I got a bargain on a cheap mini-fridge and I thought- Hey, maybe this will last me a couple of months. It was second-hand and had already been used for over a year. But I was delighted with the results.
Not the greatest. I saw just how small it was and thought, what is actually going to fit in this? Also since it was so cheap, I thought it would not last very long- or maybe not even work straight away. However turning it on and hearing the sound of it working, made me relieved that it was gonna be better than my first impressions.
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After a couple of days using it, I fell in love with this tiny fridge. The main thing- it kept everything cold- unlike other mini "fridges I had used before. Not only can it keep things cold you have the option to keep things warm! This fridge is aesthetically pleasing and can probably fit in with the colours of your room, and is small enough to store away. The door is easy to open and the shape reminds me of some sort of little safe- and trust me, I treat my food as if it is one of the most important things to me. A little shelf is included in it so you can separate your drinks. All my cans have come out really cold, colder than I even expected them to. The switches between hot and cold and on and off are right next to the adapter port so they are easy to find after you've found that. The words are clear and the light changes colour depending on the desired function- red is hot, green is cold. The product is also good as it is built with an attached handle for easy transportation. What's more it's easy to clean because of its materials, so can be cleaned with a simple wipe.
However, the size can be a problem since it can only fit in 6 cans or 4 mini bottles, thankfully that's all I need. But don't buy this to keep thin bottles over 250ml in it. The noise from it can also get quite loud and it seems to heat up quite easily so keep the vents at the back clear!
Overall though I was pleased with the result and I could drink my cans happily since they were cold and refreshing.
There was a stage during my pregnancy where I seemed to suffer with a really dry mouth at night, which would wake me up. I am sorry to say that I was one of those people that 'played on' being pregnant and whenever this happened, I would wake my other half up and send him downstairs to get a cold drink of water. After about a month of this, I think he got a bit fed up and I came home from work one day to discover he had brought me a fridge to keep in the bedroom.
Price and availability;
The fridge is available from Argos and retails for around £29.99. I think we paid around £20 but this was over 5 years ago. Looking online now, the fridge is currently reduced to £19.99 which I think is a reasonable price. The one we have is silver however the fridge is also available in white, black, hot pink or blue. At the time we purchased, I think that you could only buy silver or white.
It is available online and also in-store (subject to stock), I do like the check and reserve facility at Argos so I never have a failed journey when I buy something.
Installation is really easy, the fridge is easily removed from the packaging and then it is just a case of plugging in. The fridge measures approximately 28cm (h) x 19cm (w) x 26cm (d) and the capacity is 4 litre which I found was sufficient for what we needed it for, I was able to store several bottles of water and a few small cans of pop at night. If you are looking for something to store wine bottles or cans of lager then this isn't the fridge for you, I would recommend the bigger ones which are available for around £10 more.
To the base of the fridge are 4 small rubber feet which are designed to stop the item from slipping or toppling over if it gets accidentally knocked. I found that sleeping in close proximity to the fridge was not a problem, I find running noise is fairly quiet (probably more so than out main fridge at home) as it just gives off a soft humming sound.
To the top of the fridge there is a large handle which pulls out meaning the fridge is easy to transport around, to be honest, I haven't really used this facility too much as once I had placed it where I wanted the fridge, I didn't move it around, plus, the fridge is quite light too so I can easily pick it up without the handle.
The fridge is designed to be used on the go so it came with an in car charger making it ideal for picnics etc as well as a mains adapter. Looking online now though, it looks like Argos have decided to remove the external mains adapter, it is clearly advertised and can be purchased for around £8. To be honest, I can see this is as a positive; we have a drawer in our kitchen full of leads and adapters so at some point, we will 'loose' our cable and when this happens, at least I know I can replace and don't have to fork out for a new fridge too.
About a third of the way down the fridge is a small wire shelf which is ideal if you are looking to store different items in the fridge. I used to remove mine so that I could store more drinks inside.
Cleaning the fridge was really easy, just with a damp cloth, to be honest, the fact that we don't use it too much probably makes it easy as it never really gets dirty.
Upon first using the fridge, I remember we plugged in to see how long it took to chill and within a couple of hours, it was really to go which I was really surprised about. When we started to use for packed lunches etc, I found that the temperature was pretty consistent and didn't fluctuate at all, the food and drink stays cold.
