Everybody knows that a warm beer is absolutely unacceptable. If you were unaware before, then you simply haven’t been paying attention.
Icy cold temperatures are a must when it comes to your brew. We all want our beer to be cold (and I mean REALLY cold), and there is only one way to make that happen.
So what is that way?
Well, you put it in the fridge duh!
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But how often do you go to put your brews in the fridge only to realize you have to move around a bunch of crap just to find a suitable spot for your cans?
For me, it happens every time my wife goes grocery shopping.
Well, eventually I decided I should spring for a mini fridge to store my drinks in. You know, something that is just mine. Something that won’t be stacked to the brim with useless stuff like…. Fruits and vegetables. Something that can contain my beer and nothing else.
These are the models I looked at:
RCA RFR 321
RCA is a company that I had totally forgotten even existed until I started my search for a beer fridge. Apparently, they still make some pretty good appliances. This is a 3.2 cubic foot fridge that comes in a variety of different color options. That’s pretty sweet if you’re like me and enjoy the ability to customize everything.
It has a built-in can dispenser that holds about 6 cans at a time. If you are only going to house beer cans in the fridge, you can comfortably fit around 50 cans.
There are 2 different tempered glass shelves that can slide out in the event that you need to hold larger items in the fridge (but why would you want anything but beer in there?). Oh yeah, and there is a built-in freezer compartment.
Like most other refrigerators there is a twist knob that allows you to change the temperature of the fridge. The ability to reverse the side that the door opens from is pretty convenient too.
Should you get the RCA?
It’s really just a standard mini fridge. It doesn’t have any special features but it also doesn’t cost a whole bunch of extra money. If you’re getting this one, you likely aren’t looking for a fridge that has a bunch of “features.” After all, we’re really just looking for a convenient house for cans, possibly bottles.
But this is a quality fridge, that will prove itself useful, and won’t break on you when you need it most.
Igloo mini fridges are the first ones I looked at, mostly because of the good experiences I’ve had with their products in the past. Not to mention, this one is on the bestseller list at Amazon.
The door is able to be reversed for left or right side opening, and the adjustable thermostat allows you to tailor the temperature to your liking.
Here is my favorite part of this refrigerator: The door doubles as a dry erase board and the fridge even comes with some neon markers for you to use. This is great if you like doodling. Or if you want to leave a message of warning to anyone who may be tempted to pilfer your frosty ales.
Should you get the Igloo?
This is kind of in the same boat as the RCA fridge. It’s a basic refrigerator, and it will do its job well enough. The added element of the dry erase board, gives it an edge for me.
I really like the way this fridge looks. It goes great in any room and adds a nice element of sophistication (as much as a refrigerator can at least). The glass door lets you see what is actually in the fridge, and the stainless steel frame bordering the glass is a nice touch.
This fridge is 3.4 cubic feet and can hold 126 cans of whatever your beverage of choice is (as long as it’s beer. Kidding it’ll hold non-beer. I suppose.). Five chrome racks can be removed easily when you need additional space for larger cans.
Should you get this fridge?
This is easily the best mini fridge that I have looked at, but it also costs quite a bit more than the other two I researched. With that said, it is definitely worth the price (in my opinion).
Wrap – Up
When I started searching mini fridges, I started with the assumption that it would be an easy decision to make. It turns out, it wasn’t. But eventually, I was able to whittle it down to just three refrigerators that will do the job I ask, without breaking the bank.
Ultimately, I think the New Air fridge is the best option, even with the added price. It looks nice, reaches near freezing temperatures (34 degrees) and it has the highest holding capacity.
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- Beer Advocate – Why does beer taste different at different temperatures?
- Beer & Brewing Mag – Choosing the right temperature for beer.