Last updated: April 17, 2023.
What is the smallest size mini fridge, smallest mini fridge with freezer, and most eco friendly mini fridge? Find out below based on the most comprehensive study into mini fridge sizes and efficiency.
This article is based on a 2023 study of over 1,494 of the most popular and energy efficient mini fridges. Insights provided use mini fridge sizes as the primary datapoint followed by energy efficiency / power consumption.
Key takeaway: don’t assume smaller mini fridges use less electricity due their size. Small countertop mini fridges are not as efficient as larger undercounter mini fridges.
Key results from the study:
- Mini fridge sizes range from 6.8” to 36.3” wide, 9.5” to 65.6” tall, and 9.7” to 26” deep;
- Mini fridge capacity size ranges from 0.14 cu ft to 7.6 cu ft;
- The smallest mini fridge is the 0.14 cu ft CURTIS MIS138PEP, measuring in at 6.8” W x 9.5” H x 9.7” D;
- The smallest mini fridge that achieves the coveted “Most Efficient” title from ENERGY STAR is the 1.6 cu ft RCA RFR115 (dimensions: 17.4” W x 19” H x 18.9” D) – this is also the shortest undercounter mini fridge; and
- The mini fridge that achieves the best capacity to power consumption ratio is the 7.6 cu ft LG LKIM08121, which measures in at 36.25″ W x 37.4″ H x 27.5″ D.
To find the most eco-friendly mini fridge, it’s important to cross-reference size with power consumption and efficiency insights. This is done below.
Continue reading to see the most eco-friendly mini fridges by size range.
Briefly, before we jump into mini fridge sizes and energy efficiency, we need to ensure there’ll be no confusion.
The term mini fridge has different interpretations.
To ensure we’re on the same page about what a mini fridge actually is, click on the following dropdown / heading (or skip to the next section if you already have a complete understanding).
Mini fridge sizes
Mini fridge sizes range from as small as 9.5 inches in height, 6.8 inches in width and 9.7 inches in depth, to as large as 65.6 inches tall, 36.3 inches wide and 26 inches deep.
In terms of storage capacity, mini fridge sizes range from 0.14 cu ft to 7.6 cu ft. In other words, 4 liters to 218 liters.
This is based on a study of over 1,494 different mini fridges.
Small, personal, portable mini fridges are tiny compared to their larger counterparts.
Small mini fridges have a size dimension range of 9.5” to 16” in height, 6.8” to 15” in width and 9.7” to 13” in depth. Their capacity size ranges from 0.14 cu ft to 0.71 cu ft.
The most typical small mini fridge size is 10.7” tall, 7.5” wide and 9.5” deep. These dimensions increase inline with capacity size.
The most popular small mini fridges, in terms of sales, have a capacity of 0.14 cu ft (4 L).
Larger mini fridge sizes range from 14” to 65.6” in height, and 14.6” to 36.3” in width, while their capacity sizes start at 1 cu ft and reach as large as 7.6 cu ft.
Larger mini fridges have an average height of 31.98”, an average width of 19.54”, and an average storage capacity of 3.6 cu ft (101.9 L).
Some large mini fridges are actually shorter than small mini fridges due to their style (e.g. chest and built-in drawer styles). But their width is substantially larger, which brings them into the large mini fridge category.
The table below summarizes mini fridge size dimensions and capacity, based on over 1,494 models.
|Mini fridge sizes||Height (inches)||Width (inches)||Depth (inches)||Capacity (cu ft)|
|All mini fridges||9.5” – 65.6”||6.8” – 36.3”||9.7” – 26”||0.14 – 7.6 cu ft|
|Small mini fridges (countertop)||9.5” – 16”||6.8” – 15”||9.7” – 13”||0.14 – 0.71 cu ft|
|Large mini fridges (standard / undercounter)||14” – 65.6”||14.6” – 36.3”||18” – 26”||1 – 7.6 cu ft|
Because size is a key decision making factor when it comes to mini fridges, let’s take a look at the smallest models next.
Smallest mini fridge
The smallest mini fridge is the CURTIS MIS138PEP, which comes in at just 9.5 inches in height, 6.8 inches in width and 9.7 inches in depth, and has a storage capacity of 0.14 cu ft.
This manufacturer also makes the second smallest mini fridge.
