There’s nothing better than having a chilled beer whilst watching the football game.
It’s a great way to relax and enjoy some quality time.
However, it’s not always possible to have chilled beers at home, which is why you need a beer fridge. A lot of people just don’t have enough space in their home to buy a normal sized fridge. Or, it’s usually full with normal household foods and drinks.
People think a small sized fridge just can’t cool drinks well enough, and this is possibly because of Husky products not performing well, even though they are supposedly dedicated for beer.
We actually tested these ourselves and found it to be the complete opposite. The temperatures on these are simply not cool enough for beer, and we would not recommend them at all.
We have conducted research in great detail and have tested a wide range of different products in order to find the best. Having done all of this, we have compiled a list of the top 5 products, which provide the best value for money.
We have included products of different sizes as well as prices, so you can find something depending on your requirements.
|The Caldura Digital||40 Litres||(H) 56.0cm|
|Russell Hobbs Mini||45 Litres||(H) 49.2cm |
|Caldura Mini||17 Litres||(H) 34.0cm|
|ChillQuiet Silent Mini||24 Litres||(H) 47.0cm |
|Russell Hobbs RH8WC2||8 Wine/12 Beer Bottles||(H) 45.6cm|
* At time of publishing
Best Wine and Beer Fridge in the UK
1. Caldura Digital Silent Beer Fridge – 40 Litre
The Caldura Digital is quite large and has a capacity of 40 litres, which is plenty of space to store your drinks.
Priced at under £200, it is certainly not cheap, and is actually the most expensive option on this list. However, it is an excellent quality fridge that is packed with high performing features, and is very similar to those that you see in luxury hotel rooms.
The black colour looks very stylish and the interior LED lights are definitely a nice touch. It’s quite compact, so shouldn’t take up too much space in your room. It can be left standalone, or built into the furniture to save space.
When we first tried it out, it was so silent that we actually thought it wasn’t working properly. This makes it perfect for storage in a bedroom or student accommodation.
It’s important to note that when you first turn it on, it takes a while to cool up, so be patient and give it some time if you think it’s not working. Within about 12 hours, it should be up and running.
In terms of performance, you can set the temperature to between 4 and 10 degrees, This is absolutely ideal for chilled drinks, along with keeping snacks and perishable foods in perfect condition.
The built-in thermostat is tamperproof, so the temperature that you choose actually stays in place forever.
The precision temperature controller makes sure the temperature is stable throughout, which leads to very little electricity consumption. This is ideal if you’re at University and want to keep costs as low as possible.
This fridge also has an auto defrost feature, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning or maintenance.
In terms of size, it’s not bad. The 2 included shelves are adjustable, so you can easily them remove them if you need more space.
It may be a little pricy, but there’s no doubt that this is the best beer fridge out there right now. It has plenty of space for cans, wine bottles, perishables and snacks.
If you don’t mind the high price, we highly recommend this beer fridge.
2. Russell Hobbs Fridge – 45 Litre
This beer chiller fridge by Russell Hobbs is an excellent option at under £90.
The stylish black colour looks great and will fit in anywhere quite easily. You can also opt for the white colour at the same price if you prefer.
It’s compact and doesn’t take up too much space, but still has a large 45 litre capacity. The included icebox has an ice cube tray, and is a very nice addition but it does take away some of the available space. Saying that, there is still sufficient space for a decent amount of drinks and food.
On the side, there is a removable wire shelf as well as a door bottle rack, which is perfect for a bottle of chilled wine and some cans of beer.
The reversible door and adjustable feet let you easily change the layout to suit your requirements.
Now, let’s talk about performance.
We can safely say that this beer fridge keeps drinks ice cold. In fact, even milk stayed chilled for a long time, which is not always possible in a small table top fridge. It holds the perfect temperature at all times, which is excellent considering the £90 price tag.
In terms of noise, we found it to be relatively quiet when in normal use. If you leave it open for some time, it might make some noise, as it goes back down to its normal temperature.
It’s quite efficient as well, and has an A+ energy rating, so you won’t need to worry about excessive electricity bills.
Overall, at this price point, you will struggle to find a better beer fridge than this one by Russell Hobbs.
3. Caldura Compact Mini – 17 Litre
This stylish mini fridge by Caldura is the smallest option on our list, measuring less than 14 inches high.
