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Pros

  • Easy to use

  • Affordable



  • Very mobile and portable

Cons

  • Less durable and robust than other fridges



  • Some reviewers notice technical failures, especially of digital temperature display

Reviews

3.2

61 reviews
5
(23)
4
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3
(4)
2
(7)
1
(17)
  • Build Quality
    3.8 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.1 (8)
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Larry H

Larry HBendigo

  • 2 reviews

I made the mistake of buying TWO!

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Fab

FabSydney, NSW

  • 6 reviews

Rubbish

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Worst mistake buying this "fridge". After years of trouble, turns out a fifty cent polyfuse upgrade is needed. Google search and you will see numerous others with the same problem.

Date PurchasedAug 2005
Neil Rothery

Neil RotheryTanilba Bay

This is a good little fridge provided it is powered correctly

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Ripped off

Ripped off

  • 4 reviews

not happy either

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Brendan

BrendanCanberra

  • 6 reviews
  • 2 likes

Love our Waeco's

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I can live without my Waeco CF40

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I have had my Waeco for 5 years, one month after my warranty run out the thermostat packed in . Cost me $165.00 to get it fixed.
One and half years later the thermostat broke again Waeco didn't want to about it unless I paid for it again.

Sjk

SjkPerth

Shuts down

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It shuts down running on 12 volt where car is turned off run s well when car running or on 240 v very good

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Sjk
Sjk

Well it' is running well now on 12 v with car off battery world put in a 9w poly fuse fixed it runs well $130 fix

Ozwitch

OzwitchWodonga

  • 14 reviews
  • 13 likes

Most efficient fridge in the 40 to 50 litre range for me

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My Waeco CF-40 is ten years old this week. Still going gangbusters and hasn't missed a beat in all the road trips we've done over the decade. It's amazing. I run it with my second battery, on 3 green lights only, any more and stuff starts to freeze. Very well insulated, and packs in all the necessities like milk, marg, fresh veggies, meat etc with ease. I once put an entire goat in it (chopped of course) but that was a bit too much load for the fridge. If I had refrigerated the goat first it would have been fine. Oh well, lesson learned.

One day I'll have to buy a new one and it will be the same fridge as long as Waeco continue to make it.

greg e

greg eredridge qld

  • 9 reviews
  • 1 like

WAECO, you owe me.

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phred

phredsydney

  • 11 reviews

Initial Impressions of the Waeco CF-40

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I've only had this unit for about 3 weeks but so far it does what it should and the build quality is sturdy and generally excellent. The unit is really well insulated. As for efficiency it is too early to tell as it is still winter; the real test will come in summer.
Easy to set up and use. Well built
Only a minor point - the green "power on" light is a bit dim.

David Watts

David WattsKelmscott

  • 4 reviews

Great Design rleliability and Service Seems to be a Problem

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Purchased the fridge 3 years ago. Every now and again contents were not as cold as hey should be. Finally caught the compressor trying but unable to start. Dropped it off at the local agents who told me problem is not unusual. The agents have had it for two weeks and still not fixed. I am glad I wasn't travelling as I would have had to buy a new fridge
It is light. The digital thermistat and temperature gauge are nice features . It is also very quiet which in this case was a disadvantage. If it was noisier I may have heard the compressor trying to start
Length of time for the repair

Reviewer101

Reviewer101AU

  • 3 reviews
  • 5 likes

Do not waste money on Waeco CF-18

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Purchased unit from on line supplier, their service was very good. Unit would not stay cold, service centre found no problem with the unit, twice. Still would not stay cold, hot beer is never good! Eventually refunded money after much communication with service centre/Waeco head office/ supplier. Waeco blamed the car dual battery, have a 45 litre engel firdge that runs on the same battery and never had a problem.

Did not stay cold. Very bad customer service from Waeco and their service agent.

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gb57Melbourne, Australia

Waste of money and Waeco has the worst customer service.

