8 Best Gas & Electric RV Refrigerator Recommendations

Between food, drinks, and medication, it’s important to have someplace to keep things cold during an excursion in an RV. Experienced owners and travelers know that a refrigerator doesn’t need to be large, but it does need to be reliable. We understand how important buying the right unit is, so here are our top recommendations for RV refrigerators.

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Buying Guide

Before we get to our recommendations, though, here are some things to keep in mind when making your purchasing decision.

  • Hookup Styles: RVs have different hookup styles and refrigerator areas, and this will almost certainly limit your options. Check your RV’s hookup before you start looking at products.
  • Factors To Consider: The primary considerations when buying an RV refrigerator are size, cooling speed, reliability, energy requirements, and price.
  • Maintenance: Most RV refrigerators don’t need much maintenance, but extended periods of inactivity could degrade their effectiveness.
  • What Not To Use: Do not use an ice chest as a substitute for a refrigerator unless you’re only taking a short trip. This strategy is not viable for longer trips.

Buying Recommendations

Recommendations
Best Budget
Best Premium
Best Gas
Best Electric
Wagan EL6206  - 6 Quart 12V Portable Electric Cooler/Warmer for Car, Truck, SUV, RV, Trailer DC Powered
Dometic CFX-75DZWSE Electric Powered Portable Cooler, Dual Zone, Special Edition (Fridge Freezer)
Norcold N410.3UR RV Refrigerator - 4.5 cu. ft. - AC/DC/LP - Left Hand Swing - Beige Trim
Linsion 53 qt car Refrigerator
Smad Small Propane Fridge 3 Way Refrigerator for RV Outdoor Camper Gas 110V 12V,1.4 Cu.ft.
Norcold 1210BK - RV Refrigerator - 12 cu. ft. - 4-Door - 2-Way AC/LP
Capacity
0.2 Cubic Feet
2.47 cubic feet
4.5 cubic feet
1.80 cubic feet
1.4 cubic feet
12 cubic feet
Dimensions
11 x 15 x 8 inches
34.92 x 18.58 x 19 inches
40.7 x 27.4 x 27.4 inches
22.6 x 14.3 x 20.4 inches
15.8 x 18.1 x 24.8 inches
68.9 x 37.9 x 28.8 inches
Power Source
DC plug
AC, DC, Solar Battery
12V DC, 120V AC, or Propane Gas
12/24V DC or 110V to 240V AC
AC, DC, and LPG
AC or LPG
Water/Ice Dispenser
No
No
No
No
No
No
Warranty
Standard
Standard
3-year limited
1-year free part replacement
1 year
3-year limited warranty
Best Budget
Recommendations
Wagan EL6206  - 6 Quart 12V Portable Electric Cooler/Warmer for Car, Truck, SUV, RV, Trailer DC Powered
Capacity
0.2 Cubic Feet
Dimensions
11 x 15 x 8 inches
Power Source
DC plug
Water/Ice Dispenser
No
Warranty
Standard
Best Premium
Recommendations
Dometic CFX-75DZWSE Electric Powered Portable Cooler, Dual Zone, Special Edition (Fridge Freezer)
Capacity
2.47 cubic feet
Dimensions
34.92 x 18.58 x 19 inches
Power Source
AC, DC, Solar Battery
Water/Ice Dispenser
No
Warranty
Standard
Best Gas
Recommendations
Norcold N410.3UR RV Refrigerator - 4.5 cu. ft. - AC/DC/LP - Left Hand Swing - Beige Trim
Capacity
4.5 cubic feet
Dimensions
40.7 x 27.4 x 27.4 inches
Power Source
12V DC, 120V AC, or Propane Gas
Water/Ice Dispenser
No
Warranty
3-year limited
Best Electric
Recommendations
Linsion 53 qt car Refrigerator
Capacity
1.80 cubic feet
Dimensions
22.6 x 14.3 x 20.4 inches
Power Source
12/24V DC or 110V to 240V AC
Water/Ice Dispenser
No
Warranty
1-year free part replacement
3-Way
Recommendations
Smad Small Propane Fridge 3 Way Refrigerator for RV Outdoor Camper Gas 110V 12V,1.4 Cu.ft.
Capacity
1.4 cubic feet
Dimensions
15.8 x 18.1 x 24.8 inches
Power Source
AC, DC, and LPG
Water/Ice Dispenser
No
Warranty
1 year
2-Way
Recommendations
Norcold 1210BK - RV Refrigerator - 12 cu. ft. - 4-Door - 2-Way AC/LP
Capacity
12 cubic feet
Dimensions
68.9 x 37.9 x 28.8 inches
Power Source
AC or LPG
Water/Ice Dispenser
No
Warranty
3-year limited warranty