Not only did we use the fridge during my pregnancy, but also on holiday, becuase I was able to make sandwiches and take them out during the day, I found that this alone paid for the fridge twice over, especially on UK prices. I also found the fridge ideal when Lauren was little and we were on holiday, stopping in B&B's as I was able to store my milk in the fridge in my room where I was reassured that nothing would happen to it.
Overall, the fridge has been quite a good investment and it is still going strong, my other half was really happy as for 5 months, he didnt get woken up every night because I was thirsty!
I would really recommend this fridge and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
A few years ago when my husband managed to get me into camping, we purchased this little mini fridge from Argos. I have no recollection of what it cost at the time but it currently retails on Argos (on offer) for £19.99. Our primary reason for buying this 4l mini fridge was for the car to keep dairy products etc cool whilst camping and this is still the only purpose of this machine for us. It comes out every time we go on holiday or away for a break.
THis 4 litre fridge is obviously not big, so do not be expecting to fit in every kind of dairy product and 2litre milk carton - it just won't happen. THis fridge comes with a car charger so you can keep it plugged into the cigarette lighter as you drive to keep the fridge going. Obviously once the car is stopped and the engine off the fridge you need to take the fridge out, so it isn't something that can be used overnight, unless you have an adapter, which can be bought separately as far as I am aware. When we go camping, we don't hook up to an electric so it really is only useful in the car for us as a family.
This fridge contains one small shelf, which is handy to separate items, but the shelf can also be removed, in case you want something taller to fit in. Depending on what we are carrying I find the shelf useful for storing my daughter's little yogurts such as petit filous, whereas I tend to put larger yogurts, ham or cheese etc in the bottom part of the fridge. Sometimes I have literally had to stock the items in any shape just to fit them in, and when I would open the door, be ready to catch!!
THere is a little handle on the top of the this fridge which you can push down when you want to put the fridge away. The handle makes it easy to carry and also, when we are travelling we tend to put it in the backseat on the floor between the front two feet and sometimes it can get knocked over when driving, and I, as the passenger in the front can reach back and grab the handle and set it back upright again.
When my daughter was very young this was a godsend when it came to carrying a bottle, or her food. Now that she is older, obviously children become easier to cater for and therefore as long as we have at least one yogurt an a little babybel - she will be content snackwise!!
This summer in particular when we were away camping we hit part of the early summer heatwave and therefore this item was an essential rather than something useful in the car. Our only problem came when we stopped the car for the day and overnight, and any dairy products that hadn;t been used, either got used or were put in our cool bag.
The bigger the family the more room you will need, so you may need the 6litre fridge and it is something that we will probably have to consider getting in the future, but for now, we are very happy with this little fridge, and for our needs, it suits perfectly.
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I purchased an Argos 4 Litre Silver Mini Fridge from an eBay auction for around £15. It is still available to buy from Argos stores as well as their website for a sale price of £19.99 as it usually retails at £29.99. Argos are also selling the same fridge in different colours such as pink, blue, and black.
I just had a quick look on eBay and one is for sale for £16, but in used condition.
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This mini 4 Litre fridge has a silver glossy finish, and measure approx 28 cm in height, a width of 19 cm and a depth of 26 cm. There is a silver handle on the front of the fridge that is used to open the door. Inside the fridge there is a white coloured removable plastic shelf and a white coloured interior. The fridge is made from hard plastic which surprisingly doesn't make it look cheap or tacky and instead the curved edges make it appear modern and attractive. Being made of plastic material makes it lightweight and therefore ideal of transporting or travelling.
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*Energy efficiency rating: B.
*Car socket compatible.
*Size H28, W19, D26cm.
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What Comes In The Box?
The fridge came packaged in a cardboard box along with instructions, a power plug cable for the mains, and a cable to attach to an in car cigarette lighter socket.
Setting The Fridge Up
The fridge is very easy to set up, just connect the cable into the back of the fridge and plug into the mains. At this point you need to wait for the fridge to cool to the correct temperature, which I found was surprisingly quick and managed to cool to a nice cold temperature in about 1 and half hours.
