One of the interesting things about the EcoFlow Glacier is that it is not just a cold box, but actually also allows freezing down to -25°C. In fact, there is the possibility of division, so you can have two zones. That way, you can have both a fridge and a freezer with you on the trip. Another feature that stands out from many others on the market is the built-in option to make ice cubes.
A tour around the EcoFlow Glacier
The EcoFlow Glacier is no small matter, with a total weight of 23 kilos and a measurement of 776 × 385 × 445 mm. However, it is equipped with two solid handles, so it is fairly easy to handle. However, it may be a good idea for two to move it.
Strong plastic is used in a combination of gray and black in the same style as other products from EcoFlow.
At the top there is a display that is used to show the current temperature in the box or the status of the ice machine just above. Just below there is a control panel with buttons, which are used to set the temperature and start the ice machine.
Just above the display we find the ice machine, which according to EcoFlow, can make 18 ice cubes in just 12 minutes.
It works by pouring water directly into the room and then starting the machine. The 18 metal sticks in the room are then cooled down and ice cubes form around them, which can then be taken out.
It is via the top that you gain access to the main chamber in the box. There is a total capacity of up to 38 L. However, it can be split up via a practical division effort. When the insert is in place, it is automatically detected via a sensor, so EcoFlow Glacier knows whether it is set up for one or two chambers.
If you prefer a large chamber, the separation can be easily removed. If you don't use it, there is room for it to be stored in the door, so you always have it with you.
The temperature can be set separately for the two chambers and both sides can be used for the fridge and freezer respectively, depending on where you want the most space. With the EcoFlow Glacier there is also a basket that can be used for the larger of the two chambers.
At the bottom of the chamber there is also a small drain port if you choose to use the entire box as a large ice cooler, for example, or if you have simply got water or other liquid in the chamber.
At the top on each side, there is a small light, so you can find your things in a dark tent if necessary.
There is a power supply for both regular power and one for connection in the car via cigarette lighter.
The connector for sides located on the right side of the device. Here there is also a small limb with a drainage hose for the ice machine, so you can get excess water out easily from here.
It is possible to run the EcoFlow Glacier via a plug-in battery. It can be put in Glacier on the back, where the space is hidden behind a small limb.
It was not included in our test version, but can be purchased together with or sold separately afterwards. It is a 298 Wh battery which, according to EcoFlow, can power Glacier for up to 40 hours. If you have more than one battery, you can continuously change out, and in that way manage for a long time without needing to be connected to the mains.
The battery also comes with a USB C port, so it is possible to charge other devices such as your phone via the battery.
Other accessories for the EcoFlow Glacier can also be purchased. These are, for example, accessories such as wheels and a handle, which can be attached to Glacier so that it can be rolled like a suitcase.
It is also possible to get a 110W solar panel, which can be used to charge the battery, so that you can extend the time without power even more.
The construction of the EcoFlow feels solid and complete, and it seems like a product designed to last a life on the go. Glacier has an IPX4 rating, so it can withstand rain and the elements quite well.
It is possible via the EcoFlow app to monitor and set the temperature of Glacier. So if you want to make sure it keeps the right temperature, adjust it or don't feel like getting off the sunbed to start a new round of ice cubes, it can all be done via the app.
The connection was easy and straightforward via Bluetooth and with the option to switch to WiFi if you are near it. However, it is a bit annoying that you cannot use the app without having to create a profile and log in.
It is also possible via the app to easily and quickly update the firmware on Glacier, which was possible in our case.
If you use Glacier connected to power in the car, you can also specify how much power you want to be sure the car has left in the battery via the settings. In this way, you can ensure that power for the car has priority over the cold drinks.
I have been using EcoFlow Glacier on various occasions for over a month. During that period, it has been on a road trip across the country and spent most of a week in a tent at a festival.
Setup and connection via app was quick and easy and included, as I was told, a firmware update.
However, it is not necessary to use the EcoFlow app, as most things are available via buttons and display, directly on the device.
