How to Choose an Outdoor Fridge

A fridge in the kitchen, whether it's a home or summer kitchen, is the first priority. It allows you to keep your food fresh. That's why it should be chosen with all responsibility. A thorough approach is a guaranteed success of the purchase.

First of all, when deciding which refrigerator to choose to please you and your family, consider the following criteria:

  • Dimensions
  • Noise level
  • Storage compartments
  • Energy consumption
  • Exterior/interior design
  • Additional functions/features

Many people think that when choosing an outdoor fridge, the same factors, as when buying a fridge for home use, need to be considered. However, not everything is so cut and dried. The refrigerating unit intended for outdoor use, should, in addition to the above, meet several other requirements. Let's consider in more detail what an outdoor fridge should be.

How to Choose an Outdoor Fridge

According to, if you decide to buy a suitable fridge for your summer house, pay attention to such aspects:

Old or new?

Many people think that when choosing an outdoor fridge, the same factors, as when buying a fridge for home use, need to be considered. However, not everything is so cut and dried. The refrigerating unit intended for outdoor use, should, in addition to the above, meet several other requirements.

Often, garden owners and BBQ enthusiasts ignore buying a new outdoor fridge, contenting themselves with an outdated unit in their garage or basement. Used refrigerators are often taken from relatives or acquaintances, purchased from consignment shops selling such goods.

Of course, it is up to you to consider this approach. Just remember that old models consume large amounts of energy and do not always work well - poorly closed doors, due to damaged rubbers on them, resulting in spoiled products. So it turns out that having saved on the purchase of a new model, you have to overpay for energy consumption and new food.

Tip: Do you think that if you don't use your outdoor fridge every day, it's not that important? Think twice. There are many harmful organisms that want to taste your food. So don't increase the risk of catching E. Coli by using an old fridge of questionable quality.


Consider how often you will buy food for your fridge, how many people and how long you will all stay there.

A fridge with a spacious freezer may be a good option if you have some berries and fruits on your site - this will allow you to freeze some and save vitamins.

If it's a small summer house and you do not visit it too often, it is not necessary to install a large unit. A small refrigerator will be quite enough.


A fridge from a famous manufacturer that has a high-quality power unit will last much longer. In addition, reliable models from well-known brands do not cause trouble in maintenance and repair. As a rule, their design is also quite simple. Many users note the negative experience of second-tier brands whose reliability raises many questions.

Independent Operation

Consider dual compressor fridges - they allow you to use a freezer independently, turning off the fridge when you don't use it. That's how you save on electricity and, at the same time, store some frozen products.

Power Surge Protection

A compact mini fridge often operates at the limit of its possibilities. It happens for 2 reasons.

Firstly, the electrical equipment has a simplified scheme which excludes a number of protective mechanisms.

Secondly, DC voltage in the countryside tends to fluctuate frequently. Alas, however, a surge of voltage is not uncommon in rural settlements. Therefore, it is extremely important to consider protecting your fridge from possible electricity surges.

Small fridges may also have additional built-in protection, e.g. fuses.

Pay attention to the quality of the supply voltage in the summer house. Unfortunately, the farther away from a city, the greater the risk of voltage surges and power outages. In order to protect the unit from damage, and yourself - from unnecessary spending, it is better to choose models that have special protection against voltage surges. A special voltage regulator is also a good idea - it will protect not only your fridge but also the whole network.

There are fridges that save cool temperature inside for a long time after the power failure. It is worth taking a closer look at such models if there's a big chance that a repair crew will not be there in time to help you.


A great option if you need versatility. A portable fridge can be taken not only in your backyard or summer house, but you can also take it with you on a trip. As a rule, these are small-size models with or without a freezer. The price of portable refrigerators is affordable. Small size and the ability to take it with you on the road can be considered an undeniable advantage. The only disadvantage is their small capacity.

If you doubt that you will find a fridge left in the summer house, having arrived there again, and, thus, are not ready to refuse habitual comfort, pay attention to portable models - the convenient container has special thermoelements built in it. They are the ones that ensure the cooling of food. Such units can be very capacious, having a capacity of up to 2028 ounces (60 liters).

Tip. If there's an avid fisherman in the family, and the house is located near the water, pay attention to the units that have special compartments for fish. They will ensure the long-term safety of the catch.

Gas Fridges

Another option which is very popular with summer house owners, travelers, and fishermen. Models with the ability to work on gas can often be connected to the power grid. You can consider them hybrids. The devices are indispensable where there is no electrification.


At the end of the article, I would like to list once again the main parameters to rely on when choosing an outdoor fridge, as well as to add a few more examples of good features. You can just save this list and check everything right before you buy your new freezing friend.

  • 1. Different power supplies compatibility
  • 2. Convenient and durable door handle
  • 3. Freezer and ice-making functions
  • 4. Robust housing material
  • 5. Easy-to-clean exterior/interior
  • 6. Door sealing and assembly quality
  • 7. Quiet operation
  • 8. Interior illumination, LEDs
  • 9. Low power consumption
  • 10. Ergonomics
  • 11. Stable base
  • 12. Control panel and additional settings
  • 13. Additional racks and sections for wine, drinks, beer, milk, eggs, etc
  • 14. Compactness
  • 15. Removable shelves
  • 16. Power surge protection
  • 17. Low maintenance
  • 18. Capacity
  • 19. Independent freezer/fridge operation
  • 20. Portability
  • 21. Interior/exterior design
  • 22. Security lock, key
  • 23. Built-in or freestanding model
  • 24. UL approved, certificates, eco-friendliness
  • 25. Max/min temperature, speed

I wish you to find your perfect fridge and enjoy its operation for many years!

Vera Watson

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