It's official: These stylish mini fridges will change your life

Small but mighty (and adorable)

Koolatron 6 Can AC/DC Retro Mini Cooler Personal Mini Fridge Refrigerator in pink in blue room with soda can beside it and a stack of books and a pink polaroid camera
(Image credit: Walmart)

From here on out, mini fridges are cool (literally). Gone are the days when their mere mention would summon up visions of cluttered bedrooms and frat bros. Now, the humble, miniature refrigerator is an integral dorm room essential. Of course, there's no shame in admitting the convenience of a mini fridge remains an alluring factor. The option to keep party drinks somewhere else when guests are over? Sold. Even better? You can use these fridges to store some of your holy-grail skincare products, too. Enter: your teeny knight in pastel and metallic armor. We think this is going to be the ultimate small kitchen appliance of 2023.

So, gone are the days of boring colors, dated designs, and general cringe. I've found a bunch of new, stylish iterations, guaranteed to please any taste. We're talking baby pink hues, chrome plating, and the iconic features we all associate with the colorful, 1950s Smeg designs. Yep, the vibe shift has happened. 

Even better? I've taken into account the sometimes wobbly bank accounts typical to first-time buyers, renters, and students navigating inflation, rising house prices, and other 21st-century conundrums. So, whether it's a temperature stat, an internal freezer, an automatic defrost function, or mechanical temperature control you're after, specs like these are sure to keep a cold brew at arms' reach all year round.

Keep it chill with these 9 stylish mini fridges

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Are mini fridges worth it?

Short answer: absolutely. While they're not as roomy as your standard fridge, they function as a zestier alternative to drink coolers, and they have the added convenience of being compact and easy to keep nearby. Soda on demand? Sounds like my kind of setup. Plus, when you've run out of ways to organize your fridge, it's a handy backup to store smaller items you need on hand. Provided you choose an energy-efficient option, you won't burn any holes in your pocket, meaning you can entertain, chill out, or cook away without stressing. 

Joseph Bobowicz
Freelance Contributor

Working across digital and print publications, Joseph Bobowicz is a London-born writer obsessed with books, culture, and all things new. When he's not writing about fashion for i-D and the Independent, he's out sourcing the best homewares to incorporate into any humble abode, fixer-upper, or first-time buy alike.