If you want to have access to the more specific settings, such as those for Car Battery Protection, you have to bypass the app.
Connected to regular power, it took approx. 20 minutes for Glacier to get down to the 4°C and -18°C that I started testing.
In the app, however, it showed that in the large chamber, where I aimed for 4°C, I was at -3 - 0°C instead. So that it may look as if there is a little "waste" of cooling from the freezer side of the chamber.
Supplemented the app's measurement with my own made with an external thermometer, and landed the temperature about 4°C less than I had indicated in the page set to cooling and not freezing.
However, it all ended up falling into place after about an hour of operation. Here the temperatures landed at what I had set them to.
During our trip across the country and the tent stay, however, we used the EcoFlow Glacier as a large cooler with the temperature set to 4 degrees. It was mainly drinks that had to be kept cool during that period.
Both during the trip in the car and the stay in the tent, Glacier did the job really well, and delivered nicely cool drinks all week.
The temperature on the days I tested was around 25-30 degrees and probably a little more in the tent during the day. It wasn't something that made Glacier sweat though.
I also tested the possibility of making ice cubes over several rounds. EcoFlow itself states that it takes 12 minutes, but my experience in practice was that it took about 15 minutes if you only make one batch of ice cubes.
If you do several laps one after the other, the time can come down to around 12 minutes.
The process is nice and easy. Just pour water in and press the button for ice cubes. When they are ready, Glacier notifies you via beep and you can pick up the ice cubes.
There is just one more step before you can get them free. It requires you to press another button, which briefly heats up the metal sticks so that the ice cubes fall out.
EcoFlow has made it very practical so that you can pull up the entire basket around the ice cubes and get them all at once. From here they can then be used or poured into another container, and you can quickly add a new round.
However, I would recommend that you consider which water you use. This is especially true if you live in a place with very hard water. The lime content in the water settles super quickly in the ice cube compartment, and can make it look dirty
EcoFlow Glacier is of course not silent. At start-up or when using the ice machine, of course it makes the most noise. EcoFlow even states noise up to 59 dB, which hits very well under load as I just mentioned.
During normal use, when it has reached the desired temperatures, it is typically a little lower around 35-50 dB. Most of the time, however, it does not say anything and is virtually silent, in the same way as a normal fridge/freezer.
I can currently find EcoFlow Glacier in the basic version without accessories, which we have had for testing with an online price of DKK 8500 in Danish webshops.
The handle and wheel accessories are just under DKK 900, while a battery can be purchased for DKK 2,400.
However, it can be noted, for those who read the review when it is fresh, that at the time of writing EcoFlow has summer offers from their own website, where you can save quite a bit. This is where Glacier comes in with a price of DKK 7,500, or just under DKK 9,000 if you buy it with a battery.
In any case, it is not a cheap investment. Roughly comparable boxes can be found for around DKK 4,500, but without an ice machine.
With their Glacier cooler/freezer box, EcoFlow has created a complete and delicious product that has lots of possible uses.
Build quality, materials and design are delicious and complete, and the functionality with the possibility of a fridge and freezer together with an ice machine is super delicious.
If you then lie on top of that, the possibility of up to 40 hours of operation on battery, it is difficult to complain about the selection of functions.
It all comes with a pretty hefty price tag though. A base price of around 1.200$ and then another 300$ for the option of a battery is a lot for a transportable refrigerator. In some cases, this is about twice as much as a sensible full-size fridge/freezer.
If we look at comparable products, there can be found functionally similar alternatives (although without the possibility of ice cubes) from brands such as Outwell at around half the price.
EcoFlow Glacier IS delicious and smart, but I don't know if it is SO delicious and smart that the price can be doubled compared to comparable alternatives.
So the price is the big weakness here, which is a shame because pretty much everything else I can't put my finger on.
We end up with a final grade of 8 for a well-made and delicious product with lots of good features, which, however, ends up with a price that is a bit too much to bite compared to the competitors.