Best Portable Fridges / Freezers

A portable fridge or freezer keeps your food and drink fresh during your outdoor adventures. Since a portable fridge can be pricey, doing some research before you buy will help you choose a model that doesn't let you down on your next trip. Continue reading...

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$119 to $2,990
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9.5L
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2.8 kg
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220 mm
1,000 mm
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200 mm
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Cord Length
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Based on 1,168 reviews
Bushman Original SC35-52

Bushman Original SC35-52 🏆 2024

4.9  (362)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,495
  • Capacity52L
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Patricia D
Patricia DAU4 posts
  Verified
A very good experience in every wayQuality product and purchase experience was of the highest standard. Met all expectations and it was easier to keep powered up than we thought it would be.
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Bushman Roadie 15L

Bushman Roadie 15L 🏆 2024

4.8  (99)
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  • Price (RRP) $895
  • Capacity15L
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Terry Nichols
Terry Nichols2 posts
  Verified
Value for moneyVery good packaged fridge. Easy to use and the delivery was excellent. Show details ·  1
Chescold RC1180

Chescold RC1180

4.1  (35)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999
  • Capacity50L
Andrew M.
Andrew M.
 
Engel MT45

Engel MT45

3.9  (34)
 Summary
  • Capacity40L
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Desgranges Alain
Desgranges AlainVIC5 posts
  MT45F-S
EvaKool RF Fibreglass

EvaKool RF Fibreglass

4.2  (21)
 Summary
  • Capacity40L, 47L, 60L, 85L and 110L
Marty
MartyQLD9 posts
  RF85
Perfect fridge just like my other EvaKool Fibreglass modelsHave a this model and older 55L both are performing well. In 40 degree days still keeps everything cold. Even once the compressor is off the fibreglass fridge keeps cool. Looking for another one for my young friend who just got into 4x4 and camping , will be getting him a EvaKool Show details ·  1
Dometic Waeco TropiCool Series

Dometic Waeco TropiCool Series

3.6  (36)
 Summary
  • Capacity14L, 20L and 33L
The D.
The D.2 posts
  TC-14FL
Dometic Waeco CFX Series

Dometic Waeco CFX Series

3.0  (104)
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  • Capacity28.2L, 34.5L, 41L, 50L, 53L, 65L, 75L, 95L and 100L
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Reece C.
Reece C.QLD
  CFX 75DZW
No help from Dometic 3 weeks out of warrantyI have a CFX375DZ. Three weeks out of warranty it has leaked all its gas somewhere in the wall of the fridge. Can’t be repaired and Dometic don’t want anything to do with it. Absolutely rubbish for a $2000 fridge. Show details
Ironman 4x4 Fridge

Ironman 4x4 Fridge

3.8  (19)
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  • Capacity30L, 40L, 50L, 65L and 74L
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pudz74
pudz74QLD2 posts
  65L
Best on the marketOnly downside is the size and weight but build quality is top notch and doesn’t miss a beat on 12v and 240v. Would recommend highly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Show details
  • Price (RRP) $449
  • Capacity50L
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Maverado
Maverado3 posts
 
HopelessWaiting 5 months for a spare part. Still have not received it. Terrible support. They should be ashamed. Show details
Adventure Kings Fridges/Freezers

Adventure Kings Fridges/Freezers

2.3  (168)
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  • Capacity15L, 30L, 45L, 60L, 75L and 90L
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Cameron Grove
Cameron GroveWA
  Verified Stayzcool Fridges/Freezers Single Zone 60L
Fridge caught fire in carDoesn't get used much, every few months with a camping trip but started to notice burning smell in the car. Fridge had started to set alight in the car. Show details
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Brass Monkey 22L Portable Fridge / Freezer GH1624

Brass Monkey 22L Portable Fridge / Freezer GH1624

4.0  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Capacity22L
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Christopher B.
Christopher B.QLD
 
Waeco Cool-Ice

Waeco Cool-Ice

2.9  (18)
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  • Capacity13L, 22L, 33L, 43L, 46L, 71L, 86L, 87L and 111L
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Frosty
Frosty7 posts
  WCI-22
Evakool Travelmate TMX Series

Evakool Travelmate TMX Series

2.9  (17)
 Summary
  • Capacity38L and 65L
Brian C.
Brian C.TAS2 posts
  TMX35
National Luna Fridge and Freezer

