Is your man cave really complete without a beer fridge? Do you really want to have to make the (presumably) long trek to the kitchen to grab drinks?
Of course not! A man cave needs a beer fridge. Whether you’re watching the big game or playing beer pong with friends, having a beer fridge inside your man cave is extremely convenient.
But looking online for a mini fridge can be tiresome. There are literally thousands of options and many of them appear almost identical. That’s why we’ve made this quick guide to help you find the best beer fridge for your man cave.
Let’s get started!
Best Beer Fridge Quick Picks
- Best Glass Door Mini Fridge: Phiestina 15 Inch Beverage Cooler Refrigerator
- Best Mini Fridge with Lock: Whynter BR-128WS Lock Stainless Steel Beverage Refrigerator
The Best Beer Fridge Options
When you purchase the NewAir, you get more than just a beer fridge. The stainless steel, 126-can capacity fridge is at the top of its class and looks like an art piece you would find in a man cave on TV or in a trendy bar.
The transparent glass door lets you (and your visitors) take note of your current stock. Plus, it looks professional. If you want to add a touch of class to your man cave, this is the way. The design is very retro, with a montage of logos on the sides.
You can choose your preferred temperature from seven custom thermostat settings. The temperature ranges from 37oF to 64oF.
The first thing you notice is the stainless steel door with reversible handle and a double-paned (important for temperature regulation) glass door. Upon opening, it reveals five removable chrome racks which can be shifted to accommodate bigger storage containers or bottles. The slit-shelf allows you to maximize space.
You will also notice cool LED lighting just at the top of the interior that’s bright enough to comfortably see inside without blinding yourself.
- Brand Name – NewAir
- Weight of product – 63 lbs
- Capacity – 3.4 cubic feet
- Voltage – 110 volts
- Shelf type – Wire
- Material type – Metal
- Dimension – 18.6×18.5×33.3 inches
- Door hinge position – Right
- Wattage – 85
- Door material type – Double-paned glass
- Number of shelves – 5
- Compact and quiet
- Double-paned glass doesn’t allow cold air to escape easily
- Bar-style modern design
- May be a little heavy to easily move around
- Expensive for a mini fridge
The chrome metal on the transparent door of the Whynter fridge gives the icebox a sleek look that gives a little life to the otherwise all-white exterior. There’s slightly less space in this option from Whynter, but not enough to make a big difference.
What does make a big difference is the near $100 price difference. With the money you save from choosing this option instead of the New Air, you could easily buy some sick decals to spruce up the exterior.
Its temperature ranges from the high 30s to the low 60s, and is controlled by a dial control.
One unique feature that might be great for man cave “dwellers” that also have children, there’s a cylinder lock on the BR-128 that provides security from unauthorized access. This is a most important feature if you have a roommate with curious fingers.
- Brand – Whynter
- Model number – BR-128WS
- Capacity – 120 cans
- Material – Steel
- Weight of product – 57.5 lbs
- Product dimension – 18.5x17x33 inches
- Color – White
- Voltage – 120 volts
- Number of racks – 5
- Warranty – One year
- Has a lock system for security
- Simple design is easy to customize
- Efficient and easy to regulate the temperature
- One year warranty
- Moderately priced
- Aside from the door, the design is a little bland
The Midea has a more traditional look that you may be familiar with. Its sleek angles and stainless steel exterior have the feel of a luxury beer fridge. At a glance, you will notice several key features, such as its authentic design, simplicity, size, and weight.
Oh, and it has options too: you can buy this fridge in black, white, or steel, and there’s a 3.3 cubic foot option as well as a 4.4 cubic foot option.
This model features a dial temperature adjusting system that enables you to adjust the internal temperature easily, in addition to adjustable legs for balance. The door shelves can hold larger bottles, cans, and containers of various shapes while the shelves can support several dozen cans, snacks, and so on.
Unlike the previous products, this design has a “freezer” compartment too, but it’s better used for cooling drinks quickly as opposed to literal use as a mini freezer.
If your man cave is compact, you will love the reversible door design that is accommodating of most spaces.
- Brand Name – Midea
- Capacity – 3 or 4.4 cubic feet
- Color – Stainless steel, black, or white
- Material type – Iron and stainless steel
- Voltage – 120 volts
- Number of shelves – 4 (removable)
- Comes with a built-in freezer
- Moderately priced
- Energy Star certified (more efficient)
- Simple, sleek design will look good in any atmosphere
- The “freezer” section of the fridge isn’t intended to be used as an actual freezer
- Only operates at temperatures around 30 degrees
Bull Outdoor Products’ entry to our list is very similar to the previous product by Midea. The price point, however, may be an immediate turn off for some users though as its biggest selling point is longevity — despite costing almost twice as much as the previous option.