The fridge has a 4 litre capacity and internal dimensions of 20cm in height, 14cm wide and 14cm deep, which I find allows me to store around 6 cans of drink easily. I also used to occasionally store a couple of baby bottles in the fridge to save me from going down stairs when my nephew or niece woke up in the middle of night, which is very handy indeed. It keeps all contents nice and cool as the fridge cools down to 18 degrees below room temperature, and therefore keeps drinks nice and chilled. It has a removable shelf which enables me to store small bottles of water and milk cartons, chocolate bars with ease. I have also used this during some caravan trips and managed to fit in a pack of butter, a carton of milk and yoghurt easily. I found that during my short caravan trips it kept the milk, yoghurt and butter all fresh and refreshingly cool, especially warm seasons.
The door has a sliver handle which feels sturdy, and allows me to open the fridge door with minimal effort. As there is no locking mechanism, it is worth keeping it out of reach from children just in case they manage to open it and pull out glass bottles or sneak out some stored chocolate!
Noisy or Quiet?
The Argos Mini Fridge isn't noisy from my experience, in fact it is very quite and much quieter than our main fridge down stairs. Therefore it is perfect as I can store this in my bedroom without having to worry about it being too noisy at night and keeping me awake. It makes a very faint humming sound, which is in my opinion not very noticeable.
The fridge also has a carrying handle which sits inserted ontop of the fridge, and once pulled it extends out easily. The carry handle is made from hard plastic which is strong enough to carry the fridge while empty or with minimal contents, however I wouldn't risk using the handle to carry the fridge if it is full as I doubt it would be able to carry the weight. The handle allows a good grip and is comfortable enough to move the fridge from place to place, and makes it ideal for travelling or picnic etc. As the fridge is lightweight even with a filled fridge I was able to lift the fridge up with both hands placed at the bottom, and transport it to our other room easily. I usually store this fridge in my bedroom, and I make sure that there is enough space at the back so that the ventilation system doesn't get blocked.
One thing that I really like about this mini fridge is that it requires very little maintenance, and this includes cleaning. Obviously I do clean the fridge couple times a week, but only takes a minute tops to give the interior a quick wipe down. I usually use a damp cloth and give the shelf and the interior a quick wipe, and find that the plastic interior makes it very easy to wipe dirt away and keep clean. As the shelf is removable I can remove it and give it a thorough clean outside the fridge.
The Negative...Not Very Energy Efficient
The only negative aspect is that the fridge is not very energy efficient, it has an energy efficient rating of B meaning it uses <75 kW*h, which I think costs around 70p an hour to have my mini fridge running! That is quite high considering how small it is. I provided a link below if you want more information on energy efficiency in household appliances:
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All in all this is a very handy mini fridge that keeps contents nice and chilled and is perfect for travelling or taking to picnics etc. It's very straightforward to set-up and has a good 4 Litre storage capacity. The only downside is the energy efficiency rating (B) which makes this running for long periods quite expensive. However as the positives out way the negatives I would rate this a high 4/5, losing just one rating due to energy consumption.
My sister bought a mini travel 4 litre fridge from Argos a few years ago for her caravan. Not needing it anymore she gave it to me as my fridge had broke. Since then I've passed it on to my daughter for uni. She paid about 30 quid at the time and I see on their website at the moment it's £19.99, the plug adapter is sold separately for £7.99 making the fridge £27.98 which isn't particularly cheap. It's also car socket compatible.
It's a nice looking little thing with a retro look to it, my model is silver but they do other colours. It has a carry handle and chrome look handle. Although tiny inside there's a shelf which I removed to accommodate the milk. It's dimensions are H 28cm, W 19cm, D 26 cm so compact enough to stand on the work top. It's energy rating is surprisingly B so a bit high. It's quality is okay. The switches on the back can change the fridge from off, on, cool or warm- we've never used warm.
I used this fridge continuously for a week. I could only fit a small milk, a block of cheese, a packet of ham and a 500g tub of butter but that was all I needed it for. My daughter just wanted it in her halls for milk and butter and the odd can of pop.
