You are about to head off to college. You've got your books, your bags, and all of your other stuff. Looks like you ready to go!
Except for one thing: you forgot to get yourself a mini fridge.
Now, you might think that you don't need one, especially if your dorm room already comes with some sort of fridge. A lot of dorms nowadays do offer some sort of refrigeration, so we wouldn't fault you for thinking that you're covered.
But having your own mini fridge gives you so many options and helps you avoid a lot of potential problems.
We (my now fianceé and I) both went to different colleges and had different experiences with fridges. I shared the dorm fridge with my roommates while my fianceé got her own. I struggled with a host of issues until I got my own mini fridge. My fianceé? She didn't have a single issue throughout her years.
So we (mostly me) used our experiences and consulted the experiences of other college students to create this list of the top 10 reasons why you absolutely need your own mini fridge in your dorm room.
I only wish that I had this list before heading off the college myself! If you find this article to be useful, please leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you.
1. The Dorm's Fridge Probably Sucks
We don't care what your dorm's fancy pamphlet says. There's a good chance that the dorm fridge sucks. The older the building and the rooms, the more likely this is the case.
Here's the thing: dorm fridges tend to wear down quickly. This is because of the many varieties of tenants that end up using those fridges. Not everyone treats their stuff well, after all.
Door slammings, drink spillings, cord yankings, and other fridge abuse can lead to under-performance and lackluster cooling results. It sucks when you shut the door to your fridge and leave, only to come back to a slightly ajar door that didn't fully close due to prior tenant treatment.
That's a huge waste of food. And as a college student, you really can't afford to waste food.
If your dorm offers room maintenance, then you could try to give them a call to fix up your fridge. But if the issue isn't an easy fix (it rarely is), then it'll probably be replaced with another abused fridge. Dorms are loath to spend money on replace appliances, so don't expect a brand new fridge.
But with your own mini fridge, you are guaranteed to have a quality fridge that works well. Better yet, you can ensure that it lasts a long time with proper care, treatment, and occasional cleaning.
It's definitely worth it.
2. You Have More Control
We all value personal space. Within that space, we like to have things done our way and maintained to our exact specifications.
If you are an organized person, the chances are pretty high that you like to have your food and drink organized as well.
You might prefer to use the side door to hold your drinks while putting your food on the racks. Or you might like it the other way around if you don't eat much.
The point is that you can choose how you want to structure the inside of your mini fridge. You also have complete control regarding where you want to put the mini fridge, giving you easy access to your food and drink without needing to exert yourself.
Best of all, you don't have to worry about people moving things around or leaving stuff out by accident when rearranging things to fit in their own food.
With your own mini fridge, you get a certain level of comfort and security that you wouldn't otherwise have.
3. You Know Exactly What's in There
It's reassuring to know that your own mini fridge will only hold the things that you want it to hold.
If you want to stuff it with soda cans and bottles of water, you can do that without worrying about your roommate's preferences. If you want to clean it out every couple of weeks, go for it.
With roommates, things become a bit more complicated. You are really only entitled to half of the space (less if there are more roommates), which can be rather limiting if your fridge isn't a large one. And some people don't care about boundaries at all, leading to them filling the fridge with all of their stuff while neglecting your own space.
Instances like having all of your soda cans blocked by a wall of someone else's energy drinks can be a real pain to deal with over the months that you have to live with this other person.
With your own mini fridge, you can avoid this headache all together.
4. You Don't Have to Worry About Theft
One of the biggest problems that college students face with roommates is that your food is liable to be stolen.
Even if you set boundaries, you might find yourself missing ingredients for a sandwich that you've been craving all day. It doesn't have to be just the roommate either; roommate's friends, family, or loved ones can also be responsible, which makes stopping it even harder.
It REALLY sucks when that happens, believe us.
With your own mini fridge, you won't have to worry about that. Many of them now come with locks that protect the inner contents, so any sticky fingers have to stick to their own food.
You might get an indignant huff from your roommate when they see the locks, but that's about it. It's better than having to constantly replace food and drink that you KNOW you didn't consume.
5. You Have More Personal Room
You might be thinking, "More room? But mini fridges are definitely way smaller than a normal fridge".
And you'd be right!
However, you have to keep in mind that the entire mini fridge is at your disposal. You don't have to worry about sharing space with anyone if you so choose.
And if you work it out with your roommate, you can even use your own mini fridge while also being able to use any provided fridge for your larger items. This depends on how agreeable your roommate is, so take caution with this approach.
Even without using any other fridge, a mini fridge can be quite spacious if you know how to maximize storage space. There are also different sizes of mini fridges, so you can get a larger one if you feel like you'll need more space.
But as they are still mini fridges, we recommend that you don't do bulk shopping for perishables, lest you end up with a bunch of food that you can't store. It's better to do more frequent shopping in order to make sure that you always have enough space.
