Keep Your Cool With These 15 Small Boat Fridge

Keep Your Cool With These 15 Small Boat Fridge

15 Boat Fridges Under 2 Cubic Feet

It’s my least favorite thing about boating. Carrying 40 pounds of cooler, ice, drinks and food through the parking lot, across the dock, and then trying to wrestle it into the boat without killing myself.

There has got to be an easier way. And there is, at least for larger boats.

If you have the room and the battery capacity, an onboard boat fridge can help save your back by reducing the amount of ice you need to bring for the weekend from 40 lbs down to 5 or 10 lbs.

What’s even better, the newest models of marine refrigerators are very quiet, so you won’t even know they are running, and super efficient so you can run them all weekend without draining your battery.

This is what the Berkeley National Laboratory had to say about what makes an efficient DC boat fridge in a 2011 report.
“Refrigerator efficiency is dominated by two factors: compressor efficiency and insulation.
variable-speed compressors offer large energy savings, with brushless DC motors being the logical choice of driver“

DC marine refrigerators come in a wide variety of sizes from 0.7 cubic feet cooling drawers for drinks up to a 13 cubic foot model that rivals home refrigerators.

I’ve put together a list of 69 different models of DC boat refrigerators and freezers from 7 top manufacturers. For the next several weeks I will be publishing buying guides featuring an individual size category.

This week I’m featuring DC refrigerators with a capacity of under 2 cubic feet. These small refrigerators can be placed on the deck or in the cabin. They are perfect for storing drinks and snacks. They can be mounted in a cabinet or in the space under a seat. There is even a couple of free-standing chest style with a fold up lid.

Dometic CD20/CD 30

Dometic CD20/CD30 boat fridge

Convert Empty Space Into A Convenient Cooling Drawer
The Dometic Coolmatic CD 30 drawer refrigerator turns any unused nook, such as the space under a seat, into a practical refrigerator. A convenient variable thermostat protects your contents from freezing, and the fully hermetic compressor is extremely energy efficient.

  • Fully hermetic compressor with integrated control electronics
  • Easy-pull drawer on roller bearing slides
  • Unlock and open with a single movement
  • Temperature regulation with a continuously variable thermostat
  • Handle with a keyed lock

Coolmatic CD 20
Capacity: 0.7 cu ft
H x W x D: 9.84″ x 17.32″ x 21.8″
Current Draw: 3 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: n/a

Coolmatic CD 30
Capacity: 1 cu ft
H x W x D: 9.84″ x 17.32″ x 26.15″
Current Draw: 3 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: n/a

Isotherm Cruise 36 Classic/Cruise 36 Stainless Steel (INOX)

SS frig drawer boat fridge

With a cutout height of 10 inches and remote mount compressor, the Cruise 36 is perfect for the flybridge, center console, aft deck, under a seat or setee, and in a stateroom for easy access to refrigerated snacks and beverages. The 316 grade brushed stainless steel door is not only handsome and nautical looking but rugged enough to stand up to the rigors of the marine environment.

  • Silent, highly efficient, fan cooled 12/24V Danfoss / Secop remote mount compressor (type BD35F)
  • 316 grade brushed stainless steel doors for a handsome nautical look and long life
  • Holds a case of 12 ounce canned drinks
  • Fits under seats, on the flybridge, in cockpit, or cabins
    Convenient access to food and beverages

Isotherm Cruise 36 Classic
Capacity: 1.3 cu ft
H x W x D: 10″ x 17.4″ x 20.3″
Current Draw: n/a
Amps/24 hours: 25 amp-hrs

Isotherm Cruise 36 INOX
Capacity: 1.3 cu ft
H x W x D: 10″ x 17.9″ x 21.7″
Current Draw: n/a
Amps/24 hours: 25 amp-hrs

Vitrifrigo C39IBD4-F/C42RBD4-F

black boat fridge

The new user-friendly Airlock closure system is designed to allow easy access and integrate more features.

  • Positive door closure helps prevent unwanted openings
  • Built-in “vent position” system keeps the door ajar when not in use to prevent odors and mold.

C39IBD4-F
Capacity: 1.3 cu ft
H x W x D: 21 9/16″ 15 15/16″ 15 1/2″
Current Draw: 2.58 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: n/a

C42RBD4-F
Capacity: 1.4 cu ft
H x W x D: 21 22 3/8″ 17 7/16″ 14 15/16″
Current Draw: 2.58 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: n/a

Isotherm Cruise 40 CUBE

CRUISE-40 Cube

The Cruise 40 CUBE is a versatile box that can be used as a fridge or freezer and installed both as a front opening fridge or freezer or as a top opening fridge or freezer. With a remote-mount compressor, this unit is the answer to boaters who want to add a refrigerator or a freezer quickly to any kind of boat.

