Mini Fridges & Mini Bars

How to choose the right Mini Fridge on Klarstein?

Klarstein Snoopy Eco Mini Fridge

Mini fridges are one of those appliances that we simply can’t do without, as they make the storage of supplies and allows the optimal preservation of food incredibly easy. In addition to standard fridge freezers, we choose to buy portable fridges more often that can be used in diverse situations. This category of products, also considered as small fridges, mini fridges or mini bars, soon established themselves on the market both for domestic and professional use. But what is a mini fridge really for and why should you consider buying one?

Initially these small fridges were mainly used in the hotel sector: you will have certainly noticed that every hotel room has one of these appliances - in which small bottles of fruit juice, water or liqueurs are placed. Over the years, the diffusion of what was previously considered just a mini fridge for bedroom has spread to different areas, from nautical to domestic, so much so that today everyone wants a mini fridge!

Main factors to consider when buying a Mini Fridge or Mini Bar

If we look at the different uses that can be made of a mini fridge, we realise that there are a lot: in a camper, on a boat as a practical beer fridge, in the office as a table top fridge or a mini fridge for the bedroom. This accessory will allow you to keep your favourite drinks cool at all times. The small fridge is often considered a real design object to be placed in plain sight in your living room. The choice of the most suitable mini fridge will certainly depend on your specific needs. Let's see in more detail what are the fundamental factors to consider before buying a mini fridge or mini bar:

  • Capacity of a mini fridge
    The first aspect that characterises the different models of a mini fridge or small fridge is related to its capacity. A mini fridge usually has a capacity of between 5 and 50 litres. It is therefore necessary to evaluate this factor with careful thought of one's own needs, because those who, for example, are looking for a portable model to take with them in the car or on a camping site will have to opt for a table top fridge that is less capacious but more manageable.

    Klarstein Audrey Mini Retro Refrigerator On the other hand, if you are looking for a small fridge, mini fridge or mini bar to be placed on campers, boats or offices you should consider a larger model. Think also about the type of food you will need to refrigerate: a single person looking for a cheap replacement for the traditional fridge will be able to choose a larger model. Whilst TV sports fans properly would choose a stylish mini fridge to always have refreshing drinks at hand.

  • Design and structure of a mini bar
    We can distinguish two groups of mini fridges with respect to the aesthetic criterion: those that look like classic miniature refrigerators and those that can be considered real design objects. The first category does not present any specific characteristics, since they are mostly small single-door square-shaped appliances. This type of product is very popular with those who are looking for a practical mini fridge or mini bar to be placed in small rooms, such as boat or camper van kitchens, studios or hotel rooms.

    Klarstein Audrey Mini Retro Refrigeratorr The second macro-category is that of retro fridges a trend launched by Coca-Cola often in collaboration with other famous beverage companies. These small fridges are widely purchased by those looking for something special to keep in their home, as well as small bars and restaurants or retro design enthusiasts.

  • Source of power and usage location
    With a mini fridge or small fridge it is possible to find practical alternatives to the classic domestic power supply. In this case, it is necessary to make a distinction into three main groups of products: mini fridges that are powered only by an electric cable, those that have only the cigarette lighter connection of the car and those that offer both options.

    Klarstein Snoopy Eco Mini Fridge power label A small fridge that is connected to the electricity grid certainly consumes more energy, however it is necessary for those who want a mini fridge to be kept in the living room. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a product to take with you on holiday or in your camper fan, you can opt for a model that only allows the cigarette lighter to be plugged in. These mini fridges are slightly less performing, but still represent a very useful travel accessory. Our advice is therefore to buy a mini fridge or mini bar that allows both connections: in this way you can increase its versatility and use the product in different situations.

  • Practicality of use
    The last factor to take into consideration is the practicality of use of the various mini fridges, meaning the noise level of the appliance and the cooling time. The noise data is usually indicated on the energy label and expressed in decibels: values may vary according to the models, keeping in mind that these small fridges are powered by a small motor.

    As far as cooling time is concerned, this aspect depends on the technical and structural characteristics of the different mini bars. In general, smaller dimensions correspond to faster cooling: however, this statement is not always true since the cooling time is also affected by the type of integrated motor. A compressor motor will be more efficient than a fan motor. Nonetheless, it must be considered that mini fridges with a compressor motor are usually larger and heavier.

Important materials of Small Fridges

When it comes to important materials, all mini fridges and small fridges work quite similar. As with traditional fridges, most products have a polyurethane foam coating to insulate the internal temperature and keep it constant over time. The choice of the external materials, however, has more to do with the overall design of the product.

It is possible to buy a mini fridge covered in metal or hard plastic in a variety of different colours and designs, e.g. american fridge retro designs that come with temperature control, thermoelectric cooling system and LED lighting. Furthermore, it is also important that the chosen mini fridge model has a good insulation system. Only in this way will it be possible to fully leverage the power of the compressor and achieve the optimal cooling effect for the food and drinks stored that are being stored in the mini fridge.

Mini Fridge FAQs:

Can a mini fridge also be used outdoors?

Mini fridges can also be used outdoors, as long as you can provide the necessary power source. Some tabletop fridge models come with a 12-volt adapter for the cigarette lighter, which makes it even easier to use on a camping trip. When outdoors, make sure that the mini fridge has a good and stable stand and clean it after each use.

Are mini fridges and mini bars only suitable for drinks?

Mini fridges are also suitable for keeping ready meals or food chilled. Of course, other things you like to keep chilled can also be placed in the mini fridge, such as a cool pack. As long as there is enough space, the table refrigerator can also be loaded as you choose.

Is a mini fridge quiet enough to be placed in the bedroom?

How loud a mini fridge is when it is in use depends very much on the table fridge you buy. Some tabletop fridge models are certainly quiet enough to be placed in the bedroom. It is best to pay attention to the exact manufacturer's specifications in the product description and read the various customer reviews of the tabletop fridge on the Internet.

Can the mini fridge also be used in a car or camper?

Yes, such tabletop refrigerator models are also available in stores. If a mini fridge can be operated with a suitable adapter for the cigarette lighter (12 volts), it can also be used in a car or camper.

On Klarstein there are various models of mini retro fridges, tabletop fridges, small fridges, mini bars and mini-fridges for sale. In addition, all our products come with a two-year warranty and free shipping, as well as a 60-day return policy.

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