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The U.S. mini fridge market size was valued at USD 28.36 million in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 31.12 million in 2022 to USD 59.11 million by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.60% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with mini fridge sales experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand in the U.S compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the U.S. market exhibited a decline of -14.57% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
Mini fridges, also known as compact refrigerators, are space-saving solutions in the appliance space. Technological advancements and new product launches will surge product demand in the coming years. Multiple successful novel product launches highlight the lucrative business opportunities for prospective brands to exploit in the U.S. over the forecast period. For instance, in October 2021, Microsoft announced plans to launch its Xbox Series X mini fridge in December 2021. The preorders began in October 2021, with several retailers offering the product globally in December. For U.S. consumers, the Xbox Series X mini fridge is sold exclusively at Target, a general merchandise retail company with stores across the United States, to reach various customers. Such strategies (product launch) help companies to generate more revenue and provide an opportunity to innovate their product offerings.
Supply Chain Interruptions to Impede Market Growth
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the U.S. mini fridge market growth. Various states across the U.S. imposed lockdown and other travel & transportation restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, most notably in 2020, which resulted in supply chain disruptions and hampered production processes. Several companies have been employing strategies to minimize the pandemic's impact on their operations. For instance, in January 2020, Haier Inc., a Chinese refrigerator manufacturer, rerouted its production orders to manufacturing plants overseas following the temporary closure of its production capacity. The company also focused on optimizing its supplier resources and global operations to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also generated important business opportunities for brands. Even though offline sales were affected, online sales remained robust amid the COVID-19 crisis. With increasing consumers preferring online channels for mini fridges, brands are likely to use innovative tactics such as virtual shopping sessions to stay competitive. At a macro level, the rapidly evolving appliances sector across North America will contribute significantly to the demand for fridges in the region throughout the forecast timeframe.
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Technological Advancements to Enhance Product Efficiency
Technological advancement to enhance product efficiency is emerging as a vital trend, notably over the past years. Mini fridges offer buyers a variety of features, such as design, capacity, and temperature control options, and key industry stakeholders are introducing products with innovative features to accomplish a more important brand reputation. For instance, Minibar Systems, a U.S.-based hospitality supply company, offers Smart Fridge Eco, a Wi-Fi-enabled guestroom refrigerator. The product features a Light-emitting Diode (LED) control panel that allows customers to individualize their user experience with snooze, on/off, and quick cool touch buttons. This product line also features auto snooze and overnight defrost options. Developing mini fridge with advanced features helps companies to cater to customers' evolving needs while creating lucrative business opportunities.
Increasing Number of Mobile/Modular Houses to Propel Market Expansion
The U.S. mini fridge market share is driven by the increasing demand for mobile homes (or modular homes). As per the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Commerce American community survey data, the percentage of U.S. households with individuals living alone increased from 26% of total households in 2000 to 28% in 2020. The increasing need among homeowners in the U.S. for an additional cold storage facility for storing fresh meat, frozen foods, and drinks is expected to drive the product consumption rate in the U.S. over the forecast period. Furthermore, rising hotel & resort occupancy rates and growing hospitality infrastructural settings will likely drive the market growth over the forecast period. According to the statistics presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the hotel room occupancy rate in the U.S. increased from 44% in 2020 to 52% in 2021.
Rising Consumer Preferences for Energy-efficient Kitchen Appliances to Surge Product Demand
The rising consumer preferences for energy-efficient mini refrigerators creates a significant demand for energy-saving mini-fridges across the North American market. Home appliance retailers typically market these refrigerators as being increasingly marketed as effective in reducing electricity expenses in the U.S. In this respect, the rising demand for refrigeration in the food & beverages industry and the increasing adoption of energy-efficient appliances favor market expansion.