  • Volume: 1.4 cubic feet
  • The CUBE 40 can be used as a fridge or freezer
  • Silent, highly efficient, fan cooled 12/24V Danfoss / Secop remote-mount compressor (type BD35F)
  • DC-only or AC/DC
  • Dual range mechanical thermostat
  • Door front can be customized with your custom veneer panel

Cruise 40 CUBE
Capacity: 1.4 cu ft
H x W x D: 17.1” x 16.9” x 16.5”(25.6”with compressor)
Current Draw: n/a
Amps/24 hours: 15.5 amp-hrs

Isotherm Cruise 42 Elegance/ Clean Touch Stainless Steel

Cruise 42 INOX

The Isotherm Cruise 42 Elegance features a remote mount compressor which allows this boat fridge to fit where others will not. Elegance features include thicker door insulation, freezer design with magnetic door to lock out frosting issues.
The Isotherm Clean Touch stainless steel is specially treated to remain clean to the touch and provides excellent resistance to salt spray, sun, heat, UV, and condensation in the marine environment.
Isotherm Cruise 42 Elegance and Clean Touch are equipped with the new SECOP BD Micro 1.4F – VSD (variable speed drive) 12/24V compressor, the smallest and lightest DC unit on the market. Specially designed for maximum efficiency and reliability.

  • Silent, high efficiency, fan cooled 12/24V Secop compressor (type BD 1.4F)
  • Easy-fix, vent-lock system, white LED internal lighting
  • Standard colors are Silver and Black

Cruise 42 Elegance
Capacity: 1.4 cu ft
H x W x D: 20.8″ x 15″ x 13.6″*
Current Draw: n/a
Amps/24 hours: 23.8 amp-hrs

Cruise 42 Clean Touch Stainless Steel
Capacity: 1.4 cu ft
H x W x D: 20.7″ x 15.7″ x 19.7″
Current Draw: n/a
Amps/24 hours: 23.8 amp-hrs

Dometic CRX 50/CRX 50 S/CRD 50

Dometic crx

Convenient built-in drawer boat fridge with removable freezer compartment. Quiet, flexible and efficient, bottles are firmly secured with a bracket. The temperature is set on the soft touch control panel and regulates the compressor speed achieving energy savings of up to 25%.

  • Patented removable freezer compartment
  • Temperature control and compressor speed control enable highly efficient energy consumption
  • Cool blue interior light

Dometic CRX 50
Capacity: 1.7 cu ft
H x W x D: 22 2/16 ” x 17 13/16 ” x 19 11/16 “
Current Draw: 5 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: 22.3 amp-hrs

Dometic CRX 50 S
Capacity: 1.7 cu ft
H x W x D: 22 2/16 ” x 17 13/16 ” x 19 11/16 “
Current Draw: 5 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: 22.3 amp-hrs

Dometic CRD 50
Capacity: 1.7 cu ft
H x W x D: 21 ” x 14 15/16 ” x 19 11/16 “
Current Draw: 6.8 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: 36 amp-hrs

NorCold | Thetford Marine NR740

NR740SS boat fridge

Thetford compressor boat fridges have a smooth design with the hidden ventilation grill. It is a self-ventilated design for easier integration. NR-model perfectly refits the Norcold DE0740.

  • Danfoss BD35 compressor
  • Interior light
  • Reversible, safe and stylish recessed doors
  • Easy open/close door latches
  • Closing freezer door
  • Self-ventilated design for easier integration

NorCold | Thetford Marine NR740
Capacity: 1.7 cu ft
H x W x D: 21.06″ 16.42″ 19.68″
Current Draw: 3.6 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: n/a

SunDanzer DCR50/DCF50

DCR50 boat fridge

This chest-style boat fridge or freezer is an ultra-efficient unit with exceptionally low energy consumption. High-quality construction for excellent reliability and long life. The zero maintenance, brushless, thermostatically controlled DC compressor operates on 12 or 24 VDC.

  • 12 or 24 VDC with low voltage disconnect for battery protection
  • Environmentally friendly CFC-free refrigerant R134a
  • Rugged scratch resistant galvanized steel exterior
  • Easy to clean aluminum
  • Automatic control with adjustable thermostat

SunDanzer DCR50/DCF50
Capacity: 1.8 cu ft
H x W x D: 30.5″ x 26.5″ x 23″
Current Draw: n/a
Amps/24 hours: 9.6 amp-hrs

Vitrifrigo C51IBD4-F

black boat fridge

The new user-friendly Airlock closure system is designed to allow easy access and integrate more features.

  • Positive door closure, to prevent unwanted openings
  • The fast reversible opening is extremely quick and easy to operate
  • Integrated “vent position” system keeps the door ajar unpleasant odors and mold

Vitrifrigo C51IBD4-F
Capacity: 1.8 cu ft
H x W x D: 21″ 15 9/16 20 7/16″
Current Draw: 3.4 amps @ 12 volts
Amps/24 hours: n/a

A boat fridge under 2 cu ft is a convenient way to keep cold drinks and snacks handy on deck or add extra refrigeration space in the cabin. Newer models are extremely quiet and energy efficient.

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