Product Type: Argos refrigerators
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A bit too mini for me
Argos 4 Litre Mini Fridge
Member Name: hayley_dl
Argos 4 Litre Mini Fridge
Advantages: cools food well, keeps food warm, easy to clean
Disadvantages: too small
I first bought my mini fridge to store things up in my bedroom. Alright so I could have just used the downstairs one but at the time my step-dad had just been diagnosed with dementia so anything not tied down would go missing! For that reason I wanted something small that I could put out the way and keep small treats in.
As this was the sole reason for buying this fridge I chose the smaller 4 litre size as I didn't think I needed anything bigger then this.
This fridge comes with leads allowing you to connect it to both the mains and the car cigarette lighter. Along with the fridge option there's also a warming option which means the fridge will keep your food warm for you working almost as a mini microwave.
The fridge does come with a handle which folds down over the top of the fridge however I would only recommend using this when the fridge is empty. When used like this it's very light however I did try moving it once with 6 cans in and the added weight meant that the carry handle snapped. My fault really for trying to carry it when full but I would have thought the handle provided would allow for items in the fridge as well as the fridge itself but apparently not!
Size wise this comes with a shelf however to be honest due to the lack of space I wouldn't bother. I removed mine and have actually lost it. This doesn't bother me though as I would probably never use it even if I had it. The fridge comfortably stores 6 cans of coke (or any other fizzy drink) when the shelf is removed (4 standing up, 2 laying on top). I have also just about managed to squeeze two one pint cartons of milk in but I wouldn't recommend this as it was quite a squash - the option is there if needed though.
Temperature wise this is supposed to reach up to 15-20 degrees below the outside temperature. I have no idea if this is true or not since I have never actually worried about measuring the temperature but it has always managed to not only keep my drinks other items cool but also to cool them down in the first place, even in the middle of summer and so I have no concerns here.
Since this is a fridge at the end of the day I'm not sure how many people will actually use the heating function but I have used this to keep food warm during early car boot sales. I don't think this gets warm enough to actually warm the food up in the first place but it does do a very good job at keeping already warm food hot.
Noise wise, initially this sounded just like any other fridge. It did hum but was nothing more then just background noise and nothing especially loud. However, as I've used it more it has got louder and as it is kept in my bedroom I do have to turn it off overnight. I actually need noise to sleep but I find this too loud and it just keeps me awake. That said the insulation is good enough that turning it off overnight and then back on in the morning will not allow the food to warm up enough for it to spoil.
I've always found this fridge easy to clean, I just give it a quick spray inside and out with Dettol and then wipe over with a clean sponge and it's done. This takes no more then a couple of minutes at most. The only thing I will say is that I think the outside is plastic and at one point I had an electric heater in my room and the corner of my fridge has melted. This has not affected the insulation but I actually thought there was a fair gap between the heater and the fridge but obviously not enough! So this is worth bearing in mind if you are thinking about buying this for a caravan or other area with limited space.
Power consumption wise, according to my electricity monitor this uses 0.05KW an hour which works out at 50p an hour. That's quite a lot for something so small! Also when using the car adaptor I would also recommend only using this with the car engine running as it does drain the battery quite quickly.
I have this in silver but it comes in several different colours. These are: white, pink, silver, black, pink polka dot and white with the English flag over the door. Their usual price is £29.99 but they are currently selling for £23.99 except, for some reason, the one with the English flag which costs £19.99.
As far as recommendation goes I'm hesitating. I wish I had bought the 6 litre one as I would have found this much more useful. The 4 litre fridge has a dimension of 28x19x26cm and the 6 litre fridge has a dimension of 34.5x21x25cm and for now the larger ones are selling for £26.66 and so for less then three pounds difference and not much size difference I would definitely go with the larger. (dimensions taken from the Argos website)
Summary: go for the larger size
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