Top 10 Best Cheap Dorm Fridges

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Best Cheap Dorm Fridges

The number one thing you *need* to make sure you have in your new dorm room is a mini fridge. Trust me, you’re going to get tired of cafeteria food and you’ll eventually need access to cold Red Bulls and string cheese at hours when nothing else is open. If you’re on a super strict budget, you can check your local Craigslist for used fridges, but your best bet there is in May when everyone’s vacating their dorm rooms. For a new (read: no mystery stains or smells) fridge that won’t break the bank, keep reading.

I’ve lined up the best cheap dorm fridges for under $200 (plus one splurge) that should suit any need and budget. So whether you’re looking for the minimal viable product to keep your yogurt cold, or you need that extra freezer space for your Ben & Jerry’s, this list has you covered. And if nothing here suits your fancy, you can find more compact fridges here.


1. Best Budget Cube Fridge: Midea WHS-65L 1.6 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator

Midea-WHS-65L-1.6-Cu.-Ft.-Refrigerator

Amazon

I chose the Midea compact fridge as my best buy on a budget for a few reasons: One, for less than $100 you can choose a black, white, or stainless finish. Two, while you can find less expensive options, the reviews for this model are solid, and it comes with fast, free Prime shipping (to compare, this larger fridge is only $59.88, but charges $49.99 in shipping). Three, the internal (though small) freezer compartment has its own door, which provides better cold retention than those without. So if you’re looking for a cheap dorm fridge to store your snacks, this is a great buy.

Price: $84.92 (63 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Midea WHS-65L 1.6 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator


Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Door holds 2-liter bottles
  • Full 1-Year / Compressor 2-Year Warranty

Cons:

  • Some reviewers report company does not honor warranty

Find more Midea WHS-65L 1.6 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator



2. Best Budget Large Capacity Mini Fridge: Danby DAR044A4BDD Compact 4.4 Cubic Foot Refrigerator,

Danby-4.4-Cubic-Foot-Compact-Fridge

Amazon

The Darby mini fridge comes in a variety of sizes to fit whatever space and need you have, but this 4.4 cubit foot model gives you the most intermal storage for the price. It doesn’t come with a freezer compartment, which frees up even more room for keeping drinks, snack, and even small kegs chilled. If you want more than a basic cube dorm fridge, and don’t mind not having a place to store ice cream, this is your best bet.

Price: $197.78 (21 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Danby Compact 4.4 Cubic Foot Refrigerator here.



Pros:

  • Maximum storage space for the price
  • Adjustable slide-out wire shelves
  • Door holds 2-liter bottles and has can dispenser

Cons:

Find more Danby Compact 4.4 Cubic Foot Refrigerator information and reviews here.



3. Most Wished for on Amazon: Midea WHD-113FSS1 Double Door Refrigerator and Freezer, 3.1 Cubic Feet, Stainless Steel

Midea-WHD-113FSS1-Double-Reversible-Door-Refrigerator-and-Freezer,-3.1-Cubic-Feet

Amazon

The Midea 3.1 cubic foot fridge with separate freezer is Amazon’s most wished-for model. A separate freezer unit offers maximum chilling for ice cream and frozen dinners, and the stainless finish is very attractive. The only down side? This model currently takes 1-2 months to ship (fine if you’re someone who plans ahead). If you just can’t wait, the black model ships immediately. Find more of Amazon’s most wished for dorm fridges here.

Price: $170 (32 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Midea Double Door Refrigerator and Freezer here.


Pros:

  • Separate freezer unit
  • Produce drawer
  • Full 1-Year / Compressor 2-Year Warranty

Cons:

  • Stainless model takes 1-2 months to ship

Find more Midea Double Door Refrigerator and Freezer information and reviews here.



4. Best For Color Lovers: RCA/Igloo 1.6-1.7 Cubic Foot Fridge

Mini Fridge

Amazon

If you want to add a splash of color to your dorm room, this mini fridge is just the ticket. It comes in a variety of bright hues, including blue, green, red, purple and orange, to match any color scheme. And if you’re looking for something more traditional, it also comes in black, white, and stainless steel. The interior features a tiny freezer space and enough door space to hold a 2-liter bottle. P.S. these also come in a 3.2 cu. ft. size.

Prices range from $86.06 to $129.20

Buy the RCA/Igloo 1.6-1.7 Cubic Foot Fridge here.


Pros:

  • Door holds 2-liter bottles
  • Ice compartment with ice cube tray
  • Comes in lots of fun colors

Cons:

  • Freezer tray requires some occasional defrosting

Find more RCA/Igloo 1.6-1.7 Cubic Foot Fridge information and reviews here.



5. Best Chalkboard Fridge: Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board Refrigerator With Neon Markers

Dry Erase Mini Fridge

Amazon

Technically this is a dry-erase fridge, but it has the iconic look of a chalkboard with easy-to-use neon erase markers. This is a really convenient way to leave yourself reminders that you’re out of juice or cute messages for your roommate. With 3.2 cubic feet of storage and a full-width freezer compartment, you can hold a lot in this mini fridge. An added bonus is the flush back space-saving design, so it has a smaller footprint.

