Gaming mini fridge [Best 2020]
Gaming Mini Fridges Review
The truth is that I’d rather have a mini fridge next to me than having to go upstairs every time I need a cold one.
I’ve always enjoyed cool setups, game rooms, production office, battle station or “man caves” as they used to be called. One element that couldn’t be missed back then was a gaming mini fridge.
For water, soda, booze or energy drinks, it seems that this trend is coming back again thanks to new units’ versatility, price, low energy consumption and more importantly their looks.
An upcoming trend
Another reason for gamers mini fridge being cool again are popular streamers such as Ninja or Tfue on Twitch or YouTube having them on the background while streaming. There are 4 common things on their setups: neon lights, big headphones, gaming chair and, you guessed right, a mini fridge featuring a popular energy drink with even more neon lights if possible…
Turns out that it’s not coincidence that a mini fridge for gamers is promptly displayed on most live streams.
It’s all about videogames and Esports
According to a Deloitte research most young gamers are Esports viewers
But videogames are not only appealing to the younger demographic, a research from Newzoo showcases that gaming has gone mainstream. In the US it reaches 66% of the online female population.
No wonder why energy drinks want to be featured on live streams and therefore why a mini fridge for gaming is becoming a must on gaming setups.
Following this marketing trend, most gamers do want a mini fridge as part of their gaming setup now. Given my experience as an online gamer (I go back to Counter Strike when it was still a mod and you needed to own a copy of Half-Life in order to play…) and since I couldn’t find a good gaming mini fridge review, I decided to put one together featuring the best of the best for your gaming needs.
The Costway 60 Can Beverage Refrigerator EP23231 features a stainless steel trimmed glass door with recessed handle.
The door can be easily reversed, this is an important feature given that most gaming mini fridges are confined in small spaces.
This mini fridge is easy to set up and install. In fact, it’s so easy that you don’t need to be worry about being a good gamer:
- Take the Costway 60 Can Beverage Refrigerator out of the box.
- Let it sit for about 1 hour without being plugged. This is to make sure that the refrigerator liquid and all the mechanical parts are in the right place after transportation.
- Choose a temperature setting and plug it to a power source. Best to let it empty for 24 hours before use
- The most important part. Make sure to put some drinks inside afterwards!
Something to keep in mind about its installation
Now that this is only a freestanding unit. This is important because I’ve noticed a few online reviews showcasing the Costway 60 Can Beverage Refrigerator inside a cabinet or in a built-in installation. In fact, it’s even shown in some catalog pictures as a built-in unit. This is a bad idea and the reason why some reviewers stated that this mini fridge for gamers didn’t last too long. Make sure that you leave plenty of space for the heat to dissipate or you will face the same problem!
Looking good inside and out
Something that has caught my attention is that online reviewers mentioned that despite having “60 Can Beverage Refrigerator” on its name, this mini fridge does struggle with so many cans.
Plenty of space
Given its capacity (1.6 cubic feet – 45 liters), it’s safe to say that it can handle about 40 cans. There is however, a solution to this space problem. If you do really need to fit more drinks, go for the 23232-CYWH model. It triples its capacity to 3.2 cubic feet (90.61 liters), allowing you to fit about 120 cans.
Controlled cooling power
A manual adjustable thermostat allows you to choose 7 different temperature settings with a control knob placed on the back of the unit. With temperatures ranging from 39 °F (3.89 °C) to 61°F (16.11 °C). Satisfied costumers mentioned that the temperature setting 3 is cool enough for drinks.
The good thing is that given its temperature levels and powerful compressor this unit can handle as well some snacks such as fruit or cheese. Perfect when you do need a snack between rounds but you don’t have enough time to go back to the kitchen!