National Luna Fridge and Freezer

2.8  (20)
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  • Capacity40L, 50L, 52L, 55L, 60L, 72L, 80L, 90L and 110L
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queglay
queglaySA9 posts
  Fridge and Freezer 90L Twin
Roman 50L Portable Fridge Freezer

Roman 50L Portable Fridge Freezer

4.1  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Capacity50L
Michael
Michael6 posts
 
Clyde
ClydeVIC7 posts
 
EvaKool IB70

EvaKool IB70

3.4  (8)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,049
  • Capacity70L
Terry
TerryQLD33 posts
 
Great productHad my evakool IB70 since 2014 and travelled a big part of Australia,I had it running off solar power through the day and then connected to power from the motorhome in the night and had no problems at all,I now use it as a spare fridge at home and it's still going strong Show details ·  1
BCF XTM75 Dual Zone Fridge Freezer

BCF XTM75 Dual Zone Fridge Freezer

2.3  (21)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,299
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sami
samiWA4 posts
 
Not worth the moneyAt precisely 6 months out of warranty it stopped working? Temp went down and spoiled our food. Never used camping and had no rough use. Will save up and buy a Engel next and won’t be conned by cheap prices. Show details
Kickass KAF-75DZ

Kickass KAF-75DZ

3.1  (9)
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$1,249RRP
peter a.
peter a.QLD
 
3 years on not missing a beatwe use it only for camping trips it stays in the camper and everytime i test it the day before it is fine Show details ·  1
Engel MT35

Engel MT35

3.4  (7)
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  • Capacity32L
Adam R.
Adam R.SA
  MT35F
Evakool 40L Drawer Fridge/Freezer DC40-DRW

Evakool 40L Drawer Fridge/Freezer DC40-DRW

2.4  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $899
  • Capacity40L
Kevin T.
Kevin T.WA
 
Not working and near newHave a fairly new draw fridge. Plugged in today however the compressor won't kick in. Display shows negative 4 however ambient temperature is around 15 degrees.
Not a happy camper.
Engel MD14F

Engel MD14F

4.0  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $699
  • Capacity14L
Chris
Chris VIC9 posts
 
Dometic CFF 45

Dometic CFF 45

2.3  (9)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $899
  • Capacity43.5L
Lindsay J.
Lindsay J.WA3 posts
 
OZtrail 80L Dual Zone Fridge/Freezer

OZtrail 80L Dual Zone Fridge/Freezer

4.3  (3)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,199
  • Capacity80L
Stephen D.
Stephen D.VIC3 posts
 
worked well for the first 20 months then failedbought new from anaconda and used it a lot on various camping safaris and it worked well, then suddenly on one outing it would not go below 5 degrees and the compressor kept running. made a warranty claim and after being assessed, to OZtrail's credit they did not quibble and gave me a 100% full refund Show details
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Hi Stephen, Thank you for your feedback. Cheers Team OZtrail

  • Price (RRP) $449
  • Capacity35L
Glenn
GlennNSW
 
  • Price (RRP) $899
  • Capacity138L
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Maryanne
MaryanneNSW2 posts
 
  • Price (RRP) $829
  • Capacity95L
Hazy Days
Hazy DaysQLD3 posts
 
Waste of moneyDon't waste your money. Warranty is useless if the fridge technition cant get any parts . Just out of warranty and its a throw away job. Wish we had listened to the warnings from others.
EvaKool KoolMate

EvaKool KoolMate

1.8  (8)
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  • Capacity55L
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waprospecting
waprospectingWA
  55 Litre KM55
Chinese rubbish buy an engelChinese made poor quality ..fan blades fell off broke over xmas period only used a few times 1 year old..bad/rude customer service and warranty.. and you have to run it around to specific places for them to get it fixed..never again buy engel you wont regret it Show details
EvaKool ED Fibreglass

EvaKool ED Fibreglass

3.0  (3)
 Summary
  • Capacity65L and 85L
Dan
Dan3 posts
  ED85
Brass Monkey 80L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer GH1646

Brass Monkey 80L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer GH1646

2.7  (3)
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sylvester
sylvesterVIC
 

A portable fridge in a vehicle.

What types of portable fridges are there?

Chest fridges and freezers

Many 12V portable fridge freezers or compressor fridges come in a chest configuration. These heavy-duty camp fridges are designed for outdoor use, and most are suitably equipped for the purpose. For example, the Dometic Waeco CFX Series offers a solar charging option along with charging powered by a cigarette lighter or wall outlet. A handy mobile app and USB port brings a few mod cons to the Great Outdoors. A downside is that because of their durability, chest fridges and freezers are more expensive than other portable fridge and freezer types.

