Whether you enjoy entertaining guests or not, bar fridges can be a great enhancement to your home. They serve many purposes, and are wonderful additions to any room where you like to have cold beverages on hand.
Many people, when they think of bar fridges, erroneously think they require a mini bar. This is not true, a bar fridge is for everyone.
While it is true there are truly spectacular specialist ‘display bar fridges’ designed for the home with the full built-in bar; you do not need such a bar to get the benefits a bar refrigerator provides.
Many homeowners utilize a mini fridge and a shelf as a substitute for the bar they do not have. The mini bar fridge holds your mixes – orange juice, coke, sprite and the like. On the shelf you line up your favorite liquors.
If you purchase a nice model, your bar fridge may actually be a bar fridge freeze. Now your do it yourself bar has ice cubes too. Just train your significant other to prepare your drinks and life will be looking pretty darn good!
A bar fridge does not have to be actually labeled as such by a manufacturer. There are many compact fridge freezers available that will serve you just as well. Really any mini fridge can be repurposed to serve the role of the – usually more expensive – special purpose bar fridges.
Another great feature small bar refrigerators provide is portability. If your bar fridge is in the game room but you decide to host a pool party over a holiday weekend, you can still make use of it. Simply unplug the unit and it is now a portable fridge. Take it outside, plug it in – first make sure it is not going to rain – and you an outdoor bar fridge for the duration of your event!
Like all refrigerators, bar fridges have an ongoing cost in electrical use. Make sure you only purchase a model with the Energy Star label. Even if it costs a little more you will save on your utilities.
Speaking of electricity, most bar fridges are powered from regular mains power. But there is a truly flexible option some people might want to consider; namely purchasing a 3-way fridge to serve as their bar fridge. While serving its normal role it remains plugged into a wall outlet. However, when you are ready to make your fridge portable, you have the ability to power it from both 12v DC and Propane. Now you truly have a useful appliance!
Many great manufacturers produce mini fridges suitable for bar use. Danby, LG, Kenmore, Maytag and Samsung are just a small sampling of the brands available. A GE bar fridge can be a great purchase also. If the thought of a 3-way bar fridge appeals to you then consider the Waeco and Norcold lines. If none of these appeal there is also the option of buying a Kegerator.
The inclusion of any of these great bar fridges into your home will make the cold beverage of your choice much more accessible. Of course, to truly make the most of your new bridge you need some great beers – if you have ever considered home brewing then click here to learn the tips of the trade!