Dorm Room Mini Fridges: Things Every College Student Needs to Know

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Dorm room mini fridges are a necessity when it comes to living in a dorm. No one wants to take a study break that lasts an hour because they have to walk all the way to the vending machine, get their pop out, and then walk all the way to their dorm room again. No one wants to deal with the hassle of having to do that every time they are thirsty or slightly hungry. This is why mini-fridges are so popular among students. Students that have never owned one of these before need to keep a few things in mind.

Defrosting can be messy

Even fridges that are set to auto defrost themselves can leave a puddle on the floor. If they do not have a drip tray, the water will leak all over the floor. If they do have a drip tray, it can get full of water and wind up all over the floor if it is not emptied. Students that own one of these need to learn how to take care of them, and how to properly defrost them to avoid the mess that can come with not knowing how to take care of them.

Do not over fill them

When a student is forced to shove everything into a mini-fridge, it can be tempting to fit as much as possible in there, but this is a bad idea. If the mini-fridge is too full of food, there will not be enough cold air to circulate throughout the refrigerator. It can quickly lead to things in the refrigerator or freezer being thawed out to dangerous temperatures or them not getting cold enough.

Wait 24 hours before using them

After the mini fridge is in the dorm room and set to a certain temperature, it will take some time for it to cool down. Most mini fridges will be cooled down within a few hours, but this will not be the final temperature.

That is why most manufacturers recommend waiting a full 24 hours until using them. This will be an accurate temperature, and foods that need to be chill will remain cold.

Wait a few hours after changing the temperature settings

People also need to wait a few hours after changing the temperature settings to see whether it is cold enough or not. This can mean adjusting it one notch at a time and then waiting, which can be time consuming, but it is usually well worth it because then a student will know the temperature that they need to set their mini fridge on.

Start in the middle

When trying to find the perfect temperature setting, start in the middle temperature setting. For some products this will be around 4. For others this will be a medium setting. Either way, put it in the middle and wait. Then, adjust it to be warmer or colder depending on your needs.

Do not instantly put the temperature setting on the coldest one. This can lead to foods being frozen instead of refrigerated. Mini fridges are small, but they have a lot of power behind them. If it gets too cold, it can ruin food and then students will have to wait on it to get warm again. That is why it is important to do this gradually.

Owning a mini fridge can be convenient, and they are usually well worth the money when a student moves into a college dorm. Following these tips can mean that they will be convenient instead of a hassle, and that they will stay at the perfect temperature.