Budget RV Refrigerators

1. Wagan EL6206 – Editor’s Pick

A small cooler for budget-conscious buyers, the Wagan EL6206 is an extremely small 6-quart cooler powered by a DC connection.

Specs
Capacity: 0.2 Cubic Feet
Product Dimensions: 11 x 15 x 8 inches
Power Source: DC plug
Water/Ice Dispenser: No
Warranty: Standard
Wagan EL6206  - 6 Quart 12V Portable Electric Cooler/Warmer for Car, Truck, SUV, RV, Trailer DC Powered
Wagan EL6206  - 6 Quart 12V Portable Electric Cooler/Warmer for Car, Truck, SUV, RV, Trailer DC Powered
This product is closer to being a cooler than a refrigerator, but its small size and portability make it ideal for short trips and RVs with minimal free space. It’s also small enough to only require a minimal power draw, which means it won’t deplete reliable batteries even if left on overnight.

What we like about it
  • Energy-efficient
  • Will not deplete the ozone layer
  • Comes with a carry strap
  • Can warm things, too
Drawbacks
  • Extremely small
  • Only cools to about 36 degrees below ambient temperature
Sale
Wagan EL6206 - 6 Quart 12V Portable Electric Cooler/Warmer for Car, Truck, SUV, RV, Trailer DC Powered
  • COMPACT CAPACITY: 6 quart compact size of this cooler allows storage for your road trip necessities while only taking up a small footprint in your vehicle.
  • DUAL FUNCTION: Cooling/ Warming functions. Max cooling to ≈ 36°F below ambient temperature. Max warming to≈140 °F. Pre chill/heat your items to assist the unit to reach the lowest/highest temperature as quickly as possible.
  • MOVING CONVENIENCE: With a built in carry strap, you to carry the 6 Quart personal fridge/warmer to and from your destination without being awkward.

Premium RV Refrigerators

1. Dometic CFX-75DZWSE – Editor’s Pick

Dometic’s special edition dual-zone portable cooler is expensive, but it also has a variety of other features that its competitors simply can’t match.

Specs
Capacity: 2.47 cubic feet
Product Dimensions: 34.92 x 18.58 x 19 inches
Power Source: AC, DC, Solar Battery
Water/Ice Dispenser: No
Warranty: Standard
Dometic CFX-75DZWSE Electric Powered Portable Cooler, Dual Zone, Special Edition (Fridge Freezer)
Dometic CFX-75DZWSE Electric Powered Portable Cooler, Dual Zone, Special Edition (Fridge Freezer)
Dometic’s signature dual-zone freezer offers two compartments, each of which can have a different set temperature. Advanced electronics and a high-performance compressor help it reach its set temperature with minimal power, which a battery protection system actively shuts it off to protect car starter batteries. Reinforced corners and hinges make this one of the most durable products on the market.

What we like about it
  • Actively protects batteries
  • Excellent capacity
  • Efficient cooling systems
  • Durable exterior
Drawbacks
  • May not fit in spaces designed for vertical refrigerators
  • Requires extra hardwiring systems for some vehicles
Dometic CFX-75DZWSE Electric Powered Portable Cooler, Dual Zone, Special Edition (Fridge Freezer)
  • NO ICE NEEDED - Except making ice for drinks! 113 Can/70l Capacity, deep-freeze to -7°, dual zone cooling compartment. Dimensions: 34. 92" Lx 18. 58"H x 19. 49"W. Enjoy 60% more storage capacity in the same exterior space! Compared to similar capacity ice chest using recommended ice/content ratio.
  • DEEP FREEZE - High performance compressor reaches –7 °F (–22 °C) with minimal energy consumption
  • ULTRA LOW POWER CONSUMPTION - Advanced compressor electronics use AC, DC, and solar power - enjoy the freedom to go off-grid! 3 Stage Dynamic Battery Protection System automatically shuts the product off to prevent a dead car starter battery and improves car battery performance

Gas RV Refrigerators

1. Norcold 4 – Editor’s Pick

Gas refrigerators aren’t well-known outside the RV industry. Still, their ability to work using propane instead of electricity makes them a viable choice for longer trips where you want to be careful about draining your battery. In that regard, the Norcold 4 excels.