It's a bit noisy, it uses a fan to cool the food and sounds like a hair dryer on low. Not much of a problem but I was aware of it. I wouldn't say it keeps the food as cold as a fridge does but more keeps it cool, and cool enough to keep the milk fresh for a couple of days. The fridge is easy to clean with quick wipe down as there isn't any workings inside it's like a cool box.
My sister had a lot of use out of it, again mainly to keep milk cold, and for my daughter and myself it served it's purpose and still works.
4 stars from me
WHAT IS IT?
A small portable fridge from Argos. It holds 4 liters of contents so is very small.
I have got the silver fridge because I brought it for one specific purpose and that was the best colour, there was other colours but I cannot remember what they were apart from black and I did not like that one. I like the silver because it is shiny but there is not too much of glossy look and it does not scratch easy like I thought the black one would.
There is a plastic shelf inside the fridge and you cannot move it up and down but you can take it out and that will give you a lot more room to stand up tall items.
The fridge has got a silver metal handle that you pull outwards to open it, the handle is good and it keeps the fridge tightly closed. There is a carrying handle also but to me that does not feel very strong and I would not like to trust it to carry the fridge around especially if there are things inside the fridge to add weight to it.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy with this fridge. My husband thinks that it is a waste because it is so small but it is big enough for what I need so I am happy. 4 liters is not very big but I use it to keep a bottle of milk for my daughter in for when she wakes up in the night for a drink, she uses tall baby bottles so I have to remove the shelf. It keeps her milk very cold and I am pleased for that because it stops me from having to go downstairs in the middle of the night to make her a bottle, she is 16 months old so drinks normal milk now and not formula.
It is a very quiet fridge and that is important for me because I keep it outside our bedroom and if it was loud it would disturb our sleep. It does not take very long to cool down and I do not have it plugged in all the time only when I know I am going to bed in an hour time and want to chill it to put my daughters bottle in. My other daughters have taken it into their room and put yogurts and cold drinks into it also.
It is very easy to clean because it is all plastic so I can wipe it and not have to scrub dirt off.
I do not remember how much this cost but I think it was about £15, I have used it a lot and think this is good value.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I bought this mini fridge as I work at quite a few different offices in my job and am often on my own if I am working a late shift or at the weekend. Most of the offices are quite large and are equipped with a fridge but there is one office which I probably work at twice a week which is practically a cubby hole containing a desk, chair and computer and not much else. As I love my cups of tea and probably have around four or five in an eight hour shift I needed a fridge to keep my milk cool and saw this one in Argos for £29.99. The fridge is silver and measures 28cm tall, 19cm wide and 26cm deep.
To be honest although I read the measurements in the catalogue I was surprised at how small it was and at first glance didn't think it was big enough but it does hold my bottle of milk, sandwiches and yoghurt or fruit comfortably. There is a removable shelf which I took out as I found that I couldn't stand the milk up with this in place. If you left the shelf in you could fit two of the small one pint cartons of milk in the bottom and then other things on the shelf.
There are four rubber chunky feet which keep the fridge from moving around. As I keep mine on a cupboard I this is a good thing as it is quite light and would be easy for it to move if you knocked it or if something was to lean against it. There is a chunky square handle for you to carry it round but I have only used this when I carried it into the office, but it does feel quite secure to carry. I find it is easy to keep clean and I will wipe the inside over occasionally with a non fragranced wipe and then use this to quickly wipe over the outside.
It comes complete with a car adapter so if you are going on a long journey or camping you could use this but as you can't really fit much in I don't think many people would buy it for that. There is also a facility to use the fridge to keep food warm which I think is quite unusual. I haven't used this myself but I would say if you bought a hot sandwich and couldn't eat it straight away this would be useful. You just flick a switch at the back of the fridge to change it from cold to warm.
I would recommend this fridge for keeping cold drinks in or to keep your lunch cool like I do, and I also would say it is ideal for a teenagers bedroom to save them coming all the way down to the kitchen for a drink! I have found it keeps my food perfectly cold and I have had no problems with condensation. The one negative thing is that it the fan is a bit noisy but I think this is normal for these mini fridges, and I do usually have the radio on a work so I don't notice it so much. I think it is a bit expensive at £29.99 but if you only have a small space and need to keep things cool (or warm) this mini fridge is ideal.
