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NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge review

The NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge is designed specifically for chilling beers and canned drinks.

NewAir AB-1200
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Our Verdict

The NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge does a good job keeping drinks cold, but it isn't especially useful as a multi-purpose mini fridge.

For

  • This mini fridge has room for 126 canned drinks
  • Has an interior light

Against

  • Doesn't have a freezer
  • Only designed for drinks

The NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge has been designed to keep beers and cans cool. 

Inside this fridge, you'll be able to store 126 cans, but this fridge has been designed to just store drinks and therefore, there isn't a freezer compartment and you won't find a suitable place for your veggies.  

Find other options for compact refrigerators in our guide to the best mini fridges

NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge: Features 

The NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge makes good of use of its 3.4-cubic-foot interior – you can remove any of its five racks to create space for bottled water. On the bottom, there is a metal gate to keep drinks from spilling out when you open the fridge. The ceiling slopes slightly from the front to the back, making it approximately a half inch shorter at the back. If you need a large multi-purpose mini fridge, take a look at the Magic Chef MCBR440S2 mini fridge review.

The NewAir AB-1200 is made of stainless steel and has a glass door. Unlike many of the mini fridges we reviewed, it has interior LED lighting, so it’s a good option for a dim room such as a home theater room. This is a freestanding drink fridge, and the manufacturer doesn’t recommend building it into a counter because it has a rear vent. Also, there is a drip pan on the back you need to empty occasionally.

You can adjust the temperature between 34 degrees and 64 degrees Fahrenheit using a seven-setting dial control. It doesn’t have a freezer and can’t reach temperatures low enough to serve as one. In theory, you can use this fridge for snacks, but a multi-use fridge would be a better fit.

In addition to being the most expensive fridge we reviewed, all of the AB-1200’s cooling power comes at a price. It costs almost twice as much to power as the other mini fridges we reviewed – an estimated $54 a year.

NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge: User reviews 

The NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge has an average rating of 3.9 out of five on Amazon. The most positive reviews claim 'we can barely hear it when it's running' and 'keeps drinks cold, you can easily change the temperature, and the light inside is helpful'.

Some users weren't as satisfied though. Some one-star reviews said 'it tends to drop far below temperature thereby freezing the beer to the point where the cans start exploding' and 'it's so loud'. 

Should you buy the NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge?

If you're looking for a mini fridge for beers or to keep drinks cool when entertaining, the NewAir AB-1200 mini fridge is ideal and can store a decent amount of cans in one space. The internal light is an additional handy feature. However, if you need a multi-functional mini fridge, you'll be better off with a different model.