Specs
Capacity: 4.5 cubic feet
Product Dimensions: 40.7 x 27.4 x 27.4 inches
Power Source: 12V DC, 120V AC, or Propane Gas
Water/Ice Dispenser: No
Warranty: 3-year limited
Norcold N410.3UR RV Refrigerator - 4.5 cu. ft. - AC/DC/LP - Left Hand Swing - Beige Trim
Norcold N410.3UR RV Refrigerator - 4.5 cu. ft. - AC/DC/LP - Left Hand Swing - Beige Trim
The Norcold 4 is easily one of the best gas refrigerators for RVs currently on the market. Its ability to switch between electricity and gas helps ensure uninterrupted operations, while its large size and user-friendly features justify its premium pricing.

What we like about it
  • Large for an RV refrigerator
  • Still fits in most standard spaces
  • The flexible power source is ideal for long trips
  • Has easy diagnostic systems
Drawbacks
  • More expensive than most other refrigerators
  • The relatively short warranty period
Norcold N410.3UR RV Refrigerator - 4.5 cu. ft. - AC/DC/LP - Left Hand Swing - Beige Trim
  • Built-in Control Diagnostics provide valuable information to simplify servicing and speed up repairs
  • Auto Changeover Between Gas and Electric, automatic re-ignition of gas flame, and automatic cycle to limit frost buildup on refrigerator cooling fans
  • Auto Changeover Between Gas and Electric, automatic re-ignition of gas flame, and automatic cycle to limit frost buildup on refrigerator cooling fans

Electric RV Refrigerators

1. Linsion 54 Quart – Editor’s Pick

Linsion’s compact vehicle fridge is an effective, efficient unit capable of drawing electrical power from a range of outlets and systems. That flexibility helps it stay ahead of the competition and earned it a place on this list.

Specs
Capacity: 1.80 cubic feet
Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.3 x 20.4 inches
Power Source: 12/24V DC or 110V to 240V AC
Water/Ice Dispenser: No
Warranty: 1-year free part replacement
Linsion 53 qt car Refrigerator
Linsion 53 qt car Refrigerator
Linsion’s electric RV refrigerator is a mid-size model suitable for casual use. Like many vehicle fridges, it focuses on a top-down form that prevents regular moving and shaking from knocking it open while still providing easy access. An Eco/Max selector allows you to adjust its cooling speed and electricity draw, while built-in battery protection helps you avoid draining your RV all the way down.

What we like about it
  • Large enough for most needs
  • Flexible electricity draw is compatible with most RVs
  • Cools well below what some of the competition can reach
  • Light enough for one person to move
Drawbacks
  • The relatively short warranty period
  • Some polarity problems with AC connectors
Linsion 53 qt car Refrigerator
  • Compressor Cooling Technology:High quality brand compressor provides fast and deep cooling to -4F (-20C), LCD PANEL with temperature and ECO/MAX Mode selection.LED Light convenient for dark environment.Drain plug easily with clean inside.
  • Accessories:This Quart(50 Liter)Car Refrigerator Includes 1 power cables to connect with 12/24V DC inputs and 90V to 240V AC power cables.
  • Common temperature setting:Red wine storage (-14F), Fruit (40F- 43F), Beverage (35.6F- 41F), Meat (-14F), Ice cream (-5F).

3-Way RV Refrigerators

1. Smad Propane Fridge – Editor’s Pick

Smad’s 3-way fridge is a flexible, efficient unit for RVs that’s capable of running even when there’s no electricity thanks to its optional use of liquid propane gas.

