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Selection Criteria Minibars

Methodology presents the most energy efficient minibars on the European market.

Technical criteria

All minibars on meet the following criteria:

  • Energy class A+++
  • Natural refrigerant with very low global warming potential (R290/propane, R600a/isobutane)

Data sources

  • Producers’ declarations (according to the EU energy label)

Order of presentation

Products are ranked according to their energy index. The order of presentation can be changed by clicking on the rows' headings. Compare models by checking them and clicking on compare.


Brand, Model

Brand with link to website, model name.

Electricity costs

Costs for electricity during product's life time. Assumptions:

  • Typical life time: 10 years
  • Annual energy consumption: Declaration in kWh/year (according to the EU energy label)
  • Tariff of electricity: 0.15 €/kWh (there however can be large differences depending on country or electrical utility)

Energy class

Energy efficiency class according to EU energy label. Most efficent is A+++, least efficient is E.

Energy index

Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) according to the EU energy label. Value in percent (%). The lower the value, the more efficient the product.


Annual energy consumption in kWh/year according to the EU energy label.

Class EEI
EU energy label
A+++ <22%
A++ 22%-33%
A+ 33%-44%
A 44%-55%
B 55%-75%
C 75%-95%
D 95%-110%
E 110%-125%
F 125%-150%
G >150%


Net volume in liters according to EU energy label.


  • silent
  • silent through timer programme (presence detector shuts compressor off, special cold reserve)
  • noise emissions in dB(A) according to EU energy label


  • absorption: Conventional minibar type. Not energy efficient, silent.
  • compressor: Conventional cooling type for household refrigerators. Energy efficient, compressor makes noise.
  • thermoelectric: Peltier cooling. Energy efficiency depends on ambient temperature.


  • R600a (isobutane)
  • R290 (propane)
  • R717 (ammonia) - for absorption type



Standards and labels

  • Commission delegated regulation (EU) No 1060/2010 of 28 September 2010 supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of household refrigerating appliances.
  • Commission regulation (EC) No 643/2009 of 22 July 2009 implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for household refrigerating appliances.


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07/2012 Geilinger/Bush