Limited Storage and High Costs of Small Fridges to Limit Demand for the Product
Limited storage capacity coupled with the high cost of mini-fridges limits the product demand among the lower-income consumers across the U.S. As these refrigerators are considerably small in size, there is a limited scope to fit a wide variety of products. While these refrigerators are popular regarding compactness and portability, limited storage space hampers their demand as families require more significant storage capacity. Users are also limited to storing only specific items of small sizes in these refrigerators as large containers occupy more shelf space. Furthermore, unlike full-size refrigerators with small freezer sections, mini fridges cannot keep food items frozen, as they do not get cooler than 5.56 degrees Celsius. Thus, these factors cumulatively are anticipated to hamper the U.S. mini fridge market size.
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High Capacity Size to Trigger Demand for Under-the-Counter Mini Fridge
Based on type, the market is segmented into four categories, portable, cube, mid-sized, and under-the-counter. These product types are further divided into residential and commercial categories. The fridges are widely used in the commercial sector due to their ease of use and compact designs. The under-the-counter segment is expected to hold the most significant market share in the foreseeable future.
The large capacity sizes in under-the-counter variants allow users to store more food items than other types. This factor is significantly surging the demand for under-the-counter variants across the U.S. However, high cost and limited availability of under-the-counter models will likely limit the product demand in the coming years. The mid-sized segment also holds a considerable market share owing to the availability of a separate freezer unit and large shelf size in these models, unlike their cube and portable counterparts. The U.S. portable mini fridge market is driven by the rising popularity of compact size fridges coupled with increasing demand for portable cooling solutions.
High Energy Efficiency and Enhanced Food Cooling Benefits to Accelerate Product Adoption
Based on technology, the market is segmented into absorption, thermoelectric, and compressor. The compressor segment held the major market share in 2021. Compressor technology-based models offer enhanced food cooling benefits to the users compared to thermoelectric and absorption technology-based mini-fridges. Furthermore, the high energy efficiency of compressor technology-based mini-fridges compared to its counterparts results in the segment generating considerable revenues. Thermoelectric technology-based mini-fridges are also increasingly used as heating appliances to maintain a high temperature for alcoholic beverages and cigars. Hence, the growing consumption of alcoholic drinks accelerates the thermoelectric segment growth.
Increasing Number of Specialty Stores to Increase Product Availability
Based on distribution channel, the market is categorized into specialty stores, hypermarkets, online, and others. The specialty stores segment holds a significant market share owing to easy accessibility of branded mini-fridges with various attractive features in these stores. Furthermore, a steadily rising number of specialty retail stores in the country will likely entice more consumers as they offer multiple options specific to a relevant category. For instance, in April 2021, the Home Depot, Inc., a U.S.-based electronic appliances retailing corporation, expanded its geographical presence by introducing three distribution centers across Miami, Florida, and West Palms Beach. The hypermarkets segment is driven by the rising popularity and availability of bulk volume purchases at discounted prices to restaurants and hotel establishments.
Major Players Focus on Developing Advanced Variants to Improve Supply Efficiency
Key industry players have been implementing various strategies, including partnerships, new product launches, and distribution channel expansion to stay competitive amid escalating competition. Recently, there has been a growing demand for products with innovative features. In this respect, manufacturers focus on developing advanced fridges to enhance their product portfolio and increase sales. Furthermore, companies aim to partner with other bands to improve their supply efficiency. For instance, in November 2019, Whirlpool Corporation, a U.S.-based kitchen & laundry appliances company, announced a partnership with D.R. HORTON, a U.S.-based home construction company, to enhance the supply efficiency of its home appliances in the U.S.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the U.S. market size was USD 28.36 million in 2021 and is anticipated to reach USD 59.11 million by 2029.
In 2021, the U.S. market value stood at USD 28.36 million.
Growing at a CAGR of 9.60%, the market will exhibit steady growth over the forecast period (2022-2029).
By type, the under-the-counter segment is expected to lead the market over the forecast timeframe (2022-2029).
The rising consumer preference for energy-efficient kitchen appliances is accelerating market growth.
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., Whirlpool Corporation, Electrolux AB, Haier Smart Home Co. Ltd., and BSH Hausgeräte GmbH are the most prominent industry participants.
The increasing demand for compact refrigerators for medical applications and the growing travel & recreational trend are accelerating product adoption.
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