The Best Mini Fridges for College Dorms and Small Spaces

Here’s a list of some mini fridges that could chill in your dorm.

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This post will help you find the best mini fridge for your dorm this year.

Roundup of mini fridges for college dorm

When I first went to college, I dormed on campus. And it felt like a chance for independence. But being away from home leaves you to your own devices, including making sure you are getting everything you need to live for probably two semesters at least.

One of the first things I wanted to get was a mini-fridge to hold my food and drinks. I lived in a small dorm room with another person, so I didn’t want too much stuff in the way, plus my roommate also had their own mini-fridge.

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Getting items for college like mini-fridges, cleaning supplies, and kitchenware can be overwhelming with so many options. So I’ve compiled a list of some of the best mini fridges for dorms based on different needs you might have. 

So for today, we will list 5 different mini-fridges and make sure they can fit where you want them to in your dorm.

1. Cooluli Classic Retro Mini Fridge

  • Color: Comes in pink, turquoise, and white
  • Design: This is a lightweight and compact cooler/warmer mini fridge that can store things like food, drinks, or skincare products. Very portable. It comes in a retro design of white with three color variations. It has removable shelves and is versatile on what you do with your mini-fridge.
  • Size: 10 Liters, Outer Dimensions: (9” x 11.25” x 13”) and Inner Dimensions: (7’x 6.5’ x 11”)
  • Weight: 7.8 lbs

First, we will start with the smallest option for the first fridge.This retro style fridge is available at Home Depot for $79.

I like the design and the option to bring it on a car ride. You can cool or warm things if you want to cool some water bottles or keep soup warm. Besides, you can put it on a dresser or your desk.

However, the obvious con is the size. It can’t hold much and it’s better for holding skincare, beauty products, medication, or a couple of soda cans or small foods.

The mini-fridge is also the most affordable on the list, moreover, if you want to add more room, you can take out the shelves in the fridge. Also, you have to unplug it to defrost, so keep that in mind if you want to pick it up.

Pros:

  • More affordable
  • Smaller – can store on a desk or dresser
  • You can use it for food, drinks, or skincare to keep cool
  • Can plug into the cigarette lighter DC adapter in your car
  • Removable shelves
  • Change from cooling to warming

Cons:

  • Very small – can’t fit much
  • Might not keep items as cool as more powerful fridges
  • Unplug to defrost
  • Not for large food items like leftovers or frozen meals

2. BLACK+DECKER BCRK17B Refrigerator

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  • Color: Comes in black, white, and stainless steel
  • Design: It has a sleek modern design and glossy finish, three color options, and a compact form with a solid color. It has leveling legs and adjustable temperature control with a small freezer inside. Removable glass shelf to expand storage and also easy to clean. 
  • Size: 1.7 cu.ft. (17.5” x 18.5” x 19.7”)
  • Weight: 33.1 lbs

This compact, modern fridge from BLACK+DECKER reminded me of the size fridge I had in my dorm. It really made me think back to living on campus freshman year. I kept mine under my bed, because I wanted more floor space.

The size of this unit is a pro as well as con. Though it is space-saving, compact, and easier to carry or slide than many other fridges, unfortunately, it comes with the fact that you can only put so much in here and the freezer is small. (You can slide out the shelves if you need to make room.) Anything bigger than 1 liter of soda or other tall beverages likely won’t fit unless in the fridge door or on its side.

If you are looking for space-saving and something to hold small amounts of food and drinks, then I think this is a good choice!

Pros:

  • Compact and space-saving – easy to put under the bed
  • Portable – not as heavy so you can put it in dorms, office, and RV campers
  • Shelves – removable
  • Reversible door

Cons:

  • Not the best for tall beverages unless taking out the shelf 
  • Small freezer 
  • Smaller fridge so not as much space inside

3. Frigidaire EFR285-AMZ Refrigerator

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  • Color: Comes in stainless steel
  • Design: This is a sleek stainless steel mini fridge with a chrome trim with the brand name Frigidaire on the front. It features feet and a top freezer compartment to store frozen foods and snacks. 
  • Size: 2.5 cu.ft. (18.5” x 21” x 28”) – comes in different size options
  • Weight: 25 lbs

Right now, I have a fridge that is similar in size to this Frigidaire one. While this fridge is considered compact, this option is slightly bigger than the last two on this list.