- Brand name: Frigidaire
- Color: Red, black, coral, moonbeam, blue, white
- Model Number: EFR376
- Capacity: 3.2 cubic feet – 90.61 liters
- 2 removable glass shelves
- Width: 21.50 in. – 55 cm
- Depth: 19 in. – 48 cm
- Height: 33 in. – 84.00 cm
- Weight: 50.4lb – 22.86 kg
- Consumption: 219 kWh = $26 per year
A long history of appliance manufacturing
I have known Frigidaire for years. It’s one of those brands that comes to mind when you think about appliance or kitchen products. They have been making quality products since 1918 and this Frigidaire retro fridge takes you back to that time with an attractive old school design.
Retro inspired details
This mini fridge features decorative door embellishments. It comes as well with a small built-in bottle opener on the side giving it a touch of contemporary and utility. You won’t lose any time looking for a bottle opener or trying to open it with your lighter (if you don’t know that trick, let me know and I will do short guide…).
This mini retro fridge is available in 6 different colors (red, black, coral, moonbeam, blue, white). The one that I like the most is the red one. I think it can give a distinctive and unique touch to any gaming room.
Some online reviewers have mentioned that they weren’t fully satisfied with the handle to open the door. The images featured online are slightly deceiving since it seems that the handle pulls away from the door (as old-fashioned refrigerators with a latch mechanism).
Additionally, there is a retro detail available at the bottom too, but it’s made of plastic as well. It’s clearly stated on the Frigidaire Retro Bar Fridge Refrigerator description that these are stainless steel look. Which means that they are not made of steel, but they pretend to be. It’s indeed mentioned, but I think it’s better for you to be aware of it beforehand.
I have been researching online and I found its manual with the handle install instruction. Turns out that the handle is screwed by four pcs screws. So if the handle gets flimsy (which it might after a while), it’s just a matter to tight the screws again.
Everything that you could need in a compact space
Despite its size, this retro mini fridge has a capacity of 3.2 cubic feet (90.61 liters). It comes with a fresh food compartment, 2 removable and adjustable slide-out glass shelves and a separate freezer compartment. You won’t run out of space for your drinks and food. There is plenty of door storage too and it features as well a can dispenser that can hold 6 cans and one 2 liter bottle.
The freezer section is useful since it comes with a small ice cube tray with a capacity of 0.25 cubic feet (7.08 liters).
This retro mini fridge for gamers has the temperature control on the back side near the bottom, everything is set for you to just plug and play (sorry I had to…).
Going through the manual I’ve noted that this fridge is designed to be for freestanding use only. Clearly stated that in needs to be placed indoors away from any heat source or direct sunshine and leaving at least a 4 inch (100 mm) space for any wall and 8 inch (200mm) of space over the top.
If you are looking to give a retro look to your gaming room this mini fridge from Frigidaire might be the answer that you are looking for.
Another wine cooler that fits well in the category of gaming mini fridge is the Antarctic Star 26 Bottle Wine Cooler/Cabinet Beverage Refrigerator.
Not only for soda (or beer) cans
Despite its name, this mini refrigerator can handle both wine and cans. It features a dual-pane glass door which means that your precious drinks will be better protected from light and room temperature.
As with other mini fridges, its door position can be easily changed in about 15 minutes and some patience. Note that the owner’s manual mentions that its door will close easier if the two front leveling legs are extended.
The Antarctic Star 26 Bottle Wine Cooler/Cabinet Beverage Refrigerator comes as well with a vibration free cooling system. This means that drinks will be kept without vibrations disturbing its contents. Sure, it might be an overkill for your Monster energy drinks, but if you are serious about wine or beer, it’s a nice thing to have.
Place drinks inside as you see fit
It comes with 3 removable stainless steel shelves. It can hold about 60 standard cans or 18 bottles of wine thanks to its interior dimensions of 16.9 inches (42.93 centimeters) x 17.32 inches (43.99 centimeters) x 7.5 inches (19.05 centimeters).
