In the current day and age, technology gets us closer and closer to getting our commodities ready and instantly at our service. We have supercomputers that fit in our pockets, capable of many wonders that make our lives easier. Small and rounded automated butlers, although they can’t cook dinner just yet, are pretty proficient at cleaning your house. Truly the age of convenience.
And what sounds more convenient than having your most desired snacks and drinks within hand’s reach, always? We’ll take our chances and say there’s nothing better than that compact yet spacious little guy that keeps whatever needs to be chilled, very chill. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re referring to mini-fridges.
You see them everywhere, in all various shapes, sizes, colors, with a myriad of different features. It can get overwhelming by just looking at all the options, not to mention deciding which one suits you best. In this article, we will go through three separate mini-refrigerators from the Galanz brand, to make your shopping for convenience, even more convenient.
For starters, let’s look at the Galanz brand.
Top 3 Galanz Mini Fridges: Retro, Compact, Contemporary
When it comes to picking a sizable but not too big of a mini-fridge, the options can make you a little nervous as you might not want a really small one, but you also don’t want to risk it with one of the big ones. That’s why this model stands out from other units.
With its dual-door layout, this Galanz mini-fridge offers both a separated freezer compartment at the top and a fresh food compartment at the bottom, in case you’ll need to store a lot of chilly items and be able to access them without compromising the ones who require less cold, and vice versa. Like any good freezer, it can make ice cubes in the old-fashioned way.
As for the interior of the fresh food compartment, it has a full slide-out glass shelf and a half glass shelf so you can organize your food and drinks as you desire. It has a crisper drawer at the bottom so all your fruit and vegetables can stay fresh. The bottom door consists of a full crystal door balcony, perfect for any tall or medium-sized bottles, and two half-width ones that can be useful for holding onto your cans or condiments. This sure sounds like a party fridge.
The freezer part doesn’t have any shelves because of its shorter spread, but its door, however, does possess a full-width balcony that could hold a couple of ice cream boxes.
As far as energy consumption goes, this unit stays in roughly the same range as similar models, considering its capacity and structure, although it is more expensive than single-door models. With an annual rate of 357 kWh. It has a manual control dial that can be adjusted to the temperature that suits you best, ranging from 32°F to 47°F in the refrigerator and <0ᵒF in the freezer. Other notable features are the LED interior light installed next to the temperature dial for more visibility and two adjustable leveling legs on the front, in case you’ll be setting it up on an uneven surface.
As mentioned before, one of the strong points of this Galanz mini-fridge is its old-timey style, with gleamy colors and an elegant look. This type of retro replica tends to be infamous for only being for show, but many customers have expressed satisfaction with the functionality of this line.
|Internal Capacity||2.08-Cu. Ft.|
|Freezer Capacity||.95-Cu. Ft.|
|Total Capacity||3.1-Cu. Ft.|
|Dimensions||23.32″ x 19.17″ x 35.16″|
|Annual Energy Consumption||357 kWh|
|Noise Level||42 dBA|
- Glass shelves
- Good value for money
- Best for small families
- Handles are not very durable
- Single temperature control
Galanz GLR31TBKER 3.1-Cu. Ft. Retro Top Mount Compact Refrigerator
Galanz GLR31TBKER 3.1-Cu. Ft. Retro Top Mount Compact Refrigerator
Dorm rooms, offices, and small environments overall are famous for not being able to fit all the commodities one can ask for. If you find yourself in a similar situation or the very ones mentioned, this unit might just do the trick.
The Galanz single-door compact fridge offers a reasonable amount of space packed into a small yet spacious model. Because of the intended design, both the freezer and fresh food compartment can be accessed through the single door. This means the products stored in the freezer might be compromised if the door is left open for a long time while looking for something on the lower shelves. However, with responsible use plus the decent cooling system, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.