Specs
Capacity: 1.4 cubic feet
Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 18.1 x 24.8 inches
Power Source: AC, DC, and LPG
Water/Ice Dispenser: No
Warranty: 1 year
Smad Small Propane Fridge 3 Way Refrigerator for RV Outdoor Camper Gas 110V 12V,1.4 Cu.ft.
Smad Small Propane Fridge 3 Way Refrigerator for RV Outdoor Camper Gas 110V 12V,1.4 Cu.ft.
Smad’s 3-way fridge is a high-quality unit available in several different sizes to meet different needs, and that alone makes it stand out from the competition. In addition to its 2.1 and 3.5 cubic foot alternatives, it has a flame indicator for showing gas power, a manual temperature control, and a noiseless absorption cooling system.

What we like about it
  • Reasonable price for its size
  • The flexible power source is great for everyone
  • Quieter than many other units
  • Consumes a relatively low amount of gas
Drawbacks
  • Requires several steps to use gas properly
  • Not suitable for unventilated sleeping areas
Smad Small Propane Fridge 3 Way Refrigerator for RV Outdoor Camper Gas 110V 12V,1.4 Cu.ft.
  • 3 WAY REFRIGERATOR- LPG, 110V & 12V 3 way available
  • GAS CONNECTION- 3/8" Male flare - fuel
  • FLAME INDICATOR- Easy connection of gas power

2-Way RV Refrigerators

1. Norcold 1210BK – Editor’s Pick

The Norcold 1210BK is a relatively unusual 2-way RV refrigerator that can run off of either AC power or liquid propane. It’s also one of the largest models on the market, ideal for owners who have large RVs and want the space to hold and cool as much as possible.

Specs
Capacity: 12 cubic feet
Product Dimensions: 68.9 x 37.9 x 28.8 inches
Power Source: AC or LPG
Water/Ice Dispenser: No
Warranty: 3-year limited warranty
Norcold 1210BK - RV Refrigerator - 12 cu. ft. - 4-Door - 2-Way AC/LP
Norcold 1210BK - RV Refrigerator - 12 cu. ft. - 4-Door - 2-Way AC/LP
With four chambers, an integrated warning system, and a sturdy steel frame, the 1210BK is designed to last during long road trips. An automatic change between gas and electricity helps ensure uninterrupted operations, while an LED control panel makes servicing and repairs significantly easier. Overall, this is one of the largest and most capable 2-way RV refrigerators currently on the market.

What we like about it
  • Large enough to hold almost anything
  • Automatically helps limit frost buildup
  • Interior design permits airflow even when it’s closed
  • A highly adjustable interior
Drawbacks
  • Very expensive
  • So large that it may not fit in some RVs
Norcold 1210BK - RV Refrigerator - 12 cu. ft. - 4-Door - 2-Way AC/LP
  • LED Control Panel with Diagnostics:  State-of-the-art LED control panel with built-in diagnostics provides valuable information to simplify servicing and speed up repairs.
  • Auto Changeover Between Gas and Electric: Uninterrupted operation is ensured by the automatic changeover from gas to electric and by the automatic gas flame re-ignition.
  • Adjustable Thermostat responds to changes in ambient temperatures and the automatic cycle limits frost buildup on refrigerator cooling fans.

Free-Standing RV Refrigerators

1. VBENLEM Portable Refrigerator – Editor’s Pick

VBENLEM’s portable refrigerator is a compact, silent free-standing unit suitable for RVs and camping. A lock-reversible door offers flexibility for RV interiors, which is a surprisingly rare feature.

Specs
Capacity: 1.4 cubic feet
Product Dimensions: 17 x 18 x 21 inches
Power Source: AC or DC
Water/Ice Dispenser: No
Warranty: Standard
VBENLEM 1.4cu.ft 110V 12V Portable Refrigerator AC DC Silence Compact Absorption Fridge 40L Black Mini Car Cooler with Lock Reversible Door for Apartment Hotel Hospital Camping Traveling Vehicle RV
VBENLEM 1.4cu.ft 110V 12V Portable Refrigerator AC DC Silence Compact Absorption Fridge 40L Black Mini Car Cooler with Lock Reversible Door for Apartment Hotel Hospital Camping Traveling Vehicle RV
VBENLEM isn’t one of the better-known brands, but this compact portable refrigerator is worth looking at if you want something free-standing instead of permanently bolted into your RV. We particularly like the ultra-quiet nature of this fridge and its totally self-enclosed design. It’s not a full-size fridge, but it is large enough to support your needs during most short or mid-length trips.

