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What to Look For in a Compact Refrigerator

The compact refrigerator is on of those necessities needed in a students dorm room. They can provide the comfort of your won home away from home at college. There is nothing better than after a hard day at college, coming back to the dorm and relaxing with a refreshing cold soda, juice or beer. It can also be cost effective as it saves you having to use vending machines and take trips down to the store.

When looking for compact refrigerators it is worthwhile to consider the following points to get one that suits your needs:

1. Cost: They can vary considerably in cost but most come in the price range of between $100 to $300. It is worth remembering you get what you pay for, so you need to determine how much you are going to use your refrigerator. If it is not going to be used that often I would look in the $100 to $200 price range but if it is going to be used all the time, for example in college dorm, then I would spend more.

2. Size: Most compact refrigerators range in the size of around 1.7 cubic feet to 4.5 cubic feet which is a lot smaller than your average fridge. They are designed to save space but they should be able to accommodate your items in side. You will be surprised how much you can actually fit in one though as some of them are designed to be able to fit a lot in quite snugly.

3. Features: The compact refrigerator can come with a number of additional features:

– Ice cube chamber and tray
– Automatic defrosting capabilities
– A reversible door and hinges
– Drinks can rack and dispenser
– Adjustable thermostat
– Color and material such as stainless steel
– Vegetable crispers
– Compact refrigerator with freezer

4. Efficiency: Most appliances now come with an energy efficiency star rating which is a guide to how much energy they use. This is useful in helping you find one that will cost less to run and that will also help the environment.

When deciding upon your purchase use these features to help you get the most suitable compact refrigerator for your needs and one which will provide you with years of good service.

Buying Guide To The Mini Refrigerator

A mini refrigerator or compact refrigerator, as they are also known is a very useful appliance to have around if you are going to be away from the home or kitchen. They can be used in the office, holiday home, caravan or camper. They are also great if you have a playroom, den or in the living room if you are watching sports. No need to get up and risk missing any action just lean over and grab a cold drink out of your portable mini refrigerator.

There are many different sizes, styles and models to choose from, on the market, so it is worthwhile looking at some of the features so you can decide on which mini refrigerator is best for you. Here are some features to help you decide:

1. Size: Today’s mini refrigerators come in many sizes ranging from around 1.5 cubic feet to around 3 cubic feet. Some are quite large and you would be forgiven for thinking they were not portable at all. I think the manufacturers push the boundaries of terms a little. Think about what you want to put in your refrigerator and how many drinks or cans you want to keep in it. The smaller sizes are ideal as a tabletop appliance whilst the larger fridges are best placed on the floor. Remember, when fully stocked it may be difficult to move your mini bar refrigerator around.

2. Color: You will find that they come in a whole variety of colors including lime green, cherry red and even some decorated in super hero themes. They look fun and can add a dash of color to your room.

3. Energy Requirements: Most appliances, including the mini personal refrigerator comes with an energy rating star label fixed, so it is possible to buy an efficient one to help you save money and help the environment.

4. Side Door Features: Some models have side compartments i the door, so you can store different drinks here than you store in the main compartment of the fridge. This can help you keep everything organized. Space is often a premium so, keeping items organized will allow you to store more.

5. Material of Construction: Some of the leading mini refrigerator manufacturers include, summit, Haier and Avanti whom produce fridges with a stainless steel look or durable plastic. Inside you also have the choice of glass or plastic shelving. The more durable the material and better quality the longer your refrigerator will last. It is worth noting that cheap mini refrigerators will not be as durable as the more expensive models.

6. Shape. Many small fridges are designed as a cube or midsize. The midsize models can have a small freezer inside or extra shelves. The mini refrigerator freezer is ideal for keeping extra goodies in like ice cream.

Taking these factors into account, make a note beforehand of the features you want before going to the store to buy your mini refrigerator.