If you are tight on space (or budget) there is a smaller 18 bottle version, which is slightly cheaper too. Note however that the digital temperature controls only come with the bigger version (hence the price difference as well). It allows you to program the temperature of your mini fridge anywhere from 40°F to 61°F (6°C to 14°C), enough to keep beer properly cold. The smaller version comes with a dial control instead. Keeping your drinks cold but not as accurate in terms of temperature.
Satisfied buyers mentioned that food can be kept inside for a short period of time. It does not get cold enough to safely keep food for a long period of time, but its cold enough to keep some snacks for breaks between raids.
A great look for a gaming room
What I like the most about this mini fridge for gamers is its soft interior lighting. It does go really well in a gaming room. It has an on/off control just so the light can stay ON despite having the door shut.
As with other mini fridges, many potential buyers wonder if this mini fridge can be placed inside a cabinet. The answer is no. The Antarctic Star 26 Bottle Wine Cooler/Cabinet Beverage Refrigerator is freestanding only. In other words, you do need to leave enough space on the back and top to allow for heat to dissipate.
Good news is that this unit comes with 1-year warranty, so as far as you follow its instructions you are covered. To me it’s great to have the peace of mind that comes with buying new.
Tony Stark would be pleased
It’s not of made of nanotech (it’s plastic instead) but I bet that Tony Stark would be happy have this mini fridge on his man cave.
This officially licensed Marvel collectible mini fridge is about the size of a big lunch box and can hold about 6 cans of 12oz soda, which translates into 4 liters. Now note that the 6-pack has to be played down on their side. Not sanding up. Which it makes sense given its size (11.5 inches height).
If you are a big fan of big drinks (such as Arizona Ice tea) you are fine too since it can easily keep 2 big cans of that size.
Don’t be fooled by its size. This Iron Man themed mini fridge comes with 1 removable shelf. You can keep for instance 4 cans below and some snacks on the upper side. Although if you want to keep 6 cans in total, you will have to remove the shelf that comes with it.
There are a few more features that make this mini fridge a good buy. To start with its price, it won’t break your bank compared to other mini refrigerators listed on this article.
Not only for cold drinks
Surprisingly enough it can keep your food warm as well. Just be careful to unexpectedly turning on the wrong feature! There is nothing worst in life than a hot beer.
This Marvel Iron man Mini fridge plugs into a standard US outlet or DC 12v (which is the voltage from your car socket), and guess what, it does comes with both wires and a useful handle to carry around. Do keep in mind however that it’s not made of nanotech, so you do really want to be careful not hitting a hard surface while carrying it around.
Mesmerizing LED eyes
A nice touch that made be like even more this Iron Man fridge is there is a separate switch to light up Iron Man eyes. In fact, you don’t even need to have the fridge turned on to have its LED lights staring at you. How cute.
The owners manual states that you are not supposed to leave this Marvel Iron man Mini Fridge running for more than 3 days. If you do, you need to turn it off for a minimum of 8 hours.
Satisfied customers have mentioned that the wait can be shorter than what’s stated on the instructions. You can still keep the LED lights on, so not so much of a problem, your battle station mini fridge will still look great.
I can’t talk about gaming mini fridges without mentioning one of my favorite movie sagas of all time. Sure the movies are better than its video games (except Kotor), but I still think it can nicely fit as a gamers mini fridge.
The Star Wars Han Solo Mini Fridge follows a similar design that the Iron Man mini fridge that I just reviewed above.
Jabba the Hutt approves
It’s an official licensed Star Wars mini fridge, in fact it was used as a promotion for anyone who was pre-ordering the deluxe edition of Star Wars: Battlefront videogame.
I don’t want you to be disappointed if you end up buying this mini fridge. Note that although it seems to be 3D the frozen Han Solo is just a plain sticker. There was another Star Wars mini fridge with a fully 3D effect. It even had a LED light on the front to give a melting effect. Unfortunately that version has been discontinued.
In terms of capacity, this mini fridge can hold six cans. It comes as well with one removable shelf so you can keep for instance 4 cans at the bottom and smaller items on top.
