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When it comes to keeping cold brew and late-night snacks chilled, a great mini fridge is a total must-have. But with so many different configurations and sizes, it can be tricky to decide which is the best mini fridge for you.
Our Good Housekeeping Institute kitchen experts have a long history of testing kitchen appliances, including full-sized refrigerators for their ability to keep a range of grocery staples cool. While we haven't put mini fridges to a cross-category test, our pros recommend using mini fridges only for chilling beverages or storing lunches for a couple days, max. That's because they can rarely be counted on to keep perishable foods cold for long periods of time. In order for food to be safe, meats, dairy, and cut fruits or veggies must be kept below 40°F (and above 32°F, if you don't want them to freeze). Our Lab tests on compact fridges found that most temperatures hovered at the high end of this range, so you don't want to risk it.
Whatever your purpose (whether it's for storing skincare or holding a couple of beers), here are the best mini fridges of 2020 according to Lab experts, rave product reviews, and top-searched refrigerator brands like Midea and Danby:
Dorm rooms are small (and often shared with one or more person), so it really depends on how much space you have. Mini fridges, also known as compact refrigerators, vary in size from 1.7 cubic feet up to 4.5 cubic feet. The smallest cube-shaped mini fridge measures 17 inches wide, 18 7/8 inches deep and 20 1/2 inches tall. A larger 4.5 cubic foot model with a separate freezer measures around 19 inches wide, 20 inches deep and 43 inches tall. If you're unsure about what size to get, wait until after move-in day so you can measure the space you have available.