Our History


Over fifty years ago, Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd Japan purchased the design for a unique product – the Swing Motor. They went on to develop this into the motor and pump system used to power the Engel Portable Fridge-Freezer that we know today. From its humble beginnings back in the 1960’s, the Swing Motor system has evolved into a powerful and efficient cooling unit. Exclusively owned by Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd Japan, it is the only compressor of its kind in the world.

While many other portable fridge manufacturers procure parts from numerous sources all over the world, Sawafuji are unique in having produced and developed each element of this unit independently. Over the years, continual improvements have been made to further optimise performance, reliability and power consumption. With the ability to operate at up to a 30 angle, and purpose built to withstand the shocks commonly encountered in bush or working environments, the Swing Motor is the integral core of an exceptional product.

Since 1962

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

The MTV-Series


The latest model, the tri-voltage “MT-V Series” has the advantage of 12 volt, 24 volt and 240 volt operation built into the unit, as well as automatic AC/DC changeover. When you add to this the capability of running from a quality AC generator or from a solar panel through a battery, Engel just keeps getting better.

Engel Fridge-Freezers have become an Australian icon. For over fifty years, the leading portable fridge-freezer in the country has continued to demonstrate its strength and reliability of service in leisure pursuits, business, and health, along with many other aspects of the Australian way of life. From the Red Centre to the Sparkling Coastline, and the Dusty Outback to the Steamy Tropics, Engel Portable Fridge-Freezers are an ingrained part of this magnificent country.

A Legend in Reliability

Why choose Engel

Engel Portable Fridge-Freezers have established a strong reputation in Australia. They are trusted for their reliability, tough construction, superb performance and longevity. Thousands of units (some built back in the 1960’s!) still operate today, keeping food and drink chilled and frozen across Australia. Engel have always been well known for their range of “Chest” type fridge freezers. However, they also produce a range of built in or freestanding upright units suitable for caravans, camper trailers, motor homes, boats, buses, four wheel drives, and any other form of transport you can imagine! These “Uprights” are also powered by the Sawafuji Swing Motor which remains at the heart of the trusted Engel Portable Fridge range.

Since 1962, well over three million Engel Portable Fridge-Freezers have been manufactured and sold all over the world. From Australia and Africa to Europe and the USA, campers, caravanners, four wheel drivers, truckies, and boat owners have relied on Engel products for their enjoyment and pleasure. On top of this, many government departments, health professionals, armed services, universities, small and large couriers, trucking companies, health organizations and food and beverage companies all over the world trust Engel products as an invaluable part of their day to day business operations.

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