Types of Mini Refrigerators | What Are The Differences?

So, it seems that you’ve decided to get your hands on a mini fridge. Good for you! But if you did a little bit of research, you might have realized that these mini refrigerators come in various sizes and shapes – even in the “mini” category. How crazy is that?

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But never fear, my friend. That’s why I took the liberty to write a comparison guide on different types of mini-fridges and how to choose the one that suits your needs the best.

Four Types of Mini Fridges

The first thing I would like to mention is that according to my several-hour-long research, there are four different mini refrigerators types when it comes to shape and size. Please note that we are not talking about the different technologies they utilize.

Now that we are on the same page, let’s start with the first type.

1) The Compact Refrigerator: Small but Mighty

The first type of mini fridge on our list is called compact… because it’s, you know, compact. It comes in a form of a small, space-saving design, which despite its name offers plenty of room, but usually lacks a freezer compartment – however, the latter is not always the case.

Most models feature adjustable shelves, door storage, and in some cases a tiny freezer. And the best part? They’re energy-efficient and whisper-quiet, so they won’t keep you up at night with their incessant humming.


  • Space-saving design, perfect for small rooms and apartments
  • Surprisingly roomy with adjustable shelves and door storage
  • Energy-efficient and quiet operation


  • Limited storage capacity compared to larger fridges
  • May not have a separate freezer compartment, or may have a very small one
  • Some models may lack advanced features like temperature control

2) The Cube Refrigerator: Hip to Be Square

The cube fridges are the younger cousins of compact refrigerators. While this type is the smallest on our list, they are still not considered portable. It is of course possible to move them from one place to another without breaking a sweat. As the name suggests, their design is of cubic shape, with near-perfect cubic size, which is about 18 x 18 x 18 inches, or similar dimensions very close to a cube design. Considering the small size, their cooling power is rather formidable.

Most models can keep your drinks frosty and your snacks fresh, making them a popular choice for dorm rooms, offices, and tiny apartments. Just don’t expect to fit a week’s worth of groceries inside – cube refrigerators are best suited for smaller, more frequent shopping trips.

I’m a man but even I have to admit these little devices are freaking adorable.


  • Ultra-compact size, ideal for fitting into tight spaces
  • Adequate cooling power for drinks and small snacks
  • Budget-friendly, often cheaper than larger mini fridges


  • Extremely limited storage capacity
  • Not suitable for storing larger items or perishable foods
  • No separate freezer compartment

3) The Under-the-Counter Refrigerator: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Under-the-counter refrigerators are the tallest and biggest models on our list, yet they still belong to the “mini” category. As the name suggests they are a perfect fit for just under the counter – that’s why they usually come in sizes that will generally fit under most standard counter designs.

If you have ever seen a mini fridge in a bar, it was probably the under-the-counter type. This type is also a great choice for personal mini bars at your home.

Their interior design is ranging from basic models with a single door to more elaborate setups with drawers or glass-fronted doors. And if you’re really looking to impress, some even come with built-in ice makers or wine coolers. Talk about the ultimate in covert snacking.


  • Seamless, built-in appearance that blends with your decor
  • Wide range of sizes and styles to suit any space
  • Can be combined with other appliances, like ice makers or wine coolers


  • Installation may be more complex than other mini fridge types
  • May be more expensive than freestanding options
  • Access can be less convenient, as they’re located lower to the ground

4) The Mid-Sized Refrigerator: Not Too Big, Not Too Small, Just Right

The mid-sized type is also exactly what it sounds like – a middle-sized fridge. These fellas offer the best of both worlds, with enough space to store a decent amount of groceries without taking up too much room.

In regard to size in the “mini” category, they are usually a bit smaller than the under-the-counter type, but larger and taller than the compact and cube mini fridge types.

They typically have more advanced features than their smaller counterparts, such as adjustable temperature controls, separate freezer compartments, and even built-in water dispensers. They’re ideal for small apartments or shared living spaces, where a full-sized fridge might be overkill but a compact fridge just won’t cut it.


  • A good balance between storage capacity and size
  • Often includes advanced features like temperature controls and separate freezer compartments
  • Suitable for small apartments or shared living spaces


  • Larger footprint than compact or cube refrigerators
  • May be less energy-efficient than smaller models
  • Can be more expensive than compact and cube fridges

In Conclusion: The World of Mini Refrigerators Awaits

There it is folks, my take on different types of mini refrigerators that are currently available on the market. Which option seems the best for you?

  • Will you go for the compact refrigerator, with its small footprint and a surprising amount of storage space?
  • Or perhaps the cube refrigerator, the tiniest and most adorable option, perfect for a minimalist living?
  • Maybe the under-the-counter refrigerator is more your style, with its sleek, hidden design and potential for secret snacking?
  • Or will you settle for the mid-sized refrigerator, the ultimate compromise between size and storage capacity?

Whichever you choose, I’m sure it will bring you enough happiness, whether it’s in the form of drinks, fruit, veggies, or even chocolate. Now that I’ve done most of the research for you, you can relax and… chill.

I’ll see myself out.