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Mini-Fridge = Bigger Expense

Mini-refrigerators often seem like a good idea for the garage or basement or a student’s room with the idea that being smaller in size must equal smaller in energy use—not so.  Consumer Reports tested 15 models of mini-fridge and found each used almost as much energy as a full-sized fridge yet held only 10-25% as much as a regular refrigerator.  Consequently, on a space per energy use ratio, mini-fridges perform far worse than a regular sized refrigerator.   If you must get a mini-fridge (like for a student’s room or an efficiency) get the biggest one you can find—they generally are more energy efficient while doing a better job cooling.