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Bushman Original SC35-52
4.9 from 280 reviews · View Statistics
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Pros

Adjustable capacity of 32, 45 or 52 litres.
Durable, reliable and energy efficient in all temperatures and conditions.
Widely praised by customers

Reviews

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    4.9 (188)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (187)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (187)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.9 (187)
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Enjoy flexible sizing of Bushman

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Purchased for flexibility of storage size and as a freezer backup for thermal caravan fridge which could not keep food frozen under hot conditions. Have only used a couple of times as it is a new purchase. Very pleased with results so far. Poerm consumption excellent compared to a thermal fridge. Have not had opportunity to test it in hot weather as yet, have to wait for summer

Purchased in at bushman fridges for $1,543.

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Jacquesfarm
Jacquesfarm Northeast, VIC
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Great fridge and best after sale service in Oz

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Nearly 6 years and 130000 kms (mostly dirt road) in the back of the car never a problem.
Adam is never too busy to answer call if you need advice.
Best after sale service in Oz

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Purchased in for $1,200.

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Sarah
SarahPerth, WA
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Fantastic Aussie Product!

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Very quiet. Beautiful retro look. Functionally and aesthetically is robust and works amazingly. Proud to own an Australian gem.

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Purchased in for $1,495.

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John
JohnMid North Coast, NSW
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The best camping fridge I’ve tried

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The bushman fridge is used in my 4x4 for shopping and camping trips we already have another one in out camper and it hasn’t failed after many years of service ….very very low power consumption

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Hi John,
That is a great photo, fits perfectly there too.
Thanks for the review :)
Tommy

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I have had mine for approx 10 yrs . Could not have got a better fridge or magnificent service they have provided to me

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The fridge copes very well under all conditions (weather, and loads)
WE use it as our second fridge/freezer when traveling in our van
power consumption is very low and if run on its own will last many days off the 12 volt batteries

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Hi Jamie, so glad to read your review.
All the best :)

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Earl W.
Earl W.Sydney Surrounds, NSW
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Bushman 32sc52

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Purchased in for $1,450.

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Extremely happy with my Bushman's fridge and after-sales service.

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Extremely impressed with the energy efficiency of this fridge. Used for 130 hours with 100 amp-hour lithium battery ( this included two restarts from normal room temp ). Very quite. With 3 basket system easy to organise food and surprised how much can fit when packed correctly. Had looked at a cheaper fridge but was so pleased I paid the extra. Have twice had to phone Tom at their office in Victoria. Happy to take the time to answer my questions and great not having to go via a third-party service center. Would highly recommend this product.

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Hi Michael,
Thank you for leaving a review :)
All the best with your new fridge.

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Nice idea but……

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I really wanted to like this, but for the price, you can do a lot better-
The display light never turns off, so if it’s in the back of a truck, it’s visible to everyone, and it’s really bright.
The hinge and latch is really really poor quality. It’s about as well constructed as you would find on a child’s toy. Being made in China, kind of makes sense, but I expected better quality, at this price.
The “free” cable is really really low quality and the cover is really tacky.

Not a bad fridge, but at this price, you expect a lot more. If I had a chance to return I would have, and bought and Engle

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Hates S.
Hates S.
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The fridge is great, the fact it's made in China and Bushman fridges hide this fact, is not great!

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Purchased in for $1,350.

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Len
LenCentral Queensland, QLD

Excellent after sales service

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Bought the fridge in June 2016. Used a few weeks a year since. In late 2021 the fridge developed a leak which took some diagnosing with help from Bushman but fixed now. The fridge was 6 months out of warranty but Tom from Bushman offered to pay for repairs without being asked. To me this is almost more important than the good quality of the fridge as very few companies will stand behind their product in this way.

Purchased in for $1,295.

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Hi Len, thanks for taking the time to write a review. If we could review customers we would give you 5 stars too :) All the Best

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Great little fridge-freezer

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We bought his for camping holidays. It works really well with the three zones keeping food frozen at the bottom for 2 weeks. The baskets make it easy to access, and still have standing room for wine and milk etc. Really compact footprint is great. Did not trouble our 100Ah Lithium battery yet, though only winter so far. Handles challenging 4WDing without an issue. Finally, customer service is great.

