Even though you may have a modern and contemporary home, the charm of a retro mini fridge should not be ignored. It can enhance visual appeal of your kitchen while also ensuring you can enjoy its utilitarian features. It is like killing two birds with one stone! A retro-style compact refrigerator can add flair and style to the overall décor of your home. Invariably, a retro compact fridge ends up being a collectible, but you can use it like any other compact fridge to cool and preserve drinks, beverages and food items – just about anything that you don’t want taking up space in a conventional fridge.
While there are several retro mini refrigerators in the market, there are some that stand apart due to their looks, quality and features. Of course, it is also important that they are priced just right to suit a person’s budget. So, if you are looking for the best retro compact refrigerator of 2017, here is a list of five retro mini refrigerators that you should check out before you make a purchase decision.
Igloo Retro Compact Refrigerator with Side Bottle Opener – Red
The stunning red color of this Igloo retro compact refrigerator will add flair and panache to your décor. The sheer sight of this 1.6 cu ft retro mini fridge will energize and revitalize you. Also, the fact it has several useful features adds to its overall appeal. It comes with a built-in bottle opener located at the side, making it the perfect compact retro fridge for a man cave, garage or covered front porch. The door has a spacious door basket to house two-liter bottles with ease.
With dimensions of 17 inches x 19 inches x 19 inches, this compact refrigerator will not take up too much space. It has a sturdy stainless steel door handle that makes it easy to open the fridge door; and the door is reversible so can be changed for left- or right-handed users. The shelves slide out for easy access and maintenance. This energy-efficient fridge comes with compressor cooling and is CFC-free. It also has a freezer and adjustable thermostat to customize the cooling.
In case, you don’t want a red color retro fridge in your home, don’t worry. You can opt for the lovely blue variant which has similar features and dimensions.
Customers find this compact retro refrigerator very charming and quaint. Most state that they love the outer appearance of the refrigerator and were also impressed with the way it functions. While they did claim that it was slightly loud, but they didn’t mind because it was extremely functional. One customer stated that the hum of the motor was like white noise and they found it comforting, especially at night as it helped fall asleep.
- Available in two color variants – blue and red
- Comes with a freezer and ice cube tray
- Energy efficient
- Offers value for money
- Ideal for small spaces
- Maybe too compact for certain homes
- Motor’s humming can be loud for a few people
Nostalgia Coca Cola Mini Fridge Series RRF300SDBCOKE Refrigerator with Freezer Compartment (3.2 Cu Ft)
This Coca Cola mini fridge takes you on a trip down memory lane. The 3.2 cu ft compact retro refrigerator comes with two glass shelves, a bottle basket that can accommodate two-liter bottles and a useful can dispenser. The glass shelves are made from tempered glass and can slide out for easy access and maintenance. The distinctive Coca Cola red exterior is appealing and comes with the classic Coca Cola design features that make it a collectible that all fans of the beverage should have.
The dimensions of the Nostalgic Coca Cola mini fridge are 19 inches x 18 inches x 31 inches, making it perfect for storing foods and drinks in places with limited space. There is an adjustable thermostat and a bottle opener located on the outer side panel of the fridge. While some may find the opener superfluous, it is a handy tool to have if you intend using this compact refrigerator to open those old-fashioned soda bottles that teens still seem to favor.
If you smaller capacity Coca Cola mini fridge, don’t worry. You can go in for the 1.7 cu ft CRF170COKE model retro mini fridge, which has the same features, including two leveling legs. The only difference is the two shelves are made from wire, but they are coated to ensure durability. The dimensions of the 1.7 cu ft compact refrigerator are 18.6 inches x 17.5 inches x 19.6 inches.
Most customers find the bright red color of the fridge along with the Coca Cola logo and design elements extremely appealing. One customer stated that they did not find the refrigerator noisy and liked the way it keeps food and drinks cool. Another customer was impressed with the freezer and found that it was constructed well. Most customers found this retro mini fridge compact and lightweight. They also stated that it could fit just about anywhere – kitchen, on a table or even under a desk.
- A must for Coca Cola lovers
- Spacious yet compact
- Perfect for dorms, apartments, offices, game room, and man cave
- Comes with a freezer
- Available in two capacities – 3.2 cu ft and 1.7 cu ft
- Motor is noisier than a traditional refrigerator
- Size may pose a problem for people looking for optimal storage
Daewoo Retro Mini Fridge, Mint (2.8 Cu. Ft.)
This retro compact refrigerator from Daewoo is just too appealing to give it a miss. The stunning mint color is eye-catching while the exterior curves are dramatic, reminding you of the days when any household appliance was made with elegance and sophistication. The Daewoo compact retro fridge is energy efficient and comes with Energy Star rating. It has bright LED interior lighting to ensure you can see everything clearly. It also is a frost-free refrigerator so there is no need to defrost the fridge periodically, saving time and effort.
