Dometic Portable Refrigerator Freezer Review

The Dometic portable refrigerator is a 12-volt fridge the size of a cooler. This fridge is perfect for Van conversions that don’t have a regular RV fridge. Its great for regular car camping and it’s also a great option to replace your onboard RV fridge. Since it runs off a 12-volt connector its ready to go in any vehicle or RV with no installation. Propane gas RV refrigerators have to be totally level to work long term without breaking. They also use up propane pretty fast.

This is why, if you have an RV I would highly recommend switching over to one of these portable 12-volt type fridges. Not having to worry about getting your rig perfectly level every time you park makes RV life MUCH easier trust me. The fridge doesn’t use much power, with a semi-decent solar system installed in your RV, you’ll have no trouble running the little fridge.

Why Dometic is the best.

So why Dometic brand over other options of portable 12-volt refrigerators? Simply put, Dometic is truly the best. First of all, Dometic is a trusted RV appliance manufacturer, If you have an RV, you probably already have a Dometic appliance. They have been in the business for years, but that’s not why their portable fridges are the best, there are a few reasons

First, the Dometic fridges are the only ones in the market that can freeze below 0 degrees. They can get down to -8. Ice cream, that’s mostly for ice cream 🙂 I’m sure there are other reasons you might want to get below 0 degrees as well.

Dometic has the best dual zone options(on some models), one zone can be set to fridge and the other to freeze. Both can be a freezer or both can be a fridge. Many other brands either have the whole unit to fridge or freeze or if they do have the dual zone feature they tend to “bleed over” and generally the zoning doesn’t work as well. Based on my experience and many reviews I’ve read.

Dometic also has the most options for setting different temperatures, other brands have only the on or off controls. Other big brands in the portable fridge market are either MUCH more expensive than the Dometic or they simply don’t come close to the quality of the Dometic fridges. Sometimes they are much more expensive AND don’t work as well.

I looked over the reviews for several different portable fridges on Amazon. I chose the Dometic because they are an established and well-known manufacturer with a large dealer network. The other manufacturers/sellers didn’t seem to have much of a warranty. Most Dometic models have a year warranty at least.

It’s pretty obvious Dometic is the top of the marketplace when it comes to portable fridges. Maybe that will change in the future but right now they’re products are superior.


Some more pros to these fridges are:

  • Easy to use and no installation
  • Dont have to level your rig every time you park
  • Uses compressor like a ‘real’ house fridge
  • It’s quiet (opposed to the thermoelectric 12-volt fridges)
  • Low battery usage.
  • Many different models with different size capacities and prices, get what works best for you.


No matter what these are kind of pricey. You get what you pay for, but if you’re on a budget you may have to save up for one of these or go with a lesser but cheaper option. They take up extra space in your rig, especially if like me, you still have your RV fridge installed but don’t use it. The RV fridge is wasted space and the Dometic fridge takes up extra space, not a big deal but still. Those are the only real cons of these Dometic fridges that I can think of.

Dometic models

There are many models and options to choose from, Figure out what works best for you, I’ll briefly go over some different models below.

Dometic CC40-ACDC CC40

  • Easy to Carry – Only 25 lbs
  • No Ice Needed
  • AC/DC Power
  • Set temperature between 3 F to 50 F
  • Soft Touch Digital Display
    This Model is priced at $427 for the smaller unit (CC32) and $499 for the larger unit (CC40). I think this is an excellent chose, the price is lower than most of the Dometic models, and it almost has everything the more expensive models have. This is my choice, It works for me great but this is about finding out what’s best for YOU. Check out all the details on this fridge over at Amazon.


Dometic CFX

  • No ice- ever. Except making ice for drinks.
  • Flexibility- refrigerate or freeze to -7F.
  • Ultra low power consumption using AC or DC means its great for solar setups or other off-grid applications
  • Heavy-duty design with reinforced corners and a robust closing mechanism. Energy consumption (DC@5/32°C) 0.665 kWh/24h
  • Downsize to 2/3 the size of a traditional cooler- don’t need to take up space with ice
  • Control and monitor the cooling temperature in the compartment via WiFi app (except the CFX28 and CFX65DZ)
  • Energy-efficient LED interior light / Input frequency – 50/60 Hertz
  • USB port For charging small electronic devices
  • 3-stage battery protection
  • 2 Year Warranty
    This model is more expensive, but has a lot more features! This one ranges from $630 for the smallest size all the way up to $1,300 for the biggest size. If you can dish out the cash for this model I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. All the features you could need are included here! Check out all the details and reviews for this model over here.


Dometic CDF11 CDF11

  • No Ice Needed
  • Flexibility- refrigerate or freeze to 0 F
  • Low power consumption using AC or DC means its great for solar setups or other off-grid applications (CDF11, CF18, CF25 are DC only)
  • 3-stage battery protection
  • Downsize to 2/3 the size of a traditional cooler- don’t need to take up space with ice
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Storage volume 10.5 Litre
    If you’re looking for something smaller and cheaper, this is the model for you. You can’t fit a lot in this one but you still get nice features and the Dometic quality. This one starts at $396 for the smallest size. Get the scoop on this one over on Amazon!


Portable powered fridges are great for many reasons, replace your propane RV fridge that you have to be perfectly level to use properly, or use one in your van conversion or just out car camping, or even tailgating at a game! If your interested in these types of fridges, Dometic is defiantly the best out there. With many models and options to choose from, if you can shell out the money, one of these top of the line fridges will be well worth it!

Now get there and go camp with your new fridge!

Thanks for reading, Leave me a comment below! -Lance





4 thoughts on “Dometic Portable Refrigerator Freezer Review

  1. RJ

    I’m considering one of these fridges but I’m just not sure, they rather expensive. But yeah I’ve been looking around and they do for sure seem the best in the market..

    1. Lance

      Thanks for reading RJ, These fridges are definitely an investment. I considered a cheaper brand for awhile, but in the end I would chose a quality item that would last. Best of luck to you with whatever you decide on!

    1. Lance


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