Taking the title of the second smallest mini fridge is the CURTIS MIS133PEP, with dimensions of 6.85″ W x 9.72″ H x 9.72″ D, and a capacity of 0.14 cu ft.
Due to the wide variety of mini fridge sizes, other models can be smaller in certain dimensions. However, their overall size is still larger.
For example, the Living Enrichment CBA-6L is shorter in height but its larger width and depth results in an overall larger mini fridge, compared to the units mentioned.
These are the smallest mini fridges based on 1,494 of the most energy efficient and best selling models.
They’re so small that they’re considered to be “countertop” fridges, and they’re considerably smaller than the smallest compact refrigerators that can meet ENERGY STAR certification requirements.
So what’s the smallest large / under the counter mini fridge that is ENERGY STAR certified?
The smallest under the counter mini fridge is the Danby DAR010A1, which measures in at 19.3 inches tall, 15.1 inches wide, and boasts a capacity of 1 cu ft.
This energy efficient compact mini fridge reaches ENERGY STAR certification. But let’s go one step further and identify the smallest mini fridge that attained the “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” label.
The smallest mini fridge that achieves the coveted “Most Efficient” title is the RCA RFR115, which is 19 inches tall (with leveling feet minimized), 17.4 inches wide, and has a capacity of 1.6 cu ft.
This efficient mini fridge is also the smallest mini fridge by height out of all freestanding, under-the-counter-style, compact fridges.
Continue reading to see the smallest most energy efficient mini fridges by different size ranges.
But which is the narrowest mini fridge?
The narrowest standard mini fridge is the Whynter BOR-326FS, which is just 14.6 inches wide and 33.5 inches tall. This energy efficient mini fridge boasts a 3.2 cu ft capacity.
Again, different to the countertop mini fridges listed previously, these are the compact mini fridges that are bigger, usually placed under the counter, freestanding units that are ENERGY STAR certifiable & certified.
To summarize, the table below shows the smallest mini fridges along with the shortest and narrowest units.
|Smallest mini fridge category||Model||Height (inches)||Width (inches)||Depth (inches)||Capacity (cu ft)||ENERGY STAR certified||ENERGY STAR most efficient|
|Smallest mini fridge (countertop)||CURTIS MIS138PEP||9.5”||6.8”||9.7”||0.14 cu ft||No||No|
|Smallest large mini fridge (standard / undercounter)||Danby DAR010A1||19.3”||15.1”||16.1”||1 cu ft||Yes||No|
|Shortest standard mini fridge||RCA RFR115||19”||17.4”||18.9”||1.6 cu ft||Yes||Yes|
|Narrowest standard mini fridge||Whynter BOR-326FS||33.5”||14.6”||24.4”||3.2 cu ft||Yes||No|
Now that we know the smallest models, let’s take a look at the smallest mini fridge with a freezer.
Smallest mini fridge with freezer
The smallest mini fridge with freezer is the RCA RFR115. This is also the shortest mini fridge identified in the study of over 1,494 units.
Additionally, this mini fridge with freezer achieved the coveted ENERGY STAR Most Efficient label.
This unit measures in at just 17.4” W, 19” H, 18.9” D, and has an overall capacity of 1.6 cu ft. The freezer compartment has a capacity of 0.2 cu ft.
See the latest price, here.
Another standout model that has slightly larger dimensions overall, but a considerably larger freezer, is the popular Black + Decker BCRK17.
This mini fridge with freezer is one of the smallest standard mini fridges on the market, just behind the model mentioned above.
It measures in at 17.52” W x 19.72” H x 18.5” D, which is fractionally smaller than even the smallest standard size mini fridge.
The freezer size, however, is considerably large for such a small fridge coming in at 8 inches wide, 2 inches tall, and 1 cu ft capacity.
Get more details about this ENERGY STAR certified mini fridge-freezer, including the price, here.
Speaking of ENERGY STAR certification, next let’s take a look at the most eco friendly mini fridge by different size ranges.
Eco friendly mini fridge (for each size range)
The most eco-friendly mini fridge is the LG LKIM08121. With a substantial 7.6 cu ft of storage, this compact refrigerator consumes the least amount of electricity per cu ft of storage.
It’s no surprise that this energy efficient mini fridge received the coveted “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” label.
