: “This is a great little refrigerator! Lots of room for soda, water, beer, wine…. I set it at MED per the instructions, and it was about 35F in a day! I’ve turned it down and it’s still quite cold (40F).”
2. A compact fridge that scores style points
This fridge has a reversible double-paned glass door and a soft purple LED light, giving it a high-end look that also makes it easy to see exactly what’s inside. Measuring 17.5 by 19.6 by 18.6 inches and with a 1.6 cubic foot capacity, the compact mini fridge can hold up to 60 12-ounce drink cans. Plus, the stainless steel shelves are adjustable and removable to make room for taller items. For temperature control, …….