10 of the Best Camper Van Fridges - Tested in Our Own Camper Vans - Nomadic Cooling

10 of the Best Camper Van Fridges - Tested in Our Own Camper Vans

close up of a campervan fridge

Camper vans bring some of the comforts of home to the great outdoors, but one thing that many people don’t consider is a camper van fridge. Why is a camper van fridge better than a cooler, though? 

There are a few reasons. You won't need to replace ice every couple of days and you can find compact ones that fit better than a cooler. Fridges also hold your food better and longer, keeping you from getting food poisoning while in the great outdoors. The best camper van fridge will allow you to boondock off-grid, save space, and allow for easy access.

To help you out, we found some of the best fridges for camper vans. Budget, portability, and energy consumption are all factors to consider before buying. We will also go over things like insulation, noise levels, and size to help you find the perfect camper van fridge for your next outdoor expedition.

1. Dometic CRX 80S

Dometic CRX 80S

Dimensions: 18.70” x 25” x 20.79”

The Dometic CRX 80S is a highly efficient camper van fridge that features freezer and fridge capabilities. You can use it as a freezer, fridge, or both simultaneously.

The temperature control option will help prevent frost from building up and will help with energy consumption. This fridge consumes only 1.2 amps- talk about energy saving! If you run off of solar panels, this is the perfect option.

The Dometic CRX 80s will surely last through all the bumps, turns, and abrupt stops you will be taking in your camper van. It is well worth the price of $1,700 because it will bring you long-lasting use.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Portable 
  • Removable freezer option
  • Adjustable temperature settings
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • The hinges aren't too sturdy

2. Dometic CRX 110S

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Dimensions: 20.47” x 29.33” x 21.97”

The Dometic CRX 110S refrigerator offers a lot of versatility, quiet operation, and energy economy. The fridge also has solar power capabilities!

The Dometic CRX 110S is versatile because it uses AC or DC power. Now you can keep your food and drinks cool wherever you go. 

Because of the temperature control option, this camper van fridge only uses 1.2 amps on average per hour. It uses minimal power, saving you more energy for other items during your road trips.

The CRX 110S also has an LED display on the inside so you can see what's in your fridge and a drainage plug system.

Pros

  • Solar-power capabilities
  • Temperature control
  • LED display for inside lighting
  • Energy efficient
  • Drainage system for easy cleaning

Cons

  • More expensive than the CRX 80S

3. Dometic CRX 110E

Dometic CRX 110E

Dimensions: 23.35” x 30.39” x 21.97:

The best features of the Dometic CRX 110E are the modern and sleek look, interior lights, and power-saving mode. This fridge is perfect for those with a big camper van with more storage space.

This camper van fridge stands upright on any counter or floor space. You don't need to worry about the doors opening up while you drive because it has a dual lock system. You can lock it while you drive your van or vent it when you stop. 

Need a late midnight snack? No worries- the LED light feature will allow you to see inside your fridge when it's dark outside. 

The Dometic CRX 11OE is a good option if you want convenience and elegance all packed into one. This fridge's modern style and practical features will appeal to any van life expert.

Pros

  • Sleek stainless steel design
  • Dual-lock function
  • LED display on the inside
  • Energy efficient
  • More food storage

Cons

  • The hinges are somewhat poor quality

4. Dometic CRX 65E

Dometic CRX 65E

Dimensions: 20.5” x 21.75” x 21.43”

If you find yourself on a long trip in your camper van the Dometic CRX 65E has the storage space for all your food items! The size is perfect for almost any size camper van and has great power efficiency for long-term travel.

Sleep peacefully with how quietly this camper van fridge runs. It has AC and DC capabilities and only consumes an average of 1.0 amps per hour. 

You can customize your cool setting so you can use it as a fridge, freezer, or both. The fridge is thermostat controlled- so it's energy efficient.

Though it may seem expensive at $1,400, the price is more than fair for this unit. The fridge is relatively lightweight and small enough to fit into awkward spaces.

Pros

  • Thermostat controlled
  • LED display for easy use in the dark
  • Energy efficient
  • Cheap
  • Fantastic storage options

Cons

  • Hard to clean due to no drain

5. CLEARANCE Dometic CRX Pro 50

Clearance Dometic CRX Pro 50

Dimensions: 18.94” x 21.02” x 14.96”

The Clearance Dometic CRX Pro 50 is the perfect refrigerator for camper vans because of its lightweight and compactness. 

Only found at Nomatic Cooling is a patented design of removable shelves and baskets. The organization is no longer a problem with this customizable fridge.

The cool settings are customizable as well! Set them to the desired temperature and enjoy a 3-in-1 fridge and freezer option. You can use it as a fridge, freezer, or both!

Installed infrared sensors and LED lights will help you get that midnight snack. You no longer need to stumble in the dark or bring your phone light to see in your fridge.

Thankfully, the Clearance Dometic CRX Pro 50 has 45 L of storage space, making it perfect for long-distance trips in your camper van. 

