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Best Mini Fridges for Trucks: A Helpful Guide for Regular Truckers




Are you a trucker who wants the best mini fridge for your truck or semi-truck? You are at the right place. I’ve interviewed around 23 truckers and 37 semi-truck drivers and learned about things that are very important when it comes to truck fridges. That’s why this list is going to be one of the best available lists when it comes to small refrigerators for trucks.

First of all, “Thank you!” If it weren’t for you, people like me wouldn’t have received our parcels on time, moving to a different city with our goods would be severely tough and expensive. I also have a friend who drives a truck and that’s the reason why I know exactly know what are the needs of a truck driver when it comes to a mini-fridge.

My friend and the truckers I interviewed told me that grabbing a chilled bottle of water during their journey has not just consumed their time, but has also costed them in terms of fines. They said that sometimes even 5-minutes matters because a few short routes don’t allow trucks to pass during certain hours. Imagine yourself being at a distance which takes 5 minutes to reach, but you stop for a chilled water break and the restriction hour begins? That’s why they said, a truck mini fridge has always been one of the best things that have happened to truck and semi-truck drivers.

Unlike other websites which claim to help you with your buying decision by showing random refrigerators, I’ve actually gone out and spent huge time researching, interviewing professional truckers who have experience for more than 10 years and finally came up with this list.

10 Best Mini Fridge for Trucks and Semi Trucks

Before we begin with the list, I’ll also like to mention that a lot of mini-fridge brands reached out to me and even offered sponsorship for including the truck fridges manufactured by them, but I’ve denied their offers because that’s the least possible way through which I can thank you enough.

Also, I’ve divided the list into 2 sections, The first few models come with better capacity and are highly suitable for truck drivers who make long-trips. However, if you don’t go that long and want the one which comes with limited capacity, then you can browse for the last 4 models.

So shall we finally begin with the list of the best mini fridge for trucks?

1. Best for Truckers: ARB 10810602 Portable Mini Fridge/Freezer

ARB 10810602 Portable Fridge/Freezer Weatherproof Portable Fridge/Freezer
  • Weatherproof control panel, Main body and lid constructed from 304 grade stainless steel with raised feature forming and embossed ARB logos on both sides of the cabinet, Tamperproof bolts for permanent mount options and added security
  • Strong ASA protective corner pieces on main body and lid, Recessed rear remote monitor transmitter positioned to be protected from the weather
  • Unique infinite position gas strut - will hold lid open in any position, Heavy duty tamperproof cast stainless steel hinges (non-removable lid)
  • Evaporator height increased which also surrounds both primary and secondary compartments (no longer a dairy section), Increased fridge cabinet insulation thickness
  • 4-digit pin code protected electronic locking system, Locked/unlocked warning, Dimmable display, DC voltage supply readout

2. Best Runner Up: Alpicool CX50 Portable Mini Refrigerator

Alpicool CX50 Portable Refrigerator 53 Quart(50 Liter) with Trolley Vehicle, Car, Truck, RV, Boat, Mini Fridge Freezer for Driving, Travel, Fishing, Outdoor and Home use -12/24V DC and 110-240 AC
  • SUPER STORAGE SPACE:53 Quart(50 Liter) capacity ,fits 52 cans of Cola.
  • FREEZES WITHOUT ICE: -4°F(-20°C) deep chilling down performance ,no need ice ever.
  • FUNCTION UPGARDES: New LCD display panel with USB socket to charge your mobile devices.Individual trolley design with heavy-duty handles and wheels that make it easy transport and carry to anywhere.
  • CAR AND HOME USE:Includes 2 power cables to separately connect with 12/24V DC and 110V to 240V AC power inputs.Run great with your small solar system as well.With
  • KEEP COOLING AND FRESH:Reliable sealing property construction,thick and high Density Foam Insulation.Continues keep cooling performance during your journey.Fresh all way and super energy saving!

3. Best 48 Quarts DC (12v) AC (110-240v): ICECO VL 45 Truck Mini Fridge

ICECO VL45 Portable Refrigerator 12V Fridge Freezer with SECOP Compressor, 48 Quarts/45Liters Platinum Compact Refrigerator, DC 12/24V, AC 110-240V, 0℉ to 50℉, Home & Car Use, for RV, Truck, Boat, Van
  • ※ 【HIGH QUALITY】- SECOP Compressor, fast cooling; ETL Certificate; Global Product Insurance. For the compressor cooling technology, this refrigerator could achieve fast cooling between 0°F to 50°F(-18℃~10℃).
  • ※ 【MAX / MIN FUNCTION】 - This function allows the compressor speed to be slowed down to increase operational efficiencies(MIN) or increase the compressor speed to provide ''quick'' cooldown(MAX).
  • ※ 【CAR & HOME USE】- Includes 2 power cables to separately connect with 12/24V DC and 110V to 240V AC power for Vehicle and Home.
  • ※ 【BATTERY PROTECTION】 - Advanced compressor electronics use AC, DC. 3 Stage (Low, Mid, High) Dynamic Battery Protection System automatically shuts the product off to prevent a dead car starter battery and improves car battery performance.
  • ※ 【WARRANTY】 - 5 Years warranty on the compressor and 1 Year warranty on all other parts. Local after-sales service.

