Mini Fridge with Lock [Best 2020]

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Lanbo Wine and Beverage Refrigerator LB36BD
  • Quiet front-venting compressor

Best value

Whynter BR-091WS, 90 Can Capacity Stainless Steel
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  • Stainless steel trimmed glass door
Popular

My choice

Danby Contemporary Classic Compact Refrigerator
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  • Retro-inspired design with a metallic finish
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The ultimate mini fridge with lock guide

I like mini fridges, they don’t take much space, yet they are so convenient! The only problem is that you need to keep an eye on who is nearby or you might have a surprise next time you check inside. The worst thing that can happen is to think that you have one last can, just to realize that someone else took it!

A mini fridge with lock is a great option to avoid this surprise. I still remember my time back in college when my roommate used to take food from my mini fridge without asking. So annoying!

I decided to write this article since I know that many of you face a similar situation and you do need to buy a mini fridge with a lock. I’ve divided mini fridges with lock by different categories, so I cover most needs. 

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4.2/5
  • Brand name: Danby
  • Color: Silver metallic, red or black
  • Model number: DAR044A6DDB
  • Capacity: 4.4 cubic feet – 124 liters
  • Consumption per year: 268 kWh = $32
  • 3 removable glass shelves
  • With freezer
  • Free-standing installation only
  • Width: 17.68 in. – 44.91 cm
  • Depth: 20.43 in. – 51.89 cm
  • Height: 33.07 in. – 84.00 cm
  • Weight: 72.53lb – 32.90kg

Danby’s compact refrigerator brings a retro-inspired design with a metallic finish. The door is finished with a chromed ergonomic door handle seals the deal from the outside. 

Thinking about putting another appliance on top of it? Not a problem with its scratch resistant worktop. 

Nice inside and out

This mini fridge with built-in lock comes with a black interior and White LED lighting. Think the image of a fancy refrigerator opening. What’s the light like? Well it’s exactly what Danby Contemporary Classic Compact Refrigerator LED light is like. 

You can easily store groceries thanks to its 4.4 cubic-feet (124 liters) of cooling space. It includes two and a half glass shelves that can be removed for maximum storage versatility. What if I told you that it even has a fruit and vegetable crisper with glass top and a beverage dispenser that can hold up to 8 cans? Well there is a reason why I’ve picked the Danby DAR044A6DDB as the best overall mini Fridge with Lock. 

Low energy consumption

Its magnetic door gasket makes sure that the cooling power stays locked inside. No wonder why it has such Energy Star rating. According to its report it will keep electricity bills in check. Just 268 kWh per year (which is about $32 per year)

You can control the mini fridge temperature with the thermostat dial placed on its inner ceiling. More convenience comes from the front with its reversible door hinge. You easily adjust it in 15 minutes with a screwdriver. So it’s either right or left-handed opening.

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Danby Contemporary Classic Compact Refrigerator open

If you are tired of dealing with frosting in your fridge you are in for a treat. It’s equipped with an automatic defrost function so you don’t need to worry about unwanted frost piling up. 

Its clever design channels any defrost water to a drip tray above the compressor. Then heat makes defrost water evaporate. One less thing to worry about. 

Make sure to use its adjustable legs on the bottom to avoid unwanted loud noises. Some buyers have complained about loud noises every 30 minutes or so when the compressor turns on. Any uneven mini fridge will always make noise. So make sure that the unit is balanced.

Free-standing installation only

Keep in mind that this mini fridge can only be used as a free-standing installations. In other words, it can not be placed inside a fitted cabinet as a built-in mini fridge. 

For the peace of your mind, Danby offers a 12-month warranty including parts and labor with in-home service. Make sure to not void the warranty with an improper installation or use though!

The Danby Contemporary Classic Compact Refrigerator (DAR044A6DDB) is a great choice when a built-in unit is not a must. You can’t go wrong with its price and performance. The only question is, what color are you going to choose?

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4.2/5
  • Brand name: Lanbo
  • Color: Silver steel, black sides
  • Model number: LB36BD
  • Capacity: 4.59 cubic feet – 130 liters
  • Consumption per year: 167 kWh = $22 per year
  • 10 removable shelves
  • Built-in or Freestanding installation
  • Width: 23.4 in. – 59.44 cm
  • Depth: 23.6 in. – 59.94 cm
  • Height: 33.9 in. – 86.11 cm
  • Weight: 100.3lb – 45.5 kg

A good looking mini fridge

There is a reason why I’ve picked Lanbo Wine and Beverage Refrigerator, Compact Built-in Wine and Drink Center LB36BD as the best looking mini fridge with built in lock

You know when you go to a fancy restaurant and you see all the wine stacked on nice tall silver steel fridges? Now you can have a mini version in your home. With its high-end finishes and premium look it’s the “I have made it” mini refrigerator. If you are upgrading your home it will become a great addition to your entertainment room, home bar or kitchen island.

