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Some people see mini fridges as gimmicky objects designed for a purpose they cannot fulfil, to chill alcohol and fizzy drinks in a cheap and cheerful way - and I'm one of them. However, recently I decided to uncover the thing I'd previously bought from beneath my bed, with the intention of giving it a second chance. Having purchased the 15-litre device more than a year ago for roughly £20, surely it couldn't be bad enough to make use of in the short term?
The device is made from a silver coloured plastic insulated (reasonably well) to contain whatever coldness the small motor and extractor concealed inside can conjure. it has to be said that the quality of this material is poor, I'm not saying the fridge hasn't been put together correctly, just that the materials used are seemingly low grade, cheap entities which could have been improved without raising the production costs of the product too high. Operating the 'shiny' handle (also made from plastic of the same kind) feels tacky and cheap because of those materials, and a lose hinge and stopping mechanism won't hold the thing closed tightly, meaning some coldness may escape.
Using the item is simple, but not very effective. It is more than capable of holding multiple cans of coke, or several bottles of beer or spirit, but at what cost? Having this fridge in your room will ensure a sleepless night for most, for the fan is so loud it can be heard through the walls of the house. Then again, this is something some users may only want to utilise during parties, or in the day time whilst relaxing in the lounge or kitchen. Perhaps the whole idea of 'another' fridge in the house is un-environmentally friendly to begin with, but that doesn't stop them being made and sold.
On the back of the device, a long with the fan is the power socket and power switches. The fridge takes a generic power lead found in a lot of house hold appliances which is good. But the power this machine takes from that source is minimal. It can take hours for a bottle or can to be chilled sufficiently which just isn't good enough. I don't want the thing on all night ready for the next day as previously mentioned. Once up and running the fridge will cool containers and their liquid within, but as soon as you open the door - all that work has gone.
As with most large devices people have in their kitchens and pantries, when you open and close the door, rubber around the lining of the opening helps the fridge keep a dignified level of pressure inside which helps cool items efficiently and quickly. This 15 litre model has no such structure in place (as mentioned with the poor handle and hinges to keep it closed), so the efficiency of the device is weakened beyond belief.
Overall I have found this mini-fridge unhelpfully useless, and in general not worth the time or money. I am now looking to sell the contraption which is a testament to its poor ability to work correctly, and its dreadful construction. Why do you find so many mini-fridges on Ebay and other auction sites? Because they are RUBBISH and should never have been purchased first-hand in the first-place!