About Engel

Our History Since 1962


Over fifty years ago Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd Japan, purchased the drawing of a unique product, a swing motor. They proceeded to develop this into the motor and pump used to power the Engel Portable fridge-freezer we know today. From its early beginnings in the 1960's this unit has evolved into a powerful and efficient cooling unit. This is the only compressor of its type in the world and is wholly owned by Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd Japan.

While many other portable fridge manufacturers procure parts from many sources all over the world Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd alone have produced and improved this unit over many years. In this time changes made to this unique heart of the Engel portable fridge-freezers have further improved performance, reliability and power consumption. The swing motor is purpose built to withstand the shocks encountered in the bush or working environment. With its ability to operate at up to a 30 angle, this is a special product.

A legend in reliability

since 1962

Learn more about what makes Engel the most trusted brand in Australia since 1962.

The latest model, the tri-voltage "MT-V Series" series has the advantage of 12 volt, 24 volt and 240 volt operation built into the unit as well as automatic AC/DC changeover. Add to this the capability of being able to run from a quality AC generator or from a solar panel through a battery Engel keeps getting better.

While Engel Fridge-Freezers are not made in Australia they have become an Australian icon. For over fifty years the best Portable Fridge-Freezer available in this country has demonstrated its strength and reliability of service in leisure pursuits, business, health and many other aspects of the Australian way of life. From the Red Centre to the Sparkling Coastline, from the Dusty Outback to the Steamy Tropics, Engel Portable Fridge-Freezers are a part of this magnificent country.

Since 1962 well over three million Engel Portable Fridge-Freezers have been manufactured and sold all over the world. From Australia to Africa, from Europe to the USA, campers, caravanners, four wheel drivers, truckies, health professionals, armed services, universities and people in many other pursuits and professions have relied on this proven portable fridge freezer for their enjoyment, pleasure and income.

Engel Portable fridge-freezers have already established a reputation in Australia. They are trusted for their great reliability, tough construction, superb performance and longevity. Thousands of units, some built in the 1960's still operate today keeping food and drink cold or frozen throughout Australia. Engel Portable fridge-freezers have been well known for their range of chest type fridge freezers however they also have a range of built in or freestanding upright units suitable for caravans, camper trailers, motor homes, boats, buses, four wheel drives and wherever else your imagination takes you. These "Uprights" also are powered by the Sawafuji Swing Motor that has been the heart of the Engel Portable fridge range we have grown to trust over many years.

This is the best Portable Fridge Freezer in world and is already used by caravanners, campers, four wheel drive enthusiasts and boat owners to name a few well known users of the Engel Portable Fridge-Freezers. In addition many government departments, small and large couriers and trucking companies, health organizations, and food and beverage companies all over the world find this product invaluable in their day to day operations.


Engel's beginning

MRFT 514

The first Engel fridge is released in Australia - the MRFT 514


MRFT Series

The iconic MRFT series was available in 15, 29 and 39 Litres



The introduction of the first 60L model


MT45 Series

The 29 litre increased to 32 litres to accomodate taller bottles and the 39 litre increased to 40 litres



The first Engel Combiner's Series Fridge/Freezer hits the Australian Market


MR40F Eclipse

MR40F Eclipse. Engel's entry-level fridge with a polypropylene case



The 50th Anniversary of Engel saw a limited edition Gold MT45FG, with the first digital thermostat control with battery cut out


Legacy Fridges


The limited edition Legacy Fridges released in support of the great work Legacy Australia does

2013 - 2019

Digital Platinum Series

For simplicity, durability, longevity, economy of power consumption and outright strength of construction, you cannot go past the MT45FP , our Digital Platinum Series

2019 -Current

MT-V Series

The latest model is the MTV series of portable fridge freezers. Still powered by our secret weapon, the highly efficient and robust Sawafuji swing motor which still boasts the lowest maximum power consumption in the market.

Since 1962

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