Best Freezerless Refrigerator Models For Your Home

Alex Mcil author
Alex Mcil

Whether you host large get-togethers regularly or you often find yourself short on fridge space, a freezerless refrigerator may be the perfect solution. There are dozens of options on the market, but many of them might be too big or costly for your needs.

In this article, we discuss our top pick for the best freezerless refrigerator in a compact size, which one to avoid, and a few more of our favorites.

best freezerless refrigerator

What are Freezerless Fridges?

As the name suggests, a freezerless refrigerator is a fridge without a freezer. For years, large freezerless fridges were only available for commercial kitchens or restaurants.

Now, many homeowners are opting to replace their current unit, buy a standalone freezer and a freezerless fridge.

Compact freezerless refrigerators have been a popular choice for decades, often known as a “dorm fridge,” but the reviews were often mixed.

Today’s compact freezerless refrigerators are more efficient, it is estimated that they consume almost 20% less energy, regulate temperatures better and store a decent amount items while providing some space saving solutions around the kitchen (or wherever your have the unit).

Quick answer

The best freezerless refrigerator is the Danby Contemporary Classic All Refrigerator. It comes in 4 different sizes and 6 different colors but it is its safety features that make it a great option as an alternative refrigerator that you can just leave in a different room.

How Do I Know if a Freezerless Refrigerator is the Right Choice for Me?

If you frequently run out of room in your current fridge, but don’t have space in your kitchen to buy a new full-size refrigerator, a freezerless refrigerator might be a solid option. A compact unit may also be best for you if:

You have limited space, like a dorm room
Want a fridge just to store drinks
Looking for a breakroom fridge at a small company
Need a budget-friendly and energy-efficient fridge

Ready to take a look at some of our favorite picks, to give you an idea on which option is the best choice for you?

#1Danby Contemporary Classic
1st place editor's badge

Danby stainless steel fridge chiller
Available in 4 sizes and 6 colors, unlike other appliances this one boasts tempered glass shelves, reversible hinges & a scratch-resistant worktop… and for those who steal your beers, the door is lockable.

#2Magic Chef Cooler
reversible door mini freezerless fridge
With no added extras and removable glass shelves, the Magic Chef provides space flexibility. We love the crisper drawer, reversible door hinge and adjustable thermostat to set your home beers to the temperature you like.

#3Whynter Beverage Refrigerator
Whynter cold storage drinks box
The see-through door allows you to show-off your beer collection under lock & key. The Whynter also provides an impressive interior LED light display and adjustable thermostat for temperature control.

#4Phiestina 15″ Beer Froster
beverage cooler unit by Phiestina
The Phiestina froster holds 100 cans. It accommodates all shaped and sized containers ranging from champagne bottles to soda cans. There’s also space for the foods you like to compliment your beverage.

#5Midea Compact Fridge
Midea Compact energy efficient fridge freezer combo
The nearly all fridge with a separate freezer compartment to quick-chill any drinks in an emergency. The Midea refrigerator is a basic design, but is still energy-saving and spacious.

#6NewAir Beverage Cooler
drinks froster unit
Has the biggest capacity out of all our fridges, with a nice look and boast many features that top-end appliances contain. There are some downsides that need to be looked out for though.

4 More Reasons To Buy Freezerless Unit

There’s no doubt that most households have freezers and for good reason. They are handy and they allow your food to keep for a lot longer. So there’s no need to pretend they are not ideal for most households. However, there are advantages for not having one integrated into your refrigerator.

So here are 4 possible reasons for choosing a freezerless refrigerator:

Frozen food contain a huge amount of sodium and sugars. While a freezer represents over 50% of the total refrigerator energy consumption. So one of these units might be a great alternative or complement.

Danby Contemporary Classic Compact All Refrigerator:
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Classic look compact freezerless chiller

Let’s start our review on the right foot and introduce our top pick for the best freezerless refrigerator. Not only is the Danby Contemporary Classic Compact All Refrigerator model an attractive appliance that would enhance any living space with its style, but it’s available in a variety of colors and sizes.

If you’re looking for a second fridge for drinks, snacks or food to reheat, we recommend the 4.4 cu. ft. size. Interested in something smaller? The Danby fridge is also available in 1.7, 2.6, or 3.3 cu. ft. The color options include black, silver, stainless steel, white, and red.

The compact refrigerator has tempered glass shelves and ample space for cans and even larger bottles (depending on the size fridge you choose). A reversible door hinge means that you can access the unit from the right or left, which is a great option if you’re limited on space.

A quality scratch-resistant worktop, ergonomic handle, a door lock, and LED interior lights are some of our favorite features.

Danby Contemporary Classic Fridge Features 
Capacity 4.4 cu. ft. (124 L)
Dimensions 20.75" x 21.30" x 33.07"
Weight73 lbs
Refrigerant typeR600a
Reversible door hingeYes
Lockable door
Automatic defrostYes
Energy star ratingYes
Energy consumption268kWh per year
Energy cost$32 per year
Danby chilling left profile view
Danby chiller with door open exposing food and drinks
Danby silver color drinks cooler


  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Automatic Defrost
  • Easy-to-clean
  • Runs quiet
  • Reliable and affordable

Needs Improving

  • May not run cold enough
  • Temperatures may fluctuate
  • Water pools in the bottom during defrost cycle

Magic Chef All Refrigerator:
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Magic Chef Freezerless Fridge

The Magic Chef All Refrigerator is a worthy contender for best compact freezerless refrigerator because it has a practical design or no extras. Like the Danby the Magic Chef fridge has removable glass shelves, and plenty of space for beverages. There’s even a beverage can dispenser to keep the fridge more organized and space efficient.

The fridge is a little smaller, measuring at 3.2 cu. ft. and doesn’t have the same color options, but the black finish looks sleek and timeless.