4. Best For Capacity: ARB 10800472 Portable Truck Mini Fridge

ARB Portable Fridge Freezer 50 Quarts Electric Powered 12V/110V For Car, Boat, Truck, SUV, RV, Home Classic Series I (50 Quart)
  • Can maintain an interior temperature of 0 degrees for true in-vehicle refrigeration and freezing
  • Holds up to 72 12-ounce cans, and can also accommodate a two-liter bottle of cola. Two piece injection molded lid, UV stable
  • Continues to actively cool contents while the vehicle is off, and features an adjustable automatic battery protection system that prevents vehicle battery run-down
  • Includes two power cables: the DC power cable connects to your vehicle's 12/24-volt DC power outlet, and the AC power cable plugs into a standard household AC power outlet.Cooling capacity:50 degree F to 0 degree F
  • Exterior Footprint: 27.75"L x 14.96"W x 20"H -- Main Compartment: 13.27"D x 11.22"W x 15.79"H -- Dairy Compartment: 5.95"D x 11.22"W x 8.11"H

5. Best Dometic Mini Fridge Freezer for Truck: CFX28 12V

Dometic CFX28 12v Electric Powered Cooler, Fridge Freezer
  • No ice- ever. Except making ice for drinks. Cooling compartment has separate crisper for fruit and vegetables
  • Flexibility- refrigerate or freeze to -7F. Average energy consumption at AC (DIN15502) : 0.175 kWh/24h
  • 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
  • Downsize to 2/3 the size of a traditional cooler- don't need to take up space with ice

6. Best Whynter Truck Fridge: Whynter FM-45G 45 Quart Mini

Whynter FM-45G 45 Quart Portable Fridge/Freezers, Platinum
  • Capacity: 45 Quarts or 60 Cans (12FL oz)
  • Operates as a refrigerator or freezer
  • 8-feet AC power cord and 5-feet DC power cord and two removable wire baskets are included
  • "Fast Freeze" mode rapidly cools to -8°F
  • Voltage power AC (115V/ 60Hz - 65W/ 0.75A) or DC (12V/24V - 4.5A /2.5A Car Lighter Socket).Power low indicator

7. Best for Semi Trucks: Cooluli Thermoelectric 4L

Cooluli Classic 4-liter Compact Cooler/Warmer Mini Fridge for Cars, Road Trips, Homes, Offices and Dorms (Black)
  • CONVENIENT + LIGHTWEIGHT: The Cooluli Classic 4-liter thermo-electric cooler/warmer mini fridge sports a matte finish and a modern profile that's perfectly portable. This unit measures: 7.25" W x 10.25" D x 10.75" H and weighs 4 lbs and inner unit measures: 5.3"L x 5.7"W x 8.3"H
  • MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS + USES: The Classic 4-L is super-versatile. Use it anywhere to store food, drinks, beer, snacks, breast milk, insulin, skincare and medications
  • PERFECT FOR SKINCARE & BEAUTY ESSENTIALS: Store your skincare, personal care & beauty product faves! From moisturizers to masks... serums to creams...& everything in between!
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: The unique semiconductor operation is energy-efficient, ultra-quiet and 100% environmentally friendly. Cooling Capacity: 40ºF-45ºF below ambient temperature
  • AC + DC + USB: The Cooluli Classic-4L covers all your bases! AC and DC power cords are included for indoor or outdoor use, plus it comes with a USB cord for ultra-flexibility. Warming Capacity: 122ºF-144ºF

8. Best for Small Trucks: Igloo Iceless Thermoelectric Cooler

Igloo Iceless Thermoelectric Cooler (Silver/White, 28-Quart)
  • Swing-up bale handle with comfort grip for easy carrying. Liner Material: Polypropylene
  • Molded-in side handles for two handed carrying or lifting. Capacity-32 12-oz cans; 26 quarts (24 liters)
  • 8' long power cord plugs into any 12V DC receptacle (e.g. cigarette lighter) for portable use - good universal fit in 12V outlet
  • uses your car's cigarette lighter to cool without ice, unlocking more room for food and drinks, as well as keeping all contents fresh and dry. Takes cooler temperature down to 36°F below surrounding air
  • Cools without ice and leaves you more room for food and drinks

The Verdict

I hope, I’ve helped you find the perfect mini refrigerator for your truck, van or semi-truck. For long-distance travels, you shall go with the first 6 models. However, if you are someone who doesn’t go on long trips and would be okay with small capacity mini-fridges, then you can go with models which are numbered 7 and 8. They come with a limited capacity and saves you from a hefty price tag of the other large capacity mini fridges which are listed.

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Robert D Harder

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I'm an engineer who has repaired more than 1700 refrigerators. I love mini refrigerators and that's the reason why I started Mini Fridge Advisors to give advices in regards to these lovely small fridges

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