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Ian B03

Ian B03Benalla

  • 3 reviews

Waeco CF-40 works well

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Had some initial issues with my power connection which caused the fridge to "error" out. But once I got a more positive power connection didn't have any problems. Can freeze contents if you set it too low. I think the digital temp gauge is out by about 4 degrees but this doesn't affect its performance. Have had it 2+ years now. Love the built in battery protection. Power usage is pretty good even in hot weather in a stationary wagon.
Built in battery protection. Low power use. Cools quickly from a warm start. Quiet operation.
Digital temp gauge is a bit out.

Excellent

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Excellent Fridge!!!!! Love it. We bought it for a long trip across the Nullabore and now leave it in the Wagon permanently. We have small kids and we couldn't live without it now!!! Great price and great buy.
Although made of plastic it is very sturdy and probably lighter than the other brands which are suppose to be much better. Cheaper in price and worth every cent.
Criticised for being plastic but I think this should be one of the pros as its much lighter but still very strong!!! Cigarette plug could be stronger and some sort of locking mechanism for the plugs would be great, however, it has never come lose!!!

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pepdog

pepdog

  • 4 reviews

Terrible

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i think i picked the wrong service agent but considering its age(3-4years)and little use and service issues im having why would you buy another one.
it was ok when it was working.
the fact that it wont work,the fact had to pay $110 to service agent for aquote.the fact have had no service for three weeks,went in person to be told dont know whats wrong (display says er 2)im working on quite a few waecos out the back.the fact that waeco in wa does not have its own genuine repairer.

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errol-.
errol-.

Mine also has error 2,and i my owners book has no reference to that?????

angler

angler

  • 6 reviews
  • 2 likes

Terrible

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kenlowndes

kenlowndes

  • 3 reviews

OK

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Battery is only good for a days shopping trip in the big smoke, lucky my vehicle has a properly wired plug to run the fridge on the way to town. You would need a 130 watt solar panel to charge the gel battery and an additional one is $304 and it's only 36 amp hour [20 hrs]. That's it. I researched deep cycle batteries and I can get good quality unit [100 amp hour] for $280, and a 130 watt solar panel is $1030, so $1310 will give me a good fridge that can be operated by 2 batteries and a solar panel. Of course I could sell it a buy a Honda generator.
It was a gift.
Came with a battery and cover, battery is only good for a weekend jaunt.

RIO88

RIO88AU

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

11 yrs on - if only all the other s..t was as reliable !

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Ok this fridge has probably been the most predictable part of our lives in the last 11 yrs. You put stuff in and it keeps it cold. What more do you want ? We have just purchased a brand vehicle (our first one ever) and my wife won't let me throw this unit in with the old car as part of the package. It has never run the battery down and i have always had a cold beer.
Beer is cold
Sometimes, because technology has passed it by, (not sure what each dot represents on temp scale) beer is too cold - is this possible ?

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Garth
Garth

I have a 50litre Waeco and its the worst thing that I have ever owned. Works at home then go somewhere and it wont work, even on 240 v. totally unrelaiable

enviromum

enviromum

  • 10 reviews
  • 1 like

Good

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Overall, a very good fridge and we are happy with it. We have had it for 18 months so far and it has been really good. We go off road quite a bit, and it has handled that well. Would probably go for the dual zone next time so that we can have a fridge and freezer at the same time.
Good price for the size. Same footprint as the 40L engel but with an extra 9L of space inside. Came with a cover. Handy dairy section.
Can be hard to get to stuff down the bottom as the fridge is so deep. Seems to use quite a bit of power, which can be annoying when you are on generator, battery or solar power. Have some trouble with the lid not clicking in properly, so we have to be careful and check it regularly.

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Questions & Answers

Corey T.

Corey T.asked

CF-50

My cf50 keeps blowing fuses. On ac and the outlet in my Ute on dc. Checked the fuse in the plug seems ok but anything else I need to check ?

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max

maxasked

CF-50

my cover lid latch does not seem to work. Fridge OK when stationary but lid does not lock down. Looks to me like latch spring has been put on backwards as the lid latch pushes back out when let go. Anyone got this same problem

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Adam

Adamasked

CF-40 (41 L)

Runs on 12v fine but when I plug the 240v plug in nothing no lights and won’t turn on..please help

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