Thinking about buying the best-selling camping fridge model in Australia? We can’t blame you – the Dometic CFX-95 is a portable fridge freezer that has got every adventure covered.
But if the ~$1500 price tag is a bit steep for your pockets, we’ve got the inside word on a CFX-95 alternative that you’ll love.
Before we reveal it, let’s take a quick look at why the Dometic CFX-95 is rising in the popularity stakes. We’re talking a fridge freezer with a massive 95 litres, including 40 litres of freezer. Plus, it features a dual zone, dual temperature control, and dual lid.
What’s so special about that? It means you can operate two zones independently from the other, to suit your tribe’s needs. Both compartments can reach temperatures as low as -22°C at the same time, even if the temperature outside is a steamy 32°C. Add on a 5-year warranty, Wifi capabilities and Dometic’s own Waeco Compressor and it’s no wonder this is the best camping fridge freezer Australia has ever seen.
There’s just one small problem… the price is around $1500.
If you can’t bring yourself to drop that many dollars on a camping fridge freezer, don’t worry. There is a CFX-95 alternative that ticks almost all the same boxes. The best part? It has price tag of only $1100.
The CFX-95 alternative is… (drumroll please) …
Launched by the Australian brand Evakool in late 2018, this fridge freezer has everything you could want in a Dual Zone model. Operating as two fridge zones at 4°C, it draws 1.5 to 2.2 Amps/Hour, and operating as a fridge zone at 4°C and a freezer zone at -15°C, it draws 1.8 to 2.6 Amps/Hour.
It features detachable dual lids and the universally used Secop / Danfoss compressor. This compressor is in almost all Evakool fridges as well as other popular fridge freezers such as Bushman and Camec. This model comes with a 2-year warranty. That’s exceptional value for money!
But there’s one thing it lacks: the Dometic name.
Dometic CFX-95 vs Evakool TMDZ-96:
How does the CFX-95 alternative compare to the real thing?
They are two physically similar products:
- Both are Dual Zone fridges – you can enjoy two compartments that can each operate independently in any combination as fridges or freezers.
- Very similar capacities – Evakool TMDZ-96 boasts just a half-litre more at 96 litres total, and both have smaller compartments of around 41-42 litres.
- Dry weight – Again, there’s not a lot in it. Evakool weighs a mere 1 kilogram less at 31 kilograms.
- Extra features – Both models include extra features such as removable handles, Wi-Fi enabled tech, interior light, USB port.
Watch this video to see a full comparison:
We’re not going to lie – we love the Dometic CFX95. Since hitting the Australian market in late 2016, it’s been flying off our (online) shelves, and for good reason. You can’t go wrong with this tried-and-tested camping fridge. So, it’s no wonder other brands like Evakool have seen the light and brought out their own CFX95 alternative.
To choose between these two models you have to consider what is important to you: do you want a portable fridge freezer from a globally recognised brand name, with a 5 year warranty and all the bells and whistles, but you’ll be paying a little extra? Or are you happy with an Australian brand, that still features some bells and whistles, has a 2-year warranty and you’ll save a little money for later? The decision is yours!
Other Dual Zone Portable Fridge Options
Dometic Waeco also offer a 75 Litre Dual Zone Model if you’re looking for a slightly smaller portable fridge. Evakool also offer the TMDZ Dual Zone in four other sizes: 43 Litre, 51 Litre, 62 Litre and 80 Litre!
Evakool also have two other dual zone models: the Glacier 74 Litre Dual Compartment Metal Fridge/Freezer and the Glacier 89 Litre Dual Compartment Metal Fridge/Freezer. Both models are made of metal which offers users exceptional strength!
An alternative to a dual zone model is a combi fridge freezer such as the Engel 57 Litre Digital Platinum Combi Series Chest Fridge / Freezer. Combi fridges feature a divider to separate the two sections, but only uses one temperature control. The cold air over flows from the main compartment into the next to keep one as a freezer and one as a fridge.