Indoor Beverage Fridge vs. Outdoor Beverage Fridge

By Empava Appliances
updated: June. 21, 2022
Beverage fridge

Not all beverage refrigerators are created equal. However, you can categorize them as either indoor or outdoor. These refrigerator classifications are not interchangeable. People have been known to use their beverage coolers in both indoor and outdoor settings. Beverage refrigerators aren't meant to fit under the kitchen cabinet, on the back patio, or next to the grilling station, as is commonly believed. This, however, is not the case. If a beverage cooler isn't placed properly, homeowners risk compromising the appliance's longevity and functionality.

The first question to ask is whether you require an indoor or outdoor beverage refrigerator. Will you keep it in your home bar as a permanent fixture? Will it complement the elements of your outdoor kitchen, or will it be an afterthought? The distinctions between an indoor and an outdoor beverage fridge will be discussed in this article. It will also explain how to get the most out of your beverage cooler and assist you in selecting the right model for your requirements.

Indoor Beverage Fridge

Indoor beverage refrigerators are designed to maintain a constant temperature (US households generally stay between 60-80F). This means they can't handle, and aren't designed for, the temperature swings that occur throughout the year and between day and night.

Make sure your indoor fridge is constantly kept indoors to avoid burning out the compressor system. It won't have to work extra hard to keep the inside temperature stable when the weather outside changes dramatically.

Outdoor Beverage Fridge

Outdoor beverage refrigerators, unlike inside beverage refrigerators, can maintain a constant internal temperature even in the most insecure of conditions. When searching for an outdoor cooler, ask yourself the following questions to make sure it's up to the job.

Is it outdoor rated?

When buying a fridge for your outdoor kitchen or entertaining area, the most crucial thing to look for is ETL, UL, or CSA certification. Only products that pass a variety of outdoor tests, such as outdoor performance, leak testing, or safety trials, are awarded these certifications. Examine an outdoor refrigerator's product description or package. To show that the fridge is safe to use outside, both should include a vocal remark or the certification clearance stamp.

What material is it made from?

Stainless steel is used in almost all beverage refrigerators, both indoor and outdoor. However, the stainless-steel food grade differs between the two categories. The greater the grade, the better the rust and corrosion resistance. In order to prevent corrosion in damp weather conditions or surroundings, an outdoor fridge should be made of 304 food-grade stainless steel or higher. Rain, snow, heat, and debris will be more sensitive to anything below a 304-food grade.

Other weatherproofing elements that indoor beverage refrigerators lack are common in outdoor beverage refrigerators. If a beverage refrigerator has door and bearing seals, you can be sure it will last longer and be able to endure harsher circumstances. When these weatherproofing characteristics are combined with the appropriate high-grade material, you have a dependable outdoor beverage refrigerator.

Additional Features

There are a variety of additional features to consider with both indoor and outdoor beverage refrigerators. Although not all of these features are required, they are worth considering if you want to maximize the benefits of your beverage refrigerator. While looking for a cooler, keep the following features in mind:

Lock and key:

A security lock and key are available for both indoor and outdoor variants. It may, however, be more of a necessity for your outdoor beverage refrigerator. A lock and key will provide you piece of mind if you're storing food and beverages in your refrigerator overnight or traveling out of town for the weekend.

Digital thermostat:

Digital thermostats are available for both indoor and outdoor models. Digital thermostats are simple to operate and provide you complete control over the temperature you choose. A digital thermostat will increase the value of any refrigerator, whether it is indoor or outdoor.

Built-in or Freestanding:

Built-in or freestanding indoor and outdoor beverage refrigerators are available. Built-in cabinets can be added to your indoor or outdoor kitchen's regular cabinets. It may be moved from room to room or from the patio to the fireplace because it is freestanding (depending on if its an indoor or outdoor beverage fridge).


Your beverage fridge's location is crucial. You can make an informed purchase selection for your property now that you know what to look for. You also understand what it takes to maintain a refrigerator running at peak performance for years to come.


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