One of the main drawbacks (among many) with traditional camping is that unless you're Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, a fridge no matter how mini isn't a realistic thing you can carry around with you. Besides, where would you plug the thing in once you'd pitched your tent?
This is the beauty of campervanning. You still get all the benefits of camping without the need to assemble your sleeping arrangements and you even get reliable electricity. This also means you can keep your favourite food chilled on the move.
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We've assembled some of the best campervan fridges on the market to keep your food cold and your campervanning experience as enjoyable as possible. All that's left to do is enjoy a nice ice lolly.
The best campervan fridge
Smad 12V Motorhome Fridge
This 40-litre fridge is the ultimate campervan fridge available if you can fit it in. It offers adjustable shelves, door storage and can keep food between 3-12 degrees. The door is also reversible and features a handy lock. The best part however is that this fridge offers near-silent running thanks to a lack of compressor and fan.
|Dimensions||40.2 x 46.5 x 56 cm|
|Features||Adjustable shelving, locking door, near-silent running|
Alpicool C20 Car Fridge 20 Litre Mini Fridge
Best smaller campervan fridge
A combination of a fridge and a freezer, what this fridge lacks in capacity (20-litres) it makes up for in being incredibly portable. Working either as a fridge or freezer it can store food between -20 and +20 degrees Celsius and comes with a shockproof design to keep your food safe. A great choice for smaller spaces.
|Dimensions||61 x 38.3 x 37.4 cm|
|Features||Car battery protection, rugged construction, freezer function|
Dometic TCX35 Dometic Tropicool
Heat food up too
Another top-opening fridge, this model can keep food and drinks chilled to 30 degree Celsius below your ambient temperature or can heat up to +65 degree Celsius. Offering 33 litres of storage too, this is a clever choice for keeping food chilled. The A++ energy efficiency will also help your campervans battery remain fully charged.
|Dimensions||56.5 x 47.5 x 39 cm|
|Features||A++ energy efficiency rating, Control panel|
KUHLA KCLRF17-2001 Mini Fridge
A literal campervan fridge
How does a literal campervan fridge sound? Not as intelligently designed as the others on this list but as a novelty, it can't be matched. The not-quite VW T1 Camper van aesthetics are interesting and it has a 17-litre capacity. The door is hinged on the right and cannot be reversed.
|Dimensions||34.1 x 38.5 x 42.2 cm|
Campervan fridge FAQ:
How big does it need to be?
This depends on two things; how big your van is and how much food you think you'll need. A large American RV could easily swallow a full-sized double-door fridge that could hold a wedding buffet's worth of food whereas a tiny campervan will only really have enough room for a small fridge.
How much food you'll need depends on how long you're intending to holiday for and how many people are staying in the campervan. The more people the more food you'll need. There are ways around limited fridge space, however.
Tinned vegetables may not be as tasty as fresh produce but don't need to be refrigerated. The same goes for UHT milk (until you open it of course) and most condiments.
Should it be portable?
Again, this all depends on the type of holiday you're having. If you're not intending to step more than 50 feet from the van then there's no need to have a portable fridge. If, on the other hand, you're planning on hiking and walking on your campervan holiday then a more portable option makes sense.
The big advantage of a static fridge is that they're generally more space-efficient, look smarter, can be more powerful and hold more food too. If space isn't a concern then you can always invest in a portable cooler to carry around with you. If not, a single portable fridge should suffice.
Top or side opening?
This question mostly comes down to personal taste. There won't be any real difference to how much space it takes up or how much storage it offers so just go for what you like the look of.