The best camping fridges for food and drink

Camping fridges that will keep your food fresh and drinks cool.

The best camping fridges for food and drink

by William Lobley |

The best camping fridges are super versatile gadgets with a broad appeal. The ability to keep food and drink fresh and chilled is welcome, whether you’re heading off on a family camping trip, for a caravan tour or any other outdoor event, such as a convention or angling trip.

There are many ways to use a camping fridge. They can help keep foods fresh until they are ready to be barbecued or help to refreeze ice packs ready for the next day’s picnic outing. They can help keep a few beers and bottles of water chilled on a pleasant summer evening or be jammed full of all the food and provision required for several days living off-grid.

Camping fridges actively chills and sometimes freeze using motors, fans and compressors. Typically, they can be powered by both in-car 12V sockets (of the cigarette lighter variety) and mains power, meaning that camping fridges keep cool during a car journey and when hooked up to electricity at a campsite. They can also be powered using portable leisure and camping batteries. As they share design DNA with cool boxes, many fridges can also keep items cool for reasonable durations without electrical power.

There are many types of portable camping fridges available, ranging in design, style and capacity. To help you find the right one for your next trip, we’ve rounded up the very best camping fridges below. You’ll also notice that we’ve included one cool box - though it doesn’t actively chill, its insulation is so efficient that it can keep ice cool for five days, perfect for those heading off-grid adventures.

Read on for our roundup of the best camping fridges:

The best camping fridges 2021

Dometic CoolFreeze CDF 26 Fridge Freezer

Best small camping fridge
Dometic CoolFreeze CDF 26 Fridge Freezer
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Compact and slim, the Dometic CDF 26 is a 21.5-litre fridge with impressive cooling capabilities. Running on 12/24 V DC or 100-240 V AC, the CDF 26 can reach temperatures down to -18-degrees (even when outside is hitting 40+). This isnu2019t only down to the efficient motor, but the excellent insulation and sealing. This also allows the unit to maintain its low temperatures for many hours when not powered. The only downer here is that itu2019s heavy - 12.5kg. The Dometic CDF 26 is one of the more expensive options on our list, but in exchange for the outlay, you receive one of the best portable fridges available, especially for campervan and car campers. There are larger options available, including the 31L CoolFreeze CDF 36 Fridge Freezer. You can also buy a mains adapter here. Size: 260 x 425 x 550 mm Capacity: 21L Weight: 12.5kg

Campingaz Powerbox Plus

Best budget camping fridge
Campingaz Powerbox Plus
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The Powerbox Plus is a reliable and affordable camping fridge, with a cooling motor powered via a 12V in-car style plug. The fridge is well insulated with PU and can actively cool to 20 degrees below the ambient temperature. Thereu2019s a secure seal around the lid to help keep the cool in and heat out. The inner surface is antimicrobial to prevent bacterial growth and unpleasant odours. Itu2019s not too heavy either, weighing only 3.6kg when empty. Size: 407 x 313 x 435 mm Capacity: 24L Weight: 3.6kg

Alpicool G22 Fridge

Best camping fridge for drinks
Alpicool G22 Fridge
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At 22-litres, the Alpicool G22 is a nice size for family trips in warm weather, keeping food or drinks nice and chilled. It provides a temperature of between -20-degrees to 20-degrees Celcius, which can be set and controlled via some handy onboard controls. Itu2019s even got an ice tray. Itu2019s a rugged and capable option that is sure to stay with you for years of camping trips. Powered via 12-24V DC. Size: 597 x 320 x 335 mm Capacity: 22L Weight: 12kg

Outwell Deep Cool 50L Fridge

Best camping fridge for big trips
Outwell Deep Cool 50L Fridge

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The Outwell Deep Cool Fridge has a whopping 50-litre capacity - perfect for a long trip or a hungry family. Itu2019s not all fridge though - the trunk-like cooler splits in two, with one side operating as a freezer. The lowest temperature itu2019ll reach is around 18-degrees Celcius. Itu2019s one of the most power-hungry choices on our list, but itu2019s got plenty of plug options, with adapters for both in-car plugs and standard mains outlets. Size: 710 x 450 x 470 mm Capacity: 50L Weight: 19kg

Outwell ECOcool Cool Box

Best medium size camping fridge
Outwell ECOcool Coolbox
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The Outwell Deep Cool Fridge has a whopping 50-litre capacity - perfect for a long trip or a hungry family. Itu2019s not all fridge though - the trunk-like cooler splits in two, with one side operating as a freezer. The lowest temperature itu2019ll reach is around 18-degrees Celcius. Itu2019s one of the most power-hungry choices on our list, but itu2019s got plenty of plug options, with adapters for both in-car plugs and standard mains outlets. Size: 520 x 320 x 430 mm Capacity: 35L Weight: 8kg

Igloo BMX 52 Cool Box

Best camping fridge for off-grid
Igloo BMX 52 Cool Box

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The Igloo BMX Coo Box isnu2019t a fridge - itu2019s not powered, and thus carries no active cooling functions. However, it is one of the most insulated cool boxes that money can buy, with the ability to hold ice for five days. If youu2019re heading off-grid for a few days, this 49-litre trunk will keep food and drink cool and fresh (the 52 in the title refers to quarts, not litres). Itu2019s also super robust, with steel elements cleverly incorporated to increase the lifespan of the cool box. Size: 665 x 417 x 408 mm Capacity: 49L Weight: 7.41kg

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William Lobley is a Senior Content Writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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