I run a small drama school in my spare time, and I'd find myself taking small one pints of milk with me everyday to enable me make a cup of coffee. With the office quite warm I couldn't leave milk overnight so I decided to invest in a "mini fridge" to store not just milk but also the occasional can or chocolate bar. To be honest it was the sort of thing I always wanted as a kid in my bedroom but was never allowed so I think that it was also my inner child purchasing it on some level.
I looked around and found that Argos had it on offer so decided to purchase there. When I got it home I realized that 4 litres is in reality a lot smaller than you first think. I did manage to fit in either a small 1 pint of milk and a can, but the can had to lie down. Or I could fit two bottles of water side by side if I removed the shelf. I liked the idea of the little shelf as it meant I could either use it to lie a can on it and could fit my chocolate on it too.
It does come with a car adapter which I think would be a novel aspect if you were going on a long journey but would be worried about how much it would suck out of the car, and for what you can physically get in it, it wouldn't be worth doing. On a mains lead, the energy rating is classed as B, which is quite high in my opinion, although again for what it stores you wouldn't really expect it to use alot of energy.
At 28cm high, 19cm wide and 26cm deep you can actually tell from the dimensions it's not a big unit, so don't buy this if your expecting to use it for anything more than literally a few cans of pop, or a small one pint of milk or you will be disappointed. For me it did exactly what I wanted. It fit perfectly in the space I had and it kept my milk nice and cold from one day to the next.
As it is so small I had no problems with ice build up, or condensation as I do with my large fridge, and it's very easy to clean out with a damp cloth. I didn't even find it that noisy.
I believe in Argos the full price is £34.99 but it has been on offer for £24.99. For me it was well worth it.
We bought this small fridge for use in our 'Garden Room' which is effectively a walled in patio area which we use a lot in the summer, proximity to the kitchen is not great and therefore we bought this for use during the 'summer of sport' this year (although as yet it is not really feeling particularly summer like) with a large screen and projector erected for better viewing.
This fridge was about the right size for keeping beers in and we will use it in the future (no doubt at Christmas) to give us extra chilling space for food and drink, it will live in the shed after the summer is over.
We spend £32.99 on this 4 litre capacity fridge and ours is actually black rather than silver (it also comes in white and a pink polka dot colour too). The very handy thing about this small fridge is that it comes with both a normal wall plug and an adaptor for use in the car, I assume this means that it would be very useful for hardcore campers although I cannot comment on how this would effect/drain the battery if you plugged it in for too long!
One negative about the fridge is that for such a small item it makes one hell of a racket! The cooler fan seems to kick in every half an hour or so and it really is quite noisy, I therefore would not want to have this in the bedroom (although the Argos blurb suggests it is ideal for this kind of use).
I can see this being very useful for people who have a small office or workspace without a fridge, it would be ideal to keep milk and lunch items cool. The space inside is not huge but certainly enough to fit some cans of drink and it does have a shelf which makes it easy to stack things.
This is a nice small chiller for occasional use I would say and to be honest, at the price it is fantastic value for money.
My daughter had been watching some tween American movie where the lead character had a mini fridge in her bedroom. After this she became obsessed with having one probably so she could have her friends round and they wouldn't have to leave her room to come for drinks and snacks and see me and risk that I might embarrass her.
After constant harassment I told her we could have a look for one.
We saw this mini fridge in Argos where it was £32.99. This is more than I wanted to spend but it was bright pink and my daughter decided she had to have it. Being a soft touch I agreed she could have it so we ordered it online and waited for it to arrive.
When it arrived I was dismayed to see that it was smaller than I had anticipated but my daughter thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I will admit that it is very nice looking but at only 4 litres of capacity it isn't the most practical of items.
We plugged it in and it didn't take long at all to get to a cold temperature. As it was so small we had to go to the supermarket and buy some items that would fit in the fridge. We decided to buy mini cans of soft drinks and some mini chocolates for her to stock in it. We thought this would be the most practical solution as having full sized cans and chocolates would have meant that she could have probably only got in about 3 or 4 of them at a time.
My daughter loves the fridge and takes great pleasure in making sure that she (and by she I mean me) keeps it fully stocked with different juices for when her friends come round.
