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XTM Fridge Review (45/75/100) – Is It Worth It?

Thinking of purchasing an XTM fridge for your next trip but wondering whether it’s a good investment or not?

In this XTM fridge review, we’re going to take a deep dive into the pros and cons of the three available different models, which ones would be best suited to certain situations, and ultimately, if they are worth purchasing and will keep working for you reliably for years to come.

First and foremost, let’s take a look at what advantages and disadvantages these models have, so that you can make a more informed decision for your next trip.

 

XTM45 Fridge Freezer 40L

XTM75 Dual Zone Fridge Freezer

XTM100 Dual Zone Fridge Freezer


XTM45 Fridge Freezer 40L
XTM75 Dual Zone Fridge Freezer
XTM100 Dual Zone Fridge Freezer

Single

Dual

Dual

18.5 kg

30 kg

38 kg

600L x 370W x 470H

820L x 470W x 515H

800L x 470W x 620H

40L

74L

100L

10°C to -20°C

10°C to -18°C

10°C to -20°C

Powder coated steel

Powder coated steel

Powder coated steel

2 years

2 years

2 years

12/24V DC or 230V AC

12/24V DC or 230V AC

12/24V DC or 230V AC

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Temperature changes to desired level quickly, is stable
  • Larger models can be used as single or dual zone
  • Sturdy, can sit on it
  • Good battery life
  • Durable steel handles double as tie-down points
  • Runs quietly
Cons
  • Doesn't have in built Bluetooth for mobile monitoring
  • Some users have noted that use of an extension cord can cause voltage to drop
  • Some customers have reported that the XTM100 compressor leaked oil and gas shortly after purchase
  • The temperature display screen can be difficult to read
  • No wheels

Design

The XTM fridges come in three different sizes - the XTM45 (40L), XTM75 (74L) and XTM100 (100L).

One of the big differences with the XTM75 and XTM100 fridges compared to the smaller XTM45, is that they come with two separate compartments - one for deep freezing, and the other for simple refrigeration. Alternatively, you can remove the barrier inside and use the entire unit just for either freezing or refrigeration.

You’ll also find that one of the compartments comes with a single removable basket, while the other side has two removable baskets. It’s a very handy way to keep everything organized and avoid any of your items sticking together or getting mixed up.

The compartments are also deep enough to be able to comfortably fit wine bottles and other beverages in an upright position. Each compartment has separate lids. Should you find yourself needing to grab something late at night, in the dark, the internal LED lights make it easy to locate what you’re looking for, instead of having to sift around and hope you pull out the right item!

XTM Fridge Freezer Design

On the other hand, however, the XTM45 model is smaller, and therefore only has one compartment.

Additional design features that make the XTM range of fridge freezers stand out from similar items on the market, is that they’re crafted from high quality materials, all the way from the black powder-coated steel body, to the strong seals and latches that lock the lid in place.

The steel handles on the sides allow you to tie your fridge down securely to your vehicle while you’re on the move as well.

Finally, as any well-made freezing or fridge unit should, it includes insulation on the base, lids, and sides, in order to run more efficiently and preserve the internal temperature as much as possible.

Overall, these units are built to high-quality specifications, which allow it to function effectively, and also be easily transported.

Temperature Specs

The XTM45 and XTM100 fridge freezers have a temperature range of 10°C to -20°C, and the XTM 70L has a temperature range of only 10°C to -18°C which is considered standard for portable fridge units.

XTM Fridge Freezer Temperature Spec

Customers have noted that the unit keeps the temperature constant in both zones. Even with numerous uses, the temperature returns rapidly to the desired level once turned on.

It has also been mentioned that some units may not cool as efficiently if just drawing on 12 volts, so if it’s connected to your vehicle, it must be running.

Power Specs

The power specs for each model differ slightly. The XTM75 runs on a powerful Evakool DL22DC compressor, while the XTM100 uses a SECOP compressor. In any case, all three models run on 12/24V dual input voltage, or 230V AC, which is standard for these fridge / freezers.

