Product Type: Argos refrigerators
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MIGHT BE SMALL BUT OH SO COOL!
Argos 4 Litre Mini Fridge
Member Name: lak11
Argos 4 Litre Mini Fridge
Date: 08/06/11, updated on 10/07/12 (183 review reads)
Advantages: Small and transportable, can be handy at times
Disadvantages: Doesn't hold much
OH TO BE COOL!
I purchased this mini fridge for my teenage daughter some time ago when she kept asking for a mini fridge to keep in her bedroom. She liked the idea of being able to keep to hand a few cool cans of fizzy drinks and some snacks for those times when she had friends round. It crossed my mind that she probably was thinking to herself that having a mini fridge would mean that she would be able to consume more cola, on the quiet, than I would knowingly allow. Admittedly, when first thinking of buying a fridge as small as this I considered it probably was gimmicky; having little usefulness but I still eventually gave in, as I am sometimes wont to do.
I had a look around the shops to see what was on offer. Although the idea of these fridges is that they are miniature I did notice that some seemed too small to beat all useful; they didn't look as if they had even the capacity to hold three or four cans of drink.
Eventually I chose to purchase from Argos and decided on a fridge in a silver colour , thinking this would look best in my daughter's bedroom, which is mainly decorated in neutral colours with a dash of silver here and there. I did see some of these small fridges in pink but she was too old for pink, and hadn't really been a pink sort of girl since she was about six years old.
When I first purchased the Argos mini fridge I bought several of the tiny fizzy drinks cans to go with it. You probably know the type I am talking about which used to be sold in good old Woolworths near to the pic n mix but can still be seen around. I think they hold about 150ml whereas a regular can holds 330ml. My daughter has a love ( I like to make it clear that she is the only one of my four offspring who loves fizzy drinks) of coca cola and pepsi cola and as I think this is a drink which is unhealthy and, as I know it to be terrible for the teeth, should only be consumed in small amounts and not very often, I thought it might be a good idea to buy the smallest sized cans that I could so she would be limited in the amount she drank. This did work as I found one small cola would suffice with her as well as the larger size.
When this fridge was put in my daughter's bedroom it first held pride of place on top of a chest of drawers. She soon filled it with he several small cans of drink that I had supplied, along with a few bars of snack sized chocolate. After a couple of months or so, I realised that the fridge wasn't often being re filled; it was sitting in her room using electricity, just to keep perhaps one or two cans cold. I thought this was a waste, and decided that if she needed a drink to consume in her room she was well able to journey downstairs to get one from the kitchen. In fairness, I think she too realised that the fridge really wasn't much use on a day to day basis. She unplugged the fridge, deciding that it would make more sense to re stock and switch on when she was expecting guests.
I was also a little wary of leaving this fridge on as the outside of it did become a little warm and although it should be a safe and reliable product I didn't think for what it did that it was worth taking the risk of leaving this on for long periods of time.
The mini fridge makes a low whirring noise; louder than I expected. It would have annoyed me in my bedroom at home. I have used it, as I will explain, in a holiday chalet, but as then there is lots of unusual noise going on around at these times anyway it doesn't really make much difference for occasional usage.
USEFUL OR NOT?
As this has a car adaptor it could be useful if you go on long car journeys or are the picnic type. I haven't actually used this in the car which is daft really as we have a seven seater with space inside for this.
The mini fridge has come in handy on several occasions, so I would definitely say it has had its uses. For me these are as follows:
A MORNING CUPPA
When we have gone away for weekends or on short breaks, we have used this mini fridge in our chalet. Some places do supply a fridge but some still, when offering full or half board, do not. When a fridge isn't supplied, especially in one holiday centre that I have in mind, on arrival I always purchase a carton of milk so that as I unpack my clothes I can enjoy a cup of tea made with real milk and not the powder type supplied in the welcome pack. I also HAVE to have my morning cuppa, every morning, without fail. I also sometimes like to drink a hot chocolate late at night. So clearly this fridge proves very useful in keeping milk conveniently cold and fresh; before having the fridge I was buying milk frequently, as it didn't stay fresh for long when not stored anywhere cold.
As the place where we often go for short breaks caters on a half board basis, then the mini fridge is also handy for storing a couple of yogurts or trifles in, or items such as cheese, butter spread, jam and small bottles of mineral water which might be needed for a snack. But bear in mind that this size of mini fridge will not hold much. I think I've managed to keep, at one time, a one litre carton of milk, a small tub of butter type spread and a regular pack of cheese and, perhaps a yogurt in here, but it will all be pretty much squashed in together. But, even so, that's about all the space I need for this purpose.
I would like to say that I discarded the shelf pretty quickly as the shelf hinders the best use of space.
COMING TO THE RESCUE
When my fridge/feezer died on me, and whilst I waited for my new one to be delivered I managed to squeeze some frozen items from the now useless freezer into my chest freezer but I was still without a fridge. And so, I was pleased when I rembered my daughter's mini fridge, which was stored away in her room. Again, I commandeered it. True it didn't hold much at all, but it was still nice to be able to keep the milk cold (although I had to buy the very small containers) and butter and cheese fresh. I was glad at the time that I'd previously purchased a mini fridge.
FURTHER FACTS FROM www.argos.co.uk:
Capacity 4 litres.
Stores up to 6 regular size cans.
Size H28, W19, D26cm.
The current seling price of this mini fridge from Argos is- £23.99 (Was £29.99)
I honestly can't remember if I paid this amount but it would have been in the region of twenty pounds. I wouldn't have paid much more for an item such as this.
IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY
Overall, I think this mini fridge can be very useful if, for instance, you want to use it when holidaying to somewhere that doen't supply a fridge. As said, it is very handy to keep milk fresh and if you have the space in your car, then it is worth taking along. A larger size would be more useful, but then again, that means needing more space amongst your luggage. Also worth considering is that in a chalet, such as the type I often stay in, there isn't that much available space to place even a mini fridge, especially as it has obviously to be kept fairly near to an electrical socket (although I always use an extension multi socket bar when holidaying in the United kingdom. However, if you wish to purchase the mini fridge solely for use in a child's or teenager's room, you could well find, as I did, that it really isn't worth the expense or bother.
When it comes to looks, keeping it clean etc., then I would say it looks good and is extremely easy to clean, both inside and out, by simply wiping with a damp cloth.
Summary: I think this is useful for occasional use
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