However, one perk that might be huge for some man cave owners is that the Bull Outdoor Products Fridge is (surprise!) capable of being used outside. So, if your man cave is set up in a garage or other room with lax insulation, this may be the perfect option as it won’t rack up your energy bill and it can survive outdoor temperatures without exploding.
The product features a nice stainless steel exterior with a set of temperature controls that ensure that you get the most suitable internal environment for your groceries.
The product comes with three racks for the proper arrangement of consumables as well as a lower chamber for the storage of perishables.
The beer fridge is suitable for the living room, kitchen, bedroom, office, dorm, and both indoor and outdoor events. It is highly durable and surprisingly affordable.
- Brand Name – BULL
- Item weight – 51 pounds
- Dimensions of product – 20.75×20.5×33 inches
- Capacity – 4.4 cubic feet
- Color – Metallic
- Material type – Stainless
- Door hinged – Reversible
- Number of shelves – 3 (removable)
- High performance
- Outdoor capable
- Compact and efficient use of space
- Door is reversible
- Excellent temperature controls
- Only comes in stainless steel (color)
Our last fridge is easily our favorite option for a man cave, though it’s also the most expensive. To that end, whether your man cave has a classy, sporty, or gaming-centered aesthetic, this super fridge will fit right in.
The shelves are made of black coated steel so there’s little to risk of warping or breaking, and a digital display reads the internal temperature. Button controls also make it exceptionally easy to use with increased precision over dial controls.
The door uses double-paned glass and the cooling system is remarkably efficient and quiet.
Now for the bad, this mini fridge is expensive. For a little over $500, you get a remarkable fridge but the price tag might be hard to justify.
Conversely, this fridge — though slightly smaller than some of the other standard size mini fridges on this list — makes excellent use of its space. It can still fit nearly 100 cans and yet, it’s thin profile will fit just about anywhere.
If you really need the higher capacity, this is a good way to go.
- Weight of product – 72.8 pounds
- Dimensions – 9×22.4×33.9 inches
- Color – Stainless steel
- Installation type – Freestanding
- Voltage – 110 volts
- Highly efficient with the best performance
- Fits into small spaces
- Almost no noise
- Stylish and versatile
- Backlit display and button controls
- 6 shelves
- No color variety
- Very expensive for a mini fridge
Its three adjustable shelves give you the option of flexible use. On each end of the shelves there are two stoppers. They prevent the shelves from falling and keep your bottles intact.
Its temperature control is top notch with its soft-touch buttons. With it, you can control the temperature, monitor, and adjust it to your preference. In case of a power outage, the memory function automatically picks the last setting.
It also comes with an automatic defrosting setting. This activates when its sensor determines that too much frost has built up. This is a special feature that sets it apart from the rest.
- Dimensions — 17.3 x 18.9 x 33.3 Inches
- Weight — 68.3 Pounds
- Manufacturer — hOmeLabs
- Shelves — 3
- Color — Stainless steel and black
- Energy efficient
- LED interior light
- Quiet convection fan
- Should not be used to store any food
- Fan takes up fridge space
Best Beer Fridge Buyer’s Guide
When you’re buying a beer fridge, there’s really no reason to go for a full sized fridge unless your man cave can fit dozens of people that are each drinking a dozen cans (no judgement if that’s the case). Instead, a half-size or mini fridge will totally work.
Beyond that, you have to consider style points. Sure, a plain fridge gets the job done but if your man cave has sick decorations everywhere, do you really want a boring fridge? Or, maybe you could care less what it looks like and you really only want something that works.
That’s fine too — it’s your man cave!
But these are both important things to consider.
What Size Should I Get?
As usual, everything goes back to your preference but if you have limited space, you’re not going to want something big. You should also consider how many people are usually hanging out in your mini fridge.
If it’s only you, a fridge with a smaller capacity might be fine. On the other hand, if you always have company, maybe a bigger capacity is better.
Do I Go for Style Points?
Again, this is up to you. Glass door fridges are arguably cooler (no pun intended), but if your fridge is going under a bar where no one will really see it, then going for a cheaper steel door might make more sense.
Our Favorite Beer Fridge(s)
Our absolute favorite is Phiestina’s option, but it’s also pretty pricey, which might turn a lot of people away.
So, we’ll say the Whynter is a close second. It’s less than half the price and while the efficiency and longevity might not be quite on par, the savings make the risk worth it. Plus, it’s not like $250 is cheap for a mini fridge anyways.
These are our favorites on the best options for beer fridges on the market. If nothing else, we hope this guide puts you on the right path and gives you some points to think about.
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