Price: $123.45

Buy the Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board Refrigerator here.



Pros:

  • Door holds 2-liter bottles and has can dispenser
  • Variable temperature control
  • Full-width freezer compartment
  • Slide-out glass shelves and ice cube tray

Cons:

  • Some reviewers received damaged units

Find more Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board Refrigerator information and reviews here.



6. Best Dorm Fridge/Freezer Combo: Danby 3.1 Cubic Foot 2 Door Compact Refrigerator

Danby-2-door-Compact-Fridge

Amazon

For the ultimate mini fridge, you’ll want a separate freezer compartment with its own temperature control. With over 3 cubic feet, you can store plenty of ice cream and frozen dinners, and it even comes with a vegetable drawer. The door can hold 2-liter bottles and has a can dispenser. It comes in stainless steel or all white.

Price: $170.13 (43 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Danby DCR031B1BSLDD 3.1 cu. ft. 2 Door Compact Refrigerator here.



Pros:

  • Door holds 2-liter bottles and has can dispenser
  • Variable temperature control
  • Separate freezer compartment
  • 18-month warranty on parts and labor

Cons:

  • Interior space tapers towards back, impeding larger items

Find more Danby DCR031B1BSLDD 3.1 cu. ft. 2 Door Compact Refrigerator information and reviews here.



7. Best Vintage Style: Igloo 1.6 cu ft Retro Compact Refrigerator With Side Bottle Opener

Igloo-Retro-1.6-cu-ft-dorm-fridge

Amazon

Harken back to days of old with this super cute vintage-inspired mini fridge. Inside you’ll find the same features as the other 1.6 cubic foot dorm fridges in the list, including temperature control, 2-liter bottle capacity, and a mini freezer compartment. What sets this unit apart is definitely its style and the added bottle opener on the side. With looks this good, you won’t want to hide this fridge under a desk.

Price: $119

Buy the Igloo 1.6 cu ft Retro Compact Refrigerator here.


Pros:

  • Door holds 2-liter bottles
  • Bonus bottle opener
  • Fun style

Cons:

  • Temperature dial is on the back
  • Handle is decorative – not functional

Find more Igloo 1.6 cu ft Retro Compact Refrigerator information and reviews here.



8. Best Splurge: Daewoo Retro Compact 2.8 Cu Ft Refrigerator

Daewoo-Retro-Compact-Refrigerator

Amazon

This might be right on the outside of “cheap” for a dorm fridge, but I can’t get enough of this sleek retro style. Perfect for design-savvy decorators and Jetson fans alike, this 2.8 cubic foot model boasts plenty of space to keep your food cold. The only drawback is that it does not come with a freezer compartment. For that, you’ll want to upgrade to the 4.4 cubic foot model for only $50 more. You can even nab a matching microwave and coordinating electric kettle. #dying.

Price: $249.99 (11 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Daewoo Retro Compact 2.8 Cu Ft Refrigerator here.



Pros:

  • Stylish
  • Roomy
  • Produce drawer
  • Door holds 2-liter bottles

Cons:

Find more Daewoo Retro Compact 2.8 Cu Ft Refrigerator information and reviews here.



9. Best for ‘Star Wars’ Fans: R2-D2 Star Wars Mini Fridge, 14 L

R2D2-14L-Fridge

Amazon

If you’ve seen every Star Wars film and agree that Han shot first, you’ve probably already clicked through to buy this fridge. It comes with two shelves and can hold up to 18 cans. There’s a handle on top and you can even plug it into your car charger if you’re on the road. What’s unique is that the thermoelectric system allows for refrigeration or heating mode. Of course they also offer a classic Han Trapped in Carbonite model if that’s more your style. Sadly, the BB-8 fridge only comes in desktop size.

Price: $149.95 (25 percent off MSRP)

Buy the R2-D2 Mini Fridge here.


Pros:

  • Classic Star Wars style
  • Holds up to 18 cans
  • Top handle for easy transort
  • Chills or warms with the flip of a switch

Cons:

Find more Disney Star Wars Mini Fridge information and reviews here.



10. Best Stealth Desktop Fridge: Doctor Who TARDIS Mini Fridge

Doctor Who Tardis Desk Fridge

The Doctor Who Site

Ok, can we just talk about this TARDIS mini fridge for a minute? Granted, it is really tiny (but epically large inside? Sadly, no), but it’s so incredibly cute, you won’t even care that it’s only designed to hold a six pack. Consider this more of a desk fridge for keeping drinks and snacks cool. The best part might be the sound option that imitates the whoosh and warble of the TARDIS arriving and departing. But if your yogurt gets magically transported to another dimension, maybe ask your roommate.

Price: $79

Buy the Doctor Who TARDIS Mini Fridge here.



Pros:

  • Iconic
  • Conveniently holds a six pack
  • Can also be used as a humidor
  • Small enough to be disguised as desk decor for those not allowed to have fridges in their space

Cons:

  • Very small
  • Cools more than chills

Find more Doctor Who TARDIS Mini Fridge information and reviews here.


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