It’s not made of carbonite… and keeps things warm too
A few more good things about this mini fridge is that it’s affordable, despite not being made of carbonite (sorry I had to keep going with the joke that I used with the Iron Man Mini Fridge and nanotech…) it can keep food warm if wish to do so.
Thanks to its car adaptor you can travel with a frozen Han Solo anywhere. It does feature a handle so carrying it around is even easier.
Jabba the Hutt would be pleased and you should as well with this Star Wars Mini Fridge.
I have found online a few more Star Wars themed Mini Fridges with the similar specs but featuring different characters which might be more fitting to your game room:
The iconic Marshall Amp that keeps your drinks cold
The Marshall Compact Fridge might be music related but it looks damn good. It does feature authentic Marshall Amp parts, which makes it even cooler. The Marshall logo, fret cloth, knobs, and brass-finished faceplate with the iconic Marshall’s signature are genuine as well.
This compact fridge is indeed the perfect addition to any man cave. With its flush black design and reversible door it’s almost sure that it will become a centerpiece to any space.
The opposite of an amp purpose, quiet
This fridge comes as well with and adjustable front leg, which is mainly used during installation. You need to make sure that it’s leveled accordingly just so it runs as quietly as expected. It does come with a low decibel compressor of 40dB, CFC free. In other words it should be running really smooth.
I did read however a couple of reviews online complaining of its noises. This is due to the fact that their unit wasn’t leveled properly. To fix that, just use a bubble level on top of it to check if your mini fridge is really levelled. You might think that your floor is leveled and that might not be the case.
Two adjustable glass shelves will spill protector and featuring the Marshall fridge logo will make sure that you keep all your drinks organized and clean. If that wasn’t enough, you do have more can store on the door side. You should have enough space to fit a case of drinks (24 count) and have plenty of room left over for more.
In total, you get 4 cubic feet (113.27 liters) of refrigerator space and 0.4 cubic feet (11.33 liters) of freezer.
Great for cooling and for freezing too
A temperature control panel, located on the upper part of the refrigerator, has temperature range from position “0” to “5”. This range allows the fridge to be set between 32° F (0° C) to 50º F (10° C) and the freezer from -21° F (-29.4° C) to 32º F (0° C). Level 3 is what is recommended on its instructions.
When it comes to maintenance, make sure to defrost the Marshall Compact Fridge when the ice reaches ¼ inch (6.35 mm) of thickness.
In terms of placement, note that this appliance is designed to be free standing only. The front of the unit should be completely unobstructed and you should allow 5 inches (12.7 cm) of space between the back of the refrigerator and any adjacent wall. This is to make sure that the compressor doesn’t overheat (which is something that you should do with any other mini fridge anyway).
Keep in mind its placement though
A final note, make sure to avoid any direct sun and heat nearby. Direct sunlight may affect the fridge coating. Any heat sources nearby (as with any other refrigerator) will cause higher electricity consumption and will reduce your Marshall Compact Fridge life span.
Bigger than what it looks
Don’t be fooled by its looks, the Cooluli 20 Liter Mini Fridge does come with a whooping 20 liter capacity which should be more than enough for a long night of gaming.
One of the things that I liked the most from this mini fridge is that the Concord is 100% environmentally friendly. It does not use any refrigerants or Freons. Additionally, it comes with an ECOmode. This means that it will use just about half the power when the desired temperature has been reached. This translates into you saving energy, money and being more environmentally friendly.
I do really like how sleek it looks too. The Tempered glass front door and its digital thermostat on the easy-to-read display do go really well together.
Set the exact temperature that you want
The digital thermostat is not there to make this mini fridge look cool. With a simple touch of a button you can set it to cool down 40° F (4.4° C) below ambient temperature. If that wasn’t enough, with a touch of a button this mini fridge can warm up food as well, reaching 149° F (65° C).
The digital light does go out when it hits the peak temperature, so you don’t always have a number glaring at you. There is the option as well to turn the display off. Quite handy if the glare is annoying you.