Two doors, two seperate rooms 

This compact wine and beverage refrigerator features two separated rooms with, of course, two separate temperature settings. Perhaps your mother-in-law likes her red wine almost frozen… Keep her happy while she is staying home and win some extra points in front of your significant other. 

You can set the left zone as low as 41℉ (5℃). Once she is gone (congrats, you’ve survived yet another of her visits!) you can use its touchscreen thermostat to set the zone temperature back to your liking (that would need to be between 41℉ – 64℉ / 5℃ – 18℃).

How cold do you like your beer? The mini fridge right zone, specially built for cans, allows you to set the temperature from 39℉ to 50℉ (4℃ – 10℃).

Did you just buy a fancy Champagne bottle and you are worried that you won’t have enough space to keep it chill? Not a problem, its wooden shelves can be removed to fit larger bottles on the left side. Three wired shelves for your large cans can be placed as you please on the right side. It comes as well with a black wired basket at the bottom to keep some limes for your Corona’s, or celery if Bloody Mary’s are your thing…

Plenty of space

Are you wondering how many cans and bottle of wines can it fit? 4.59 cubic feet (130 liters) translates into 18 bottles of wines in the left zone and 55 regular cans in the right zone

Its powerful circulation fans and its efficient compressor will evenly distribute cool air inside. This will ensure that all your drinks are kept at your desired temperature. An active carbon filter helps you to maintain clean air conditions inside your fridge. Just to top it up, Lanbo’s frost free technology will make sure that you don’t lose any of this precious cold space due to unwanted ice.

Great finishes

This mini fridge with glass door and lock, allows you to admire your wine collection while keeping unwanted hands from reaching it. If you want to have a closer look a white LED light will automatically stay on for 10 minutes to then automatically turn off.

Lanbo Wine and Beverage Refrigerato open
Lanbo Wine and Beverage Refrigerato open

An energy saving tip: Turn the light on and check, through the glass, your drink options while keeping the mini refrigerator door shut. Same goes on the supermarket frozen section. Cold air won’t go away, keeping your electricity bill on check. 

Both freestanding and built-in

Good news when it’s time to decide where to place this compact refrigerator. Its front ventilation on the lower section allows you to place it pretty much anywhere where it fits. That includes outdoor space. Be careful though, it’s not waterproof and you should try to avoid direct sunlight or you might face performance problems in the future.

Finally, in terms of noise, this unit doesn’t go above 42 db. According to IAC Accoustics is about the same noise as in a library. Pretty quiet if you have not been into one lately. 

A couple of things to keep in mind

Some customers have reported some noise when the compressor is working. Nothing outside the norm when a refrigerator is doing its cooling process and its installed according to Lanbo’s user manual. A few important things to keep in mind so you enjoy this appliance for years to come:

  • When you receive this mini fridge with locking door have it at least 12 hours in stand upright position before plugging it to a power source. This will reduce the chances of a malfunction in the cooling system due to handling during transportation.
  • Leave about 5 to 10cm space at the back of the cooler to ensure that heat can dissipate. Without enough space, internal parts can get too hot. 

If you are in the market for a high end mini refrigerator with lock and key, Lanbo Wine and Beverage Refrigerator is my go-to choice. Nice finishes, great capacity, dual digital temperature control and with built in locks to avoid unwanted surprises. You won’t be disappointed.

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4.3/5
  • Brand name: Whynter
  • Color: Stainless steel, black
  • Model number: CUF-112SS
  • Capacity: 1.1 cubic feet – 31 liters
  • Consumption per year: 215 kWh = $26
  • 1 removable shelf
  • Only freezer
  • Free-standing installation
  • Width: 17.7 in. – 44.96 cm
  • Depth: 18.5 in. – 47 cm
  • Height: 19.5 in. – 50 cm
  • Weight: 36lb – 16.33 kg

Let’s say you don’t have much space available and you want to make sure that no one gets their hands on your precious ice cream. Whynter CUF-112SS Energy Star compact mini freezer with built in lock is my go-to choice for this specific reason! 