The dials allow you to control the refrigerator settings to suit your needs, and the sliding drawer at the bottom is spacious and keeps vegetables and fruits fresh. With dimensions of 21.6 inches x 19.2 inches x 28.3 inches, this compact retro refrigerator is perfect for homes, man caves, dorms, offices, home theater rooms, game rooms, nurseries, guest rooms, RVs, boats, yachts and covered porches. It also has a compact and functional freezer where you can make ice cubes without any problem.
If you think this refrigerator is too small for your needs, don’t worry. Daewoo has a larger compact refrigerator with a capacity of 4.4 cu ft. The design, features and appearance are the same as the 2.8 cu ft refrigerator. The only difference is the size. The dimensions of this retro compact fridge are 22.8 inches x 19.2 inches x 36.1 inches.
Most customers loved the gorgeous mint color and the retro look and feel of the mini refrigerator. One customer stated that this retro mini fridge worked so well that on the maximum cooling setting, anything placed on the first shelf directly under the freezer ends up freezing. However, the customer was quick to point out that this did not bother them. Another customer stated that the shelves are made from glass and this was a winning feature for them. Nearly all customers were impressed with the amount of interior space.
- Evokes nostalgia from the days gone by
- Energy efficient
- Compact yet spacious
- Quiet operation
- Comes with interior LED lighting
- Has a drawer for vegetables and fruits
- Does not come with a door lock
- The 2.8 cu ft may be too small for some, but you can always opt for the 4.4 cu ft
Coca Cola CCR-12 Red Retro Fridge
This retro mini fridge symbolizes fun with its bright red color and white graphics on the fridge door. You will become nostalgic just looking at the vintage design, making it a must-have for anyone who loves to collect Coca Cola collectibles or is Coca Cola fan. Unlike other compact refrigerators, this Coca Cola mini fridge uses thermoelectric technology to cool the interior compartment. This technology can chill drinks and food to about 36 deg Fahrenheit below ambient temperature. It comes with a removable shelf that allows you to customize the storage space to suit your needs.
The dimensions of the Coca Cola Red Retro Fridge are 13.5 inches x 10.75 inches x 19.25 inches, making it the perfect compact refrigerator for a den, game room, RV, home office and man cave. Its unique appearance belies its functionality, but once you start using it, you will realize that it offers more than just good retro looks.
Customers were impressed with its energy efficiency. One customer stated that even though it used thermoelectric cooling instead of compressor cooling, it did not affect their electricity bill and they had not noticed an increase in the bill. Another customer stated that this retro mini fridge cools beverages very nicely, but did not like the fact that it had one fan on the outside rather than inside. However, overall the reviews were favorable and most loved its unique design and ability to cool efficiently.
- Uniquely designed to make it into a collector’s item
- Functional mini refrigerator
- Energy efficient
- Spacious interior
- Simple operation involving a simple power switch
- Does not have an adjustable thermostat
- Needs defrosting periodically
Uber Appliance UB-XL1 Uber Chill 12 Can Retro Personal Mini Fridge
This personal mini fridge from Uber is portable and that is what makes it such an attractive compact retro refrigerator. It is primarily a desktop mini fridge that can chill up to 12 cans of 12 ounces or nine liters. It uses thermoelectric technology to cool drinks. However, it unique selling point is that it can double up as a mini cooler and a warmer. It can cool drinks to 40 to 45 deg Fahrenheit below ambient temperature and can keep food warm up to 150 deg Fahrenheit above ambient temperature.
The Uber Chill can be taken on road trips as you can plug it into your vehicle’s 12-Volt cigarette lighter. The stylish retro design makes it a collector’s item, but it has functional use, as well. It is eco-friendly as it does not use any refrigerant. So, it helps in reducing your carbon footprint. The dimensions of this personal mini fridge are 11 inches length x 11 inches width x 12 inches height, making it the perfect retro mini fridge for nurseries, dorms, countertops and home offices. The removal shelves and the self-locking hinge, makes it a winner all the way.
Customers, who purchased this personal mini fridge, could not stop raving about its cooling abilities. Other customers say that the interior size is perfect for storing creamer and this compact retro refrigerator does a good job of cooling and preserving it. Another customer stated that the cooling fan had a soft hum which is not disturbing. They had installed the mini fridge in their office cubicle, but the other colleagues could not hear the fridge. Most customers loved the fact that it did not take up too much space and quickly cooled water and sodas after plugging it in.
- High storage capacity of up of 12 cans
- Silent operation due to thermoelectric technology
- Quirky yet charming appearance
- Functions as a cooler-cum-warmer
- Comes with power cord to connect it to the car cigarette lighter
- More suitable for beverage cooling than food cooling
- Compact size may be a deterrent
- Require one hour of break after running it continuously for 48 hours