Engel MT60FCP Combi Digital Series Review

engel MT60FCP Combi fridge freezer digital 60LWhen you think of portable fridges, Engel is often one of the first names that come to mind, and for good reason. The industry leader has been at the forefront of popularity and reliability for over 50 years with their range of heavy duty steel-cased fridges, and now they're back with a new range that is sure to please the camping and travelling crowd.

Enter Engel's MT60FCP Combi Digital Series, a new entry into the 60L size range aimed at small families or couples looking to take an extended getaway. Released alongside their MT60FP model, the Combi unit features many of the same features found in it's single-zone compatriot, though this model features a handy dual zone setup.

As with the rest of Engel's current Platinum range, the MT60FCP Combi has a strong, well made steel case, which provides the best wear-and-tear available on the market - one of the reasons you see 30 year old Engel's still going strong regardless of a few knocks and dents. Unlike the polypropelene cases of other models, there's no threat of the MT60FCP Combi splitting or cracking if it takes a knock or two.

Housed inside this sturdy exterior is Engel's famed Sawafuji swing motor, a well made and reliable compressor that Engel has been using across several generations of fridge and freezer models that contains only a single moving part. Engel pride themselves on quality, and it's easy to see that in their choice to continue using the Sawafuji instead of switching to a cheaper, in-house brand of compressor like other current models on the market - a good move, and one you'll be grateful for.

Setting itself apart from it's MT60FP sibling, the MT60FCP Combi contains a built-in divider that separates the fridge into two sections; a larger fridge section, and a freezer. The steel-cased wall has been built into the fridge's shell, and this is both a positive and a negative. It means that it can't be removed like the one in the MT45FCP Combi, and you are stuck with the one single position - if you want the freezer section larger than the fridge, you're out of luck. However, this has also allowed Engel to build a fan into the wall itself to better circulate air across both sections of the fridge - a great feature that ensures your fridge will always be nice and cold.

The MT60FCP Combi comes with the standard 12/24v and 240v power outlets found in most of Engel's models, and the cables for each are included with the fridge. The fridge also comes with a full-height basket for both the fridge and freezer sections, as well as a lid to cover the freezer and keep everything nicely chilled even when opening the fridge door.

Engel's new digital features are here as well - the MT60FCP Combi now comes with a built-in Battery Monitor Cut-out system to save your car battery from ever being in danger of going flat while the fridge is connected, as well as a digital thermostat that allows you to set the exact temperature inside the fridge - a big step up over the older high-low dial based controls.

As with the MT60FP, the MT60FCP Combi can be difficult to manage on your own, even when empty, given it's hefty 850mm width. Packed full of food and drinks, it definitely becomes a two-person lift - something to be aware of if travelling solo.

Whether the MT60FCP Combi is for you really depends on whether you need to keep things frozen at the same time as refrigerated or not - there's no right or wrong answer here. What is true though, is that if you're in the market for a 60L Dual Zone fridge, you'd be hard pressed to find a better alternative than Engel's new MT60FCP Combi Digital Series.

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