A micro fridge is for those interested in keeping food and drinks cool in a compact package that doesn’t take up a lot of room. Of the models available there is a clear divide between those that are best for storing snacks and drinks and those that get cold enough for regular groceries like milk. Some are even portable capable of being powered by a 12V battery including the power outlet in your vehicle. Still others warm as well as cool.
When searching for a micro fridge you may notice that these models are known by other names including mini fridge, small refrigerator, and compact refrigerator. They range in size from about 5.0 cu.ft. down to about 0.5 cu. ft. On the larger size, these fridges can function much like your refrigerator at home just with less space while on the smaller size they are only designed for beverages. A micro fridge may include a small freezer compartment separate from, but within the confines of the micro refrigerator.
In order to buy the right fridge you must consider its intended use, how large a mini fridge you need, and even the style you’re looking for.
Portable micro fridges are popular to take to campgrounds, sporting events, and picnics. The drawback of a portable model is that it can’t keep food as cold as your home refrigerator. It can however keep food somewhat cold for short periods when other cooling methods are not available. They most often run off 12V battery power which can drain a battery quickly if you’re not careful. Thermoelectric models of portable fridges can also be used to warm as well as cool.
Some compact refrigerators can be noisy which at best can be annoying in a small space and at worst may keep you awake or drive you mildly crazy.
The freezer sections of some small fridges can be problematic in that they make it difficult to balance the temperature between the refrigerator section and the freezer section. You may find yourself working hard to keep food from freezing in the fridge and melting other foods in the freezer.
Our focus in this article is a small fridge type that is typically used a a dorm refrigerator or in offices, rec rooms, small apartments, and anywhere a small fridge is needed. These types of mini fridges are relatively portable, but are most often used in a single location once transported.
These locations all have one thing in common; limited space. Let’s face it, we all would like to have a large refrigerator/freezer for its features and storage capacity, but in a limited space, it’s just not possible.
The “sweet spot” of compact refrigerators is in the 1.6 to 4.0 cu.ft. range. These refrigerators are capable of keeping food of all types cold, but are still small enough to fit most applications.
Our favorite small refrigerators have separate freezer and refrigerator sections that make it easier to control the temperature between the two. Take a look at this versatile compact fridge and see if it’s just what you’re looking for!
Danby DCRM31BSLDD 3.0-Cu. Ft. Micro Fridge
If space is at a premium for you, then the Danby DCRM31BSLDD micro fridge may just be the perfect model. It performs much like your home fridge only in a more compact footprint. The separate freezer and refrigerator compartments make controlling freezing and cooling temperature easier and the partial automatic defrost makes defrosting a breeze. Take a look at all of its great features.
Danby Micro Fridge Features
- Separate fridge and freezer compartments
- Energy Star rated
- A full 3.0 cu. ft. of storage space
- Fully adjustable thermostat
- Partial automatic defrost
- Reversible door for easy placement
- Spotless Steel finish has all the benefits of stainless without the fingerprints and smudging
- Interior lighting
- Tall bottle storage area
- Clear vegetable crisper with easy-clean glass shelf
- Smooth-back space saving design
- Long 18-month limited parts and labor warranty
- Compact dimensions of 18-7/8 x 20-7/8 x 33-1/16 inches
- Performs like a home fridge
- Freezer works great
- 3.0 cu. ft. is the perfect compact size
- Nice looking fridge
- No specific problems with this model noted
Micro Fridge Comparison Chart
|Title||SPT Energy Star 3.2 cu.ft. Double Door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel||3.1 Cu. Ft. Fridge Freezer Stainless Steel - EdgeStar||Nostalgia Electrics RRF325HNBLK Retro Series 3.1 Cubic Feet Compact Refrigerator Freezer||Frigidaire FFPH31M6LM 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator - Silver Mist||Midea HD-113F Full-Size Double Reversible Door Refrigerator and Freezer, 3.1 Cubic Feet, Black||Danby Designer 3.0 cu.ft. Two Door Compact Refrigerator, Black/ Spotless Steel|
|Feature||Transparent vegetable storage drawer with glass shelf|
Flush back design for space saving; Front leveling legs with can dispenser and tall bottle rack
Estimated yearly operating cost: $28 based on 10.65 cent per kwh 2007
Reversible door with slide-out wire shelf for storage versatility
3.2 Cu.ft. Net capacity with double door and separate fridge and freezer compartments
|True zero degree freezer; Reversible doors; Door bins in both refrigerator and freezer sections|
For freestanding installation; True stainless steel doors with black cabinets
Automatic defrost in refrigerator section; manual defrost in freezer section
Slide out shelves; Molded worktop
Perfect for areas where space is an issue - like offices, dorm rooms, or any other small rooms
|Retro styled mini-refrigerator with 3.1 cubic foot capacity|
Full range adjustable thermostat
Separate freezer compartment
Spacious, clear fruit and vegetable crisper and two removable shelves
Can dispenser holds up to 6 cans of beverages
|FFPH31M6LM 3.1 Cu. Ft. Double Door Refrigerator with Glass Shelves - EStar||Mechanical temperature control; Interior light|
Adjustable legs; Reversible door
Separe fruit and vegetable drawer
Full 1-Year / Compressor 2-Year Warranty
|3.0 cu. ft. capacity refrigerator|
Energy Star compliant
Spotless steel finish - looks identical to real stainless steel but without the smudging
See-thru vegetable crisper with glass cover
|Warranty||1 Year part and labor||Manufacturer Warranty||Full 1-Year / Compressor 2-Year Warranty||18 months parts and labor coverage. Installation and/or Yearly Maintenance (cleaning) are not covered under warranty.|
|Height||33.6 inch||33.5 inches||34 inch||33.5 inch||33 inch||33.07 inch|
|Weight||65 pound||57 pound||94 pound||63 pound||64 pound||52 pound|
|Width||18.8 inch||19 inches||23 inch||18.67 inch||19.4 inch||18.9 inch|
|Length||19.5 inch||20 inch||19.5 inch||18.5 inch||20.87 inch|
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