Updated October 2018
If you are looking for a review of all the best mini fridges in the UK, you have found the right place.
We review all the latest and best mini fridge models on the market, to give you peace of mind that you will be choosing the right product for your home.
Below, in the table, the mini fridge reviews start with the most highly rated first, then descend accordingly. For people who are in a hurry, you can use the table. For people who want a more in-depth review, you can scroll further down the page, where we provide all the pro's and con's for each.
Another mini bar fridge from bar@drinkstuff, the ChillQuiet is an energy efficient appliance that comes in a compact design. It measures 46.6X43X40cm and weighs 8kg. It features a lockable door and removable shelf.
The ChillQuiet counter top mini fridge offers a temperature range of between 18⁰C and 5⁰C based on an ambient temperature of 25⁰C. This is achieved by the extra quiet thermoelectric cooling system. One feature that makes this counter top mini fridge stand out is its energy efficiency. It Energy Efficiency rated class B and consumes just 0.39KWh/24h. This mini refrigerator can only be powered from the mains socket. The 3 pin plug isn’t provided with your order.
If you’re looking for a cheap mini fridge for your kitchen, office or bedroom, the Russell Hobbs 17 litre compact mini fridge is worth considering. Measuring 34.1(h) X 38.5(w) X 42.2(d) cm and weighing 7.3kg, this compact appliance will fit snugly on most counter tops. It has a removable shelf and 1 shelf in the door to maximise on storage space.
The Russell Hobbs 17 litre compact mini fridge comes with a variable thermostat with a temperature range of between 5⁰C to 15⁰C and is rated A+ for energy efficiency. The extra added bonus of this fridge is it comes with a years warranty so you know your in good hands.
This mini fridge from bar@drinkstuff has a 15 litre capacity and will hold up to 6 cans of your favourite soda or beer. It’s a thermoelectric cooler and warmer with a cooling range of between 12⁰C below ambient temperature to a minimum of 5⁰C. The thermoelectric cooler is quiet and energy efficient. However, it isn’t great at preserving perishable foods such as meat and milk. This mini refrigerator weighs 6 kg and measures 46.4X39.6X29.6cm. it can be powered by connecting to a 220-240V mains socket or 12V battery. A 12V car battery adapter is provided.
The Costway's mini portable fridge can also act as a food warmer. In its refrigeration mode, the temperatures can go as low as 7℃ making it ideal for storing drinks and fruits. The warmer mode can have temperatures as high as 50-65℃. With 26 litres of storage volume, you can pack a lot more. The Costway is also simple to use. The fridge cum warmer comes with a digital LCD display for easy temperature setting.
The RHCLRF17B table top cooler is one of the popular mini bar fridge models on the market today. It has a large 17 litre capacity which offers abundant space to store food and drinks. It has a temperature range of between 5⁰C and 15⁰C based on a 25⁰C ambient temperature. This mini fridge has an adjustable thermostat which gives you control over the prevailing temperatures within the unit.
The RHCLRF17B table top cooler measures 46.6X43.6X39.4 cm and weighs 8kg. Its interior has a removable wire rack which makes it easy to organise items stored within. It also comes fitted with adjustable feet which make it easy to place the fridge on different surfaces. This fridge can only be connected to a 220V to 240V mains socket and is A+ energy efficiency rated.
All of the mini fridges reviewed are good in their own regard. However, If we were to choose one to be the best of the best, it would be the Drinkstuff 17Ltr.
What is a mini fridge?
It’s an electrical appliance which keeps perishable foods and beverages cool. It works in the same way as your ordinary fridge, but smaller.
Mini fridges can be categorised based on their size and uses. There are five main categories.
Mini fridge size
The size of the mini fridge is composed of both its overall dimensions and its capacity in litres. You should also consider its weight if you intend to use it as a travel mini fridge.
Today, thermoelectric cooling systems are increasingly becoming popular due to their low noise output and energy efficiency. However, they’re not very efficient at maintaining very low temperatures which makes them unsuitable for storing perishable foods.
Being electrical appliances, mini fridges need to be connected to a power source. If you want a mini fridge you can use at home as well as while travelling, you’ll need one compatible with 12V and 240V compatibility.