Every craft beer drinker needs a solid beer fridge or two. Especially when you have a spouse who keeps reminding you your beer is taking up too much room in the kitchen refrigerator.
A few years back I lost my beer fridge when we sold our house and the people that bought it included my beloved fridge into their house offer and we had to accept.
Initial Thoughts On This Beer Fridge
I was in Belgium (drinking some amazing beers) for a few weeks when this fridge arrived so it took me some time to get it fully out of the box. One of the initial things I noticed was that they really have packing down and it arrived in perfect condition.
Upon taking it out of the box, my biggest beef with the packaging was the energy guide sticker they placed on the glass. I’m still chipping away trying to get it off (not a huge deal, but kind of annoying). It’s got some crazy strong glue on it for sure.
Other than that minor annoyance, my first impressions was that this is one sexy looking fridge. It is incredibly designed and I wish I had a more prominent place in my house to keep it as I love the way this thing looks, especially with the light shining through the glass.
Unfortunately for me the best spot for it is in the garage.
After stocking the fridge and using it for a few weeks, I got a good feel for the pros and cons of the AB-1200B. If you’re looking for a small beer fridge, here are my thoughts on this particular refridgerator.
Pros Of The AB-1200B
The Layout Is Awesome
They say it holds up to 126 standard cans, however I didn’t have that many to test. I don’t doubt their claim as it holds a lot for it’s tiny stature.
One of my favorite features of this fridge is the 5 removable shelves that are super flexible. I have more bottles than I do cans so I can easily arrange the fridge to fit different bottle sizes. There are so many slots (about every inch) inside the fridge for the shelves to slide in and out, you’ll easily find a layout that works for you.
It Does What A Fridge Should Do… Keep Things Cold
At the top there is a dial that has 7 different thermostat settings so you can keep it at the temperature you want.
Have cheap beer that you don’t really want to taste? Crank it to 7 and it will cool down to about 34 degrees fahrenheit. On the other hand if you have a heftier beer that should be served warmer, you can simply adjust the temperature all the way up to 64 degrees (or somewhere in between).
The front is double-pane glass so it helps keep the cold air inside while still allowing you to see your selection.
It’s Super Quiet
Since it’s in my garage, noise isn’t that big of deal. However if I had a place to put it in the house, I’d want to make sure my fridge was quiet.
While it isn’t completely silent, it’s pretty close. It comes with a 35dB compressor that does a great little job of keeping things cool while not making a lot of noise.
It Looks Beautiful
I know I already mentioned this, but this is a beautifully designed fridge that will look good in any room. The light inside can be turned on or off based on your preferences, so it conforms to your style.
I especially love that I can see what’s in the fridge without opening the door. So while I’m trying to decide what to drink next, I don’t even have to get up if I don’t want to.
It Has A Lock
With small kids in the house, I appreciate that it has a lock to keep them out. It’s super basic so my bottles of Westvleteren 12 could be stolen pretty easily by a burglar, but it’s nice keeping the kids out.
It also works to keep out those buddies who come over and want to drink the good stuff without asking. They’ll think twice if they see it locked.
Cons Of the AB-1200B
I know I just mentioned the lock as a pro (which it is), but I do need to mention that it can be picked pretty easily. If someone really wanted to get in, they wouldn’t even need to know how to pick a lock to get in.
This really isn’t a big deal at all to me, but if you’re looking for the Fort Knox of beer fridges, you might be disappointed.
The Energy Efficiency Sticker
Hopefully this was just on the model they sent me, but I can’t get that sticker all the way off. Granted I haven’t spent time scouring the internet for hacks to remove tough stickers, but a simple piece of scotch tape would have been a better option.
The fridge is listed for $289.95, but at the time of this post they have it on sale for $245.95. It’s more than a fair price for this quality of a small beverage refrigerator.
They also offer 1, 2 and 3 year product protection plans through Extend if you’re worried about mechanical failures.
You can get an additional 20% off at NewAir’s website on this fridge by using code BLOGABOUT20 by clicking here.
This little guy is 18.5″D x 18.8″W x 32.5″H and weighs 62.85lbs. The internal volume is 3.4 cubic feet.
Other Important Specifications
- Voltage: 110 volts
- Watts: 85 watts
- Amps: 1.3 amps
- Frequency: 60 Hz
Where To Buy It
You can order yours directly on New Air’s website via this link.
As you can see, the cons really aren’t a big deal and I absolutely love this little fridge. It holds quite a lot of beverages plus it looks great. It would fit great into any home, garage or small office.
If you’re in the market for your next beer fridge and don’t have a lot of space for a full size option, I’d definitely recommend you check out the New Air AB-1200B.