The features we love include the crisper drawer, the reversible door hinge, and easy-to-adjust thermostat. This product is a little more difficult to come across due to limited availability, so that’s one of the reasons why Danby remains our winner.

Internal capacity of Magic Chef chiller
Magic Chef chiller in black
Magic Chef fridge with glass internal shelves


  • Holds consistent temperature
  • Easy-to-clean
  • Runs quietly
  • Ample space for beverages and food items
  • Frost-free interior

Needs Improving

  • May take a while to find “perfect” temperature
  • Condensation on the interior
  • Fridge may need leveling

Whynter Stainless Steel Refrigerator:
The Ultimate Gift

Whynter stainless steel drinks cooler box.

Looking for the perfect gift for newlyweds or someone who has recently graduated or moved into a new house? The Whynter Beverage Refrigerator is our pick for the ultimate gift and filling it with beverages would make this even more of a winner. This fridge might be on the wish list of many who want a sharp-looking appliance just for beverages.

If you want to show off your craft beer selection or want a beverage fridge that is functional and looks nice, the Whynter holds 120 cans. We love the LED lighting, the adjustable thermostat, and the glass doors with stainless steel trim. You never have to worry about your drinks getting in the wrong hands with the fridge lock.

Whynter beverage icebox
Whynter cold storage box
Whynter drinks fridge in white trim


  • Optimal temperature range for craft beer
  • Interior light turns off and on
  • Reversible door hinge
  • Looks professional and expensive
  • Easy-to-clean

Needs Improving

  • Temperature range may not be ideal for food
  • Some condensation or freezing
  • Not a good multi-purpose fridge

Phiestina 15 Inch Built-in Beer Froster Refrigerator:
Best Beverage Fridge for Storing Food

beer froster refrigerator by Phiestina

Why pick between a beverage fridge or one that’s best for storing food? The Phiestina Refrigerator is one of our favorite compact beverage refrigerators on the market right now, but it’s also an excellent choice for food storage.

The Phiestina fridge was designed with beer aficionados in mind and can hold over 100 cans, but the fridge accommodates all types and sizes of beverages from champagne and wine to club soda and cola. There’s also room for food, like dips and cheese plates, so you can snack while you drink, and you don’t need another fridge.

The stainless-steel fridge measures W 14.9 x H 33.9 x D 22.4 inches and fits well in a breakroom, home bar, or kitchen where space is limited.

Phiestina adjustable shelved fridge
Phiestina 100 can capacity beverage cooler
Phiestina 15 Inch beer froster


  • Space-saving design
  • Door lock
  • Optimal temperature for beverages and food
  • Digital thermostat
  • Quieter than other fridge

Needs Improving

  • Shorter screws for door handle may be necessary
  • Not cold enough for some food or drink
  • Temperature fluctuation

Midea Compact Refrigerator and Freezer:
Best Choice For Ice Cubes

fridge freezer combo unit

We might be breaking the rules by reviewing a mini-fridge with a freezer, but the Midea 3.1 cu. ft. refrigerator is nearly all refrigerator with a small freezer space. This refrigerator is one of our favorites because even though it doesn’t technically fall into the “freezerless” category, everyone needs ice from time to time, especially if you have a dedicated fridge for beverages, right?

The Midea fridge comes with glass shelving and some space in both the fridge & freezer door. The design is basic, but it’s still energy-efficient and space-saving.


  • Space for an ice tray
  • Ample room for all types of beverage and food containers
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Cools quickly
  • Reversible door

Needs Improving

  • Smaller than other compact fridges
  • Inconsistent temperature
  • May take a while to find “perfect” temp

NewAir Freestanding Beverage Cooler:
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NewAir beverage cooler

At first glance, this fridge is impressive. It looks nice, like something you might find at a bar and it promises to hold 126 cans. It comes with a door lock, adjustable thermostat, and is energy-efficient (all things we like in a fridge).

Here’s why we don’t recommend this fridge:

  • It’s loud
  • Many customers received broken fridges
  • Difficult to control temperature
  • Strange odor
  • The interior ices over

For the price, we expect more from a nice-looking beverage fridge. Considering all the flaws, we think you’re better off choosing something more affordable and dependable.

Our Top Freezerless Refrigerator Choice

You might not think that you need a freezerless fridge until you actually need or wish you had one on hand. If you’re looking for a reliable and affordable all-purpose freezerless fridge, we love the Danby Contemporary Classic All Refrigerator.

Not only does it have a timeless design, but it’s energy-efficient, has plenty of space for cans, bottles, and various sizes of food containers. Don’t worry about defrosting your fridge or doing much maintenance with the Danby, it’s relatively maintenance free.


Frequently Asked Questions
✓ Which brands make stand alone refrigerators?

Several brands make stand alone fridges, also known as freezerless fridges.

Here are six that we name in this article:
→ Danby Contemporary Classic (editor's pick)
→ Magic Chef Cooler (2nd place)
→ Whynter Beverage Refrigerator
→ Phiestina 15″ Beer Froster
→ Midea Compact Fridge
→ NewAir Beverage Cooler

✓ Is it better to have a separate fridge and freezer?

If greater capacity is your requirement, then yes, it's better to get a separate fridge and freezer (particularly for larger families). The only downside is the extra space the separate units occupy, which is not ideal if you live in a small premises!

✓ Where is the best location for my fridge in the kitchen?

Think of areas that are hot in the kitchen, and place your fridge as far away from those locations as possible. Keep it away from the window to avoid direct sunlight shining on it and heating it up. Also, be sure your unit is no where near the oven which obviously generates a lot of heat. The hotter the ambient temperature, the harder the unit needs to work to maintain an acceptable temperature to keep your foods and drinks cool.