Buying Guide for Bar Fridges

Whether you're hosting a barbeque, having your mates round to watch the footy, or making cocktails for a party, a bar fridge makes an invaluable addition to any home. Compact and affordable, Appliances Online has a large range of quality bar fridges to choose from.

Bar fridges are also perfect for studio apartments, small offices, holiday homes, granny flats, university dormitories, or even mobile homes. You'd be surprised by how much these nifty little fridges can store –plus most models come with an ice box section which is perfect for ice cubes, ice-creams, frozen veggies and more.

We also have a range of bar freezers which are extremely useful for anyone who loves entertaining – making it easy to store things like bags of ice, frozen party food and frozen desserts.

Please note that if you want to fridge for wine storage, we recommend you browse our range of wine storage cabinets.

Here are a few tips to make sure you get the right bar fridge for your needs:

Choosing the right size

Our bar fridges range in size from 50L to around 150L. The small 50L models are ideal for campervans, making it possible to enjoy cold drinks and fresh food on the go.

The average-sized bar fridge is around 100L, and we also stock larger bar fridges of up to 307L for people who want to add a professional touch to their home bar. These larger bar fridges are ideal for storing large quantities of soft drink, juice, beer, or wine to ensure your party guests never go thirsty.

Adjustable shelving is good feature to look out for because you can remove the shelves if needed to maximise the storage capacity of your bar fridge.

Energy Efficiency

All fridges sold in Australia come with an energy star rating. The more stars, the more energy efficient the appliance. The energy ratings for our selection of bar fridges range from 1 to 3 stars.

If you are concerned about energy consumption, you could consider switching your bar fridge off when you go away on holidays or during extended periods when the fridge is not being used.

Other Features to Consider

Stainless steel doors: The stainless steel look has become popular in recently years because it is sleek, clean and professional. Many bar fridge brands are now available with stainless steel doors to complement your home dÉcor.

However one of the drawbacks of stainless steel is it's prone to collecting fingerprints and smudges. Some brands counter this problem with 'fingerprint resistant' stainless steel or brushed stainless steel.

The classic white look is still the most cost-effective option, and it can be easily kept clean using a damp soapy cloth.

Ventilation: Fridges and freezers produce quite a bit of heat. If you squeeze your fridge into a space that's too small, this heat will have nowhere to go and you will risk overheating the appliance.

The amount of ventilation space required for a fridge or freezer varies depending on the model and the manufacturer, but 2cm either side and 3cm at the top and back is a good rule of thumb.

Manual defrost: Most brands of bar fridge need to be manually defrosted from time to time. However the higher end models (for e.g. this Husky 118L bar fridge) feature frost-free technology as well as electronic temperature controls.

Lighting: An interior light is a very convenient addition. Higher end models feature LED lighting to increase the visual appeal.

Adjustable glass shelves: Recommended – they offer flexible storage options and are easy to clean. Glass is sturdier than plastic and it also helps to retain the cold air.

Door opening direction: When buying a bar fridge, make sure you know in advance which way you want the door to open. However some brands provide the option of manually reconfiguring the door to open a different way (using a special kit).

Please call us if you have any questions

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service team. Call us on 1300 000 500.