Best Compact Refrigerators in 2020

AstroAI Mini Fridge Portable AC/DC Powered Thermoelectric System Cooler and Warmer 4 Liter/6 Can for Cars, Homes, Offices, and Dorms (White) Review:

I received the mini fridge today and was very excited to use it. My purpose for the fridge was to replace the bigger fridge I have in my room to keep my skin care products cool. Well, it turns out, it does NOT do what it’s supposed to do. I placed my skin care products in the fridge before I left home and made sure the setting was on cool. However, when I returned home at night, I smelled something burning (like rubber) in my room and right then I knew that it was the fridge. When I opened the fridge, all my skin care products were very warm. As you may be able to guess, these are not made to be kept in warm temperature... Now, my skin care products approximately worth $200 are all RUINED because of the malfunctioning fridge.

This is very upsetting and what if it caused fire???? Like I mentioned, my entire master bedroom smelled like something was burning from the fridge. I had to open all the windows to ventilate the room as soon as I walked in.

The seller has reached out to me to address my concerns. They sent me a replacement fridge but this time, fully tested to ensure that the functionalities do work. They also covered for my expenses as I had to repurchase them all (though it didn't cover for all and it was a little annoying to go a few days without my skin care products) but I still thank them for their professionalism and prompt response.

Cooluli Classic 4-liter Compact Cooler/Warmer Mini Fridge for Cars, Road Trips, Homes, Offices and Dorms (Black) Review:

Temperature: I originally bought this for my husband to keep his lunch and drinks cold in the office. Reading some of the reviews, I was afraid that it wouldn’t be cold enough, but the fridge we received is very cold (even colder than our regular fridge). It gets so cold that sometimes ice forms in the back of the inside of the fridge. It never got to a point where it froze our drinks even with the fridge plugged in for weeks at a time. However, the ice does melt when we unplug it and can drip water when transporting. We haven’t tried the warming feature yet.

Portability: My husband shuffles between two offices, so the portability of the fridge (handle, lightweight) is quite handy. I just wish there was a way to lock the fridge so that if you are carrying the fridge when full, the door wont easily open and pour out all its contents.

Size: The fridge fits 6 soda cans EXACTLY. The reason why I emphasize exactly is that the exact fit doesn’t allow for you to easily grip a can and remove it when filled with all 6 cans, especially from the bottom shelf. It’s not a problem, but an extra centimeter in height or width could improve it. This would also allow for you to fit the regular 500ml Poland Spring bottle (with the shelf removed) but the current size is just a smidge too short. We are settling with 8oz Poland Spring bottles instead (which are approximately the same size as a regular soda can). The 250ml Redbull can does not fit on the bottom shelf when the shelf is in place, but it does fit laying down on the top shelf. I’ve also found that the picture shown in the product description is a bit misleading. With 6 cans filled, the shelf on the door hinders the door from closing completely (as shown in the picture I uploaded).

Noise: Some reviewers complained about the sound, but honestly, I don’t believe the fan is any louder than a laptop/computer fan. My husband works in a quiet office, and he says the noise is not even noticeable.

Quality: I purchased a second one that we can use when traveling since it comes with a power cord for the car. Unfortunately, I believe the quality of the second one isn’t as great as the first one. The chrome “handle” has black spots on it, and the logo label looks a bit smudged.

Overall, despite some minor flaws, I believe this was a great purchase and would highly recommend it. We wanted a mini fridge that keeps our drinks and food cold, and it does just that very well. My husband works in public health, and his coworker, who believes this is a great way to advocate for safe food keeping, immediately went online to purchase one for himself.

UPDATE 14 months later: The fridge has been on the entire time and has been going strong, still keeping drinks nice and cool!

Gourmia GMF600 Thermoelectric Mini Fridge Cooler and Warmer - 4 Liter/6 Can - For Home,Office, Car, Dorm or Boat - Compact & Portable - AC & DC Power Cords - Black Review:

This thing is small, just be aware before ordering! I knew from the pictures it was small, but you don't realize how much room "small" food items take up in a tiny fridge.

No complaints here though, this thing was designed specifically to fit six cans of soda and that was very clear when purchasing. I've only used the cooling function but it works quite well. It doesn't get ice cold, but it gets colder than I expected. I keep mine on my desk at work and can store a small creamer container, a couple of yogurts, and a pile of cheese sticks. Great for keeping food in the office. You have to plan your food out just a little bit since it has very limited storage, but so far I am very happy with the purchase.

Make sure it fits what you want, would definitely recommend!

Uber Appliance UB-CH1 Mini Fridge 6 Can/4 Liter Capacity Portable Thermoelectric Cooler Warmer personal refrigerator for home, office, bedroom, dorm, car and outdoor - Matte Black - 110V AC 12V DC Review:

The Uber Chill mini fridge will hold six cans of soda stacked one on top of each other or four water bottles upright. It is a great little fridge to have handy for your personal drinks or other items that you may want to keep cold or hot. It It also has a heat setting and can help maintain a cup of coffee or to nicely soften a brownie.It would keep warm your burger from the drive thru tho it isn't going to hold it at a proper temperature over an extended time so I would advise that be for a short term use on that type of food. It takes awhile for the temps to reach cool or heat but stay fairly steady after that with the door kept closed, much like any appliance.

It has an AC and DC cord for both use with a wall or 12 volt charger and is perfect for a road trip as it can be in the car or in the hotel room. Each cord is a separate hookup but I have taped the cords together in a couple of spots so that I can easily use the one needed and not try to remember where I put it the last time it was used. I left about six inches free on each end to make hooking up quick and easy.

