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Best mini fridge?

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by JEdmund, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    I'm looking to buy a mini fridge for my beer and was wondering if anyone had suggestions on good models. Ideally I want something that doesn't have wasted space (condiments rack, mini freezer, etc.) since I just want to cram it full of bombers and 12 oz. bottles and cans.

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  2. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified

  3. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified

  4. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    I have a Sanyo from my UCLA days that still works great 9 years later. There are racks inside and whatnot but I can fit lots of cans and bottles (small and big) inside. I counted last night and I have 24 bottles and cans in there right now.
  5. amart79

    amart79 Aficionado (130) California Jan 14, 2012

  6. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified


    I'm pretty sure I bought this one that's linked above. The down side is I am not able to set the differential (I believe it's at 4* but not positive). I was more concerned about it kicking on and off too much and putting too much stress on the compressor but it ended up just working fine.

    Also the fridge I use seemed to only go from about 38* to 33* no matter what setting it was on. It was wayyy too cold and I almost ran the risk of stuff freezing. Overall I am very happy with the set up I have and the solid black looks very clean.
  7. amart79

    amart79 Aficionado (130) California Jan 14, 2012

    Awesome I'll have to look into this. My fridge on its lowest setting will keep it at 42 so I'd like to let it get a little warmer in there. I made the mistake of thinking "0" would be the lowest setting...it is not. It is OFF.
  8. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified

    Haha. Those things are just too hard to figure out depending on the make, oh well.
  9. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Advocate (550) Colorado Dec 19, 2010

    I did the same thing, it took me some time to figure out what was colder the light blue or dark blue and where exactly turning it would shut it off. Learned the hard way!
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  10. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    Thanks! I like the idea of being able to control the temp better. Will have to look into that.
  11. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Savant (335) New York May 15, 2011 Verified

    Anyone have one with a glass door? I am looking to get one but it is taking me forever to find a good one at a decent price.
  12. I saw one at Costco but I can't remember how much they were. My friend bought it and it looks pretty nice with all the beer in it. I think you can get around 22 bottles in there with some room at the bottom for a few 4-packs. Its a wine cooler so it can hold any 22oz and 750ml. Black Ops is the biggest bottle he has and it fit in there with no trouble. It even has a little blue light that shines down through the middle :p
  13. dukes

    dukes Aficionado (185) Maryland Apr 2, 2012

    Man, you guys should be watching craigslist like a hawk right now considering the time of year. All those college students are finishing up their spring semester and looking to get rid of their mini-fridges like crazy! There's been 5-10 new postings every week in my area the past few weeks all in the $25-$75 range. I'm picking up one tomorrow actually. If one isn't the best rack/space configuration, at these prices you can just pick up two!
  14. JEdmund

    JEdmund Savant (475) Kansas Oct 23, 2006

    You are correct! I bought a 3.9 cubic foot one for $50 from a college student. Definitely an opportune time to find a used one.
  15. BrendanKiely

    BrendanKiely Initiate (15) Jun 4, 2012

  16. BStafford

    BStafford Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012

    One thing to really look out for- the fridges with only one door that have a freezer swinging door in top compartment. Those types of fridges tend to freeze the contents of your refrigerator if you let the dial get anywhere near too cold... so be careful and monitor your settings!!
  17. misterno

    misterno Initiate (15) Nov 22, 2012

  18. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (665) California Jan 2, 2010 Verified Subscriber

    Lowe's had these at a great price. If you live in Cali I'm getting rid of this one. I just ordered a huge upright one that I saw in another thread as my xmas present to myself.
  19. gdodd12

    gdodd12 Aficionado (245) Georgia Oct 1, 2009 Verified

    How did you install your temp controller? Did you drill a hole into the side and stick the thermometer part in there?
  20. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified

    Nope I just cut a slit in the rubber seal between the door and body of the fridge and closed the door around the thin copper wire.
  21. gdodd12

    gdodd12 Aficionado (245) Georgia Oct 1, 2009 Verified

    You have it coming from the top? Can you post a pic?
  22. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Verified

    What I did is cut a small cut in the seal and close the door around the wire. Sorry I can't post a pic right now.
  23. jtmartino

    jtmartino Advocate (515) California Dec 11, 2010 Verified

    I've used they different mini fridges over the years. They were all adequate, but they ALL caused a large amount of condensation to collect on the freezer tray, which then wanted to drip down onto my bottles.

    If you can afford it, your best bet is a wine cooler. Better temperature range without a temp controller, and well-suited to hold bottles of beer (even if it means making your own shelves.)

    I have since moved to a full-sized dedicated beer fridge+a wine cooler. I would not recommend mini fridges to anyone who has access even to used wine coolers.
  24. JustinH2

    JustinH2 Aficionado (230) Virginia Oct 18, 2009 Verified

    I bought a danby I want to say its a 3.3 cu without a freezer its all fridge which sold me...I want to say it was around 100$ its been great
  25. +1 on the wine cooler. 55F is just about where I want to keep my heavier beers, the racks keep them from falling out every time I open the door, and the glass door is kind of sexy. They can usually be found fairly cheap. I bought one that looks like the pic that OneBeertoRTA posted for around $125 a few years ago versus around $100 at the same time for a mini-fridge like the one in Eriktheipaman's pic. BTW, that mini-fridge is also sold with the freezer box installed flat against the back wall, giving a bit of extra space.
  26. BarbellsAndBeer

    BarbellsAndBeer Initiate (20) Nov 24, 2013

    I know this is an old post but I figured I might be able to help out someone with the same question and save a repost. I have the Haier HNSE045VS I found on mini-fridge.info, had it for several years through college and still looks brand new and works perfect. I really didn't have much use for a freezer other than making ice so it worked out well with having only the half width freezer on top. I could fit several cases of beer in there at any given time.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2013
  27. jnhkkm

    jnhkkm Aspirant (40) Michigan Apr 5, 2014

    Beverage coolers are definitely nice. In terms of mini fridges though, I like Danby or Haier. Frigidaire has some good ones as well. I especially like the 2 door red mini fridge from Retro Electrics. Looks awesome.