Dometic’s new CFX35 portable refrigerator/freezer keeps perishables safe in two temperature zones
All motorhomes have a refrigerator and freezer; some have two doors, some have four doors. The size of the refrigerator is definitely a selling point when choosing a motorhome as buyers assess their needs to store food for their type of travel. It’s probably safe to assume that most RVers can manage their available refrigerator/freezer space and pack accordingly. But what happens when a local big-box store is having a great sale on items frequently used for meal preparation? Or what about that fishing trip when limits were filled each day? Storage of cold and frozen foods can easily become an issue when on the road. Ice chests will work for a short period of time, but it’s a pain to keep adding ice and dealing with water that disintegrates packaging and dilutes the food stored in poorly sealed containers.
Portable refrigerators are a great option to supplement cold-food storage. Longtime RV appliance manufacturer Dometic has redesigned its line of portable refrigerator/freezers, and the introduction of the CFX35 makes a perfect companion when RV refrigerator shelves start overflowing. Beyond the nicer look of the redesigned box, the CFX series Fridge Freezers have a new compressor from a major European manufacturer that uses new technology to improve energy efficiency and general cooling performance. It has a low-maintenance refrigerant circuit and the strong and reliable compressor runs off of 120-volt AC or 12-volt DC power.
The CFX35 is nicely packaged in a rugged gray-and-blue-striped plastic casing filled with generous portions of insulation in every place it could possibly go. Building the CFX35 in this manner allows the unit to reach desired temperatures in a very short amount of time, while not completely draining batteries when operating on 12-volt DC power. In fact, in about one hour, the temperature inside the CFX35 was down to the chosen temperature of 42 degrees Fahrenheit. The unit has a temperature range from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit.
Where the CFX35 really shines is in its two-zone capability, which provides independent temperatures in two zones, allowing one section to serve as a refrigerator and the other as a freezer. There is a 10-12-degree differential between the sections. Aside from the basics you would expect from a refrigerator or freezer, the CFX35 has an LED display for temperature readings in both Celsius and Fahrenheit and an LED to illuminate the interior. The control panel monitors the vehicle’s battery levels and even supplies a USB charging port for phones and small electronics. The battery monitor is designed to shut off the CFX35 automatically once the supply voltage falls below a certain point, when the ignition is switched off.
Obviously, due to the nature of the beast, there really isn’t any type of installation involved other than finding a suitable location for the CFX35’s 24.8-by-15.7-by-16.2-inch dimensions and selecting the appropriate power supply cable, depending on location and type of voltage. The only remaining operation from here is to depress the “Set” button twice followed by opting to press “Up” or “Down” until reaching the desired temperature reading.
The CFX35 is a perfect accessory for those who shop for a lot of food. Yes, the CFX35 is on the pricey side at $685 (Camping World price as of press time), but if the idea of keeping extra chilled or frozen foods for long periods of time in a portable refrigerator/freezer that runs nearly silently is appealing, the new Dometic unit will fit the bill nicely.
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