What we like about it
  • Extremely quiet system
  • Can be set on floors or counters
  • Full-width shelving
  • Reversible door hinge
Drawbacks
  • Slightly unusual sizing may require extra padding
  • DC is only auxiliary
VBENLEM 1.4cu.ft 110V 12V Portable Refrigerator AC DC Silence Compact Absorption Fridge 40L Black Mini Car Cooler with Lock Reversible Door for Apartment Hotel Hospital Camping Traveling Vehicle RV
  • 【NO NOISE TOP-NOTCH TECHNOLOGY】Environmental friendly refrigerator, totally enclosed design. No additional refrigerant required throughout its servicelife. Absorption refrigeration enables mute operation so you can enjoy a sound sleep in the evening. CE/GS/CCC/CB approved for assuring quality.
  • 【TINY WHILE SUPERIOR】This free standing fridge is of tiny structure. Can also be set on countertop. 40L adequate storage capacity with inside-door storage will surely meet your demands. Full-width shelves allow flexible storage solutions and easy clean up.
  • 【CONSIDERATE DETAILS】37~53℉ (3~12℃) adjustable temperature with electronic formula controller. Foaming door and assuring gasket keep cold air inside. Illumination is provided by cold-light LED light. Reversible door hinge enables you to adjust it for either left or right-handed opening. Comfortable double-handle facilitate opening.

Portable RV Refrigerators

1. XtremepowerUS Portable Camping Refrigerator – Editor’s Pick

Most RV refrigerators are portable in the sense that you can technically lift and carry them around. However, XtremepowerUS’s portable camping refrigerator is one of the few that deserves the name because it has a handle and wheels to make moving it easier.

Specs
Capacity: 1.73 cubic feet
Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 24 x 21.5 inches
Power Source: 110V AC or 12/24 DC
Water/Ice Dispenser: No
Warranty: Standard
XtremepowerUS 52-Quart Bluetooth Function Portable Camping Refrigerator Compact Vehicle Car Mini Fridge Rolling Cooler ECO with Handle Wheel
XtremepowerUS 52-Quart Bluetooth Function Portable Camping Refrigerator Compact Vehicle Car Mini Fridge Rolling Cooler ECO with Handle Wheel
Handles are common enough on portable refrigerators, but wheels are still a relatively rare feature. That helps this product stand out from the competition. Other notable features include Bluetooth connectivity, a shockproof design, a three-stage battery protection system, and a USB port for charging electronics.

What we like about it
  • More portable than most of the competition
  • Flexible temperature settings
  • The choice between fast cooling and energy-saving modes
  • Relatively large for a portable unit
Drawbacks
  • Prefers DC-only for longer trips
  • Relatively expensive for the size when not on sale
XtremepowerUS 52-Quart Bluetooth Function Portable Camping Refrigerator Compact Vehicle Car Mini Fridge Rolling Cooler ECO with Handle Wheel
  • ★Large Capacity and Multi-Use - With 52-Quart large capacity, this refrigerator could hold a great amount of drinks. There is also enough space for snacks and food. You could apply it at home, camping fishing or vehicles
  • ★Bluetooth Function - Connected to your cell phone via Bluetooth. You can turn on / off power, preset and monitor the temperature by an app for iPhone / Android phone. Its top cover has the digital panel to display real-time temperature in Fahrenheit, which synchronizes with cell phone app.
  • ★Double Handle and Telescoping Handle - Side handles and telescoping handle with wheels make it easy to carry or pull. A dual functioning handle allows you to carry your cooler in hand or pull it on the ground using the wheels for easy transport

Conclusion

RV refrigerators come with many shapes, sizes, and features. Whether you’re looking for a tall, regular unit or something more compact and flexible, buy your fridge now so you can test it before you start your next RV trip.

Last update on 2020-07-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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