College: 5 Mini Fridges for Every Budget

Sure, it’s possible to live without one but there are a lot of reasons not to!

Some cons of not having a mini fridge:

  • you won’t have cold drinks, dairy products or frozen foods (ice cream, yum!) in your dorm
  • need ice? you’ll have to make a store run
  • only have 10 meals a week plan? you’ll be dishing out tons of money on fast food each week.10 meals a week = 2 meals per day for 5 days. What are you going to do on the weekend?
  • want frozen pizza, waffles, ice cream, etc? too bad, you don’t have a freezer for such
  • you won’t have the perfect place to set your microwave!

If you are ready to invest in a mini fridge, great! We have compiled a list of mini fridges for every budget. Whether you have $60 or $300, we’ve got you covered.  

Tip: While it’s ideal to have your own mini fridge, see about splitting the cost with your roommate if it’s a financial burden for you. One is better than none!

Disclosure: These mini fridges are linked to Amazon. All opinions are my own. If you click a link and buy one of the fridges listed, I receive a commission from Amazon that helps me fund this site. Thank you 🙂

Under $100: 

  1. Midea Compact Refrigerator Mini Fridge  at $89.90 with free shipping
  • Brand: Midea
  • Colors: White, Black and Stainless Steel
  • Sizes: 1.7 cubic feet (CF), 2.4 CF and 3.1 CF
  • Rated: 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • Weight: 41.9 lbs
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Dimensions: 17.7 x 18.6 x 19.4 inches
  • Adjustable Thermostat
  • Has a freezer
  • Reversible door

This Midea mini fridge comes in 3 colors and 3 convenient sizes. With a price of $89.90, it’s a great deal. If you have an excruciatingly small dorm, this mini fridge is compact enough to save you space. Tip: you’ll have to get your own ice cube tray.

   2. Midea 1.7CF Refrigerator Black at $90.00

  • Brand: Midea
  • Color: Black
  • Size: 1.7 CF
  • Rated: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Weight: 35.4 lbs
  • Dimensions: 18w x 17d x 20h inches
  • Has a freezer
  • Can fit multiple 2 liter bottles
  • Quiet

This Midea mini fridge fits perfectly under some desks. The freezer is good size for such a compact fridge. It’s perfect for dormitories. It is also lightweight.

Under $200:

   3. Midea Compact Refrigerator with Reversible Door, 2.4 CF at $100.00

  • Brand: Midea
  • Color: Stainless Steel
  • Size: 2.4 CF
  • Rated: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weight: 37.5 lbs
  • Dimensions:17.5 x 20.1 x 24.8 inches
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Has a freezer
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Low noise
  • Certified energy star
  • Reversible door

The sleek stainless steel look of this mini fridge will modernize your dorm room. A stainless steel microwave, or even a black one, on top would look great. Although there are no rating at this time, the other 2 Midea mini fridges on this list rated high so it could be worth the risk. Tip: check out this fridge on other sites for review and then buy from Amazon for the best price if you like what you find.

   4. Black Igloo Eraser Board Refrigerator at $136.47

  • Brand: Igloo
  • Color: Black
  • Size: 3.0 CF
  • Rated: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Dimensions: LxWxH19.0 x 17.5 x 31.25
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Fits 2 Liters
  • Dry erase board on front
  • Free shipping from Amazon

Igloo is one of the of the most trusted and reliable brands for appliances. This mini fridge is a great choice for many reasons Firstly, it has adjustable shelves. Have a gallon of milk? No problem! Just adjust the shelving to fit your needs. It also features a dry erase board on the door of the fridge, making it an ideal fridge for shared rooms or roommates. If you’ll be sharing with a roommate, this Igloo fridge will allow you to leave messages and shopping lists for your roomie to see! Tip: to get the dry erase pens to start working, you need to dip the tips underwater for a minute.

   5. Keystone Compact 2 Door Mini Fridge, 3.1 CF at $179.99

  • Brand: Keystone
  • Color: Black
  • Size: 3.1 CF
  • Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Dimensions:20 x 18.5 x 33.2 inches
  • Weight: 57 lbs
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Separate freezer
  • Can and 2 liter storage in door
  • 2 glass shelves
  • Crisper
  • Reversible door
  • Energy star certified
  • Interior light
  • Free shipping

Arguably the best mini fridge on this list. It’s the perfect size for a dorm, provides storage throughout the whole thing, includes an interior light and you can even get it with free shipping from Amazon!


Are you considering buying one of the fridges on this list? If so, which one? If you already have one, what kind is it and what do you like about it?


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