A good campervan fridge is an essential if you're looking to stock up for longer adventures, or simply want a cold beer waiting for you when you get back to the van.
Which campervan fridge is right for me?
Choosing the best campervan fridge for your adventures is really important, and it’s often tricky to know what the best option is. This page aims to showcase a diverse range of campervan specific fridges, all of which have leading efficiency, quality and features.
As with so many products these days, the mantra of ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ rings to mind…although it’s not just the fridge you might need to replace. Choosing an inefficient fridge such as the popular Alpicool range will see you using twice the power of an efficient fridge each day! This means you’ll need a bigger battery bank, larger solar array and increased battery to battery charging to meet its hungry power consumption. For most use cases, the cost implication of this makes buying a cheap campervan fridge ends up costing more overall than buying a good quality fridge! Unfortunately, most people only come to realise this when using their campervan for the first time and find that they simply don’t have sufficient battery capacity or recharging capability.
If you want to understand more about campervan fridges before you decide which one is right for you, check out our comprehensive article covering the best campervan fridges available. There are also numerous product reviews throughout this page.
Portable top-loading 'coolbox-style' fridge
A portable fridge can be really useful. Whether you’re partying outside the van and want to keep your beers cold, or you want to store your fridge below a seat, top-loading ‘coolbox-style’ fridges a great versatile option.
Top-loading fridges tend to be more space efficient, allowing you to cram more food in so you can stay off-grid for longer.
A portable fridge can also double up as a table when used outside. As most portable fridges are provided with a long power cable, it’s easy to keep power to the fridge flowing.
Dometic CFX3 25 – Compressor Cool Box – 25L Portable Fridge Freezer
Dometic CFX3 35 – Compressor Cool Box – 36L Portable Fridge Freezer
Dometic CFX3 45 – Compressor Cool Box – 46L Portable Fridge Freezer
Dometic CFX3 55 – Compressor Cool Box – 55L Portable Fridge Freezer
Dometic CFX3 55IM – Compressor Cool Box with Ice Maker – 53L Portable Fridge Freezer
Dometic CFX3 75DZ – Dual-Zone Compressor Cool Box – 74L Portable Fridge Freezer
Dometic CFX3 95DZ – Compressor Cool Box – 93L Portable Fridge Freezer
Dometic CFX3 100 – Compressor Cool Box – 99L Portable Fridge Freezer
Find out more about the CFX3 range
We have been using the Dometic CFX3 45 in our own campervan for a couple of years now and we’re super impressed with it. The powerful compressor technology makes this fridge much more functional than any coolbox we’ve used before, and the option to use 230V AC or 12V DC power makes it incredibly versatile.
With chunky handles and a robust exterior, we really rate these fridges for rugged, outdoor van life. They’ll be perfect when you’re hooked up to mains power, but can also be powered from your leisure battery when you venture off-grid.
Want to use the CFX3 range to its full potential?
The CFX3 range of coolbox style fridges have been specifically designed to be portable and rugged. With the addition of the Dometic PLB40, you can power the CFX3 range anywhere. The Dometic PLB40 is a 12V portable power station with a 512Wh (40Ah) capacity lithium battery. With 2x USB ports, a 12V DC 2 pin connector and a car cigarette lighter port, you can use the portable lithium battery to power your Dometic CFX fridge whilst also recharging mobile phones.
Just like its domestic equivalent, the freestanding campervan fridge is the most common seen in van conversions. They are designed to fit within the width and height of standard kitchen unit and are often the among the most efficient.
Our range of freestanding fridges all contain shelves and dividers to help you organise your food and keep it safe when you swing your van around a corner too quickly.
Because the freestanding fridge is the most common available, you will likely find that they are the most cost effective option.
Dometic CRX50 – Compressor fridge – 45L Fridge Freezer
Out of stock£598.97
Vitrifrigo C115i – 12V Compressor Fridge Freezer – Black or Grey
In stock£896.54 – £949.99
Vitrifrigo C42L – 12v Compressor Fridge Freezer (Black)
Out of stock
Vitrifrigo C60i – 12V Compressor Fridge Freezer – Black or Grey
In stock£728.86 – £804.59
Vitrifrigo C62i – 12V Compressor Fridge Freezer – Black or Grey
Out of stock£669.50 – £744.25
Vitrifrigo C85i – 12V Compressor Fridge Freezer – Black or Grey
In stock£783.98 – £868.98
Find out more about the CRX 50
We have been using both the Dometic CFX3 45 and Dometic CRX50 in our own campervan for a couple of years now and we’re super impressed with both of them. The powerful compressor technology makes this fridge much more functional than any coolbox we’ve used before, and the option to use 230V AC or 12V DC power makes it super versatile.
The CRX50 is incredibly space efficient and dependable, no wonder its the most popular good quality campervan fridge on the market.
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Integrated drawers and top-loading fridges
If you are eager to utilise ever inch of space in your van conversion (and you probably should be!), an integrated fridge in the form of a drawer fridge or top-loader can be a great way to do this.
The drawer fridges benefit from being able to load them from the top which allows you to totally fill the fridge without your pineapple falling out!
Top-loading fridges are even more cunning. If you have an L-shaped kitchen and have wondered how best to utilise the space in the corner, a top-loading fixed position fridge is the one for you.
Our team have years of experience using all of the fridges below, so we feel confident recommending them. We only supply good quality campervan fridges from brands we know and trust, and will never stock anything that we wouldn’t use ourselves.
You can also have a read of our ‘best campervan fridges’ article which has in-depth reviews and power consumption comparisons of all of the most popular campervan fridges.
We have used a CRX50 every day for the past two years and it’s been incredibly reliable. It has remained quiet and efficient, even in the heat of summer in the South of France! No wonder it’s the most popular fridge for van converters.
Our only negative is that the condensation build-up can cause small amounts of water to leak from the front of the fridge.
If there was such thing as a ‘sexy fridge’, this would be it! The Dometic CFX3 25 is small and efficient, easy to carry, and provides enough storage capacity for weekends away.
We tried this new model out recently and believe it would be the best option for small campers to fuel micro-adventures on a full stomach!
We aren’t known for our extravagances, but we do have two fridges in our campervan Ringo. The Dometic CFX3 45 is perhaps our favourite fridge due to its versatility and easy loading. It also doubles up as a great side table for meet-ups with fellow van dwellers.
It’s honestly hard to fault the CFX3 range, other than the price point. They may be expensive, but the benefits easily outweigh the initial outlay.
We are frequently asked, “What did you do with the space in the corner of your kitchen?”. The truth is, this is a really hard area to utilise well.
However, utilising this space with an efficient top loading fridge such as the TL43 is a great way to make use of otherwise dead space. It may not be appropriate as your only fridge, but it could also be used as a second drinks fridge.