Mini fridges are dorm room and office cubicle staples, and whether the turning of the New Year returns your loved ones to their campus or corporate, the gift of one can completely change how a person lives or plays. Models are available with a variety of features, including crispers, movable shelves, freezers, and automatic lights. Whether dad's favorite room in the house just needs a device to keep drinks cool, or your college-bound child needs a compact fridge that can do everything a regular sized refrigerator does, browse the selection of options on eBay and bring home a Christmas surprise.
This Danby Compact All Refrigerator is our second Danby pick for the list, but don’t think it’s any less effective than the first. The sleek black design makes it stand out by not standing out and means it can sit modestly in your room without tempting you too much. Again, there’s a CanStor beverage system for simple retrieval, and removable shelves to make the most of the space.
While it won't produce as much ice as our top pick, this wallet-friendly machine is affordable and simple to use. It can produce up to 26 pounds of ice per day, or about nine ice bullets every seven minutes, so you’ll have a constant supply of fresh ice for your next dinner party or barbecue. The ice basket holds 2 pounds of ice before it needs to be emptied, and an LED light lets you know when the basket is full or when you need to add more water to the reservoir. Choose from one of two different ice cube sizes. Customers say this machine works well, and the sleek black exterior looks attractive at home and in the office. Several customers noted that this model won't last as long as other more expensive options, but it's a great budget pick.
According to customers, the Frigidaire Portable Countertop Ice Maker is a “game changer.” Though it's smaller in size (11.70 x 14.44 x 14.88 inches), this model still produces an impressive 26 pounds of ice per day, and you can choose between small, medium, or large cubes. The cubes are nice and thick, so they won't melt too fast, and the ice production is quiet and efficient. Running at only 38 decibels, you'll barely notice any noise coming from this machine. Other notable features include an interior bin which can store more than 2 pounds of ice, an ice shovel, digital control panel, and see-through window so users can monitor ice production without having to open the lid. Plus, the stainless steel exterior is sleek and modern, so it won't be an eyesore on your kitchen countertop.
Coming in first place for the best mini fridge is the BLACK + DECKER BCRK25B (but we’ll just call it the B+D, for now). This compact fridge is the number one choice for dorm rooms, man caves, and bedrooms as well as everything in between. With it, you’ll get 2 full-width glass shelves to store food and drink, as well as a freezer compartment complete with an ice cube tray.