I get giddy whenever I walk into a kitchen with a Smeg retro refrigerator. They are the Daddy of retro fridges on the market but hot dang, they are pricey.
When renovating the kitchen in our Whimsy Homes cabin, I knew I wanted to put a cute retro fridge in there. The Whirlpool one that came with the house is fine, it’s just too big for the space and well, not cute.
I went on a deep dive researching the coolest Smeg Fridge alternatives for all my retro loving babes who don’t want to drop $3-4 grand on a fridge.
Best Smeg Fridge Alternatives For Retro Styles
The Galanz Retro Top Freezer is among the best of the smeg fridges design dupes because of its size and features including frost free and adjustable thermostat. This is one of the largest retro refrigerators on the list, and is easily one of the cutest, too.
If you live in a space that can house a full size refrigerator, you’ll want to start looking in the Galanz fridge section of Home Depot.
As far as kitchen appliances go, this is a super affordable refrigerator with mostly very positive reviews. Go crazy and get a matching toaster!
Plus, if you order from Home Depot, you’re basically guaranteed top notch customer service.
- Adjustable thermostat
- Interior Lighting
- Limited freezer space
- Seems perennially sold out in the navy color
The fact this Big Chill Retro Fridge comes in buttercup yellow is pretty much all I need to know. Take my money.
As far as fridges that look like Smeg USA go, the Retro Slim is practically indispensable. If you’re not a fan of yellow, there are a ton of additional colors as well.
When you get a Big Chill refrigerator, you also open yourself up to the chance of a completely coordinated kitchen. Big Chill makes a ton of appliances that match with one another, so you could wind up with an entire smeg-dupe kitchen. Go big or go home!
- So. Many. Color options!
- Regular size
- Matching appliances available for purchase
- Definitely on the more expensive side
- Takes 5-7 weeks to ship
There’s nothing wrong with a classic egg shell white, old fashioned refrigerator. Such is the case with the Frigidaire 2 Door Apartment Size Retro Refrigerator.
This a vintage style fridge with all the perks of a normal, modern refrigerator like more cubic feet! Convenient features such as removable glass shelves and adjustable door shelves make this a super customizable piece.
The temperature control can be adjusted too, so you can keep your food as cold as you like.
- Adjustable temperature
- Full size
- Removable racks
- Not many color options
- Amazon doesn’t provide pictures of the inside
Of the fridges similar to smeg, I think the Frigidaire 2 Door Apartment Size Refrigerator with Freezer is more of a sister than a twin. With its bold rectangular frame and scripted logo, it’s definitely its own thing.
Still, it’s undeniably cool. The Frigidaire retro silver handles are super vibey, and the interior is full size with plenty of room.
If colorful fridges are your plan, maybe look elsewhere. Most of the options are pretty plain, but the fridge freezer combo is key!
- Full size
- Good noise levels
- Reviews say it’s not particularly energy efficient
I’ll be honest– I love a mini fridge. There’s something so cozy about having a mini fridge stocked with snacks on your desk. It’s very clubhouse-esque.
The Galanz Retro Freestanding Mini Fridge comes up to about knee height, and is perfect if you’re looking to jazz up your work from home space.
With a top freezer and an adjustable temperature system, this is as good as any regular sized fridge. It’s just half the height!
- Interior lighting
- Good storage compartment space
- Little bit pricey for a mini fridge
Sticking with the “compact fridge” mini retro wave, we’ve got the WANAI 3.2 Cu. Ft Compact Refrigerator. Standing at only 37.5 inches, this is perfect for an office, dorm room, or even just a smaller apartment space.
Despite the small stature, this fridge has a ton of capacity.
The best part of this fridge is that you don’t have to sacrifice style for the sake of mini fridge convenience. Check all those boxes, so click add to cart!
- Convenient size
- LED light interior
- Removable shelves
- Not a ton of reviews yet
Rounding out the classic retro mini fridges, the Insignia Retro Mini Fridge with Top Freezer is a top notch retro compact refrigerator.
The cooling system in particular model has great reviews. It’s an excellent bang for your buck, and has a bit more space than some of the other mini retro style refrigerators on the list.
- Compact (but larger than “mini”)
- Great cooling system
- Door compartments are unmovable
I love a good swindle, and nothing is more of a swindle than a smeg alternative. These options are definitely best for those of us who don’t need a ton of fridge space, as they run on the smaller (but more stylish) side. Aka perfect for vacation cabins like mine!
Enjoy your hunt and don’t forget to check out the upcoming summer sales!!
@whimsyhomes smeg who? This baby is under $600 instead of $3k+ 🤧 knew i had to put a retro fridge in the cabin and it looks so good!!! #cabinglowup #whimsyhomes #floralwallpaper #homedecor #retrofridge #smegdupe #galanzfridge #bluefridge #kitchenmakeover #cabinrenovation ♬ Originalton – She/her