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Bar Fridge Buying Guide

Bar fridges have slowly become an important part of any home. They are the missing piece from any man cave and the star of the show at any barbeque at home. So, when it comes to buying a good bar fridge it’s very important to know the product inside out in order the get the best unit at the best price. This buying guide aims to give you good insights to bar fridges.


What is a Bar Fridge?

This is normally a smaller sized refrigerator with limited capacity. Its commonly used as a spare fridge to store small food items. Most common use of a bar fridge in Australia would be to store drinks. Bar fridges are ideal for studio apartments as well as holiday house. Going back to my university days, the bar fridge was the perfect companion in my university dorm room. Despite its very small size, you would be really surprised by exactly how much these fridge’s can store. They come with the conventional freezer unit, the cooling units and also a crisper bin for the vegetable. They also have shelves to store your standard dozen eggs and drinks.


Why buy a bar fridge?

The capacity on these fridge’s range from 50 liters to 150 liters. Fridges with smaller capacities are ideal for caravans and help keep drinks cold. A standard 100 liter or more fridge would be ideal for a studio apartment or a small office space. These units offer plenty of space for storage and fits perfectly is small spaces. Larger bar fridges offer plenty of space to store drinks, alcoholic beverages, juices etc. very easily.  Many bar refrigerators come with adjustable shelves that enables you to fit taller items in the cooling section.


Do bar fridges use much electricity?

Energy & Efficiency of Bar Fridges.

It’s important to know that all refrigerators sold in Australia comes with a government approved energy star rating. The energy rating is clearly made visible by a sticker with stars. In simple terms, more star’s equal higher energy efficiency. Normally, bar fridges energy ratings range between 1 to 3 stars. If you intend to be away from you home for an extended period of time, it is highly recommended that you turn off your bar fridge as they tend to consume a lot of energy.


What are some features of a bar fridge?

Color: Recently, bar fridges with a stainless-steel finish have become very popular. We believe that this is mainly due to their professional and stylish appearance. However, they are unusually much heavier that non-stainless steel units. Furthermore, they as susceptible to fingerprints. The class white bar fridge however, is much easier to keep clean. Either way, they both can be clean with a damp or microfiber cloth.


Defrosting: One huge disadvantage of a bar fridge is that it requires manual defrosting. The freezers section is usually a metal cover that can freeze very quickly. You may be required to defrost it 1 every month. If the fridge is not regularly defrosted, the fridge will require more energy to operate. Another common issue is that due to the ice formation the fridge door will not close properly and as a result use more energy to keep cool. High end bar fridges from brands such as Husky and Beef Eater are less susceptible to this issue.

Internal Lights: All standard bar fridges come with an internal light to help you when picking items from the fridge. Higher end models have more advanced LED lights to increase the internal visual appearance.

Adjustable Shelves: The shelves can be moved or even removed to give more space. If you are storing taller items, adjustable shelves are very handy as they can be moved around to fit taller items.  Some shelves come with a glass finish that makes cleaning very easy.

Door Mount: When buying a smaller fridge online, analyze your current floor plan and where you intend to place the fridge. This way you will know which way you want the door of the fridge to open.  Some brands actually let to adjust the opening side using a special kit. We highly recommend that a fully trained and qualified person do this.


Whats are Advantages and Disadvantages of a Bar Fridge ?


  • They are small in size and is ideal for storage in smaller spaces
  • Ideal for caravans, small apartments and small offices.
  • Perfect for the man cave.
  • Perfect parties.
  • Easy to clean shelves and exterior.
  • Comes with LED lights.



  • Manual defrosting is required.
  • Doesn’t have a good energy rating value.
  • Limited storage capacity.
  • Difficult to clean freezer compartment sides.
  • Ice formation can prevent the door from completely closing.


Where to buy a bar fridge?

Please call us if you have any questions

Appliance Warehouse is the best place in Australia to buy a top quality bar fridge at lowest prices. If you have any further questions into bar fridge, please give our friendly customer service team a call on 1300 783 469. Alternatively, you can contact us via the contact us form. Appliance warehouse stocks a wide range of bar fridges online at lowest prices. We currently house top mount fridges from brands such as Asko, Beefeater, Beko, Haier, Westinghouse. Heller & Husky.

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