Galanz Compact Dorm Refrigerator
Last updated date: June 17, 2020
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This super-small mini fridge has a surprising amount of interior space. The 2.7 foot capacity contains a separate ice cube chamber. The compressor system provides reliable, even cooling. In our analysis of 0 expert reviews, the Galanz Galanz Compact Dorm Refrigerator placed 4th when we looked at the top 4 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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An Overview On Mini Fridges
When school’s back in session and young adults head off to college, there’s always one must-have item on their shopping list: a mini fridge. Mini fridges have long been a standby for dorm rooms, but they’re useful in a number of other settings too. Offices, classrooms, community centers, apartments or a home that needs some extra fridge space can all benefit from the mighty mini fridge.
There are a few different kinds of mini fridges. Some of them only hold beverages. These are useful for offices — you can have a wide range of beverage choices for new clients, or keep all of your employees’ favorite drinks at the ready. Look for adjustable shelves, quick-cooling fans and easily adjustable controls with beverage mini fridges. This will help you cool down several drinks of different sizes rapidly. A glass door is a handsome addition that helps people choose their drink without opening the fridge and wasting energy.
Another type of mini fridge is a fridge-only mini fridge. These are compact, affordable machines for cooling drinks or small meals. (They’re the standard “dorm” fridges.) They’re usually only a few cubic feet and may or may not have a small chamber for ice. Look for a fridge-only mini fridge if you’re working with a very small space or want to cool snacks or lunches.
Finally, there are mini fridges with freezers. These operate like standard-sized refrigerators on a smaller scale. They’re definitely larger than beverage mini fridges or fridge-only mini fridges, but their additional features make them well worth the extra space. They have enough space to hold several days’ worth of meals or snacks, plus drinks and frozen items. Many also come with crisper drawers to keep vegetables fresh. These are best for homes that need additional food storage space, dorms or apartments with a little extra space for a bigger mini fridge or workplaces with overflowing standard refrigerators.
Now that you’ve peeked into our frosty facts about mini fridges, slide on over to our Tips & Advice for more details on selecting the best mini fridge for your needs.
DWYM Fun Fact
Refrigeration had a huge impact on the way we consume and store food, and it helped eliminate or reduce many food-borne diseases. In the early 1800s, food and drinks were stored with ice brought in on ships from frozen parts of the globe. Even though ice helped food stay fresh longer, the ice itself could be riddled with potentially dangerous additions from Mother Nature.
Ice vendors often drilled through the first layer of a lake’s ice to bring more water to the surface, which would harden into thicker blocks of ice and increase the total yield. This practice trapped anything from the lake’s surface into the ice, including dirt, leaves, grass, insects and pollution. It wasn’t unusual to find some frozen bug friends inside your icebox after you bought a fresh bag of ice!
The Mini Fridge Buying Guide
- Measuring your available space is the first step you should take when purchasing a mini fridge. Buying a fridge that’s too large for your space defeats the purpose of your mini fridge!
- To narrow down your choices, consider what you want to store in your mini fridge. There’s no reason to pay for a mini fridge with a freezer if you only want to store cans of soda.
- Make sure that the spot you’d like to put your mini fridge in has a power outlet nearby. Mini fridges use up too much power to safely use with an extension cord, so you’ll want to plug it directly into the wall.
- There’s no reason your electric bill has to spike when you buy a mini fridge. Many of them are very energy efficient. Take note of the voltage and wattage of your mini fridge before you buy, and see if there’s any sort of energy-efficient rating on the fridge.
- Clean your fridge thoroughly when it arrives.
- Maintaining your mini fridge will keep it humming for years. Remove food as soon as it starts to turn bad, and wash your fridge’s shelves, drawers, walls and doors at least once a month. Scrape off and clean residue from stuck-on food immediately.
- Use a rag dipped in warm, soapy water to clean the inside of your mini fridge. Wash it clean with water, then dry it with a dry towel. Disinfectant cleaners are a good idea to use after you’ve gotten a cold. Keep a small, open box of baking soda in the mini fridge to cut down on odors.