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8 camping fridges that will make you wish you ditched the esky sooner

Set up camp in a new era with these portable fridge/freezer combos.

When it comes to keeping food fresh and drinks chilled, sometimes an esky with ice just doesn’t cut it. That’s where camping fridges come to the rescue. No more soggy sandwiches or lukewarm beverages – the best camping fridge/freezer combos will make your campsite feel like you’re sitting right in the comfort of your kitchen.

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or are just starting out, it’s easy to find the perfect portable fridge if you’re armed with the right knowledge.

Which fridge is best for camping?

The best fridge for camping depends on your specific needs and preferences. Here’s are a few key things to consider.

Type of fridge

Most camping fridges are combined fridge/freezer units. Consider whether this type suits your needs or if you require separate compartments for freezing and refrigeration.

Capacity

Determine how much storage space you need based on the number of people and the duration of your trips. Look for fridges with various size options.

Power source

Consider the available power sources, such as 12V DC, 24V DC, 110V AC, or dual-zone options. Ensure it matches your camping setup and power supply.

In Australia, camping fridges typically require a 12V DC power source. Most camping fridges are designed to run on this voltage, which can be supplied by sources such as car batteries, portable power stations, solar panels and some campsites.

Temperature control

Opt for a fridge with adjustable temperature settings to keep your food and beverages at the desired temperature.

Energy efficiency

Look for models that are energy-efficient to conserve power and extend your trips without needing a constant power source.

Portability

Choose a portable and lightweight fridge that suits your transportation needs, especially if you’re travelling by car. Handles and carry straps can be very helpful.

Durability

Camping fridges and freezers should be able to withstand outdoor conditions. Check for sturdy construction and materials such as stainless steel.

Insulation

Good insulation is crucial for temperature retention. Check the fridge’s insulation quality to minimise power consumption.

Temperature range

Ensure the fridge can maintain both freezing and refrigeration temperatures, as needed for your camping menu.

Ease of Cleaning

Look for removable shelves and easy-to-clean interiors for convenient maintenance.

Noise level

Consider the noise level, especially if you plan to use the fridge inside a tent or near your sleeping area.

Additional features

Some fridges offer extras like LED lighting, USB ports and digital displays for added convenience.

Price

Set a budget and compare options within your price range. Remember that quality and features may vary with cost.

Warranty

Check the manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind in case of defects or malfunctions.

The 8 best camping fridges/freezers to shop in Australia 2024

Spector 45L camping fridge freezer combo

Spector 45L camping fridge freezer, from $340.95 (member price), Kogan

This cooling hero ensures your food and drinks stay impeccably chilled with temperatures of as low as -20°C. It has two compartments and can handle a tilt of up to 30 degrees if you need to move it around.

Key features:

  • 45L capacity
  • 12V or 240V power source
  • Low power consumption
  • Sturdy design

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Engel Fridge Freezer

Engel fridge/freezer, $1349 club price (usually $1499), BCF

Boasting over 180 five-star reviews on BCF, the Engel fridge/freezer is the crème de la crème of camping essentials.

“There is still no doubt for me, Engel is the best portable fridge freezer on the market,” one reviewer wrote. “I still have a 15L and 20L that are more than 15 years old and have lived very rough lives and they run just fine.”

Key features:

  • 40L capacity
  • Energy-efficient Sawafuji swing motor
  • Rugged steel body, lid and handles with robust corner protection
  • Large stainless steel lockable door latch for superior sealing
  • User-friendly digital control panel
  • 5-year warranty

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Kiliroo portable fridge and freezer 45L combo

Kiliroo portable camping fridge/freezer, $409.95, Myer

This versatile and energy-efficient fridge has an insulation cover, customisable temperature settings and a 45-litre capacity. Its sturdy design also includes wheels, which are handy when you consider its weight of 14.1kg.

Key features:

  • 45L capacity
  • Protective insulation cover
  • Built-in LCD screen
  • Adjustable temperature range of 20°C to -20°C
  • Robust design
  • Includes wheels and heavy-duty handle

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myCOOLMAN 60-litre camping fridge and freezer

myCOOLMAN portable fridge/freezer, $999 (usually $1445), Anaconda

If you’re planning a big trip, myCOOLMAN’s 60L portable fridge/freezer is ideal for its size and functionality. Features like the Blue-Gen compressor and the three-level battery protection make it stand out from the rest.

Key features:

  • 60L capacity
  • An average 4.7 rating on Anaconda, with 89% of reviewers recommending it
  • 96-can capacity
  • Fully refrigerated multi-level compartment
  • 2-way opening for convenience

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Kolner Portable Camping Refrigerator

Kolner portable camping refrigerator, $879, Myer

It’s never been easier to keep things fresh. The perfect must-have for a fun family adventure or getaway, this camping fridge is unbeatable when it comes to innovation.

Key features:

  • 80L capacity
  • Dual-zone compartments
  • Flat battery protection
  • Great insulation
  • Durable stainless-steel build
  • Easy maintenance

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Kings Stayzcool Fridge Freezer

Kings 60L Stayzcool fridge/freezer, $649, 4WD Supacentre

Just like your fridge at home, this portable version uses a compressor to cool down. This means it’s efficient and chills fast, yet it’s still light enough to carry around. And if that’s not enough, it has over 500 reviews with an average star rating of 4.7.

“Great fridge/freezer,” said one satisfied customer. “Hubby loved it. Has so much room inside. We went on a fishing trip for 5 days and had it going the whole time. Keeps everything cool, just great for our trips away.”

Key features:

  • 60L capacity
  • Legendary AC/DC compressor for reliability and efficiency
  • Twin DC inputs – easy to connect in any setup
  • Dual-opening lid design
  • Rugged exterior design with reinforced edges
  • 5-year warranty

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Dometic Portable Fridge

Dometic 75L portable fridge/freezer, $2013, Appliances Online

Large families or a big group of friends will love this generously-sized refrigerator, which can fit up to 113 cans. Whether you need to freeze the catch of the day, or cool down your beer, this pick is a reliable and flexible choice.

Key features:

  • 75L capacity
  • Dual compartments for greater flexibility
  • Engineered for efficiency
  • Easy to transport
  • Enhanced with smart technology
  • 1-year warranty

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Brass Monkey Portable Fridge Freezer

Brass Monkey chest portable dual type zone fridge freezer, from $541.45 (member price), Kogan

Make things easy through every step of your trip with the Brass Monkey chest fridge. Its standout feature is the removable divider, allowing you to customise your cooling zones for 4WD trips, camping, caravanning and more.

Key features:

  • 50L capacity
  • Dual-zone cooling
  • LCD touch screen
  • Multiple power options
  • USB charging port
  • Energy-saving mode
  • Environmentally-friendly insulation

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