When students leave home and head off to higher education, they often face a bit of a shock living on their own for the first time, especially in a dorm situation. Lack of space and privacy can make eating well difficult between classes, late-night study sessions, and social events. A mini fridge is an important part of dorm life, even if only to house takeout leftovers.
We've chosen mini fridges which combine compact size with decent interior capacity, as well as being budget-friendly enough for a student to easily afford. Since these fridges are often kept near the bed, it's important they’re quiet when on, as well as energy efficient operation. Although style was less important, none of the following selections are likely stick out, making them discrete and compact options for dorm rooms, offices, and similar environments.
If you’re willing to spend a bit more for a mini refrigerator with more capacity and features, the Frigidaire FFPS3122QM is an excellent choice. This mini fridge even offers features such as a dedicated crisper drawer and built-in can dispenser, while being quiet and versatile enough for use in a dorm room. Read Full Review
The Frigidaire FFPS3122QM is an excellent mini fridge for a dorm, although it is a bit more on the expensive side. This mini refrigerator offers a generous 3.1 cubic feet of space in total, divided between the fridge and freezer compartments. Even with a capacity this large, this fridge easily fits in a dorm room or other right space. The FFPS3122QM even includes a crisper drawer and built-in can dispenser, as well as interior lighting. A reversible door and leveling legs make it easy to install, and its Energy Star rating ensures it’ll be easy on your energy bill. The Frigidaire FFPS3122QM has good looks, performs well, and runs quiet enough in the confines of a dorm room.
The Haier HCR27B offers a large 2.7 cubic foot capacity while still remaining compact, allowing it to fit perfectly in a dorm room or under an office desk. With quiet operation and plenty of space management options, this is a great choice for any student. Read Full Review
The Haier HCR27B mini fridge is an excellent choice for a dorm room or office fridge, with its generous interior capacity, compact exterior dimensions, and quiet operation. This mini fridge has a 2.7 cubic foot capacity with two full-width shelves, two full-width door shelves, and a tall bottle rack. Also included is a half-width freezer compartment with an ice cube tray. Unfortunately, as is the case with most dorm-sized fridges, this mini fridge isn’t quite spacious enough to fit a large pizza box while the freezer compartment does require fairly regular defrosting.
If you don’t need a freezer compartment, the Danby DAR026A1BDD is an excellent choice for a dorm room. This mini fridge offers a good capacity, a scratch resistant top, and design features such as a built-in can dispenser. Read Full Review
The Danby DAR026A1BDD is a great choice if you don’t want or need the small freezers that usually come in mini refrigerators. This all-fridge model offers 2.6 cubic feet of refrigerator space, and organizes this space using two and a half adjustable wire shelves. The DAR026A1BDD also includes dedicated tall bottle storage and a built-in can dispenser, as well as auto defrost and a mechanical thermostat. This mini fridge features a reversible door and a flush back design, making it easy to install. Energy Star qualified, with touches such as a scratch resistant top, and affordable, the Danby DAR026A1BDD is an excellent choice for a dorm room mini fridge.
This efficient and affordable mini refrigerator is a great choice for a student’s dorm room thanks to its compact size and quiet operation. The Avanti SHP1700W has adjustable shelves and a tall bottle rack, allowing it to accommodate a variety of perishable items with ease. Read Full Review
This basic and compact 1.7 cubic foot mini refrigerator is a great choice for dorms or as a small secondary fridge. The Avanti SHP1700W comes in multiple finishes, including white, black and stainless steel. This affordable mini fridge has adjustable shelves and a rack that can accommodate a two liter beverage bottle. An interior light clearly illuminates all your food items, and the door is reversible to allow for expanded placement options. This mini fridge offers full temperature control and runs very quiet with no vibrations.
This mini fridge offers 2.4 cubic feet of space you can organize through the use of slide-out shelves and a tall bottle rack. The Sunpentown RF-244SS lacks automatic defrost, but is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a compact and affordable mini fridge. Read Full Review
The Sunpentown RF-244SS offers 2.4 cubic feet of capacity, while being compact enough to easily fit in the confines of a dorm room or other small space. This mini refrigerator uses two slide-out wire shelves and a tall bottle rack to organize its interior space along with a small freezer compartment. A flush back design, reversible door, and leveling legs at the front make it easier to install this fridge in a variety of places without too much effort. The RF-244SS has an adjustable thermostat, and while it only has manual defrost, such a small fridge isn’t too difficult to keep frost-free and clean. Energy Star qualified and affordable, the Sunpentown RF-244SS makes a great choice for a dorm room mini fridge.