Upright fridges and freezers

These models look like your fridge/freezer at home. They’re suitable if you have a bit more space, and in this sitaution they make great caravan fridges, or even boat fridges. They can sometimes be installed, like the Bushman DC-X Series. This range of fridges offers a 12V fridge that’s upright, and available in a variety of sizes.

The advantages of upright models is that they make it easy to access food and drink inside, and their litre capacity often goes higher than chest freezers. For example, the Bushman DC-X Series offers upright models with an 85L and 130L capacity (whereas the largest Domestic fridge in the Waeco CFX Series is 95L).

Upright fridges are usually also more affordable than chest models, and also more lightweight (but also less sturdy).

Drawer fridges • See all

This type of fridge sits in a drawer installed in your RV. They can be surprisingly spacious - for example, the Evakool Drawer Fridge/Freezer has a 40L capacity that can fit 48 cans of drink. If you’re looking for a car fridge freezer that’s more like a fixture than a portable model, a drawer fridge could be right for you.

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These sit between the front seats of a 4WD, van or truck in the console section. They’re more made for long-distance travel where you’re not getting out and setting up camp (for example, they’re popular amongst truck drivers).

How does a portable fridge work?

12V fridge freezers

Most portable fridges work similarly to your fridge at home. They draw on power to run, using a compressor unit to keep the fridge cool. These portable electric freezers and fridges are called 12V fridge freezers or 2-way compressor models, and are the most popular type of portable fridge.

They operate using 12V or 240V. The 12V model works as a car fridge when you're on the way to your campsite. Use a cable to plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter to access the 12V battery in your RV (or the 24V battery in a truck). Once you arrive at your campsite, you can plug your portable fridge into the 240V mains power via an adaptor.

Pros
Have good performance, even in hot cars or high temperatures.
Some models also double as freezers.
They have a low power draw, so they're energy efficient.
Can be run from a solar panel for when you're not using it in your vehicle.
Don't need to be kept level to operate.
Cons
They can be noisy, which may make them disruptive in quieter campsites.
Can be difficult to set a consistent temperature when ambient temperatures are changing.
Batteries need to be charged regularly.

3-way absorption fridges

These models are called 3-way fridges because they work in three ways: using gas, a 12V DC charge and 240v mains power. The inclusion of an LPG gas canister means that 3-way absorption fridges can run without access to electricity. This makes them ideal for off-grid living or your well-deserved multi-month sabbatical in a bush cottage. If you’re road-tripping rather than laying down roots, perhaps opt for a 12V model instead of a 3-way compressor fridge.

Pros
Silent in operation thanks to their gas flow heat exchange system.
Versatile, as they can run off a variety of power sources.
Can run for several weeks on a single gas fill.
Cons
When running on 12V charge operation, they're less efficient than 2-way models.
Require thick cables to charge, which can be inconvenient to navigate around in your vehicle.
Must be level to operate.
Require good ventilation, so may not be suited to certain vehicles.
Generally speaking, they don't perform as well as compressor fridges.

What size portable fridge do I need?

When considering the size of your portable fridge, consider the following factors:

  • How often will you be using your portable fridge for outdoor events or trips?
  • How many people will you be storing food and drink for inside the fridge/freezer?
  • How much space do you have to spare inside your vehicle?

Generally, it’s best to choose the most small portable fridge that is practical for you. This is because larger models will be more expensive, bulkier and heavier to pack into your vehicle (your car can’t go over its legal gross vehicle mass). Larger fridges will also be less energy efficient, as they have a higher average power draw.

Portable Fridge Size Guide

  • Less than 35L: This size classifies a fridge as a portable minifridge. It won't have too much space, but is suited to very short trips (such as day trips) and is easier to pack into the car and carry.
  • 35L-40L (or 47-60 cans): Great for weekend getaways for 2 people, or for 1 person for a week.
  • 40L (or 60 cans): Known as the standard size for portable fridges, these store food and drink for 2-3 people over a long weekend.
  • 50L (or 72 cans): Ideal for a couple taking a week-long trip, or a weekend holiday for a family of 4.
  • 60-65L (106 cans): Suitable for a family of 4-5 holidaying for a week.
  • 80L + (120 cans): The ultimate jumbo size of portable fridge freezers, these are great if you have a large group of friends, or several families, making a trip for a week or longer.

