A mini fridge is a must in any dorm room. Whether you’re a healthy eater who likes to have fresh fruit and veggies, yogurt, and cold water on hand or someone who just wants to have a safe place to put the leftover pizza so that it doesn’t spoil and you can enjoy it the next day, a mini fridge is the best way to do that. You can keep drinks cold, you can keep food cold, and it’s just an overall helpful thing to have on hand.
Most people opt for a standard mini fridge that comes with a shelf or two, a drawer, and some storage on the inside of the door, and a small freezer compartment for things they want to keep frozen. Let’s be honest, though: standard mini fridges are kind of boring as far as incorporating them into your dorm room decor goes. While a standard black or silver mini fridge would probably blend right in with your dorm room decor and still be completely functional, it doesn’t do much to add to your decor.
If you’re hoping to invest in a smaller-than-average mini fridge that will make a statement and maybe come along with some cool extra amenities, as well as one that you would be able to take with you even after you stop living on your college campus, you might want to look for something that’s a bit more unique than your standard mini fridge. We’ve compiled a list of some of the trendiest ones we could find.
Here are the five coolest and smallest mini fridges for your dorm room:
1. Retro Mini Beverage Fridge
Standard mini fridges usually come with a shelf or two, a drawer, and maybe some storage space on the inside of the door. You can store anything you need in there - a bag of carrots, fun drinks to indulge in every once and awhile, or the leftovers to meals you don’t finish. Not everyone is cut out for maintaining a mini fridge with food in it, however, and especially not while in college.
College comes with a lot of distractions. From keeping track of your schedule, attending all of your classes and extracurriculars, studying for exams, hanging out with your friends, and trying to get enough sleep to get up and do it all again the next day, you’re going to have a lot on your mind through your your college career. And when you have a lot on your mind, it’s very plausible that you’ll wind up forgetting about a lot of the food in your mini fridge until it goes bad.
If you can see this being a frequent problem for yourself, you might want to look into getting yourself a mini fridge that doesn’t leave as much space for you to let food go bad. This cute Frigidaire Retro Mini Beverage Fridge, which comes in a pastel pink color, is designed to only hold up to six cans of your favorite beverages. Not only does it save you from contributing to food waste when you inevitably forget about your leftovers for three weeks, but much more adorable than your standard mini fridge.
2. Dry Erase Board Mini Fridge
If you’re someone who likes to stay organized, you’ve probably brought some kind of calendar or planner or agenda along with you to help you stay on top of all of your assignments and meetings. It’s pretty common, though, with all of the stress that comes along with adjusting to your new life on a college campus, for you to forget to write some things down or even to forget that your planner exists altogether.
That being said, it’s probably not a good idea for you to forgo writing down anything at all and just trust that your memory will be good enough to remember everything you would have written down. In fact, we recommend investing in something that will allow you to put the things you need to remember front and center in your dorm room. Our recommendation? Give yourself the best of both worlds with a cute mini fridge that doubles as a dry erase board!
With a slick black surface on the door of the fridge, two neon-colored dry erase markers, and an eraser, you can write little reminders for yourself that you can’t miss. Whether you’re trying to keep track of appointments and dates, due dates for your assignments, or even just a grocery list, you’ll be set to remember them with a dry erase board mini fridge. If you want, you can even make some little doodles around the edges!
3. Marshall Amp Mini Fridge
If you’re going to get a non-standard mini fridge, you might as well go all out. Everyone has their preferences when it comes to their dorm room decor, but a classic yet underrated theme you might want to incorporate into your own room is one that focuses on music. What genre of music you choose to focus on is entirely up to you, but if there is one thing that is universally true of all music lovers, it’s that they love a good speaker they can listen to their music on loudly.
Whether you’re a fan of classic artists like Fleetwood Mac or Queen, modern artists like BROCKHAMPTON and Janelle Monáe, popular artists from the 2010s, like One Direction or Bruno Mars, or indie artists we’ve never heard of, we imagine you probably like to play it loud and proud whenever you’re in the mood to listen. While this Marshall mini fridge designed like one of their amps doesn’t actually function as one, it sure does look exactly like one - and is perfect for any music lover.
While you pay homage to your favorite artists with posters or vinyls or a small shrine dedicated to them on your window sill, bring one of these unique mini fridges to your dorm room to round out the whole look. Clocking in at just under three feet tall, it comes with three shelves where you can store your favorite refrigerated drinks and snacks. The best part? It even has all of the switches and dials that you would find on a Marshall amp!
4. Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer
The biggest struggle when you move into your dorm room will be figuring out just how to make use of the limited space you’re provided. Most dorm rooms are smaller than an efficiency apartment. They’ll come with a bed, a desk and chair, a dresser, and, if you’re lucky, a small closet. Any remaining space in the room is yours to fill however you’d like, but you’ll want to be careful that you don’t clutter your space too much unless you want your room to feel even smaller.
If your goal as you move into your dorm room is to conserve as much free space as possible, you might want to look into getting a mini fridge that’s more of a micro fridge. This Mini Fridge Electric Cooler and Warmer from Cooluli is so small that it can only hold up to four liters (or approximately six standard cans). Available in a variety of colors, this compact mini fridge is the definition of cute and tiny.
The best thing about having a mini fridge that functions as both a cooler and a warmer is that it’s versatile when it comes to what you can store in it. If you’d like to keep something cool, you can store things like a carton of leftovers, a few drinks, or yogurt for your breakfast. If you’d like to keep something warm until you can finish it later, you can flip the switch to warming and slip in a cup of soup or a cup of coffee to keep warm until later. The only downside is that you can’t use both functions at the same time!
5. Thermoelectric Mini Fridge Cooler and Warmer with Bluetooth
Music is a necessity among many college students. It offers a welcome reprieve from the stress of school, a way for many students to decompress at the end of a long week or even to focus while they do some of their work. Most college students choose to listen to their music through headphones because that way they can listen to it as loudly as they want to without intruding on the study time of the other people who live around them.
The trouble with headphones, though, is that sometimes your ears need a rest from the noise being filtered directly into them, and sometimes the noise that they cancel from the outside world can actually be more of a hindrance than a benefit. Sometimes what you need is some hands-free music that you can play at a moderate level while you work on a paper or read a book. This thermoelectric mini fridge cooler and warmers with a bluetooth system might be exactly what you need.
Whether you’re looking to keep your food and drink refrigerated or warm, with this mini fridge, you can easily play your music out loud and move around your room without worrying about your headphones tangling as you carry your phone around with you. It also saves you the additional need for a separate bluetooth speaker! This two-in-one mini fridge gives you the best of both worlds with its built-in dual cooler and warmer function and a built-in bluetooth speaker to play your music hands-free!
Picking out a mini fridge for your dorm room isn’t easy. Most people tend to settle for a standard black or silver one, but if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, a little smaller than a standard one, and with a few cool extra amenities, these are some of the smallest and coolest mini fridges that we have found.