Mini Refrigerators for Personal Use to Smaller Versions of Full Size Refrigerators
The recent increased demand for small refrigerators
isn’t a huge surprise due to the current need to decrease energy consumption
. Most current refrigerator buyers are aware that their refrigerator uses more energy than any other appliance
in their home. (This increased energy usage is due it's to having to keep the contents cool 24 hours a day.)
If you're like most people you may be asking yourself what you can do to make a difference in how much energy you use. If you are in the market to purchase a new refrigerator the two most obvious things to are:
- Make sure you purchase an Energy Star rated refrigerator
- To decrease the size of your refrigerator
(*most of us don't actually need as much storage space as we have)
5 Types of Small Refrigerators
While you might think you need a small refrigerator, first you will need to clarify what your needs are because there are many different types of small refrigerators. We've outlined the different sizes and types to help you in your refrigerator quest.
If you are looking for a smaller version of a full size refrigerator then you can always look at refrigerators ranging from 8-14 cubic feet in size.
These mini refrigerators are quite commonly used in spaces where you need more storage than a compact but you don't have the size for a full size refrigerator.
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- Compact Double Door Fridge
This is a compact fridge that actually has a separate door for the freezer. The nice thing about it being a separate door is the constant temperature inside as well as the lack of excessive frost build up issues.
- FYI: We've only been able to find this model in a top freezer version.
This is similar to the model we just talked about but typically the freezer has enough room to freeze an ice cube tray to a thin plastic door covering a very small freezer within the fridge.
- TIP: If a freezer is important to you or will be in the future, this may not be the right model for you as if it does come with a freezer, more often than not it doesn’t work very well.
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- Compact Cube Refrigerator
This refrigerator is exactly what it says, it’s a compact refrigerator that is a cube shape. This is really perfect for much smaller spaces that don’t need much storage such as a dorm room or an entertainment area.
Though the storage is quite limited and the freezer space is sometimes not even existent. When it does come with a freezer, typically very little can fit it in -- maybe an ice tray, a small one.
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- Drawer refrigerator
Up until recently you would have only found one of these in a professional kitchen but more recently these have become popular. These models are very convenient when cooking with more fresh items.
They come in a variety of depths and are easy to add to many kitchens especially ones that don’t have very much room for a larger refrigerator.
What Size Small Refrigerator is the Right Size?
What many of us aren’t aware of is that you only need 4-6 cubic feet of storage space in your refrigerator per person living in your home. With this in mind the idea of an 18 cubic foot refrigerator for someone who lives alone doesn’t make much sense.
One person does not need that much refrigerator space (unless they entertain all of the time) making it so that they won’t fill up the refrigerator with enough food making it to very energy inefficient. Any empty space in a refrigerator will quickly fill up with room temperature air once the door has been opened making your refrigerator work harder to keep it cool.
- Tip: If you have a refrigerator that is bigger than you need but want to still use it, then you place full gallon water bottles in those empty areas to keep the temperature more constant without using extra energy. You can also do this in your freezer as well and the best part is if your power ever goes out the ice will help keep it cold.
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