Cost-effective, brand-name portable fridge/freezer
Compact and uses space well
Polypropylene casing vulnerable to break on heavy impact
No digital temperature readings
Good fridge until it filled my car with smoke.
I have 2 Engel fridges 1 is 7 years old and the other 2.5 years old, The newer fridge filled my car with smoke while still maintaining temp -18 degrees acting as a freezer on a 7 week trip, I turned it off and sent in for warranty and I was told that it holds temp so there is nothing wrong with the fridge, the service reported was requesting testing to be done of all the electrical components which was not done. This was a good fridge until this happened and Im more disappointed with the service from Engel that I always considered to have the the best fridges on the the market. I have now purchased a new fridge as Im not willing to put a fridge that has smoked back into my car.
Purchased in October 2018 at tent world midland for $809.00.
Great basic fridge.
Have owned my Engel MR40F for over 10 years. Been carted all over the place in the back of a Ute. Has never missed a beat and will run on 12V or 240V. Great basic unit, no bells and whistles, just a great fridge freezer. Would buy another one tomorrow without hesitation!
Purchased in January 2008 at Camping store for $800.00.
Punches well above it weight
Purchased new when they first appeared in around 2008. I ran it in the rear canopy full time for the first 5 years, then on and off till a 14 lap of Oz where it was subjected to all the remote outback of northern Oz could throw at it; heat, corrugations, more heat and more corrugations. Still using it regularly as late as 3 days ago. 13 loyal years and it still loves us back. The fridge has been running on between Ref (1) and 2 setting 95% of its entire life aside from a handful times I frozen recently caught fish. I have no real interest ...in digital displays so I have never missed it having it. Everything is always cold and that's all I need. The old model (this model) has an inbuilt inverter and direct 240v plug, Engel have removed the inverter in the replacement model. The MR40F is running the identical Sawafuji compressor as is found in all the metal Engels at double to price. The plastic is robust enough, and Im not sure what anyone would be doing to the fridge that could compromise that. Maybe the plastic might suffer in the back of an open ute, but inside my 4x4 the plastic v metal argument is baseless. Like all Engels they guzzle a bit of energy coping with real hot weather.
Purchased in June 2008 at BCF for $650.00.
Worth every cent.
I bought mine way back in 2008 and it was the demo unit in the store. It has been camping a million times and has been run on both 12 & 240V. Has seen many bumpy roads, bashed around in a trailer or in a Ute, and has never missed a beat. Have got my moneys worth from this fridge, thats for sure. If it packed it in, I would buy the exact same one again. It is a basic unit, no temp gauge or anything, but it does not take long to work out the settings to keep your food and beer icy cold.
Purchased in January 2008 for $800.00.
I have had this since November 2019. it is great, used it as a fridge for the first few weeks, now using it as a freezer, have used it continuously for the last three months has not missed a beat, no temp thingy is no biggy , just use the recommended settings for fridge, number 1 if you go over that then you get very cold ,prob good if you want realy cold beer .I am now using it as a freezer and only have to have it set at 2 and half way to freeze it keeps everything frozen, for the price, it is not worth it to pay more just for a digital sc...reen, just use your head and think a bit, its a great fridge /freezer at a great price with Engel reliability and the Engel motor the same as all the others, got it at BCF Darwin, should have waited as it was sold for the same price with the cover in January but that's life, they did give me 20 % of when I got the cover so no crap there. very happy with it works great, very quiet have to touch it to see if its running, the green light will be on but it may be in sleep as they don't run 2/47 so quiet , I love it .
Purchased in November 2019 at BCF for $799.00.
Hasn't let me down. Yet.
Ours is 4 years old now and has done us proud so far nothing bad to report except a bit of paint coming off the metal inside the fridge. We've used it a fair bit and it works very well. If I have a negative about the fridge, it would be the ease of cleaning.
Purchased in March 2015 at BCF for $699.00.
Maybe we have a lemon?
This is our 2nd Engel. Our first one has a steel casing and is 25 years old, and still going strong. We purchased our 2nd Engel, Eclipse with the plastic casing, 5 years ago. It doesn't get alot of use except on camping trips. We have just replaced the circuit board at a cost of $400 12 months ago. Now the compressor is running continuously and not getting cold. We will not spend another cent on it. Sorry Engel, you have done your dash with us. We will be buying a Bushmans.
Purchased in June 2013.
Poor warranty service
Purchased MR40F model from BCF and latches came with loose tension. Referred the defect to engel and had a serviceman looked it. Their suggested solution was to remove shim under the latch bolt and bend the metal hook a bit. A cheap really effort from a reputable company. I was expecting at least they could try new latch or seal as the latch did not have tension straight out of box. After purchasing a new latch at my own cost i found out door seal is actually culprit. Maybe their compressor could be good (still have not tested yet, but now i am not sure if i can get something good out of them in case of problem) but can't say same for their warranty service. So just something to watch out. Probably no more engel for me. Terrible service.
Mr40 f evlipse review excellant
Brillant fridge ! Runs at least 4 days off 100ah battery!,gave up monitoring after that!
Hot thermometer on e bay $1 and small buttom lights from bunnings all u need ! Got internal tray for salad brill! Better quality than waeco ,they look cheap plasticy
Not got cover too expensive
Great fridge but hope it doesn’t break down
Truly a solid build. Well made. Rugged like the Dometic. Draw back is the cooling plate inside some models sits away from the casing which is really hard to clean behind and the backup service from Engel is just terrible. Arrogant and belligerent customer service personnel for such a high end product. Shame. I would still buy one and take the risk as they are very good.
