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The best mini fridges tried and tested

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A small fridge is a useful household appliance for storing extra food and it can be used in bedrooms, offices and university halls. Discover our eight best buys.

Until you have a mini fridge, you may think it's not a necessary item to have in the house. But once you invest in one, it fast becomes a useful addition for those extra groceries that won't fit in your main fridge, a convenient place to store drinks, and of course, a handy item for keeping food for parties and at Christmas.

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These fridges are not just useful as a supplement in the house, but also work well in an office or garage, plus they're great for students in halls or teens' bedrooms.

In this round-up of the best mini fridges, we've looked at those made for storing food and drinks, as drink-only fridges aren't able to safely store perishable foods.

Several of these refrigerators have small iceboxes for making ice only – using them for freezing foods or storing frozen food is not recommended with this type of fridge.

Read on to discover our best buys.

For more, visit our reviews section and find over 200 practical buyer's guides offering unbiased advice on what equipment is worth investing in. We've rounded-up the best fridge freezers, best microwaves, and plenty more. 

The best mini fridges to buy in 2021

IceQ table top lockable fridge on a white background

iceQ tabletop lockable fridge

Best lockable mini fridge 

Read our full iceQ mini fridge review

With its generous capacity and overall quality, this is a reliable buy for student halls. The added bonus? It comes with a lock to keep precious food and drink protected in communal spaces.

Available from: 
Amazon (£99.99)
Mini Fridge (£99.99)

VonShef black mini fridge on a white background

VonShef mini fridge

Best budget mini fridge

Read our full VonShef mini fridge review

With its sleek finish, this fridge looks impressive given its reasonable price tag. It offers excellent value for money and ticks a lot of boxes: large capacity, adjustable door functions to store large bottles, and an adjustable, easy-to-read thermostat. The only niggle is a slight humming noise, but this can be avoided by turning the temperature down.

Available from: 
VonShef (£112.99)
VonHaus (£124.99)

Amazon (£124.99)

IKEA Tillreda mini fridge on a white background

Ikea Tillreda mini fridge

Best basic mini fridge

Read our full Ikea Tillreda review

This no-frills fridge does the job well and has a lot going for it, including a secure door closing, good temperature retention and easy-to-clean surfaces. It performs as well as some of the more expensive fridges on the list, but with the low price comes limitations, such as fixed shelves and no interior light.

Available from: Ikea (£90)

HUSKY Coca Cola mini fridge on a white background

Husky Coca-Cola mini fridge

Best novelty mini fridge 

Read our full Husky Coca-Cola mini fridge review

The bold aesthetic of this branded mini fridge might not be to everyone's taste, but it certainly catches the eye. Beyond the fun design, this is a fridge that functions well and has plenty of storage space. The door closes securely and keeps food fresh for a week. But, the unorthodox black interior might be off-putting to some, as it doesn't show messes as clearly.

Russell Hobbs mini fridge on a white background

Russell Hobbs stainless steel-effect mini fridge

Best stylish, budget-friendly mini fridge 

Read our full Russell Hobbs mini fridge review

The clean lines and matte finish of this pocket-friendly mini fridge stood out from the crowd. Fingerprints are barely visible on its surface, even with constant use, making it a practical buy. It's also reliable thanks to a secure door that closes firmly, creating a tight seal for keeping food at maximum freshness. The build is sturdy and its classic good looks mean it would suit the aesthetic of most homes.

Black Dometic mini fridge on a white background

Dometic DS600 freestanding mini fridge

Quietest mini fridge

Read our full Dometic mini fridge review

This professional-standard mini fridge comes from a manufacturer that supplies to hotels. It's sturdy, quiet, and it also came out top in our salad test – after seven days, a salad stored inside hadn't diminished in quality. We did mark it down for the plastic coating it came wrapped in, though, as even after extensive efforts, we couldn't completely remove it from the hinges.

Available from: 
Hotel Buyer (from £456.48)

Kuhla bottle top design fridge on a white background

Kuhla mini fridge

Best mini fridge for beer

Read our full Kuhla mini fridge review

This eye-catching design might not be for everyone, but it would certainly work in university halls. Beyond the unique bottle-top motif, this is a solid fridge with reliable functions. Food stored inside passed our freshness tests, and the interior is spacious. It's worth noting that the sound emitted is louder than some of the other mini fridges featured.

Buyer's advice

Which mini fridge to buy?

Having decided a mini fridge could be useful for you, which type to buy will depend on what you want to do with it, where you'll keep it, space and budget restrictions.

There are predominantly three styles of mini fridge: tabletop, which will fit well on all regular-sized worktops; under-counter (or under a desk in the office) and freestanding. We also tested a portable plug-in-style mini fridge that would be handy for the home as well as useful for taking out and about.

Where you use your fridge will make a big impact on your choice.

What to consider when buying a mini fridge

Noise: Some fridges claim to be silent – usually those using new technologies, such as thermoelectric or air absorption rather than a traditional compressor – but you should always check the official decibel rating (dB) on the energy sheet, especially if your fridge is going to be used in a bedroom or other quiet space.

The door: Which way the door opens will impact on where you put your fridge – look for those with reversible doors if this is an issue.

Ambient temperatures: No mini fridge should be kept near a radiator, direct heat source or sunny window. This will cause the refrigerator to work a lot harder to maintain a safe internal temperature.

Adjustable feet: Uneven surfaces can cause the fridge to work inefficiently, which may cause excessive noise, so look out for adjustable feet if you can.

Smeg mini fridge in a living room setting

How we tested mini fridges

We reviewed a representative sample of mini fridges and scored them against the following criteria.

Capacity, litreage and dimensions:
How much room does it take up, and how much does it hold?

The visibility:
Is the fridge well-lit and easy to see on the inside?

The feel and quality of the handle:
Is it easy to use, and will it stand the test of time?

The door:
How well does it open and close; does it have swing action or soft close; what's the quality of the seal and door alarm, if any?

Sound:
Is there any and if so, how loud is it?

Cleaning:
How easy is it to clean, and do the doors show fingerprints?

Defrosting:
Is defrosting automatic or manual, and are any tools such as scrapers or drip trays included?

Temperature:
How easy to use are the controls, and how accurate is it when tested with an external thermometer?

Packaging: 
Is there excessive use of plastics and polystyrene?

We tested all the fridges in the same environment for around 10 days. They had external thermometers to check how well the temperature dial responded to the highest (coldest) and mid-range settings for regular use. Each fridge was stocked with a selection of food and drinks, including milk, grapes, salad, a can of beer or soft drink, and butter.

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This review was last updated in May 2020. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk.

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