Purchased in at Bushman Fridges for $1,495.

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Thanks 1-ZOOK! 100Ah lithium will be plenty for your fridge, if you have solar around 300W would be a great match. All the best :)

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Perfect design

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The original Bushman fridge suits our needs perfectly. Having the adjustable size gives so much flexibility from a small fridge freezer through to a large fridge for longer trips. The added bonus was how good the company was to deal with.

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Hi Chris, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Best fridge ever!
Enjoy :)

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Lives up to its reputation!

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We use this as a second fridge in the Ute for our drinks while caravanning. Great unit, keeps everything cold from beer to wine. The temperature is constant. A very sturdy and reliable product which looks great.

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Thanks John :)
It really is a bullet proof little fridge freezer.
Sounds like your use is perfect too.
Cheers, Tommy. BUSHMAN

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Love it

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Clearly a very well made unit. Good service and care. Perfect capacity for our regular multi day family trips away.
I did a lot of research and was particularly drawn to the low power consumption. I use it with a 70kwh battery that lasts around 3 days.

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Thanks for writing a review Mike. All the best with your new fridge. Tommy. BUSHMAN

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Perfect camping fridge

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Awesome fridge. Love the low power usage and ease of use with the baskets making everything easily accessible. Have used on all my recent camping trips and it has performed every time. Last trip we used it for two weeks solid and it did not skip a beat.

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Hi Mark, good to hear! Thanks for writing a review.
All the Best
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Questions & Answers

Jay
Jayasked

Hi. I have a brand new SC 35/52.
I started it up for the first time yesterday. It will only run at -18degrees and freezes everything solid. I followed the instructions but can’t adjust the temperature at all.
What do you suggest.

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David T
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Hello, I purchased an XCD100 about 4 years ago for shack lpg use.Only use it about 4 weeks a year. In the second year it started going warm even though pilot light still on. Then I have to turn it off, light it again and hope it gets cold. Happens every couple of days without warning. Thanks, David

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Boof L.
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My sc-35 / 42 won't freeze I set it to -15 or -5 and all seems fine but in less than 5 minutes it goes to energy savour it's getting cold but won't freeze. I've tested it on 240 and 12 volt battery no different im thinking thermostat. It's around 18 years old and never missed a beat. Do I have to part with old faithful. It's showing the temp I want on the display but I know it's not right

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Hi Boof, apologies for the delayed reply.
It could be the thermostat. Can you call our head office 03 8080 9990 and we can troubleshoot on the phone for you.

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Details

The Bushman Original is a uniquely designed and robust portable fridge/freezer, that has been a top rated product for more than 20 years. It has been awarded as the best portable fridge for 2017 through to 2022 by ProductReview.com.au reviewers.

This dual zone fridge + freezer is an adaptable, energy efficient portable cooler. It can be powered by either a cars cigarette lighter or through mains electricity, and is equipped with a digital temperature display panel. One of the biggest selling points of the Bushman Original is its changeable capacity. With all-included extension kits, the fridge can be 32L, 45L or 52L in capacity, depending on your specific requirements.

Customer reviews praise the Bushman Originals durability in all temperatures, quietness and versatility. It's widely considered to be easy to use and energy efficient. Quick and helpful customer support appears to be another selling feature. Its functionality to price is one of the best on the market, though it's still a sizeable investment.

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Impressively, the versatile and popular Bushman Original Series takes home its sixth Award win in 2022 for Best Portable Fridge. It owes the honour to three factors in particular: a durable build quality, ease of use, as well as ease of cleaning and maintenance.

CategoryPortable Fridges / Freezers
Price (RRP) $1,495.00
Type Dual Zone Fridge + Freezer
Capacity52L
Power SourceCar (Cigarette Lighter) and Wall Outlet
FeaturesDigital Display Panel
Cooling Capacity-22 °C to +10 °C
Weight22.5 kg
Dimensions 380-545 x 690 x 380 mm
Manufacturer Warranty5 year(s)
Construction MaterialSteel
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ManualDownload manual
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