Pros / The fridge’s shelves can hold bottles, cans and food of varying sizes.
Cons / It doesn’t have an interior light.
Verdict / The Haier HC33SW20RB is the best mini fridge we reviewed because of its well-designed shelving system, price and energy efficiency.
The versatile, energy efficient Haier HC33SW20RB has a 3.3-cubic-foot capacity, which is about average for a mini fridge. However, its shelving system is well configured, so you can store tall and short bottles, soda cans and other foods. Also, it has a good-size freezer that extends all the way across the top and includes an ice cube tray. You adjust the temperature using a knob next to the freezer.
This mini fridge includes two easy-to-clean glass shelves you can position in four slots to accommodate different-size foods. The door also serves as a storage area, with two full shelves, two half-shelves and a spot for a 2-liter bottle. The door’s top shelf is a canned beverage dispenser with individual sections for each can, and the two lower half-shelves fit other foods and condiments. The bottom shelf has a shorter section that fits cans and a taller section for other bottles.
What's more, the door is reversible – you can remove the hinges, move them to the other side and screw the door back on. As such, the door can swing open either to the right or the left to accommodate the place you want to put it. The Haier HC33SW20RB measures 33.4 x 17.5 x 18.7 inches, so it fits in small spaces such as dorm room or an office. You can slide it under a desk or countertop or put it in a corner. However, you need to allow sufficient room around the fridge so air can circulate. The fridge’s recessed handle also saves space.
This is a relatively inexpensive mini fridge. Also, it’s energy efficient, so it only costs about $29 per year to run.
It doesn’t have an interior light, which could be a problem if you plan to keep it in the garage or some other dimly lit place. The fridge also doesn’t have an automatic defrost feature. If you want a mini fridge that can auto defrost, check out the Danby DAR017A2BDD. In addition, this Haier model only comes in black.
The HC33SW20RB includes two warranties: A one-year warranty covers parts and labor, and a five-year warranty covers the sealed system.