Whether you need a fridge for your college dorm room, apartment, mini bar or garage, compact refrigerators come in handy. Not to mention, one that comes with a writeable surface, like a chalkboard or dry erase mini fridge.
This appliance seems to be the perfect location for shopping lists, reminders and notes to friends or family members. You don’t have to worry about losing small sticky notes or forgetting an important message or appointment altogether.
The fact that you can erase what you write simply makes it easier to write more. You may even become more organized and efficient without even realizing it.
Who knew that buying a compact fridge could turn into such a wise investment? =)
Make a Dry Erase Refrigerator or Buy One?
You can make your own chalkboard refrigerator with special paint and a few simple tools. You can create your own custom-looking appliance. However, you may or may not save money by doing the painting yourself.
On the other hand, you can buy a dry erase mini fridge instead. This is definitely a short cut and may actually prove to be the more cost-efficient option.
The Dry Erase Advantage…
Another advantage of the store-bought eraser board fridge is no chalk dust and less mess. Instead of chalk, you write or draw using colorful markers.
To erase, you simply wipe the surface clean with a basic cloth. In addition, this type of writing surface is also cleaner-looking, which some people prefer.
Keep in mind that you can’t use regular dry erase markers on a dark-colored surface. Instead, you need the neon-colored kind. You can get 5 of them for about $6. By the way, the neon colors also work on white surfaces as well.
The Igloo comes in black or white, as shown to the right and below. Both have a 3.0 cubic foot capacity for refrigerated items.
There is a separate ice cube chamber with ice cube tray, but don’t plan on throwing a party with these ice cubes, unless it is a very small party.
What’s Wrong with These Compact Refrigerators?
1. They Can Be Noisy
Some people say that Igloo refrigerators make lots of noise, but I have to disagree. I have an Igloo compact fridge, and it is no louder than any other small fridge. In fact I think it runs fairly quiet.
2. You Have to Defrost Them Manually
Compact refrigerators typically don’t come with automatic defrost. You have to manually defrost them every so often. That said, these smaller-sized appliances take virtually no time to defrost. In fact, you can see how to defrost one in under 60 minutes here.
Dry Erase Fridge Specs:
- Storage Capacity: 3.2 Cubic Feet
- Dimensions: 32.5″ tall x 18.5″ long x 17.5″ wide
- Weight: 44 lbs
- Color Options: Black or White
- Has 2 Adjustable Shelves
- Reversible Door
- Door Storage Features Can Rack + 2 Liter Bottle Space
- Compressor Cooling
- Adjustable Thermostat
- Includes Small Freezer Area with Mini Ice Tray
- Get it Here in Black or White