We thought it would be a good idea to include this for people who have very little space available.
It’s compact and lightweight, and has a capacity of just 17 litres. While this might be too little for some people, for those of you who want a small beer fridge that keeps drinks ice cold, this is an excellent option. You can also remove the shelf if you need more space.
It performs very well as well, and can chill down to 4 degrees, which is ideal for all kinds of drinks. The built-in thermostat system stops it from going any lower than this to prevent frost build up.
We didn’t notice any noise whatsoever when in normal use. This is due to the built-in technology, which helps to reduce the cooling fan speed once the temperature has settled.
The interior light is also a nice addition, when you need to grab a drink in the middle of the night, and don’t want to disturb anyone by turning on the main lights.
Priced at just under £70, the Caldura Compact Mini is an absolute bargain and performs brilliantly. It is a bit on the small side, but if you want something just for storing beer and other drinks, this is highly recommended.
The Best Cheap Beer Fridge for your Home
4. ChillQuiet Silent Mini Fridge – 24 Litre
This ChillQuiet fridge looks very similar to the standard mini bars that you see in hotel rooms.
Measuring at over 18 inches high, it is compact and has a 24 litre capacity. It might look small but actually offers plenty of space if you plan on using it solely for storing beer and soft drinks.
Heat-pipe technology is in place to ensure that the correct temperature is maintained in order to chill drinks effectively.
The lowest setting is around 5 degrees, which is good enough for keeping beer ice cold. However, it wouldn’t be a good idea to store perishables such as milk in this.
It is extremely silent when in normal use. So, if you’re planning on putting this in your bedroom, don’t hesitate, because there is literally no noise at all.
The interior LED light is soft and doesn’t flash out at you, which is good because there is nothing more annoying than a bright light shining at you in the middle of the night.
Overall, we quite liked this ChillQuiet beer fridge. Costing just under £110, it might not be cheap, but it chills drinks effectively and offers plenty of space without taking up much room.
5. Russell Hobbs RH8WC2 Vertical Bottle and Drinks Cooler
This drinks cooler is the last option on our list and will set you back just under £75.
It is easily one of the most stylish looking coolers on the market, featuring a modern black vertical design with a glass door. It is eye catching and will great in any kitchen.
This however means that it is very different to all of the options that we have discussed above, as it is basically upright.
It is more suited for storing wine and beer bottles and is not really a traditional mini fridge. We say this because you cannot store snacks or anything else in this.
There are 3 removable wire racks inside, and you can typically store about 12 beer bottles or 8 wine bottles. This is obviously not a huge amount of space, but it is still not bad, especially considering how good this cooler looks.
At some point, you need to decide whether more space or a better design is more important to you.
In terms of temperature, it ranges between 7 to 18 degrees, which should generally be fine for either red or white wine. It chills beers sufficiently as well, although it could be a bit better.
While this is certainly not a bad cooler, we would only recommend it if you’re mainly going to be storing wine bottles.
Even though it stores beer bottles just fine, we would recommend all of the above options over this, as they simply perform better.
Few Things to Consider
Getting hasty when buying something is never a good idea. Here are a few things you need to consider before finalising on which product works best for you.
- Price: With these products, the price does tend to fluctuate. As you can see, we have recommended some products that cost £200, and others that cost under £70. It all depends on the features, brand, capacity and whether you want the best beer fridge or something that just works well.
- Primary use: Basically, you need to consider what you will be using your new fridge for. If you plan to store beer bottles, snacks and other perishables, you need a cooler that has the correct temperature options. If it doesn’t, perishables such as milk can easily go stale.
- Size: This obviously depends on how much space you have available at home and if you’re going to be storing a lot of food and drink. If you plenty of space, and will be storing all sorts of foods and drinks, you need a cooler that has a large capacity. If not, we also have some options that have a lower capacity and don’t take up too much space.
Hopefully, this post has now given you a better idea on what sort of beer fridge to buy.
We undertook a lot of research and tested a wide range of different products. We then picked the ones that performed brilliantly and offered the best value for money.
We realise that every person has different requirements and budgets, so it would have been pointless to simply list the most expensive products on the market.
Instead, we have included both types of products. There are some products, which are top of the range and others, which are cheaper. However, the one thing in common between them is that they all perform very well and provide excellent value for money.