The only problem that I have with the fridge other than the fact that it isn't all that practical is that it is loud. It makes a constant whirring noise when it is plugged in and although my daughter says she doesn't notice it after a couple of minutes I think it would drive me up the wall where it in my room.
Overall I would say that this mini fridge is good quality and although not practical kids will probably love having it in their rooms. It doesn't take a lot of electricity to use and to be completely honest because it cools down so quickly there is no need to have it plugged in all the time when you aren't using it as it can be up and running again in about half an hour of it being plugged in again when you want to use it.
When it is plugged in it does a good job of keeping drinks cold so would be especially useful in summer months.
I have a lovely pink one of these mini refrigerators right beside my bed and it looks so cute. It was a gift from my brother and cost around thirty pounds as far as I know in Argos. The fridge has a four litter capacity whatever that means. All I know is I can keep a few cans a coke (diet of course) and a couple of chocolate bars in there too. There is a single shelf that can be removed if you want to stand up a bottle in it for example. The shelf has only one slot this means it may be removable but it is not adjustable.
The exterior is shiny pink plastic and cleans up very easily with a damp cloth and this also applies to the interior of the fridge. Any spills clean up easily and the interior doesn't hold onto any food smells from anything I have put into it. Although I have never put anything with garlic or onions in it, so I can't say if they would leave a strong persistent smell or not.
There are four rubber little feet on the end to keep it in place and these do a good job on my carpeted floor. When there are some items in the fridge to weigh it down it stands firmly in place. The handle of the door is easy to use and I also find it comfortable to use, but my boyfriend thinks it's too small, but he does have large hands. The door opens easily and doesn't feel flimsy at all. It closes snugly letting me know that my food and drinks will stay nice and chilled until I need them.
This little refrigerator keeps my snacks cool and is cold enough to keep even milk fresh which is saying something. It makes some noise every now and then just like any refrigerator but it's not loud enough to disturb my sleep.
The convenience of having chilled food and beverages by my bedside is great, and the fact that I have a super girlie version of the one pictured above means it blends in with my decor but the silver one would be more suited to most rooms. My brother has one in silver and keeps it by his side in the sitting room. There are cheaper versions available if you shop around but for thirty pounds this is a great little addition to my bedroom and could be to yours too.
When I was younger - about seventeen, my Dad bought me and each of my siblings a mini fridge one Christmas. They were a must-have thing at the time and a cool little gadget that a majority of kids were pestering their parents for. This was over three years ago now and I still have it sat in my room on my shelf and it's in good, working condition. In fact it looks literally like new! I've used this so many times as it's incredibly handy and I love how compact and neat it is. The fridge is still available and it looks pretty much exactly the same as mine, whether it is the excact same model I don't know but after reading the product specifications etc I have come to the conclusion that they're identical, so obviously Argos haven't changed it too much over the years.
Argos have a range of different mini fridges and I have the grey/silver four litre one. There are various other colours available for example pink, blue, white etc and there are larger ones available too - I think the largest available is twenty litres and there's also a six litre version, which sounds like a decent size and I think if I ever buy another one I would opt for the six litre one rather than the four as although it fits in a reasonable amount (four coke cans or a few chocolate bars) it's always very cramped and full. Price wise, the mini fridge (the four litre) is currently retailing at £32.99 which I think is a little overpriced considering how little you can actually fit in.
Argos advertise this as been primarily a childs product, with their product description stating that it's suitable for 'girls and boys'. I owned and used this throughout my teenage years and continue to do so. I think it's one of those products that really is suitable for people of any age and it will appeal to both girls/boys and men/women due to the unisex colour. It's a simple metallic silver colour which goes with most decor and it doesn't clash with any of my other furnishings. I'm glad that i've got the silver as I think the pink one would be a little too childish now that i'm twenty, meaning i'd of probably got rid of it purely due to the colour.
This mini fridge is really easy to use. It comes with two different leads - one can be connected to the car cigarette lighter (handy for when travelling) and the other is a thick lead which is attatched to a plug socket. The USB end of the lead plugs into the back of the fridge (this part is white so it stands out). It has ventilation at the top ensuring that the fridge doesn't over heat, and it can be turned off at any time. It does need to be kept plugged in however it could also be used while unplugged as storage for food that doesn't need to be kept cool. The fridge when plugged in goes noticeable cool but it's not freezing or so cold that the whole fridge goes cold, only the inside does.