A freezer with hot features

You can either choose flush black or stainless steel colors and features a door handle on the top of the door to easily access your frozen goods. The best part of its door is that its reversible. With a screwdriver and a bit of patience you can easily choose on which side it opens. Its lock system makes sure that only the ones with the right key can get their hands on your ice cream. 

Inside you will have 1.1 cubit feet (about 31 liters) of space including 1 removable shelf. This means that this mini freezer can handle about 3 pounds (1.36 kg) of food

How frozen do you want your food? 

This unit features as well a temperature control knob to choose your preferred freezing temperature. Ranging from -10° to -2°F  (-12℃ to -16℃). Satisfied buyers mentioned that its temperature will not go above freezing even when unit is set to “1” setting. I do consider the lack of an auto defrost feature an advantage. Its temperature fluctuates little except when you are defrosting manually. Luckily it’s not something that you will have to do often.

Since it’s an ENERGY STAR rated appliance, this upright freezer won’t break your bank either. It has a consumption per year of about 215 kWh, which translates into about $26 per year

The only caveat that I can find, if any, is that this mini freezer does not have an interior light. Keep in mind as well that this unit requires a free-standing installation. Meaning that it can not be built-in in a confined space such a closed cabinet.

Whynter CUF-110B Open
Whynter CUF-112SS Energy Star Open

Two feet on the bottom of the machine let you to make sure that this compact upright freezer is leveled. During installation, I strongly recommend you to make sure that it’s properly leveled. If that’s not the case its door may not close properly, which can give you cooling, frost or moisture problems

A silent mini freezer

In terms of noise this unit does not go above 42 db. To put things in perspective, the normal noise range for modern mini freezer is 32 to 47 dB. Anything below 42db is as silent as your town after midnight (without ambulance sirens or your neighbors having another Saturday night party).

Keep in mind that this upright freezer may make sounds that are not familiar to you. On the Whynter CUF-112SS Energy Star user’s manual there is a description of a couple of sounds that you might hear:

  • Ratting noises come from the flow of the refrigerant. Keep in mind as well that items stored on top of the upright freezer can also make noises.
  • The compressor can make a pulsating or high-pitched sound

If you hear more that the noises described above (or if it’s louder that your town after midnight…) make sure that feet are leveled and locked.

If you don’t know how, just buy one level. Place it on top of the freezer and make sure that the bubble is centered. 

 

In conclusion, the Whynter CUF-112SS Energy Star mini freezer with lock, does not take much space, offers good versatility and does what it needs to do, keep your food frozen. If you are in the market for a compact budget friendly freezer, go ahead with this one.

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4/5
  • Brand name: Midea
  • Color: Black, stainless steel or white
  • Model number: WHS-65LB1
  • Capacity: 1.6 cubic feet – 45 liters
  • Consumption per year: 207 kWh = $25
  • 1 removable shelf
  • Free-standing only
  • Width: 17.7 in. – 45 cm
  • Depth: 18.6 in. – 47 cm
  • Height: 19.4 in. – 49.3 cm
  • Weight: 37.44 pounds – 17 kg

A great overall option

Why to choose the Midea WHS-65LB1 Compact refrigerator? Are you on a tight budget? Perhaps you are moving to a college dorm soon and need a cheap mini fridge that won’t empty your wallet? Got a little one that learned to open fridge doors and play around with food and need to lock it? Pesky colleagues taping into your Coke Zero stash? This compact refrigerator will fill the bill. 

An easy (and cheap) upgrade 

If you pay attention to the mini fridge picture you will notice that it seems to not have built-in lock as other mini fridges featured on this page. That’s where the plus sign on the title comes in. For a bit more than what 2 coffees, you can upgrade this mini fridge to have its own lock system. As simple as peeling two 3M pads and placing them on the mini fridge to secure your food. In fact, you can use this lock system on any cupboard or cabinet too.

Do you see the top hinge cover on the first picture? It gives you access to small screws just so you can switch the door opening direction.

This cheap mini fridge is available in 3 different colors; black, stainless steel and white.

Being on the cheaper side comes with its trade-offs. It’s better to avoid placing heavy or pointed objects on its table board. They are likely to quickly damage the mini fridge. Its door is quite light too. So you need to make sure to close it properly. Fridges with heavier doors are less likely stay open.