3 years 3 months only!
I purchased this fridge to use for work and eventually touring Australia for a year. It was always kept inside a canopy or cab, never in direct sunlight. I found the dial to set temp would easily move if it was accidently bumped, mainly causing eveything to freeze. A simple dial that clicks between settings would fix this. The fridge compressor died at 3years 3 months so warranty was over and to repair would cost as much as a new one. The dial gauge has no temp inication so you have to constantly check if things have not frozen or that dial has not moved.Will look for another brand next time
great fridge at a good price
the engel i got is great no friils just basic but could have a light inside but that is it . i set it between 1 or 2 on the dial and dose a good job .it allso came with 3 year warranty so engel back ther fridge up . I leave this on the back of farm ute them into wagon etc for shopping . It came with a cover which is not as thick as the older covers are it might not last like the old ones ?
Great Unit Great price.
We use this unit on the big trip every year, a couple of smaller long weekenders and the odd party. I also use it as my beer fridge in between. Its now been running for 13 months solid. I've only used it as a fridge and not a freezer but when travelling have cryovaced and frozen our meat prior, put it in the bottom in an Ikea Tupperware style container that fits perfectly in the wire insert then putting newspaper over this before I load the cheese/salad mixes/margarine/milk etc.
Even after a week the meat was still frozen running the fridge...on 1.5/5 and the salads at the top kept cold without freezing. This set up obviously means a little unpacking (usually at lunch time so the meat defrosts) but given I have only one unit for cooling - it's a small price to pay in my opinion. I pop in a 6 pack in the morning and they're nice and chilled come beer o'clock. When at home I have it set at just short of 2/5 and the temperature sits around 1c. Unlike the bigger and more expensive units it doesn't have a temp gauge. I've overcome this by purchasing a wireless temperature gauge off Ebay. It came with 2 sensors and a display unit that velcro'd nicely to the lower part of my dash. It also has an alarm that you can set for a hi/low temp. Saved me once when the plug either got knocked out or was shaken out on a corrugated road. When out and about the fridge lives in the tray under the canopy and cops temperatures of 45c+. I do have the insulating cover though some doubt its effectiveness. Seems ok to me. The power draw seems to be pretty low and I've had it running 3 days straight of the dual battery without an issue. Some have noted it is a noisy unit. I know from having it in the man cave that it makes a hell of a noise if one of the stubbies is sitting in the wire cage at an odd angle but it seems pretty quiet otherwise. I guess I'm not sleeping with it nearby though.
Not built like they used to be.
Bought this fridge 4 years ago. Worked well and lived in the back of the Prado for 4 years then electronic board died. Common problem apparently after doing some research. $380 to fix. Can't buy parts to do it yourself and save a few dollars either. Decided not to spend the money as other parts are probably on the way out. Bought another brand. Made in Thailand these days and I suspect QC isn't as it used to be. Still have 15 year old Engle in the shed going strong! I would recommend saving some more money and buying another brand. Will cost less in the long run.
Very reliable fridge
Note: I have always used this unit as a fridge only, with the selector on “1” or a little under. On “1” the temperature I measured at the bottom of the compartment was 4 deg C. I never used the fridge as a freezer, so cannot comment on its freezer capabilities. I use it to store meats, vegetables, salads, butter and cheese, juices, cold drinks and any other stuff normally stored in an everyday fridge.
I bought my Engel Eclipse 4 years ago and went all the way around Australia with it in my van (over 20,000 km including over 2,500 km on rough...dirt roads). Since then I have used it on numerous other camping trips, as well as for just keeping food and drinks cold after shopping or when going for a picnic. It has never skipped a beat. The compressor is audible when it turns on, but it never bothered me. With the basic dual battery system I have, I can normally get 2 to 2 ½ days of fridge life before needing to recharge the battery. When I fitted out my Mum’s van last year I included the same fridge with an improved battery/charging system, and she is currently getting 5 to 6 days’ fridge life before needing to recharge the battery. The only two minor issues I have are 1) it could do with a temperature gauge and 2) the rotator switch is a little too easy to turn on: on more than one occasion I have brushed against it and turned it on by mistake.
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Why will my engal MT-V60L only work on 240v not 12volts
Don't know, broken maybe
I have just used my fridge as a freezer for the last two months, and just yesterday I noticed it is cutting in and out every three seconds. Can you please advise me if there is any way to reset fridge, or is the motor stuffed? Thank you for your great knowledge.
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The Engel MR40F is a 38L dedicated fridge and freezer combo, that can be powered by a 12V/24V battery or by mains electricity. It's known for its energy efficiency, and is considered a lite-version of other Engel portable fridges.
While value for money and compactness are reasons to buy the Engel MR40F, it lacks the digital features (temperature reading and controls) of other portable fridge/freezers on the market. Also, a cheaper polypropylene case may reduce the longevity of the unit.
Reviewers enjoyed the cost effective and energy efficiency of the Engel MR40F. It was identified as a fridge more suitable to occasional campers for use in less challenging conditions.
|Category||Portable Fridges / Freezers|
|Type||Dedicated Fridge + Freezer Combo|
|Power Source||Car (Cigarette Lighter) and Wall Outlet|
|Dimensions||483 x 636 x 366 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Apr 2008|
|Replaced by||Engel Eclipse MD40F-G4 (38L)|
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