What features should I look for in a portable fridge?

There are a number of features that a portable fridge or freezer may have that can make it easier to use and better at keeping your food fresh.

  • Digital display panel: A digital display panel makes it easy to select the settings you want, such as the temperature and whether you want to use your fridge in a single or dual zone function.
  • Interior light: This makes it easier to see the contents of your fridge, particularly in low light situations.
  • Removable compartment divider: A removable compartment divider lets you more easily organise the interior of your fridge.
  • USB port: A feature that lets you plug in a device for charging.
  • Mobile app: Being able to control the settings of your fridge or freezer from your mobile phone can be handy, particularly if you want to change the settings during a road trip and your fridge is stored away in the back.
  • Reversible lid: A reversible lid lets you tailor the fridge to your vehicle or setup.
  • Removable lid: To make access easier, particularly when putting in or taking our large items, some portable fridges have removable lids.
  • Thermometer: A thermometer lets you easily check the temperature of your fridge or freezer.
  • Thermostat: A digital thermostat lets you set your exact desired temperature, so you don't need to worry about fluctuating temperatures due to the temperature outside.

Should I get a fridge, freezer, or both?

Whether you need a fridge, a freezer, or a model that lets you do both largely depends on the length of your trip. You can probably get away with just a fridge for day trips or overnights (depending on what you're storing), but if you want to keep your food as fresh as possible, you may also need a freezer if you're away for longer.

Keep the following in mind:

  • A dual-zone fridge + freezer lets you use both a fridge and a freezer with separate temperatures for both zones, making them more convenient and versatile in terms of what you can do with them.
  • A dedicated fridge + freezer combo lets you use the unit as either a fridge or a freezer.
  • A portable freezer may be less versatile without the use of a fridge, but may be convenient if you only need to cool certain types of things, such as for storing fish if you're going on a fishing trip.

How to run your portable fridge or freezer without mains power

If you won’t have access to mains power at your travel destination, (e.g. you’re not going to a caravan park or campsite), it’s still possible to use a 12V fridge freezer. You can power your fridge using deep cycle batteries, portable solar panels, or a generator.

Deep cycle batteries

These are used in a dual battery system. A battery powered portable fridge uses your vehicle’s battery as your primary battery, and your fridge’s battery as the secondary battery. At your location, you can park the car and continue to charge your portable fridge with the cigarette lighter cable.

To know your fridge’s energy efficiency, check the number of amps per hour your battery will draw. 1 amp per hour is low (typically used by a fridge-only model), while 4 is high (usually used for a freezer-only model). You should only use half of your secondary battery before switching, otherwise you’ll drain it. For example, if you have a 100amp deep cycle battery, alternate your power source when you’ve hit 50 amps.

Portable solar panels

These can help to power your compressor fridge during the day, however they will switch off at night, so can’t be relied on as a sole power source for your portable fridge. They need to be angled towards the sun in a specific way, as this affects how much power can be generated. Panels should be put in full sunlight and positioned so they’re perpendicular to the sun. If not, precious sun will bounce off any glass panels and won't be converted.

Portable solar panels are affordable, but can be heavy and bulky to fit inside your RV.

Generators

Generators operate externally to the fridge. They are a cheaper option than portable solar panels, but they also need petrol, maintenance, and not all campsites accept them.

How much do portable fridges and freezers cost?

Portable camping fridges and freezers aren't particularly cheap; you should expect to fork out around $800 to $2000 for a two-way or somewhere between $400 to $1500 for a three-way fridge.

You'll also need to factor in the cost of fridge covers, mounting equipment, battery systems or any changes you need to make to your vehicle to ensure you can get your fridge up and running.

Generally speaking, better quality fridges will stand the test of time, having features like an excellent build quality, the use of durable materials, an efficient design and a reliable compressor.

Tips to help conserve your portable fridge or freezer's energy

  • The better insulated a portable fridge/freezer is, the closer to the ideal temperature it will be. For a fridge, this is between 0 to 5°C (or 2-3°C, to get specific). For a freezer, the correct temperature is between -10 to -20°C.
  • A fridge door that’s opened constantly will leak out cold air, which causes the inside temperature to drop and takes time to replace.
  • Pack your fridge full – this uses less energy than a half-full fridge or freezer.
  • Choose a model that’s generously vented – this allows the fridge to keep sufficiently cool.

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