The size of this one works for possibly making it into a nightstand near your bed, otherwise you could put it in a corner somewhere in your dorm. (It needs to be on the floor, not on a table.) It has more space and dedicated holders for drinks too!

The con is you can’t slide this under your bed or desk – unless you have a lofted dorm bed. It also has more sizes if you want to go larger, but it is a con and warning as they get significantly more expensive the bigger you go. Also, fingerprints appear more easily on stainless steel products than white and black, so keep that in mind.

Pros:

  • Less space-saving than other models
  • Bigger so you can put more items
  • Shelves adjustable
  • Built-in can and bottle holders

Cons:

  • Bigger – takes up more space, a problem for small rooms
  • Can’t put under the bed
  • Defrost is manual
  • More size options but more expensive

4. Insignia Mini Fridge with Top Freezer

  • Color: Comes in stainless steel
  • Design: A stainless steel mini fridge with a top freezer. It is easy to slide into tighter spaces. Inside is a can rack, two shelves, adjustable thermostat controls, adjustable front feet, and a top freezer compartment to store frozen foods and snacks. 
  • Size: 3.0 cu.ft. (33 2/5” x 19 1/10” x 33 2/5”), 0.9 cu.ft. top freezer compartment
  • Weight: 54.9 lbs

As mentioned above, I currently have mini-fridge that is larger than the one I had in my freshman year dorm. However, I still haven’t had a chance to get a mini-fridge with a top freezer, so I love this sleek one from Best Buy.

Pros for this one include the top freezer’s size, and a rack inside to store soda cans with a designated spot. Cons are how much heavier the fridge is and more space it takes up.

My roommate had a larger mini-fridge like this one, using it as a nightstand, so that’s an option here for placement. I’d also recommend if you have a living space in your dorm with your roommates but no kitchen area, putting this fridge out there could help save space, too.

I prefer this mini-fridge to the others because it gives off the feeling of a full-size fridge while still small. But be careful when moving in to your place, because it is heavier than most other fridges.

Pros:

  • Top freezer
  • Bigger so you can store more items
  • Split – freezer and fridge sections
  • Shelves adjustable and easy to clean

Cons:

  • Bigger – can’t put under bed and takes up more space
  • Defrost is manual
  • If you don’t like the split design, don’t get this – freezer and fridge are separate

5. Frestec Mini Fridge with Freezer

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  • Color: Comes in black
  • Design: This is a modern mini fridge with three shelves, a drawer for fruits and vegetables, a built-in can dispenser, and a bottle basket inside. Also, an auto defrost button makes defrosting easier. a top freezer
  • Size: 4.5 cu.ft. (32.48″ x 20.86″ x 20.59”)
  • Weight: 52.3.9 lbs

Finally, for the last mini-fridge on the list, which you can find on Amazon, we have a highly rated fridge with the most space of any option on this list.

In addition to a larger size, it has more benefits – places to hold cans of soda, more shelves, and a drawer for fruits and vegetables. Plus, it has an auto-defrost button, which comes in handy when you need to defrost your mini-fridge in your dorm.

However, it is the heaviest fridge on the list and has little freezer space.

Honestly, if you can find a spot in your dorm for this large a fridge, I say go for it! You won’t be sad to have all this space available. But if you have a small room, then it’s better to get a compact mini-fridge and sacrifice the space.

Pros:

  • Auto defrost button
  • Option for retro handle
  • Three shelves
  • Drawer
  • Built-in can dispenser and bottle basket
  • Adjustable legs

Cons:

  • Heavier
  • Small freezer
  • It takes up more space

Which fridge do you think would be best for your dorm?

Do you want a mini-fridge you can put on your dresser or in your living space? What features do you want in a mini-fridge? Let us know what your favorite fridge was down below!

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