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A desk fridge is an awesome addition to any desk because it gives you the capability to keep cold beverages or snacks close at hand so you don’t have to get up and interrupt important work or play. A desk fridge is also a great low-cost alternative to a mini-fridge that might take up too much valuable space on your desktop.
Desk fridge models can be configured with a few different power options including USB, AC, or DC. We don’t recommend USB because most models get poor ratings for their small sizes and poor cooling capabilities. While the AC/DC models aren’t perfect, they are much more capable in the cooling department and are somewhat larger to hold more drinks or food.
The other great thing about desk fridges is that they come in a variety of very cool styles including everything from Star Wars to Marvel to Doctor Who. You can enjoy the cooling properties of a mini-refrigerator while making a statement about how cool you are all at the same time. It’s a win-win. Does it get any better than that?
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Most are thermoelectric coolers which means that they use a technology developed by NASA that doesn’t need a compressor. The down side is that you don’t have complete control over the cooling. They are only capable of cooling their contents down to about 40 degrees F below ambient air temperature. In most cases that shouldn’t be a problem because it will be sitting on your desk in a room that probably will already be temperature-controlled to about 70 degrees F.
These models are portable however, and if you decide to use it outside or in a hot car, you may find it difficult to get the contents cool, especially if you’re used to super cold beer.
Cooling or Warming
They don’t just keep their contents cool. Thermoelectric coolers have the unique feature that they can also warm their contents. So if you have some lunch that you couldn’t finish and you want to keep it warm for a bit until you can finish it, your little desk fridge can do that. Most can heat the contents up to about 140 degrees F which should be plenty warm for most people.
So if you want cooling and warming capability right on your desktop, you should definitely check out the available desk fridges/warmers. They will keep your food and beverages hot or cool while looking stylish on your desk. If you decide to go with one of the character-based models, you can tell the world that you love Star Wars for instance at the same time.
We searched consumer sites, social media, manufacturer sites, forums, retail sites, and customer review sites to find the most popular and top-rated desktop mini-fridges.
Take a look at our list and see if one of these tiny fridge/warmers is the best mini fridge for your needs!
If you’re a Star Wars fan, nothing could look better on your desk than the Star Wars Darth Vader Mini Fridge. This is an officially licensed small refrigerator that both cools or heats your food and beverages. It has a great reproduction of Darth Vader as part of the fridge’s door that is sure to get attention anywhere you place it. It’s portable and can be used on your desk, in your car, or anywhere you have an AC outlet or a 12V DC power port available. Here’s what you need to know about this small fridge.
Desk Fridge Features
- Cool looking Darth Vader AC/DC mini fridge cools or warms drinks and snacks
- Can be powered from a standard household outlet or a 12V vehicle power port
Another wonderful Star Wars officially licensed appliance, the Star Wars New World Premier Bb8 4-Liter Mini Fridge holds up to six standard beverage cans and can both cool or warm your snacks and beverages. It sports a great-looking reproduction of Bb8 on the front in all his glory. It comes with both an AC power supply and a cable that will plug directly into any available vehicle 12V power port. It’s built-in carry handle makes it easily portable to your next adventure. Here’s what you need to know about this compact refrigerator.
- Star Wars Bb8 4-liter cooler/warmer mini fridge holds up to six standard beverage cans
- Capable of using 110V AC using included power adapter or plugging directly into any available 12V vehicle power port
- Handy carry handle for easy transport
http://amzn.to/2ayxGBTIs that billionaire playboy and industrialist Tony Stark gracing your Marvel Iron Man 4L Thermoelectric Mini Fridge Cooler? Right now it seems Iron Man is on top of his game and his fans are legion. Who knows if he built this Iron Man fridge just for your desk? This ultimate Iron Man tribute mini-fridge keeps six standard beverage cans inside it’s 4L interior and the eyes light up with an on/off switch. It can accept either 110V household current through its power adapter or 12V DC by plugging it directly into any available 12V vehicle power port. Its compact so it will fit nicely and look awesome on your desk. Here’s what you need to know.
- Marvel Iron Man 4L thermoelectric cooler/warmer with room for six standard beverage cans
- Capable of using either 110V household current or plugging directly into any available 12V vehicle power port
- Measures a compact 10.5H x 7.5W x 10.5D inches
It doesn’t sport a superhero, but the Cooluli Multi-Function 6-Can AC/DC Thermoelectric Mini Fridge Cooler and Warmer will still look great on your desk, in your dorm room as a dorm refrigerator, while traveling, or at any get-together. It features a beautiful matte exterior finish in a variety of colors that will look good wherever you decide to use it such as dorm room, outdoors while hiking, camping, picnicking, tailgating, or traveling in the car. It even has removable shelves to make it easier to clean and a carry handle for easy portability. It accepts either 110V AC power using its included adapter or you can plug it directly into any available 12V vehicle power port. Well-insulated and lockable, it’s also very quiet during operation. Here’s what you need to know.
- 6-Can AC/DC portable thermoelectric mini fridge switchable cooler/warmer capable of cooling down to 45 degrees F below ambient air temperature or warming up to 144 degrees F
- Constructed of sturdy lightweight plastic material, it can be operated upright, sideways, or even upside down
- Beautiful matte exterior finish is available in a variety of colors
- Accepts either 110V AC power through its included power adapter or you can plug it directly into any available 12V vehicle power port
- Removable shelves make it easy to cleaner
- Self-locking door latch secures magnetically
- Well-insulated to provide more precise temperature control
- Handle on top makes it easy to transport
- Quiet operation
- Dimensions are 11 x 7-1/4 x 10 inches
Made famous by Harrison Ford, Han Solo is a true hero that anyone can appreciate, but especially his loyal Star Wars fans. Although he escaped from a frozen block of carbonite in the movie, he will forever be trapped in carbonite on your desk as your trophy thanks to this officially licensed Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite 3D 4-Liter Thermoelectric Mini Fridge Cooler. The 3D molded life-like Han Solo fridge not only looks amazing in 3D, it has the capability to hold up to six standard beverage cans behind the famous carbonite image. Its thermoelectric design is capable of both cooling and warming depending on your needs. It can accept both AC power through its included 110V adapter or you can plug it directly into any 12V power port. Here’s what you need to know.
- Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite 4-liter thermoelectric cooler/warmer with six standard beverage can capacity
- Life-like 3D molded Han Solo appearance
- Can be powered from a 100V AC outlet using its included power adapter or plugged directly into a 12V power port
- 3D Molded for Life Like Han Solo Appearance Exclusive from Seven Times Six
Measures 11.5H x 7.5W x 11.5D inches
Continuing the Star Wars theme and catering to classic Star Wars fans is the Star Wars R2-D2 4-Liter Thermoelectric Cooler/Warmer. It’s officially licensed to display a convincing reproduction of the little droid that capture our imagination and hearts. Besides it’s classic looks, it also had the capability to accommodate up to six standard beverage cans. Its thermoelectric design can function as either a cooler or warmer for your food and beverages. It can accept power from either a 110V AC outlet or can be plugged directly into a 12V power port. Here’s what you need to know.
- Star Wars R2-D2 4-liter thermoelectric cooler/warmer capable of accommodating up to six standard beverage cans
- Can be plugged directly into a 12V power port during travel or 110V AC using the included power adapter
- Can be used as a cooler or warmer
- Carry handle makes it easier to transport everywhere
- Dimensions are 11.5H x 7.5W x 11.5H inches
Just judging by the amazing popularity and longevity of Doctor Who, I’m willing to bet there are a couple of fans out there that would love to show their fandom by placing the Doctor Who Blue Mini Tardis-Shaped Mini-Fridge on their desk. Adding to the mystique is a flashing light and optional TARDIS VWORP VWORP sound effects that come on when you open or close the door. Featuring thermoelectric technology, it can be used as a handy cooler for up to six standard 12-oz. beverage cans or you can even warm food and beverages if you want. You can plug this model into a 110V outlet using the included power adapter or directly into a 12V power port. Here’s what you need to know.
- Doctor Who Blue Mini Tardis thermoelectric cooler/warmer capable of handling up to six standard 12-oz. beverage cans
- You can plug this model into any 110V AC outlet using the included power adapter or directly into any 12V power port
Larger than other mini-fridges in our list, the Gourmia GMF1200 Portable 12-Can Mini-Fridge Cooler and Warmer can accommodate up to 12 standard 12-oz. beverage cans. Perfect as a desktop fridge, it is also completely portable so that you can take it on the road. Featuring thermoelectric technology, it can keep food and beverages cool or warm without condensation or noisy compressor motors. Nicely compact, it will fit perfectly into that tight space on your office desk, in the bedroom, in your dorm room as a compact dorm fridge, or just about anywhere you can think of. It has a hinged door with a locking latch that keeps the unit better sealed and insulated from cold or heat loss. Here’s what you need to know about this compact fridge.
- 12-can, portable thermoelectric mini-fridge cooler/warmer can cool down to 40 degrees F below ambient air temperature or up to 150 degrees F using its set-point thermostat
- Can be powered by either 110V AC power using included adapter or plugged into 12V power port
- Hinged, self-locking door with locking latch and recessed handle keeps unit better sealed and insulated from cold or heat loss
- Hot/Cold and On/Off switches
- Red/Green LEDs indicates warming or cooling status
- Works best with cans, for best results with other food, wrap in aluminum foil.
No brand is probably as universally recognized as Coca-Cola and now you can enjoy that classic look of a vibrant red with white Coca-Cola trademark right on your desk with the Koolatron KWC-4 Coca-Cola Personal 6-Can Mini Fridge. Great for your office, dorm room, kitchen, living room, rec room or friend/family get-togethers at sporting events, camping, picnics, and more. It can keep your food and beverages either warm or cool as needed by cooling up to 32 degrees F below ambient temperature. You can power it from either any 110V AC outlet using the included adapter or plug it into a 12V power port. Here’s what you need to know.
- 4-liter, personal thermoelectric mini-fridge cooler/warmer capable of accommodating up to six standard 12-oz. beverage cans
- Can use either 110V AC power with included AC adapter or plug directly into a 12V power port
- Vibrant red exterior with white Coca-Cola trademark
- Self-locking door with recessed door handle
- Measures 11 x 8 x 11 inches
Our favorite desktop fridge, the Gourmia GMF-600 Portable 4-Liter 6-Can Mini Fridge Cooler and Warmer was by far the most popular and highly rated desk fridge we could find. It can hold up to 6 standard 12-oz. in its 4-liter compartment and thanks to its thermoelectric design can keep them cool down to 30-40 degrees F below ambient air temperature. It has a handy removable shelf and built-in self-locking recessed handle. It can be powered by either 110V AC using the included adapter or plugged directly into a 12V power port when traveling. Here’s what you need to know about this portable refrigerator.
- 4-liter, portable thermoelectric mini-fridge cooler and warmer capable of accommodating up to six standard 12-oz. beverage cans
- Can be powered by either 110V AC using the included adapter or plugged directly into a 12V power port on the road
- Removable shelf makes cleaning easier
- Built-in self-locking recessed door handle
- Dimensions are 11 x 7-1/4 x 10 inches
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