Temperature wise, the mini fridge is able to go upto 15-20 degrees below room temperature. There is no display on the fridge of what temperature it is and there is no way to adjust the temperature, however due to how affordable it is I think this is undertandable, it's nothing special; just basic. The fridge makes a noticeable sound when switched on at the mains, sort of like a very low humming. This is only noticeable if I stand very close to it and it is easily drowned out, it's not loud enough to keep me awake or wake me up.
The inside of the fridge is white with bumpy things on the side like you would find in most fridges. It has a shelf halfway which I removed a while ago, as I didn't see the point in it. I usually store Diet Coke in my mini fridge whenever there's no room in the main fridge down stairs as I can not bare warm coke, however i've also used it to store chocolate etc and it kept it cool, even in the warmer weather - no melting etc so it is obviously an effective fridge. It's not large enough to store more than one small carton of milk and it couldn't hold more than one meal (eg a sandwich and crisps) so it isn't really ideal for large families who would be relying on this as their main fridge on camping holidays. The fridge also has a handle on the top making it ideal as a portable fridge. It is easy to transport it from one room to another and it could be used in caravans, on picnics, etc - very versatile.
Opening the fridge is simple, it has a little silver handle which I simply pull down on and it closes securely too. Cleaning the fridge takes no time at all and it doesn't really get very dirty although obviously it does get a little dusty if it's not regulary cleaned and the dust shows up very noticeably due to the colour. Overall, this is a compact and handy little fridge, with the only disadvantage being the size; it's a little too small but as I only use it for storing my coke in, this isn't too much of an issue for me personally and I therefor give it 4/5 stars; affordable, neat and effective.
My partner regularly goes fishing (yawn) so during the summer I treated him to this Mini Fridge from Argos, it was actually a bit of a silly buy as while he's sitting on the edge of a windy lake there's nowhere to plug it in... Never mind, after giving my head a quick slap I decided that instead of returning it with some fake problem or other we'd keep it in the dining room for when we're chilling (excuse the pun) in there. Our fridge is the one you see above, but other colours and designs are available including a gorgeous pale pink covered in polka dots - which would so not have been Mark's colour, but in retrospect I wish I'd bought that one now as it would have looked fab in the dining room.
This fridge has a 4 litre capacity, which might sound pretty big but let me tell you now - it's tiny. Using Argos' own description, it'll hold only six normal sized cans (the 330ml variety, not beer can sized) and when we took it on a recent weekend away I was disappointed that I wasn't able to store the small amount of chilled food I had bought from Tesco to sustain us in munchies through the night. To give you an idea of the size of the interior of this fridge we managed to squeeze in a small block of cheese, a half-sized packet of butter, two ready made sandwiches (taken out of their plastic wrappers and re-wrapped in kitchen roll), a one-pint bottle of milk and two decidedly squashed fresh cakes. Hardly survival, is it?
The shelf is removeable, and I have indeed removed it as I've found the fridge holds much more when it's all stacked on top of each other instead of trying to shelve it all as you would in a normal fridge. If you do add the shelf you're losing far more room than just the slim width of the shelf itself, restricting yourself to placing only shallow items on the actual shelf as it will only actually fit in one place.
The fridge is very easy to keep clean and despite the very 'plastic-ey' nature of it the interior doesn't seem to hang onto smells from food, an important point as after using our previous mini fridge to take a batch of very onion-intensified cheese and potato pie to my sister (then a student and seemingly incapable of cooking for herself) I just couldn't get rid of the stink of the onion. I tend to use a baby wipe to clean it inside and out, the silvery finish smears a bit when cleaned like this but this is easily dealt with by drying with a tea towel and buffing the marks out.
The four large stubby feet are made of a non-slip rubber, which is handy as the fridge itself is so lightweight that it could easily be knocked if you were faffing around in its general vicinity. There is a chunky carry handle located on the top of the fridge, but we never use this as it feels very loose in it's fittings and I worry that it won't hold the weight of the fridge even while empty - there's no chance I'd risk it if there was anything being stored in the fridge as that just adds weight to an already struggling carry handle.