XTM Fridge Freezer Power Spec

It also features a three-stage, low-voltage battery protection system. A system like this really comes in handy because it’ll stop your fridge from completely draining your vehicle’s battery, should it still be connected when your vehicle is off.

The XTM100 model also includes an electronic temperature control with usb input.

The XTM fridge freezers can also draw upon solar panels as an alternative source of power.

Extras

XTM100DZ Protective Fridge Freezer Cover

An insulating cover can be purchased with either the XTM75 or XTM100 models, with the cover coming with the XTM45 as a default.

Not only does the cover protect from cosmetic damage, but it also lowers energy consumption, while making the battery last longer. In addition, it’ll reduce the amount of surrounding heat that the fridge will normally absorb while it’s being used.

Known Issues & Warranty

Known Issues

Some users report that the lid doesn’t stay on tightly when driving.

In rare cases, some people have reported that their XTM freezer leaked oil or refrigerant. Other users have commented that some seals may be faulty and slightly crooked.

Warranty

The warranty offered by the manufacturer (BCF) is good for two years.

Based on customer reports, the warranty is almost always honored. As soon as an issue is reported, many have been able to either exchange their defective product for an equivalent unit, or have been given store credit.

Price

Based on a number of positive reviews, all three models of the XTM dual zone fridge freezer are very reasonably priced, in comparison to similar products on the market.

XTM Fridge FAQ

What sizes do the XTM fridges come in?

The XTM fridges are available with the following capacities: 40L, 70L, and 100L.

Are XTM fridges any good?

XTM fridges are generally regarded as reliable, mid-tier outdoor fridges that are priced very reasonably. Should there be any issues with your unit, the manufacturer offers a warranty of two years.

How long do XTM fridges keep contents cool when not connected to power?

Most customers report that the XTM fridges can keep contents cool for a matter of three to four days when not connected to a source of power (provided you don’t open them).

Final Thoughts - XTM Fridge Review

The XTM fridge freezers are a very solid overall choice for anyone looking to reliably enjoy frozen and refrigerated goods while out in nature or away from home.

While not considered to be the most high-end options available on the market, they still offer a ton of value for the price point they’re listed at.

Also, keep in mind that none of these have wheels on the bottom, so it might be a bit of a ‘drag’ to move them around, especially once they’re full of stuff!

So, whether you’re a more experienced camper or weekend warrior, we recommend grabbing the XTM fridge freezer model that best suits your needs.

The XTM fridge freezer is often praised for its durability and ability to preserve low temperatures for days when not connected to a power source, so you can rest assured that it’ll serve its purpose when needed.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our XTM fridge freezer review! We hope you found the information you were looking for, and will now feel more confident in making a decision on which camping fridge to buy.

If the XTM isn't too your liking, consider getting an Engel fridge or a myCOOLMAN fridge, I highly recommend these!

As always, let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed, anything you’d like to know more about, or to just share your thoughts on the product itself. Until then, all the best!

Review Summary

Reviewer: Louis
Review Date: 2021-12-03
Reviewed Item: XTM Fridges
Author Rating: 4/5
Product Name: XTM Fridges
Price: AUD $549
Product Availability: Available in Stock


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Louis

After swearing off camping at a young age after a number of cold nights in cheap sleeping bags, Louis has ended up becoming a great lover of the natural beauty that Australia has to offer. This change of heart came after realising that, with the right equipment, camping can be as comfortable as it is fun. He is passionate about helping people reconnect with nature and explore Australia's great outdoors.

  • The XTM45 does infact come with a cover, as stated in the cons list , with pockets on the sides to fit cables in.

    I have found however it only goes down to -18 not -20 as they state

  • Heard about these being very good and I agree-great unit. Really good info in the article -especially about the length of time it keeps contents cool as nowhere on the 45 instructions does it say this (or how long to charge) -odd as one would assume this is a main selling point.

  • A good report, I think this is the one for me mainly due to the warranty, BCF are every where so if something goes wrong I can find one.

  • Hi Louis
    I have a 100 litre model the back plastic hinges have broken. Can you tell me where I can purchase replacement hinges.
    Thank you
    Steve

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