The Cooluli Concord comes with a molded carry handle on each side, making its transport easy and convenient. You can either plug it into the wall or use a car adaptor or a USB port to power it on the go.
One thing to note is that the door hinges are on the right, and unlike other mini fridges, these are not reversible.
Thanks to its spacious interior, 8.8 inches (22.35 centimeters) by 9 inches (22.86 centimeters) by 13.6 inches (34.54 centimeters) you can fit in the Cooluli Concord Mini fridge about 18 water bottles.
With space for 177 cans and a really cool blue LED light the NewAir Built-In Beverage Cooler and Refrigerator is a great choice as gaming mini fridge.
A few features to consider compared to other gaming mini fridges
This mini fridge comes with a triple pane glass door which provides an improved and better insulation compared to other refrigerators. Its stainless-steel door, gives it a great look that can easily fit in most gaming rooms. As with other fridges that we have seen on this article, its door can be reversed too giving it great versatility.
Thanks to its quiet front-venting compressor you can place it under a standard counter or as stand-alone unit. You won’t really notice that it’s there. It is indeed a quiet unit. Many online reviewers have praised how quiet this unit is despite having 3 fans.
Fit almost any drink inside
The NewAir Built-In Beverage Coole comes as well with adjustable shelves. A set of interior fittings allow you to set its interior space as you please. Thanks to this arrangement you can pretty much chill any kind of drink. So for example, if you intend to store upright bottles, you’ll likely end up removing two or three shelves. This will likely reduce the advertised capacity, but it will still hold a lot (probably at least two cases, but I’ve not personally tested that).
The fridge temperature control allows you to go as low as 36° F (2.2° C). Next to it, you will find the blue LED light controls. It comes with 4 different settings, full brightness, half brightness, off and always on.
Interestingly enough satisfied customers mentioned that it comes with a rectangular plastic cup. After digging a bit online I have discovered that it’s a moisture container. It’s used to avoid wine corks from drying out. So if you do keep wine inside, pour a bit of distilled water and place the plastic container somewhere inside the fridge.
Self-defrosting for the win
If all the described features above weren’t enough, this unit comes as well with self-defrosting technology. You won’t have any issues with frost building up inside which means that you won’t have to bother defrosting the unit either
Don’t let its price fool you
This is the most affordable gaming mini fridge from the list and it comes with two separate functions. It can either warm your food or keep it cold. Switching between functions is as simple as flipping a switch (not pun intended…). However, when switching between cold and hot functions, make sure to first turn the switch to off, wait 5 minutes, and then turn it to cold or hot.
A LED light will quickly let you know what mode you have set. A green light means that the mini fridge is on cooling mode, whereas a red LED light means that the fridge is set to warming mode instead.
Despite its apparent small size, it can hold up to 4 liters (0.14 cubic feet) which translates into being able to handle about six regular 12 oz. cans.
Leave it plugged as long as you need
Unlike other units, you can leave the Chefman Mini portable Fridge plugged most of the time. Thanks to both cords and plugs that come with this unit, you can either use a standard home outlet (compatible with 120 Volt outlets) or a 12V car charger, which will allow you to take it with you anywhere you go. Personally I wouldn’t recommend doing so in your car. First it might drain your car battery, second and probably most importantly, satisfied buyers have mentioned that the car adaptor doesn’t seem to keep the refrigerator as cold as when its plugged on the wall.
Similar to the Cooluli Concord this mini fridge is eco-friendly since its 100% freon-free as well.
This mini fridge comes with a 1-year warranty as far as you keep a proof of purchase (basically keep your receipt, or if you buy it online just remember where you bought it).
Given its features, online reviews and price, the Chefman Mini Portable Compact Personal Fridge can be a great choice if you need a small place to keep your drinks cool and ready for your next respawn.