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6. You Can Choose What Size is Best For Your Needs
This is kind of an extension of the previous point, but we feel that it merits its own tab.
Like we said before, there are different sizes of mini fridges. While they are all smaller than a traditional refrigerator, there are some that are actually fairly large.
If you have the space in your dorm room and want a similar storage capacity of a traditional refrigerator, then you would definitely want a bigger mini fridge.
This size of mini fridge is bulkier, consumes more power, and takes longer to change cooling temperatures. In exchange, you get much more storage space as well as more storage options (cabinets, bottle holders, can holders, etc.). Some models even come with a freezer extension.
If you don't plan using a lot of space or just want something to cool all of your drinks, then a classic or smaller mini fridge is right for you.
This size of mini fridge is smaller, uses less power, and changes cooling temperatures. But you won't be able to freeze anything and you'll have to be careful in how much stuff you plan to store this size of mini fridge.
It's all up to personal preference. You can even go with some models that are somewhere in the middle. All sizes are useful in their own way, so take your pick!
7. You Can Leverage it to Your Advantage
Want to know one of the easiest ways to build goodwill and gain favors from people?
Offer them a drink!
One of the hidden advantages of having your own mini fridge is that you can use it to make friends.
Sounds silly, but it's true. If you are worried about getting along with your roommate, offering them a drink is a pretty clean icebreaker without the awkwardness that comes with new introductions.
Other people will recognize that the stuff in your mini fridge is personal, so offering something to them that you otherwise didn't have to will make them feel good.
It makes for a good impression, and they'll feel like they should offer goodwill in return. The foundation for a new friendship (or at least amicable acquaintanceship) is then born.
Just make sure that you are careful with people seeking to take advantage of your kindness. Those people can get their own food and drink.
8. You Will Always Have it
Once you get your own mini fridge, it stays with you for as long as you want it.
This makes it a pretty good investment that grows in value over time.
Think about it. You won't have to deal with roommate drama (at least for your fridge) for as long as you have it. And once you leave college and get your own place, you can use it as a supplementary fridge.
Want to have easy access to drinks right at your desk, bed, or other personal areas? You can do that with your own mini fridge. It's always useful and offers an unmatched level of convenience when it comes accessibility for cool food and drink.
And since mini fridges are built to last, you can be confident that your mini fridge will run smoothly for many years after purchase.
9. You Can Eliminate Fridge Fights
We've been alluding to this point throughout the rest of this article, but we'll finally rip off the band-aid and dress it here.
Having your own mini fridge will save you from a LOT of potential arguments and fights between you and your roommate. Some people don't care and are easy to work with. Other people care a lot and will take issue with how the fridge is handled.
We, along with many other people, don't like having to guess who is going to embody what preferences. And spending a long time figuring out how that person wants to handle the fridge isn't really appealing, either.
Want to clean out the roommates month-old soup that's stinking up the rest of the fridge? The roommate might not think that the soup needs to be thrown away. Boom, a recipe for a fight.
Wondering where that slice of cheesecake from last night went? The roommate swears that they didn't eat it, but you can crumbs on the couch where their significant other sat. Boom, a recipe for a fight.
Want to put a case of water in the fridge but there is not enough room? The roommate says that you don't even use the fridge that much and should just leave the water on the counter. Boom, a recipe for a fight.
We could go on and on, but we think that you get the point. Having your own mini fridge means having fewer fights in the future.
That's fewer headaches for you and more time enjoying your own little heaven of cooling.
10. You Can Customize it to Fit Your Preference
The sky is the limit when you own your very own mini fridge.
Do you want it to stuff it with water bottles? Knock yourself out.
Do you want to line every inch with soda cans and liter bottles? Stuff it all in there.
Just want a place to store some easy-to-reach snacks, fruits, or veggies? You can do that with ease.
It's customizable not only in that you can put whatever you want inside of it, but you can also put a mini fridge anywhere you want. You can have it sitting on a desk, underneath a desk, under a counter top, sitting on a counter top, and anywhere else that you can think of.
Just make sure that you get the right mini fridge for where you plan on putting it.
For example, a front ventilation system is recommended on models that you want lined against a wall. Otherwise, the ventilation will be blocked, which ends up killing your fridge's performance and lifespan.
The fact that you have the freedom to customize your mini fridge to a high degree makes it a prime choice. It's hard to beat that kind of convenience!
Now you know just how amazing mini fridges are and why you should pick one up ASAP if you plan on living in a dorm or even an apartment.
And if you need a guide on where to start looking, we got you covered. Check out our list of the top 10 best mini fridges of 2020. We put a lot of work into building that list, so be sure to take a look!
And as always, thank you for reading! We hope that you found our list to be useful. If you think so or just want to tell us something, leave a comment below!
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Until next time, have an amazing day.