The fridge is super affordable- below $700! This price makes it possible to purchase a fridge and other important items for your campervan.

Pros

  • 3-in-1 function (fridge/freezer/ or both)
  • Customizable shelving and baskets
  • Interior lighting
  • Runs on AC or DC

Cons

  • Insulation isn't as good as other models
  • Could cost more in energy
  • Clearance items don't guarantee your fridge won't come without dings or scratches

6. CD30 Truck Version With BD35F-HDB Compressor

Dometic CD30

Dimensions: 28.35" x 9.84" x 17.32"

The CD30 Truck Version with BD35F-HDB compressor is not just for trucks; but for small camper vans too! This fridge fits just about any size camper van and is easily stored under counters or on the floor.

Easy access is key- this fridge resembles a one-drawer filing cabinet! Place the fridge in the desired area of your van where it would have ample room to slide in and out. 

This particular fridge competes for durability and will withstand bumps and roughness while on the road. You don't need to worry about the drawer opening because it will lock into place when it's closed.

No more worrying about your power supply! This fridge runs off of AC or DC power so you can use it just about anywhere. It also has a thermostat for even less power consumption and customizable cooling options.

This $650 fridge option is great for those traveling on a budget! 

Pros

  • Runs on AC or DC 
  • Adjustable temperature control and thermostat
  • Energy efficient
  • Lightweight- a little over 49 pounds
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Noisy when the compressor comes on

7. OPEN BOX Dometic CCF-T Center Console Refridgerator

OPEN BOX Dometic CCF-T Center Console Refridgerator

Dimensions: 11. 10” x 13.19” x 13.78” 

The Dometic CCF-T Center Console fridge is unique because it fits into the center console. Unfortunately, it only fits some Ford vehicles.

The 7.5 L of storage space makes this camper van fridge extremely compact. Space opens up when you install this center console unit, but it only offers enough room for drinks.

On the plus side, you receive a dual USB charging port on the unit. You can use these ports to charge small devices.

You can still have a great night's sleep with the quiet compressor and fans. It operates off of 12V DC and offers one of the cheapest price tags- below $600.

Pros

  • Sleek and modern
  • Adjustable temperature control settings
  • Dual USB charging station
  • Operates quietly
  • Extremely compact
  • Affordable 
  • Easy installation

Cons

  • Insufficient storage space compared to most larger fridges on the list
  • Only fits certain vehicles
  • Sold as is, no returns

8. Dometic CCF-T Center Console Refridgerator -FORD

Clearance Dometic CCF-T Center Console Refrigerator-FORD

Dimensions: 15” x 13” x 12”

The Dometic CCF-T Center Console will fit certain Ford vans with a center console. This fridge is ideal for van life because it is compact and fits up to 12 cans. 

This fridge has adjustable temperature settings for your goodies. It's powered by 12V and operates quietly, so you won't hear loud fans or motors purring in the background. 

This fridge is perfect for van life because it requires minimal power usage. It also provides dual charging ports for cell phones and small devices. Everything is conveniently in the center console of your van after you install this compact fridge.

You can focus on purchasing other items to complete your van because this fridge is lower than $600, making it perfect for those on a budget.

Pros

  • Sleek and modern design
  • Adjustable temperature control settings
  • Dual USB charging station
  • Compact 
  • Quiet motor
  • Affordable price tag

Cons

  • Specifically for drinks 
  • Only fits specific Fords

9. Dometic CRX 65S

Dometic CRX 65S

Dimensions: 17.7” x 20.7” x 21.6”

The Dometic CRX 65S will fit into most camper vans. It's perfect for big and small vans.

The modern design of this camper van fridge makes it easy to access, store, and transport. In addition, this fridge operates with little noise, so it won't wake you up during the middle of the night.

This fridge has customizable temperature options with a 3-in-1 cooling capability. You can use it as a refrigerator for produce, a freezer for frozen goods, or you can use it as both a fridge and a freezer.

The added security measure makes a great addition to its dual-function locks. Beyond the locks and door, you will find ample storage space with a patented removable compartment for the freezer. You will also find shelving and drawers for extra organization. 

Overall, this fridge has all the bells and whistles required to be a great holding unit for your food needs. The price is lower than $1,600, which is well worth it for all the features.

Pros

  • Sleek and modern look
  • Adjustable temperature control settings
  • Allows for extra storage space
  • Lightweight and compact 
  • High-quality

Cons

  • Costlier compared to other fridges on the list

10. Dometic CRX 50S

Dometic CRX 50

Dimensions: 15” x 21” x 19.7”

The Dometic CRX 50S is super compact and lightweight with a modern design that makes it easy to store or transport anywhere. 

You can use the dual-function lock or vent setting for extra security or vent out your fridge. Customization doesn't end there. You can even set your ideal temperature! 

