Compact Drinks Coolers Buying Guide

Whether you’re having a BBQ at home, simply have guests staying over or having a party, one thing is for certain – we all like a nicely cooled drink in our hand. A dedicated compact drinks cooler is for anyone who found themselves struggling to keep drinks cool and on hand whilst trying to entertain your guests at the same time.

We want to make this process as simple as possible for you so we’ve put together this buying guide to help you decide which one will do the best possible job for you.


Here’s a list of things to consider before you decide which Drinks Cooler to buy:

  1. Capacity
  2. Where will it be located?
  3. Choice of style and design
  4. Features you can expect




There’s plenty of drinks coolers on the market but it’s often hard to tell just how much storage you’ll get with one. A simple rule is anything below 40 litre capacity won’t offer much storage and would be better placed for occasional use. To make the most of the drinks cooler you ideally want one with over 40 litres storage capacity.

Make sure it is a true compressor model - some models are thermoelectric. A drinks cooler with compressor technology will ensure that you achieve the right cooling temperatures.



Where will it be located?

If your unit truly is a compact drinks cooler you’ll have the advantage of being able to keep it almost anywhere. A truly portable unit will sit discreetly on a kitchen work surface, in a utility or in the corner of a room. As with any drinks cooler ensure you don’t place it in direct sunlight, against a radiator or box it in.




Choice of styles and design

Many entry models are only available in a plain white finish. Higher spec models often come in a wide choice of colours and designs allowing you to choose something that will perfectly reflect your personal style and your home décor too.





Features you can expect

Despite its compact size, you shouldn’t have to compromise on features.

Good models will have a removable shelf which will provide the flexibility of storing bigger and bulkier items as and when required.

A reversible door is really handy as it allows you to change the location of the drinks cooler and be assured that you will always have access.

Check out the energy rating too. Ideally you need something that is at least an A rating to make it cost efficient to run.