ARB refrigerator freezers are fridges that a lot of people request information on, and for good reason. These portable fridges and freezers serve a great niche market, and makes the portable movement of food that needs to remain cold for safety reasons easier than ever before. It should be no surprise that ARB fridge freezer reviews are used by everyone from avid outdoorsmen to major companies funding exploratory projects in the wilderness. There are many reasons that the ARB portable fridge freezer is popular, and this article will help break down the options that you have when shopping from this company.
The new ARB fridge freezers review extremely positively, which is good news for fans of this brand who were worried about the new models going downhill. These are considered by many 4 wheeling enthusiasts to be one of the most versatile portable models of car refrigerator freezers in the world, and they are in fact sold all across the world with especially strong followings in the United States and Australia.
Starting with the general improvements for this model, fans of the ARB will be glad to know that the most common complaint (a “quirky” hinge system) was one of the first issues addressed and the new model seals easily to provide maximum effective cooling without any hassle or headaches from trying to make it seal correctly.
A second addition is a clear LED monitor that makes it easy to check on temperature and settings. New specialized plastic molding means these freezers are designed to be able to take more of a beating like regular coolers, but still have the actual effectiveness of a refrigerator freezer. These models also come in three different sizes to accommodate the different needs of various outdoor enthusiasts and groups. Worthy of note is the integrated battery protection system which includes an adjustable voltage cutoff to protect your vehicles battery from being run down too far.
Other notable improvements which come with all models of the new portable ARB refrigerator freezer include:
- Improved temperature control
- Ice free freezing
- Rounded corners and edges (to protect vehicle seats and minimize chances of a cut)
- Compact size
- Deep design to accommodate bottles
- 12V DC or 24V DC for car battery or solar setups
These fridge freezers enjoy a strong reputation for a reason, and even better are the three different models and sizes which increase your purchasing options.
The 3 Models Available
First of all, it is important to note in this ARB fridge freezer review that the same sized ARB models will have different model numbers depending on whether you are looking at the American version or the Australian version. However, if you go by size then this simplifies the process since there are three distinctive sizes to the ARB fridge freezer and differing model numbers can still refer to the same ARB portable freezer.
33 Quarts: In the United States the 33 quart ARB freezer is model MT35F-AL, but the Australian model will be MT35FARB. These portable freezers weigh 46 pounds and measure in at 16 inches of height, 24 inches wide, and 14 inches deep, allowing for plenty of storage space for the average outdoor enthusiast.
42 Quarts: The Unites States model number for a 42 quart ARB fridge freezer is MT45F-AL while Australia’s equivalent model will be MT45FARB. This 42 quart model is the mid range version of this freezer based on size, and only weighs 53 pounds, which is not that large a jump over the 33 quart model considering the large increase in storage. The dimensions for this model measure in at: 20 inches tall, 24 inches wide, and 14 inches deep.
63 Quarts: Any good ARB fridge freezer review will tell you that the 63 quart model is the largest of the three currently offered by the company. The United States model number is MT60F-AL while Australian markets will look for MT60FARB. This portable fridge freezer gives plenty of storage space with dimensions of over 17 inches in height, 31 inches in width, and 19 inches in depth. This model also weighs in at 70 pounds, so make sure you have someone with the strength to haul it.
Additional ARB Accessories
New for September 2011 is the ARB fridge/freezer slide, available for both their 37 quart and 50 quart models. With a 175lb load bearing capacity, this latest incarnation of the ARB refrigerator slide allows your fridge to be easily rolled out of the back of your vehicle. This is great functionality to have as it provides easy access to your freezer – letting you add or remove items without contortions. It even provides the ability to remove the entire basket for easy loading and unloading.
When combined with the ARB tie down system, this piece of equipment is great for off-road use; capable of standing up to even the roughest 4WD terrain.