The fridge compartment consists of one full slide-out glass shelf and a half one, leaving enough space for most drinks and foods and even the option to lengthen the vertical capacity. It does not come with a crisper drawer, despite having a half cover on the second shelf. Even so, you can use the generous space between the bottom of the fridge and the second shelf to store what you would in the drawer. As for the freezer, it can be a nice place to put small ice cream boxes or any beverages that you’ll want to cool quickly, but don’t go too crazy because it does have limited space. The door, on the other hand, has a wired full-width balcony on the top right in front of the freezer, which could hold onto any cold meat or maybe even some more sweet delicacies. Speaking of holding onto stuff, right under the balcony there are 4 can dispensers, big enough to fit several ounces of your favorite drinks. And next to it there is wired 2-liter bottle storage that can aid you in that same endeavor.
Because of its size, this Galanz compact mini-fridge has an estimated annual use of 213 kWh. When it comes to similar units, the energy consumption doesn’t fall too far off from the rest, making it an affordable model. Temperature-wise, it ranges from 32°F to 47°F in the refrigerator area and 27°F to 37°F in the chiller compartment, depending on the selected settings adjusted on the control dial. Sadly, it does not feature interior lighting like the bigger units, so you’ll have a rough time if you set it in a dark environment. It comes with 2 leveling legs on the front for a more personalized standing.
|Internal Capacity||2.07-Cu. Ft.|
|Freezer Capacity||.39-Cu. Ft.|
|Total Capacity||2.5-Cu. Ft.|
|Dimensions||21.02″ x 17.6″ x 28.15″|
|Annual Energy Consumption||213 kWh|
- Integrated mini refrigerator
- Adjustable temperature thermostat
- Energy efficient
- Very appealing retro look
- Customers have implied that the freezer’s temperature isn’t much different than the refrigerator’s temp
Galanz GLR25MGNR10 2.5-Cu. Ft. Retro Compact Refrigerator
Galanz GLR25MGNR10 2.5-Cu. Ft. Retro Compact Refrigerator
So far, we’ve listed mini-fridges from Galanz’s Retro Collection, but what about those who just want a modern-looking appliance that gets the job done and occupies even less space? Well then, the wait has been worth it.
This contemporary compact refrigerator brings the cooling power of a renowned appliance company to pocket size (not really, but you get the idea). The smallness of the unit makes it easy to fit almost anywhere you need it to be, sacrificing the number of items you can store in it.
Its fresh food area consists of a wired full slide-out shelf that leaves almost half of the general space beneath it for bigger products, and some laid-down cans or small snacks can be placed on top of the shelf itself. The freezer compartment is located just above said shelf. It’s rather small and capable of holding a couple of frozen packages or a tiny ice cube tray. As for the door, it has a wired half-width chiller balcony on the top and a wired full-width balcony below it, with the former being a nice place for some soda cans or beers and the latter a good fit for medium-sized bottles.
When it comes to energy consumption, this little guy has an estimated yearly electricity use of 208 kWh. Looking at the units mentioned before and of similar brands, this compact mini-fridge is close in maintenance price, even with bigger models, so you should consider that when making your final choice.
The temperature range of the control knob is 32°F to 47°F for the refrigerator compartment and 27°F to 37°F for the small chiller one. The good thing about the reduced size is that both areas will get cooler faster than bigger units.
The modern stainless-steel look is what sets it apart from the fridges mentioned in this article. With its only available jet-black color, you can be sure that this unit will not stick out like a sore thumb if your desired location has a rather monochromatic palette.
|Internal Capacity||1.7-Cu. Ft.|
|Total Capacity||1.7-Cu. Ft.|
|Dimensions||19.09″ x 17.48″ x 19.49″|
|Annual Energy Consumption||208 kWh|
- Can fit almost anywhere
- Very fast cooling
- Clean and modern style
- Annual cost is roughly the same as larger units
- Not very spacious
- Wired balconies
Who Makes Galanz Mini-Fridges?
All Galanz mini-fridges are designed and manufactured by Guangdong Galanz Enterprise, one of the world’s largest companies of home appliances today, and have been for a very long time. With its headquarters located in Foshan, Guangdong, Galanz aims for the smarter way of doing things, facilitating the technology to make, heat, and chill food with the best quality possible, at a reasonable price.