Don't worry about motors or fans keeping you up; this fridge has a quiet compressor. The fridge costs $1,400, which is great considering its 12V power source.

Pros

  • Modern stainless steel
  • Adjustable temperature
  • Dual-function lock vents
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Affordable price 

Cons

  • Not suitable for off-grid camping 

Best Camper Van Fridge Buying Guide

You may be wondering what type of fridge is right for you. Here we have compiled a list of things to consider when buying a camper van fridge. 

Fridge Style: Upright vs Chest vs Drawer Style

There are several types of camper van fridges you can choose from. All of them have their ups and downs.

The upright fridge stands tall, allowing you to open and close a door. These units have shelves or drawers for you to stack your food. These are perfect for organization and convenient access. Unfortunately, it isn’t the most energy efficient due to poor insulation.

The chest resembles a deep freezer because the “door” opens up and over the unit. This fridge is the most energy-efficient and portable option. However, you need overhead clearance to open the door, and you may need to install sliding tracks to store the unit underneath a bed or counter. 

The last fridge type is the drawer. Drawer fridges often look like a filing cabinet- you simply slide the drawer out of the unit for easy access to your goodies. It’s easier to access your food than an upright fridge, but it offers the least amount of energy efficiency. 

Fridge Power Types

Power usage is everything when traveling in a camper van. Even your heavy-duty solar panels may not withstand certain fridge types. Here are some things to keep in mind when searching for an energy-efficient camper van fridge. 

Most camper van fridges will be between 12 and 24V of DC current, 120V of AC current, or will use propane. If you need multiple power options, many combo fridges will allow you to use two or more of these sources. 

12v or 24v DC fridge options allow you to hook up to an inverter and a battery. You also have the option for solar hookups. This option is the best way to go because it’s the safest and easiest to use. 

120v AC is shore power. In other words, you will need a campsite power source to power these types of camper van fridges. 

You should only use propane fridges if you already have a propane tank on your camper van. Unfortunately, these need to be level at all times, making it hard to boondock with your van. 

Freezer Compartments

Frozen goods are a staple for some travelers- who doesn't like Hawaiian ice when they travel? Here are some options you can look for in a freezer compartment. 

  • Dual Zone (separate compartments) allow perfect temperature control for your fridge and freezer areas. Unfortunately, you may need to give up some fridge space for your freezer.
  • In-Compartment Freezers typically contain a small metal shelf inside the unit at the top. This compartment can work fairly well until your unit gets too cold and freezes everything or gets too warm and melts your ice cream. You may need to adjust the settings; so the freezer doesn’t freeze out your fridge.
  • Beware Of The False Fridge/Freezer! Some companies claim to have a fridge and a freezer combo when they mean you can use the unit as a fridge OR a freezer, not both at the same time. 

Ruggedness

Most camper van fridges come designed to handle basic vibrations common on the road. However, some cannot withstand the beatings of off-roading hills, bumps, and turns.

Efficiency

You can measure efficiency by how many times the compressor in the fridge turns on or off. The more it turns on, the less efficient the fridge is. The temperature of the outside air, insulation, what is in the fridge, and ventilation are all factors in fridge efficiency.

Fridge Size

The fridge size depends on your individual needs. Ask yourself a few questions before you decide to purchase a fridge. 

How many groceries will you need for your trips? Who else is traveling with you? Do you have enough storage space? How big is your van? How big is the space you are going to store the fridge in? All of these questions will help guide you to the correct size fridge. 

Campervan Refrigerator FAQs

interior of a campervan

Here are some commonly asked questions about camper van fridges that you may find useful.

Can I use a normal fridge in a campervan?

Yes, you can use a normal fridge for your camper van. No, you probably shouldn't use a full-size one, but you can use a mini fridge.

Unfortunately, even a mini fridge will eat up your power. Typically a regular fridge will run off of 120V, which will run down your inverter. Can you? Yes. Should you? Maybe not.

What size refrigerator will fit in a camper?

You probably shouldn’t try to fit a full-size fridge you would see in your kitchen. The size fridge depends on how big your van and living quarters are. 

How much power do fridges use?

A fridge will use minimal power. Look for ones designed for camper vans- these will typically run off of 12V. 12V draws anywhere between 30 and 50 amp hours per day. 

What size camper van fridge should you get?

The size of your camper van fridge depends on who travels with you, how big your van is, how much you want to cook, and how much storage space you have. 

Conclusion

We think the Dometic CRX 80S is the best camper van fridge, as it offers the biggest bang for your buck. It offers a 25% energy savings boost with its compressor regulator.  

Not only is this fridge the most efficient it's also compact, versatile, and sturdy. It can withstand whatever your adventures throw at it. In addition to all these bells and whistles, you receive a 2-year manufacturer's warranty. Now you can drive your fridge down the road with your mind at ease. 

We hope this guide has helped you find the next piece of equipment you need to make your travels exceptional! Make sure you go over this guide to ensure you find the best camper van fridge for your travel needs.