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CFX3 55IM Powered Cooler + Ice Maker

4.5 out of 5 stars
16 Reviews



Why We Like The CFX3 55IM Powered Cooler

The fridge we installed in the van gets the job done on longer journeys, but for our quick car camping getaways, we prefer the convenience of the CFX3 55IM Powered Cooler. Not only does the compression-cooling technology keep our groceries at the safest storage temp, but the Rapid Freeze Plate and included silicone ice trays ensure we always have cubes on hand for making cocktails and chilling cola. The Rapid Freeze Plate ices more than only water—if the picky kids won't eat anything that can't be microwaved to perfection in the camper, use the plate to keep their TV dinners frozen until the grown-ups' cheeseburgers are on the grill.


  • Powered cooler to keep contents at their ideal temp—cold or frozen
  • Compression-cooling tech refrigerates and deep freezes to -7F
  • ExoFrame construction built to withstand wear from the outdoors
  • Rapid Freeze Plate holds included ice trays to produce ice quickly
  • Easy-carry handles make transport simpler
  • High-resolution display allows up-close status monitoring
  • Connect with mobile app to control and monitor cooler temperature
  • Electrically powered by AC, DC, or DC solar
  • Item #DET0044
[cooler] ExoFrame, [handles] aluminum, [ice trays] silicone
53L (83 cans)
17.9 x 18.9 x 28.4in, [width without handle] 25.98in
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 2 years

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 16 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
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4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 12 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

June 29, 2023

Love the design…

We love this cooler. Love the capability to make ice when we are out wheelin’. Wish the top of the cover was made better but overall it’s a great cooler.


Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

1 out of 5 stars

May 26, 2022


Worked great for a year and a half then developed a pin hole in the compressor and leaked oil. Realized where the oil was coming from just as 2 year warranty expired. Could not be fixed. Was used for tailgating and backyard parties. Would not buy again and will find a more rugged solution.


Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

3 out of 5 stars

April 7, 2022

Pros and Cons with this one.

Have had this unit for about a year and am thankful that I havent had any compressor failures or anything of that sort. For the most part it functions as intended HOWEVER, the compressor makes a clunking/rattling noise if you drive over rough road or railroad tracks, or things of that nature. This is really annoying when you have the unit inside of an SUV that is essentially daily driven. There is no reason for this and the CFX3 SLD55 unit to make as much noise as they do. It should ride silently regardless of it being inside an SUV or mounted in the bed of a truck. The cfx3 app is also god awful. It doesn't work half the time whether your on bluetooth or connected via wifi. This app needs a substantial overhaul.

Todd B

Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

4 out of 5 stars

September 26, 2021

Working well, good service, but..

This is the 2nd CFX unit I purchased, the first one was dead on arrival (warning 33). I submitted a case to Dometic on a Sunday explaining that I was planning to leave on a camping trip Friday. The next day I had a pre-paid return label and my replacement was on it’s way. The replacement arrived just in time! We purchased this unit because our Rough Country 45L was too small. This unit, while bigger and more feature rich is not a great ‘value’ when you compare price per L of cold storage. Time will tell where durability comes into play.

Maine Bumpkin

Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

5 out of 5 stars

June 25, 2021

Dometic CFX3 55IM

We have use the 55 on our trip to the Baja and several camping trips and we are very happy with this cooler, frig and as a freezer. It is so amazing not to be messing with ice and water. It works great, love the Bluetooth app to my phone. Great product and company to work with. I love it.


Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

5 out of 5 stars

June 8, 2021

Awesome 12V fridge

This is my third 12V fridge. I have the least use with this CFX355IM but am already pleased. I run the fridges off a portable battery box. While driving, the battery is charged via an inverter and I switch to a 100w solar panel once parked. I am seeing average power consumption at around 11.5 watts per hour with this CFX355IM at 70 degree outside temps and a 36 degree fridge setting. I can run 7 days without charging the battery but with the solar and a small amount of driving, the battery box stays fully charged. No drain from the vehicle battery and cold food all week!


Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

5 out of 5 stars

July 6, 2020

Exceeded my expectations

This thing is quiet, efficient and reliable. I use it along with a Dometic PLB40 battery and an Overland Solar Bugout 130 solar charger. My biggest gripe with Dometic was they were not at all helpful in guiding me to a compatible solar panel for the plb40, so since I have tested this cooler along with the additional items, I wanted to let others know the three make an AWESOME combination!

Jesse K.

Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

5 out of 5 stars

June 19, 2020

Game changer

I got this for a week long camping trip for some dispersed camping in Northwest South Dakota on federal lands open to dispersed camping. The fridge stood up to 60+ miles of offroading on sketchy USFS roads both in the bed of the truck and in the cab. It's whisper quiet and not only stays cold bet gets cold crazy fast. I was initially worried about being able to fit enough food for a week in this size but without needing ice you can easily fit enough food for a few people for a week with room to spare.


Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

5 out of 5 stars

May 12, 2020

You couldn't ask for more from a powered cooler

Does everything it's supposed to do, dependably. More features than I could ever expect from a mobile cooler. And this has proven to be rugged in gnarly conditions. Ice is an added bonus and puts this cooler into a league of it's own.


Originally reviewed on DOMETIC

5 out of 5 stars

May 10, 2020

Game Changer for us!

I have owned this cooler for several months now, and have taken it on 5 camping weekends. I love this thing! It uses very little energy and works well with our off-road camper. Ice if you want it, easy to use. We run it with a dual 100mAh battery setup and a small 90w solar system. We can easily run for days with this, and we also run LED lights, water pump, etc. If we doubled the solar, we could run indefinitely. In a nutshell, this cooler was well worth the price. We make pre-planned meals, run the cooler a day or two early on AC power, load up the cooler, then switch over to DC when we leave. This really is an awesome product. I really have nothing negative to say about it.

Off Road Glamping

Originally reviewed on DOMETIC