Consuming just 169 kWh of electricity per year, this large mini fridge consumes less power than the vast majority of countertop mini fridges despite the massive size difference.
Get more details from the manufacturer, here.
Measuring in at 36.25″ W x 37.4″ H x 27.5″ D, with a capacity of 7.6 cu ft, this energy efficient mini fridge is the largest refrigerator that’s still considered mini or compact.
Fridges that have a capacity larger than 7.6 cu ft are not considered compact / mini.
It’s worth noting that the most eco-friendly mini fridge is the least power consuming model that meets the user’s needs.
There are mini fridges that consume less electricity annually, but no unit consumes less electricity per cu ft of storage.
For convenience, let’s take a look at the most eco-friendly mini fridges in different size ranges.
Based on results for over 1,494 of the most popular and efficient mini fridges, the table below lists the most eco-friendly mini fridge by size.
|Mini fridge capacity||Mini fridge dimensions in inches||Most eco friendly (i.e. uses least power p/y)||Annual energy consumption (kWh) – AC only||ENERGY STAR certified||ENERGY STAR most efficient|
|0.14 to 0.18 cu ft (4 L – 5 L)||7.5″ W x 11″ H x 10″ D||Subcold Pro4 4L Skincare Mini Fridge||Up to 175.2 kWh||No||No|
|0.2 to 0.35 cu ft (6 L – 10 L)||7.6″ W x 9″ H x 13″ D||PERSONAL CHILLER CBA-6L Mini Fridge||158 – 175.2 kWh||No||No|
|0.53 to 0.7 cu ft (15 L – 20 L)||10.5″ W x 14.75″ H x 12.75″ D||Cooluli Vibe Mini Fridge 15 L Cooler & Warmer||133 kWh||No||No|
|1 to 1.9 cu ft (28 L – 55 L)||15.94″ W x 21.65″ H x 18.96″ D||Dometic HiPro Evolution C40S||106 kWh||Yes||Yes|
|–||17.52” W x 19.72” H x 18.5” D||Honorable mention: BLACK+DECKER BCRK17||201 kWh||Yes||No|
|2 to 2.9 cu ft (56 L – 83 L)||14.9″ W x 33.6″ H x 25.4″ D||Marvel MPBV415SS31A||191 kWh||Yes||Yes|
|3 to 3.9 cu ft (84 L – 111 L)||33.7″ W x 21.2″ H x 21.9″ D||Fisher & Paykel – CoolDrawer 3.7 Cu Ft Built-In Mini Fridge||150 kWh||Yes||Yes|
|–||17.75″ W x 33.75″ H x 19.25″ D||Honorable mention: Avanti RMRS31X7G-IS Retro Mini Fridge||169 kWh||Yes||Yes|
|4 to 4.9 cu ft (112 L – 139 L)||20.3″ W x 33.3″ H x 20.9″ D||Furrion FCR43ACA-BL||151 kWh||Yes||Yes|
|5 to 5.9 cu ft (140 L – 168 L)||24″ W x 32.5″ H x 23.1″ D||Sub-Zero DEU2450R/ADA||159 kWh||Yes||Yes|
|6 to 6.9 cu ft (169 L – 196 L)||20.6″W x 50.9″ H x 21.9″ D||LG LRONC0705||220 kWh||Yes||Yes|
|7 to 7.6 cu ft (197 L – 215 L)||36.25″ W x 37.4″ H x 27.5″ D||LG LKIM08121||169 kWh||Yes||Yes|
The table is arranged from smallest to largest mini fridge size.
And, as you can see, the annual energy consumption results don’t exactly increase linearly with size.
It’d be inaccurate to assume that smaller mini fridges are more eco-friendly.
Mini fridge capacity, annual energy consumption, along with ENERGY STAR certification and performance insights should be considered when choosing the most eco-friendly mini fridge.
Note: many people focus on electricity usage only when it comes to “eco-friendly” – this most eco-friendly title follows suit. To go a step further, additional eco-friendly mini fridge considerations should include refrigerant type, manufacturing (materials and processing), transportation, product lifespan, and carbon offsetting throughout the supply chain.
Mini fridge size is a key consideration, but so too should be energy efficiency.
I hope that by identifying the most eco-friendly mini fridges by size helps you choose the right size unit for you, but with the added benefit of reduced electricity bills and carbon footprint.
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