I get really excited whenever a product review gets me out of my home office — especially if it leads to me enjoying the spoils of summer with delicious food. You see, I’m one of those outdoorsy tech nerds who’s always busting out some new drone or portable speaker at the cabin or around the campfire at night. There’s just something about using the right tech to enhance the mood that makes me happy.
So when the opportunity to check out the iFreezer Go20 arrived in my inbox, you know I had to find out if this portable freezer is the real deal. It’s an IndieGoGo project that has well-surpassed its funding and is in the final production phase, so I really wanted to push the iFreezer Go20 in real-life scenarios to see how it performs.
The ICECO team behind the campaign are clearly marketing this as a luxury item, and given there are comparable coolers available out there are, here’s the $450 question: Is the convenience and performance of this portable plug-in freezer worth the extra preparation and cost?
It’s a fridge for your car
ICECO iFreezer Go20 car
Bring fresh food and cold drinks everywhere
The iFreezer Go20 is an extravagant solution for keeping your food and drinks ice cold without the ice on road trips, down at the dock, or at the campsite. One of the coolest gadgets you may just want to drop $500 on.
Love the sleek and clean design
Easy to set up and use touch controls
Compressor runs quietly
Dual-zone freezer/fridge setting works great
Built-in fridge light is perfect for camping
Expensive and more than a little bougie
Smartphone app is mostly pointless
Tough to thoroughly clean
ICECO iFreezer Go20 What I like
Right out of the box, I was pretty impressed with the iFreezer Go20’s exterior design. From the recessed handles to the touch controls on the top for setting temperature, it all looks and feels appropriately futuristic while still performing the duties of a typical cooler. Empty, the cooler weighs in at 23lbs — for reference, the compressor alone weighs around 5lbs — which is heavier than a traditional cooler but not unreasonably hefty. Then again, this is definitely not a traditional cooler.
The iFreezer Go20 is a well-designed product that feels appropriately futuristic.
The standard iFreezer arrives with cords for plugging it into a standard 12-volt power port in your car or into a standard outlet. It also comes with a divider that lets you set two temperature zones and keep things frozen and fresh at the same time, with dedicated temperature controls available for both compartments. The full storage capacity is 21 quarts which can be set to be a freezer or fridge and offers enough space for around 20 beer cans or a weekend’s worth of food. Alternatively, you can use the divider to split it into 7.4 quarts of freezer space and 12.2 quarts of fridge space.
My big test for the iFreezer was a two-night camping trip where I packed the cooler full of fresh meat and produce with no backup plan if the iFreezer failed. Things got off to a somewhat rocky start when I learned why you shouldn’t leave it sitting in the back of a black SUV sitting out in the hot sun. Powered by the vehicle, the fridge compressor struggled to keep a cool temperature while fighting off the summer heat. I realized I should have kept the cooler in the house and plugged into the wall and loaded it last to maximize the cooling efficiency. Either way, by the time we were on the highway the car interior was cool and the iFreezer had hit its set temperature despite cramped confines inside a packed SUV.
Once we got to our campsite, which was wired up with electricity and water, I used the AC adapter to keep the cooler powered throughout the weekend. This is not a weatherproof product at all, and it’s not recommended to be left uncovered outside but it worked really well out on the campsite nonetheless. The refrigeration is powered by a compact compressor that stays whisper quiet — even if you leave it running in your tent at night while you sleep. It worked flawlessly and kept all my food at the perfect temperature all weekend long.
Having an in-car fridge is handy for lengthy road trips and big grocery shops.
A product like the iFreezer is unlike most tech products I get to test in that even if it works great — which it does — a portable freezer is simply too niche of a product to broadly recommend to everyone unless you already know exactly how this mobile freezer would enhance some aspect of your life. I love to cook when I’m camping, and having a reliable smart cooler keeping my food precisely chilled —without needing to fuss with ice — is nothing short of amazing.
The iFreezer is the type of high-tech gadget that you’ll go out of your way to find reasons to use it — and that’s not a bad thing when that means more hang outs with friends and family.
ICECO iFreezer Go20 What needs improvement
As great as it is to use the iFreezer Go20, there’s definitely…