Compact refrigerators are popular fixtures of college dorm rooms, garage workshops and home wet bars. Available as both freestanding and built-in units, these mini coolers house essential drinks and snacks. Many models also offer many features that can be found in full-sized refrigerators, such as crisper drawers, interior lights, freezer compartments, adjustable shelves and door bins. Because compact fridges have smaller capacities, it is essential that you choose one that maximizes interior space and allows you to customize the storage features. We’ve selected our five favorite compact refrigerator models based on these criteria.
1. GE Spacemaker GCE06GSHSB
The GE Spacemaker 24-inch compact refrigerator with built-in capability is an ideal choice for a home bar or office. It offers storage features similar to full-sized models, such as adjustable glass shelves, a roomy crisper drawer for produce, and three door bins to hold 2-liter beverages and condiments. The door also includes a convenient seven-can dispenser for on-the-go hydration. We thought the full-width freezer compartment tucked into the top of the unit was perfect for storing a pizza or frozen entrees. The GE Spacemaker, available in black, white or stainless steel, also wins with two included ice cube trays, ADA compliance and Energy Star rating.
2. Frigidaire FFPS4533QM
If you’re looking for a smaller version of your standard full-sized top-freezer refrigerator, we recommend the Frigidaire 22-inch compact refrigerator. Fans of this model like the separate compartments and doors for the fridge and frost-free freezer. The diminutive model is great for offices or rec rooms, offering 4.5 cubic feet of storage, nicely illuminated by interior lighting. This compact Frigidaire includes two adjustable glass shelves, an adjustable wire freezer shelf and a spacious clear crisper drawer. The Energy Star rated model also offers a built-in can rack and two door bins.
3. Avanti SHP1702SS
The Avanti SHP1702SS is our top pick for those who need an ultra-compact way to keep snacks and drinks chilled. This affordable model devotes its total 1.7 cubic foot capacity to refrigeration. An adjustable wire shelf can be moved among six heights to meet your storage needs, while the wire door bins can hold a two-liter drink or other large beverage containers. An interior light and reversible door add to the model’s convenience and flexibility. You’ll find this mini-fridge in white, black or stainless steel finish.
4. Summit SPR627OS
Because many people choose compact models for patio entertaining, we had to include the Summit 24-inch outdoor under-counter refrigerator on our top five list. This powerful 4.6-cubic foot capacity refrigerator can withstand outdoor extremes with fan-forced cooling. Three adjustable full-width and full-depth glass shelves offer plenty of space for drinks and snacks, while a specially designed bottom cradles six wine bottles. This model was designed with customization in mind. Use it as a free-standing unit or get the built-in look with front ventilation and a panel-ready door. We also liked the digital thermostat, LED lighting and door lock.
5. Marvel MA24RAS1RS
Our pick for a luxury built-in compact refrigerator, the Marvel 24-inch under-counter refrigerator works well in a home bar. This model’s flat interior door and two full-width cantilever glass shelves allow you to house up to 190 12-ounce cans. This model also offers MARVEL Intuit Controls, which maintain precise temperatures between 34°F and 42°F. Rapid Cooldown function allows you to quickly chill room-temperature beverages. Other hi-tech perks include a door closure assist system that gently shuts the door, Sabbath and vacation modes that help conserve energy during low usage times, and a built-in lock to keep contents secure.