But their success didn’t magically appear from thin air. It all started on the 28th of September 1978, with the feathery dream of Liang Qingde. No, literally, the company started with duck feather trading. That was until 1992, where they finally entered the home appliance industry, and everything went uphill since then.
Galanz manufactures a wide range of appliances. These include microwaves, fridges, air conditioners, electric ovens, washing & drying machines, coffee machines, blenders; you name it, they have it.
And it’s not just the sales that are good, it’s only natural that the products are as well. Many people downplay Chinese brands because of stereotypes, but Galanz has proven repeatedly to be a respectable company, worthy enough for you to consider their products.
The Retro Collection of Mini-Fridges
Sometimes, one can get a little nostalgic by those striking old designs that marked an era and aesthetic that is remembered by many people. On the other hand, maybe you just like how it looks, regardless of living in a time when those appliances were still being used, and there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s the opposite.
The Retro collection of Galanz mini-refrigerators is made to bring the old-school vibes together with the latest technology in the industry. Even if you don’t care much for the retro appeal, this collection still brings freshness and originality to the monotony of the fridge market, so these styles can very well fit your modern tastes.
Their dual-door mini-fridges keep the freezer and fresh food sections apart for a more customized and tidier layout where you’ll get what you want by just opening one door or the other. This model helps with energy consumption as well because you’ll spend less time browsing the racks looking for where your favorite snack or drink went. This lightens the load on the engine.
Don’t worry about the flashy hot rod red. This collection comes in three additional colors: bebop blue, cream soda, and vinyl black.
The Contemporary Line
Of course, there’s always a chance you’ll be looking for a more discrete unit, one that just blends in with your space seamlessly. For lovers of simplicity and monochromatic palettes, Galanz brings you the contemporary compact mini-fridges in several different sizes and a few color options.
Made from stainless steel, these units can give your space a modern and clean look, as well as the functionality that is to be expected of a renowned company. Like its counterpart line, the contemporary units come in both single and dual doors to make sure all customers can have the choice they want.
Even if the term compact is used, these mini-fridges have proven to be quite spacious in their interior, so even if you are shopping for small appliances, these Galanz models can come in handy. With sizes that go from 1.7-to 4.6-cu. ft., you will probably find one that covers that space in your house, office, or dorm with a very useful appliance that will not disrupt the movement of the overall space of the room.
Interested in seeing more from the Galanz brand? Check out more of our reviews below.
As far as the units covered in this article, no, they do not have auto defrost. However, manual defrosting is quite easy and doesn’t require much effort or time.
Yes, if the drip tray that comes installed within the unit stays put to collect the moisture accumulation, it should be safe to put on any indoor setting.
It is highly unrecommended to set these fridges on outdoor areas that are not covered by a roof or safely secured, as direct sunlight can greatly damage the unit.
Those handles are made of plastic with chrome finishes for style, and they must be installed by the user with the screws that come in the package. A small group of customers has commented that they didn’t receive all the necessary screws. In that case, you can go to any hardware store to get the compatible remaining ones.
No, the units are required to be at least an inch away from any structure or object behind them, as this would provide the required airflow that the engine needs to not overheat or cause inconveniences.
It is recommended to leave the fridge standing upright for 8 hours for all the gases inside to settle, as they’ve been displaced in transportation. After that, you should leave it plugged in with no food inside it overnight, so it has time to get cold enough.
No, it does not come with any sort of cover for the engine, as it must remain in contact with the air to naturally cool down.
The Galanz mini-fridges come with the appropriate temperature control and settings, designed to start chilling as soon as possible.
7 is the coldest setting.
Some Galanz units come with a numbered set of positions for the temp settings. Temperatures can go all the way down to 32°F on the refrigerator compartment and 27°F on the chiller. In some Galanz models, the setting knob will have 9 positions, ranging from COLD-COOL to COLD-COLDEST.