Not only is this a fridge, by flicking a switch on the back you can also turn it into a food warmer. I must admit I haven't used this function myself but switching it over to 'heat' this morning I can confirm that it does warm up nicely and I think it would be fine for keeping small amounts of food warm for short periods of time. When used for it's 'proper' purpose (ie. keeping food/drinks cold) it works admirably, I've no idea of the temperatures it reaches but it keeps everything chilled almost as well as when stored in my normal fridge - a good example being the milk I kept in there recently which was cold and delicious (as always, gotta love milk) after being kept in this fridge for two days.
My only issue is with the handle of the fridge (the actual handle on the door, not the carry handle) as sometimes it sticks and needs a slap with the edge of my hand to release it and enable me to open the door. This has happened several times now and it's quite annoying, especially as sometimes I've had to ask Mark to come and open it for me - allowing him to bring forth a stream of 'manly' comments.
Overall though I'm happy with it, the £30 price tag seems a bit excessive now as I've seen similar fridges available for a good tenner less than this but at the time it seemed reasonable as I really couldn't be bothered shopping around.
This mini fridge cost me only £30 in Argos. It is quite small at only a 4 Litter capacity. This means it literally is like a minibar fridge from a hotel room. All I can store in it is basically three cans of soft drink or beer and a few chocolate bars. These are best suited for right beside your bed for a night time drink or snack. Or as I have it right beside the sofa. This way I always have a nice cold drink right next to me.
This little mini fridge comes in five different colours and two handle types. The colour choices are silver or stainless steel effect (that's the one I have) black, cream, nail varnish pink, or White polka dot on candy floss pink. The two handle styles are curved handle, and square handle. The square handle can be found on the black and cream models. While the curved handle can be found on the silver and the nail varnish pink models. The polka dot fridge has NO handle. There is also a difference between the temperatures each model can reach. They go from 18*C minimum for the black, cream, and silver. Too 15*C minimum for the two pink. Apart for that, the handle or lack of, is the only difference between all models.
There is one shelf for you to store things you would like to keep separate from what's below. Or if you would like to keep your stuff separate from someone else's.
It has four little black rubber feet that keep it nice and secure, although if you do have it resting on carpet it will be less stable.
It has strong hinges and a quality mettle door handle. It opens and closes easily, but looses it coldness if you leave the door open for too long. I know this would happen with any fridge, but because of it's size it happens a lot quicker with this one. Other than that I love my little fridge.
These are available at argos.co.uk for £23.99 + shipping
My gran now lives in a care home for the elderly, it was a shame for all the family that we could not look after her at home but we all work and have children to look after. At least we know she has 24 hour care and lots of company and activities to do throughout the day. She is likes to be as independent as possible and hates to bother the staff for silly thinks like asking for a drink of water!
I decided to buy her a small fridge that she could keep in her room with a supply of drinks she could help herself to when needed. I bought her a argos value mini fridge, it cost £24.00 and came in a few colours.
I bought the silver one, it came In a cardboard box with instructions. It was very easy to set up, once out the packaging I had to plug the cable into the back of the fridge and then plug it into the wall socket. It only took about one hour to cool to a good temperature and then I put in small cartons of juice and a few yoghurt's and chocolate bars for my gran.
It has a shelf that can be removed if you were to store bottles of water of juice. As I was only filling it with small cartons of juice I could fit plenty in without removing the shelf. I placed the youghurts band sweets on the shelf. The door opens easy and my gran can manage it by herself which I am happy with, I placed it on top of her bedside table so she did not have to bend over to get anything out of it. It can be placed on the floor as well, It is recommended that it is not places directly against a wall as it need ventilation and will stop the fan motor overheating.
I am really happy with the purchase and my gran finds it very handy to have, it cools very well and can hold a fair amount for such a small fridge. The colour is good and has a nice smooth finish to it. Its very well priced and would have been happy to pay more for it. I only have one negative comment to make about it, I found the fan to be rather noisy but my gran does not notice it at all. It is east to clean with a damp cloth if needed.
I highly recommend this mini fridge from argos, so much so I am intending on buying one for my daughters bedroom.