We have seen which are the best mini refrigerators currently on the market, now let us see how to choose among all the one that best suits your needs. The first thing to evaluate is the size of the refrigerator, i.e., the external measurements and the internal capacity. It is also important to consider how the refrigerator compartment is divided, how many shelves, drawers, and balconies it has. Especially if the refrigerator is to be placed in a bedroom, make sure it is not noisy and has a nice design.
As with all appliances, it is necessary to consider consumption and choose a fridge of energy class A or higher. Finally, consider the brand and the value for money. Let us see everything in detail.
Measurements and capacities
The first element to consider when choosing the best mini fridge in India is, of course, the size. The smaller and more compact models are perfect for placing in the bedroom as a second refrigerator, in a hotel room, in the office or to take to the campsite. They usually have a capacity of 40-60 liters, are single-door and have a small internal freezer with a maximum capacity of 10 liters, capable of storing frozen food for a short time.
For those who, on the other hand, want a small refrigerator, but large enough to hold food and drinks for one or two people, to be used instead of the classic combined refrigerator (which has significantly larger dimensions and consumption), we suggest a 100-liter single door. or a little more. Often this type of refrigerator has multiple internal shelves, door balconies, a drawer for fruit and vegetables and a 10–15-liter freezer compartment, capable of producing ice cubes.
Shelves and compartments
The division of the internal space is especially important in a refrigerator, even a small one. Most mini fridges only have one or two shelves, a bottle holder, and a door balcony. Some have a freezer compartment and accessories such as trays and egg holders.
Only the most capacious models, from 100 liters upwards, have from two to four shelves, drawers for fruit and vegetables, numerous door balconies and a real freezer compartment.
Which one to choose? It all depends on your needs: if you need a small fridge to keep in the bedroom or office to always have fresh drinks and snacks at hand, a model with only one shelf, a bottle holder and a freezer compartment will do more than well. If, on the other hand, what you want to buy is to be your main refrigerator, you should choose a more spacious model, with more shelves and compartments.
Many think that small fridges consume less and less than large ones, but this is not the case. As with all household appliances, consumption depends on the energy efficiency class. Especially if you intend to use the refrigerator all year round, and not just in camping for example, you must choose one of energy class A or higher, so as not to burden your bill too much.
Do not forget to check the noise of the refrigerator as well, especially if you want to install it in the bedroom. In fact, many of these small free-standing refrigerators are noisier than traditional ones. The noise level is indicated on the energy label and is expressed in decibels (dB). In order not to be annoying, it should never exceed 45 dB (the ideal is to stay below 40 dB).
If you want to have the mini fridge exposed, you must take the design into account. Many models are extremely simple, square, with a smooth and white door. As you can see from our ranking, however, there are also models with a more sophisticated design, for example the retro and colorful ones perfect for the office and the bedroom.
Brand and price
If you want a quality product and with good customer service in case of breakdowns and malfunctions, we recommend that you choose a well-known brand, specialized in the production of refrigerators. One of the best in the mini fridge sector is Whirlpool. The Haier and Samsung refrigerators are also of excellent quality and have a nice design.
As for the price, it varies a lot according to the capacity and other features of the refrigerator. For exceedingly small ones, below 100 liters, it goes from 7000 to 9000 INR, while it goes up to over 12000 INR for the more capacious and equipped models.
You can buy mini fridges in all the best-stocked appliance stores. Keep in mind, however, that in physical stores the choice is often limited, because these refrigerators are less in demand than traditional large ones.
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