The Uber is very lightweight as the housing is plastic and easy to move around. It has a recessed area on the top where you can pick it up and carry it with one hand. It has a fan on the back side that will need to circulate air for heating/cooling capabilities. I am really impressed with this Uber Chill mini fridge!

Chefman Mini Portable Compact Personal Fridge, Cools & Heats, 4 Liter Capacity, Chills 6 12oz cans, 100% Freon-Free & Eco Friendly, Includes Plugs for Home Outlet & 12V Car Charger - Black Review:

Love this little fridge. I keep it plugged in my work desk outlet M - F and unplug it on Fridays before I leave for the weekend (it only takes about 20 minutes to cool down when I plug it back in Monday mornings). It's spacious enough to hold my snacks for my work day.

By Thursday or Friday a couple small beads of water collect at the bottom but one quick wipe of a paper towel and it's good to go.

Have not used the heat/warmer function yet but will try it with a cup of soup.

I also love the handle that folds out so it makes it easy to carry if I ever want to take it home or bring it back to the office.

VERY happy with this purchase so far!

BLACK+DECKER BCRK17B Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 1.7 Cubic Feet, Black Review:

 Firstly I waited over a month to write a solid review on this fridge. I’ve always known Black & Decker to be a household brand of tools/appliances and didn’t feel like I was taking a gamble when purchasing it.

For anyone concerned about the low reviews, let me just say this to those buyers: what did you expect? It’s a 1.7c sized fridge. This is not intended to be a “stock it full” applicance. It’s a mini fridge for a reason. So if you’re looking for something to stock a whole case of beer, tons of food, water and a bunch more at the same time, then buy a regular fridge and don’t inflict your self-disappointment on a faultly object. It’s not a faulty object.

I have zero complaints. For what I paid and what I received are of top tier quality. If you’re witty enough you can manage to fit half a case of water, a few snacks and some other items. This is exactly what I use mine for. It stays nice and chilled, the freezer part ACTUALLY WORKS, granted it’s small, I don’t mind, I shove a few burritos in it and I’m good. I can store a two liter soda in the door panel, or 3 Arizona iced teas, or for water bottles(I also stock the top shelf full of water). I have baby carrots in the small top door holder as of now.

So in my conclusion, this is a beautiful product. For anyone complaining about the clips that pop off the door, I simply superglued those in place and left the metal bar glue free for cleaning. Problem solved.

***1 year update***

This fridge still rocks to this day! I defrost is once every few months and it keeps my stuff cool, almost too cool that some of my water freezes occasionally, no biggie, pull it out and it’s a nice frosty water bottle later. I’ve included some images and a short video this time around.

BLACK+DECKER BCRK25B Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 2.5 Cubic Feet, Black Review:

Since the black color cost even more than gray or white - plus had a week delivery - I went with the gray. Seems a real jip (IMHO) to be charged more for colors, other than the plain white - but thats how it is for most units now days.

Anyway - this is a very nice unit. I wanted one with a freezer that at least took up the entire internal width. Others did not even have room for more than a single frozen lunch entre whereas this one gives you that plus a tiny ice cube tray to boot!

The door has soda can racks and ample space for a mix of container types. The glass shelves are reconfigurable and smartly thought out. The bottom area is enlarged for a custom mix of odds and ends you need to store - and overall, space is wisely utilized throughout by design.

I think it is the best choice of Amazons offerings in this size/price range and I spent time trying to make the right choice for my need. I needed it fast so Prime was essential with its 2-day delivery.

Our full-sized office fridge left us, when mgmt did a surprise personnel move. So I wanted to secure my own means to store lunch foods and drinks without participating in a pool (and enduring the potential issues that come with it). So I stepped up to get my own personal unit.

This fridge tucks under the desk counter layout of my cubical perfectly. I unboxed it at 06:00 and plugged it in loaded with my stuff for the day. When I came back at 11:00 am - my foods were all chilled and my little mini ice cubes were frozen solid. I noticed all parts and piece parts were thoughtfully taped and held in place so shipping damage was extremely unlikely.

So far I am very pleased with it and satisfied that it is the perfect fridge/freezer combo for its design, size, & price point. I recommend it.

BLACK+DECKER BCRK32B Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 3.2 Cubic Feet, Black Review:

The freezer never gets cold enough for ice cream however it can freeze frozen meals like fries, pizza rolls, big pretzels and similar things very well. The rest of the refrigerator works great is easy to clean and adjust and holds a lot of food and drinks. All of the pics I took are functional and allow the fridge to close after even though it looks like it might be too full. Only taking a star away because I cant keep ice cream in the freezer but otherwise works great.

RCA RFR321-Black FBA RFR321 Mini Refrigerator, 3.2 Cu Ft Fridge, Black, CU.FT Review:

I couldn't understand what everyone meant by "it arrived dented." I thought I could avoid getting one that was dented but I don't think it's possible. I was excited that it arrived on schedule and I couldn't wait to use it. Once I opened it I noticed a dent. I swore that if it was dented that I would send it back. In addition to the dent, there is some damage to one of the parts in the back. I purchased a warranty so it's covered if anything goes wrong. I am so happy with the size and color that I don't want to deal with exchanging it at the moment. If anything goes wrong, I'll be sending it back, but for now, I am happy with this cute little fridge. Makes me smile everytime I open its purple door. Great features and reasonable price. Packaging is flimsy. I may contact Amazon to see if they can offer some kind of compensation for the damage from delivery. Pictures posted of packaging and damage. 5 stars for product. -1 star for packaging.