The first thing to consider when purchasing a beverage fridge are the dimensions and location. Do you plan on having it stand alone in a room or building it into cabinetry?
Freestanding units need to have 2-3 inches of clearance on the top and sides of the unit and 3-5 inches on the back. If you plan on building it into a cabinet be sure to check the width. Most cabinets are a standard 24” wide and most built-in beverage refrigerators are the same width.
There are also slimmer designed units built to fit in 15” wide spaces. We offer a slim width unit EdgeStar 80 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler which would fit perfectly into that space. A built-in unit can be used as a freestanding unit, but a freestanding unit cannot be built-in because it would not be able to cool properly. Want to check out the best selling beverage refrigerators? Find them here at Amazon.
Indoors or Outdoors?
If you plan on keeping it outdoors, be sure to check out our selection of outdoor beverage refrigerators. These units are built of durable stainless steel and triple pane glass to keep drinks cool in extreme weather year-round. They come as built in models or freestanding models so be sure to check where the vents are located and if that fits your needs. An outdoor beverage center makes an afternoon spent grilling or a day hanging by the pool even nicer.
Next thing to consider is the can capacity you are looking for. If it’s a personal beverage refrigerator for 1-2 people, a 50-60 can capacity would be good. For a family of 4 or more people, we recommend looking at units that hold at least 80 cans. Beverage refrigerators that hold up to 150 cans or more are ideal if you host a lot of gatherings or parties.
A larger can capacity unit can also save you money because you will be able to buy and store beverages in bulk. If you have wine enthusiasts in the family, dual zone units are great because it allows you to store wine at a warmer temperature for optimal storage and other beverages at a cooler temperature.
Finally, budget is important to keep in mind while shopping. Units range from $150-$2000. Generally if a unit is less expensive it will hold fewer cans and bottles.
The more expensive models will hold more cans and may also include features like dual zone temperature, digital temperature control, or safety locks. Built in beverage refrigerators tend to be more expensive than freestanding units because the engineering to vent hot air through the front is more complex. Beverage refrigerators can be an investment, but the convenience and style make it a great addition to any room!
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