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How To Buy A Compact Refrigerator

Nov 23, 2016

When buying a compact refrigerator, your first decision is whether you want a built-in under-counter model or a freestanding unit. If you like to change things up every so often, a portable refrigerator is the way to go. But if you're renovating the theater or recreation room, plan ahead and build in a unit for that integrated look. It will blend right in with your wet bar or refreshment corner.

Next comes deciding on an all-fridge format or one with a small freezer compartment. An all-refrigerator makes the unit more versatile when it comes to food storage capacity. You might need that larger space to handle the kitchen fridge's overflow occasionally or to store that veggie tray for family night.

You might also want to consider whether there's a need for convenient access to frozen food or snacks, before you rule out a freezer compartment altogether. But do keep in mind that these compartments are very tiny, so storage space is limited.

What size of small refrigerator do you need? This decision should be based on available installation space and your food cooling needs. Also note the depth of the models you are looking at and allow for door swing for best installation and most convenient access.

Compact refrigerators range from $100 to $500 with a few models priced much higher. Prices are influenced by size, freezer space, racking/shelving options and materials used. The exterior finish would also influence the cost of this appliance and whether it is built-in or freestanding.

Energy consumption for a small refrigerator is usually quite reasonable with newer models being more efficient than one that is 10-15 years old. With a low operating cost, this is a convenience appliance that's affordable for most budgets. Before buying a compact refrigerator, review the appliance's measurements to confirm it will fit in your space.

The compact refrigerator shown in the second image is an EdgeStar 3.1 Energy Star Compact Refrigerator. This popular model has a small capacity and a freezer compartment. You can check it out at Compact Appliance: 

The third image shows a Danby 4.4 cu. ft. Energy Star Compact Refrigerator. This all-refrigerator is a mid-sized compact model with a stylish exterior. Ideal places for this unit would be the home office or theater room. 

Compact Appliance has a wide range of small refrigerators in various sizes. Some models are also combined with a second appliance such as a compact refrigerator with microwave. These models are handy in a dorm room, tiny flat, RV or in a senior's residence.