Whether you are in the market for your first fridge to put into your semi truck, or your company truck’s fridge is in need of repair, or maybe you’re looking for an upgrade after your third Coleman broke, whatever reason you’ve found yourself here so we can show you the 5 best semi truck refrigerators for your trucking needs.
When you are on the road for 360 days a year, eating out can get real expensive real quick. That’s why we’ve found that if long haul truckers can keep food in their cab, they are able to save TONS of money. According to AOL finance, when buying food from the grocery store, you can save up to 40-79% on meals as opposed to going to fast food restaurants. So in the grand scheme of things, making the investment in a quality refrigerator for your semi truck cab will actually save you money.
Keep in mind that most long haul truckers find the following features to be a priority when looking for a refrigerator to keep in their cab:
- Energy Use
- Storage Room
- Cooling and Freezing
Hopefully we can help simplify your search with our list of the Top 5 best semi truck refrigerators.
1. Dometic CF50 12v Electric Powered Cooler, Fridge Freezer
- Fridge and a Freezer
- 12V Semi Truck Refrigerator
- 50 Quarts
- 40 lbs
- 24.8 L x 18.9H x 14.2 D
Pros: The motor of this fridge is quiet and it doesn’t put off much heat. It can refrigerate and freeze food. It holds 50 quarts (that’s up to 68 cans!) Plus it comes with a 1 year Warranty
Cons: It doesn’t have the best insulation to cool food while it’s unplugged.
What Truckers Say: “Very pleased with this performance. Plus it works great between the seats of my Peterbilt”
2. Norcold 1.1 cu. ft. portable refrigerator/freezer for Semi Trucks
- Fridge and Freezer
- Removable wire basket
- 12V Semi Truck refrigerator
- 36.9 lbs
- 15.6 H x 22W x 15.7D
Pros: When it comes to semi truck refrigerators, Norcold knows what they’re doing. This fridge not only has an electronic temperature control panel, but it also holds a lot of food for its compact size. It is ice cold and it’s dead quiet.
Cons: Even though it comes with the DC cord to plug into the lighter outlet, you have to purchase the AC adapter separately. Which isn’t a deal breaker, but it would be nice to have included to be able to move it inside if needed.
What truckers say: “After purchasing this refrigerator/freezer, I couldn’t be happier! I had been using thermoelectric coolers as a regional truck driver and finally decided to give up on them, and boy am I glad I did! This thing holds a weeks worth of food and gets down to 27 degrees in less than 20 minutes.”
List Price: $768.30
$538.42 (30% off)
3. Costway Portable Compressor Refrigerator/Freezer Compact Semi Truck Mini Fridge
- Refrigerator and Freezer
- Removable Wire Basket
- Large Interior space
- 110V Outlet and 12V power source
- Battery Protection
- 52 lbs
- 24.5in L x 20in W x 22in H
Pros: The LCD display and digital temperature gauge are awesome. There is a ton of space to hold several drinks and lots of food.
Cons: With this being a larger semi-truck fridge it takes up quite a bit of space. It is also quite heavy.
What drivers say: “Very happy with this product! It has tons of room inside and will work for our needs. It has low power usage and gets cold quick!”
4. SMETA Mini Fridge No Noise: Absorption Portable Refrigerator for Semi Truck
- 12V semi truck refrigerator
- 15.7 x 16.5 x 19.7
- 35 lbs
- 1 Cubic ft capacity
- Reversible Door
Pros: This upright refrigerator works great in compact spaces. Has adjustable/removable shelves. The door can also me reversed to open from either side. It is quiet and doesn’t move around much. Affordable.
Cons: The freezer section will not keep foods frozen. They will stay cold for awhile but they will eventually melt. Takes quite a while to get cold.
What drivers say: “I bought this because I was looking for a semi truck cab refrigerator. It needed to fit into a particularly narrow space and the dimensions on this semi truck fridge worked perfectly.”
List Price: $299.00
$238.99 (20% off)
5. Smad 49L 12V Refrigerator for Semi Truck with Freezer
- Refrigerator and Freezer
- 12V or 24 V
- LED Display
- 28.5 x 14.8 x 20.2
- Interior lighting
Pros: Cools and freezes food and drinks. It is quiet while running and it gets cooled off fast.
Cons: Could have better insulation to hold the cool temperature inside longer to prevent cycling.
What drivers say: “I am an OTR truck driver and this semi truck refrigerator is a lifesaver. I have had it for over a week now and haven’t had to buy food at a Truck Stop yet! I’m eating more healthy and saving money too!”
List Price: $629.00
$515.00 (18% off)