The Bossin Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler is available in 4 different sizes 1.6 cubic feet (45.31 liters), 2.9 cubic feet (82.12 liters), 3.2 cubic feet (90.61 liters) and 4.5 cubic feet (127.43 liters). On this article I will focus on the 2.9 cubic version, since it’s the one with best features for its price.
A few sizes available to fit your needs
This version can handle 85 standard sized cans or up to 60 wine. It comes with a double pane glass door which guarantees that your drinks will be protected from light and room temperature. Note that this refrigerator does not have reversible hinges. In other words, you can not change the door opening direction. On the smaller version you can do so though, so worth keeping it in mind.
Know the main differences in models other than size
On bigger models a digital temperature control on the top section allows you to set the temperature between 40° F (4.4° C) and 61° F (16.1° C). In the smaller model there is a temperature adjustable knob instead.
For what I’ve seen, on its instructions is not clear how to change the fridge temperature with the digital controller. So I have been doing some research online and found the answer.
How to change the Bossin Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler temperature:
- First you need to press and hold the light button.
- A beep sound and the temperature numbers flashing will indicate that you are on temperature change mode.
- Then it’s just a matter to select your desired temperature and press the light button again to set it
On every model the blue soft LED light can be controlled next to the temperature section.
The smaller model features 2 removable chrome shelves that can be easily adjusted to fit most cans and bottles sizes. This model however comes with 5 removable shelves!
As quiet as inside a library
Satisfied buyers have mentioned how quiet this model is. In fact, it does not go above 42 decibels, which is about the noise that you will hear in a library. Note however that the 150-watt compressor will make a slight humming noise when it starts to work in order to reach your desired temperature. The noise stops when the set temperature has been reached though!
Make sure to avoid direct sun light or you might encounter issues down the line, such as, a lot of noise or the unit not working anymore after a short period of time.
Keep in mind its placement
The Bossin Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler is another great option as a mini fridge for gamers, just make sure to leave enough space for heat to dissipate. It’s a freestanding unit, and as such, it’s not designated to be confined in small spaces.
All Bossin coolers come with one-year warranty which is always nice thing to have.
Bonus: Fallout Mini fridge
Turns out we have a few Fallout fans reading articles at AppliancesVibes.com. Given that I’m a huge fan of the video game series too, I have been doing some research online to see what I could find to match our gaming stations.
I found 2 different options. Unfortunately the first one is only available for EU citizens. The second one, needs a bit of your time, BUT can be applied on any fridge! How cool is that?
As I mentioned above and before you get too excited, this nuka cola mini fridge is only available in the EU. It’s made to order and can not be returned. If you are based outside the EU or if the price tag is too high (hint, is not a cheap mini fridge), the second option, with a bit of work, can work anywhere.
This official and exclusive Bethesda store item features the Nuka Cola Pin-Up on the side and the Nuka Cola logo on the top which is backlit.
The fridge measures approximately 42 cm x 46 cm x 80.5 cm and it’s a great option to keep your favorite drinks cold Fallout style.
The fridge runs on 230V AC and comes with a European plug, so even if you go the extra-mile to have someone to ship to you in the US, it wouldn’t work.
The last option if you do really want a Nuka cola mini fridge as your gaming companion is just to make one!
Thanks to rmwraps you can wrap any mini fridge with a vinyl of your choice. Their matte laminate creates a great finish. It gives as well an extra layer of protection from water and sun.
Its designated to be easily cleaned and if you watch any of their video tutorials you will see that applying a mini fridge wrap with a Fallout theme is not that hard.
The best part is that you don’t really require a specific model, you can send them a picture of the mini fridge of your choice (the Fridigaire Retro Bar could be a wonderful one), let them know the width and height of each door and sides, and they will take care of the rest!
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- Frigidaire Retro Bar Fridge Refrigerator, User Manual
- Chefman Mini Portable Compact Personal Fridge, User Manual
- Cooluli Concord Black 20 Liter Compact Cooler Warmer Mini Fridge, User Manual