Midea WHS-65LB1 Compact Single Reversible Door Refrigerator
Midea WHS-65LB1 closed

It’s small, but it can handle plenty of drinks

On the inside, an adjustable shelf lets you set any height you want to fit bigger bottles or bulky produce (surprisingly enough it has space to handle about 24 small water bottles). Its small size translates into quickly being able to cool what’s inside. A dial type thermostat lets you set the right temperature. On that point, a few buyers have mentioned that it’s better to keep it at level 4 or lower, otherwise everything will be frozen. In fact, it’s so powerful that it only takes about 3 hours to have the unit at the desired temperature setting.

Being a cheap mini fridge doesn’t mean that it come with features that you would find on expensive units. This compact refrigerator includes its own door rack and a small freezer (7’’ (17.78 cm) wide, 4’’ (10.16 cm) height, 10’’ (25.4 cm) depth). If these measurements don’t mean much to you, it’s about the size of a small rotisserie chicken. 

You get what you pay for and a bit more

You only have the option to do manual defrost with this unit, however you only need to do it once you see a layer that 5 mm thick. Less that this will not have an effect on energy consumption. If this mini fridge has a standard use, it will take years for you to start worrying about defrosting.

The Midea WHS-65LB1 Compact Single Reversible Door Refrigerator is a great option when you are on a budget and in need of a mini fridge that gets the job done. There is the option to include a refrigerator lock, which will take about 3 minutes of your time and will cost you the price of a couple of coffees. 

This compact fridge as a great contender compared to more expensive units such as the Danby Contemporary Classic Compact Refrigerator DAR044A6DDB.

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3.7/5
  • Brand name: Whynter
  • Color: Stainless steel and white
  • Model number: BR-091WS
  • Capacity: 2.5 cubic feet – 70.9 liters
  • Consumption per year: 314 kWh = $38
  • 4 removable shelves
  • Free-standing installation only
  • Width: 17 in. – 43 cm
  • Depth: 18.5 in. – 47 cm
  • Height: 25 in. – 63.5 cm
  • Weight: 48.5 pounds – 22 kg

The Whynter 90 Can Stainless Steel Beverage Refrigerator is a great choice to both display your drinks and to keep them cold

Great features for its price

Despite its low price, this stainless steel can mini fridge features a premium sleek design and offers an efficient cooling solution. Its powerful compressor and internal air-cooled system creates a cold space making sure that there is a consistent temperature throughout the entire mini fridge. 

Its stainless steel glass door and soft interior LED lights with on/off switch allows you to see its contents while maintaining temperatures low and helping you to be more efficient with power consumption. It comes as well with a built-in lock to keep your drinks out of reach from unwanted hands. The door swing direction can be reversed.  Similar to other mini fridges on this page, it will only take you a bit of time and patience to make it fit your space requirements.

All drinks will stay as cool as you please 

This mini fridge is equipped with an internal fan that prevents uneven temperatures. All drinks will reach your desired temperature in no-time (ranging from high 30ºF (-1.1ºC) to mid 60ºF (15ºC)). You can control the temperature with a dial inside the appliance. The temperature setting range goes from “0” to “7”, where “7” is the coldest temperature setting and “0” is the warmest temperature setting.

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Whynter BR-091WS Beverage Refrigerator With Lock​ Front

Up to 90 cans of space

When it comes to capacity, you will have plenty of easy to access space to your 90 cans since the Whynter BR-091WS comes with 3 slide-out wire shelves. Its capacity is divided in the following shelves:

  • Top shelf: 15 can capacity
  • Second shelf: 25 can capacity
  • Third shelf: 25 can capacity
  • Bottom: 25 can capacity 

Reading the manual I’ve noticed that this is only a free-standing unit. So you need to make sure that this mini fridge has enough back space to allow proper air circulation and let cool its compressor and condenser. You will need to allow at least 5 inches (127mm) between the back and sides of the appliance.

A note for those living in humid places

Online reviewers mentioned that condensation can build up on the glass door. If that’s the case it’s probably because the ambient temperature or humidity is really high. The only option to fix it is to lower the room humidity with a dehumidifier or air conditioner

If frosting starts happening make sure that the door is closed completely. Since the swing direction can be reversed, you might want to loosen the screen re-position the door hinge and tighten the screws again. 

Considering its price and features, the Whynter BR-091WS Beverage Refrigerator with lock is one of the best drink coolers that you can currently buy online. It’s unlikely that you will run out of space!

Do let us know in the comment section below if there is any other fridge with built in lock that you would like to see reviewed and I will do my best to make it happen!

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