The Avanti 3.0 cu. ft. refrigerator runs about $250 to $275 depending on where you buy it, putting it in the higher price range for miniature refrigerators. It is worth the extra money over smaller and less expensive mini-fridges, however, as it performs well and actually holds an adequate amount of food and beverages for up to two people.
The interior of the unit comes with two slide-out adjustable shelves that have several different notches for placement, allowing you to configure them to your needs. About the top 1/6 of the unit is taken up by the freezer, which is self-contained and stretches across the length and width of the refrigerator, as well as having a separate front door. As such, it actually performs the way a freezer should, and will keep ice cream frozen on moderate to high settings. The freezer is also one of the lowest-maintenance that I’ve seen, requiring a manual defrosting only once every few months. It also comes with a miniature ice tray.
The door interior comes with three racks – a long narrow one atop the top part of the door and two medium-sized ones along the length of the right-hand side. The left-hand side next to the latter two racks contains a very large can holder that can actually hold a full twelve soda cans at once. This rack is actually removable, although it has nothing at its foot so this does no good unless you have something long that you are trying to cram into the right side of the fridge interior. An interior light illuminates the refrigerator when open, which is a bit of a rarity for compact fridges.
The unit is actually reasonably quiet compared to other compact refrigerators, but it still generates enough noise that it may cause consternation if it is close to a sleeping area. The usual periodic gurgles and hums pop up every few hours, and the auto-defrost feature occasionally causes a “sheets of ice falling” sound for a minute or two. This is really something that it is hard to avoid with a mini-fridge, however, and I’ve found that this one is unobtrusive enough that you can get used to its regular noises.
None of the interior space is wasted, and the design is flexible enough that you can adjust it for holding more beverages or more smaller food items as needed. The separate freezer is also a welcome touch, and performs much better than the standard integrated freezer in compact refrigerators. Unless the price is too prohibitive, or it has to sit right next to a bed, I would strongly recommend this refrigerator for dorm, office or hotel use.