Refrigerators are a common appliance used for keeping foods and beverages cold. They enable consumers to store food safely for longer periods of time. Mini refrigerators are smaller versions designed to be used in places traditional refrigerators would not work in.

Portable mini refrigerators are designed to be carried with you, wherever you go. They can be used in the car or recreational vehicle. They can even be taken when the family goes out on the boat.

Advantages of the portable mini fridge include convenience. Families on vacations can pack the cooler with drinks and snacks for the trip, reducing the number of stops along the way. This also saves the family money as they're not paying inflated prices for these items. If the family includes a baby, the fridge can be used to hold formula and baby food as well. Some have a warming feature, enabling parents to provide warm food during the trip, rather than only sandwiches. In order to be portable, these refrigerators are often small, which can be a disadvantage.

Global's Warm and Cold Mini Fridge is one of the portable models available for purchase. Made of plastic with a 4 Liter capacity, it measures only 19.5 in x 19.5 in x 6.5 in. A handle on the top makes it easy to carry. It can be used to warm or cool contents.

The Bebe Sounds MF104 was designed with babies in mind, but can be used by anyone. Measuring 7.2 in x 10.75 in x 9.75 in and weighing only 4.7 pounds, it's perfect for storing tall or wide-necked bottles and baby food. Consumers using it for personal rather than baby usage will find it can easily hold six 12 ounce cans. The fridge can be kept as cool as 45 degrees F (5 degrees C) or warmed to 149 degrees F (65 degrees C). A recessed metal handle ensures a sleek appearance.

Before purchasing a portable mini refrigerator, consumers should consider where they plan to use it. While most offer more than one power option, proximity to the power source is something that needs to be thought about. Size is also something to keep in mind. In general, portable fridges tend to be small so they can be carried easily. If you plan to store a lot of food or drinks, you may have to sacrifice portability. Be sure to read reviews by consumers. While mini refrigerators may seem identical, quality and durability can vary between manufacturers.

Most portable mini refrigerators are in the $30 to $90 price range. Consumers in search of the best deal should comparison shop. Using price comparison websites can make the process a little easier if you plan to purchase the fridge online. When shopping in the store, be sure to look at more than one brand. Most portable mini fridges have similar features and size, but prices can vary widely. It can sometimes be difficult to find portable fridges in traditional stores so shopping online stores may be your best option.