Best American Fridge Freezer 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

If you’re looking for a big, bold statement appliance with loads of space and features, then look no further than classic American-style fridge freezers. As long as you have the space for them, they are one of the best additions to any kitchen and are perfect for big busy families and households with sharers.

These fridge freezers have become increasingly popular in the UK over the last decade as they offer substantially more space and come with useful additions such as ice makers and chilled water dispensers. The downside of buying one of these fridge freezers is that they cost more to run due to their size, and they require a big kitchen to accommodate them, so make sure you have the budget and room to handle a large fridge before you buy one.

Here is our list of the best American fridge freezers on the market right now, as well as a useful buying guide to help you decide if they are the right kind of appliance for you.

Best American Fridge-Freezers – Our Top Picks

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Samsung RF56M9540SR Family Hub
  • Dimensions: 182.5 x 90.8 x 73.3cm
  • Capacity: Fridge 351L / Freezer 199L
  • Efficiency: A+
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BEKO Select GNE60520Xv
  • Dimensions: 182.5 x 84 x 74.5cm
  • Capacity: Fridge 387L / Freezer 152L
  • Efficiency: A+
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SAMSUNG RS68N8240S9
  • Dimensions: 178 x 91.2 x 71.6 cm
  • Capacity: Fridge 407L / Freezer 210L
  • Efficiency: A+
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Best American Style Fridge-Freezers

Samsung RF56M9540SR Family Hub

The Samsung Family Hub is a product which will revolutionise the way you engage with your food storage. Smart home appliances are rapidly on the rise, and if you have already got your home kitted out with the latest technology, then grabbing a smart fridge freezer will help you stay connected.

Internal cameras are a pretty futuristic feature that allows you to see inside without opening the door. Even when you’re not at home, just check the app for easy food management on the go. You can create a shopping list, then nip to the shops and use the camera to make sure you haven’t forgotten any vital meal ingredients.

You can even watch TV as you cook or listen to the radio through the appliance, thanks to the 21.5 inch control screen. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity lets you connect it to any smart multi-room speakers too. Great if you like to make meal preparation a fully entertaining event.

A unique feature is the CoolSelect+ Zone at the lower right, which lets you choose between additional fridge/freezer space. It’s always great to have this kind of flexibility in the family home. The Samsung RF56M9540SR is one of the best smart American fridge freezers on the market, and will keep you ahead of the game.

Features: Egg rack, Ice and Water Dispenser, Adjustable shelves

Technology: Colour LCD, Temperature, Holiday mode, Browser and Calendar, Music

We like

  • App and bluetooth connectivity, especially the shopping list app
  • Modern and attractive exterior
  • 21.5” LCD HD touch screen
  • TV and radio functions

We dislike

  • Water dispenser requires plumbing
  • Hefty price tag

Final Verdict

Missing your favourite TV or radio programme because you're cooking is a thing of the past as this product boasts all of the entertainment features you need and more. However, the water dispenser does require plumbing which may prove difficult for some customers.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 182.5 x 90.8 x 73.3cm
  • Capacity: Fridge 351L / Freezer 199L
  • Efficiency: A+

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Samsung Family Hub user manual

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SAMSUNG RS68N8240S9

If internal storage space is really an issue and you don’t want to have to start buying extra chest freezers and cutting down on the weekly shop, then an American fridge freezer could be the answer.

The perfect one could give you around 3x the storage space of an ordinary fridge freezer, and over 100L extra compared to having two separate appliances.

The fridge is on the right and freezer on the left, so both are easily accessed. In the fridge section, there is a bottle rack, five door storage compartments, two salad crisper drawers and four shelves, so you can accommodate everything in the best way to suit you.

The ice and water compartments do need plumbing in, but this is worth it for the luxury of cool drinks on hot days.

The stainless steel outer will fit into any kitchen decor, and holiday mode will keep everything in working order when you’re not there to check it yourself.

Features: Frost free, Water & Ice Dispenser (plumbing required), Temperature alarm

We like

  • Audible temperature and open door warnings
  • Child lock
  • Fast freeze function

We dislike

  • Filtered water is not very cold

Final Verdict

Modern and with tonnes of space, this is the product for all those hectic families who get through a lot of food

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 178 x 91.2 x 71.6 cm
  • Capacity: Fridge 407L / Freezer 210L
  • Efficiency: A+

BEKO Select GNE60520Xv

If you find it best to do your food shopping in bulk and tend to freeze leftovers en masse, then a huge product like this 600 litre model from Beko will have ample storage space for all of your chilled and frozen groceries.

A stainless steel design with side-by-side doors and two huge freezer-drawers, this would be the perfect option for a large family or a household of sharers. Plus, there is a fingerprint-proof coating to keep it clean.

We think this product offers excellent value for money for what you get. While most are a pain to move around, this Beko model comes with wheels that make it easy to manoeuvre when setting up.

Benefits of this Beko offering include antibacterial door seals, integrated odour filter and blue internal LED lights that actually help to maintain the vitamin content in your fresh fruit and vegetables. With an A+ energy rating, it’s also an efficient and environmentally friendly option for the home.

A nice feature is the internal LED display, which allows you to manually set your temperatures with ease. While it would be nice to see an integrated ice and chilled water dispenser, what it lacks in fancy add-ons, it makes up for with a spacious interior and useful shelving for eggs and bottles.

Technology: Intuitive cooling, Active Fresh, LED lighting and display, Auto Defrost, Air Flow cooling, Anti-bacterial door seals

We like

  • Very spacious
  • Easy to move
  • Alarm goes off if left open

We dislike

  • Drawers can be difficult to open
  • No ice or chilled water dispenser

Final Verdict

The perfect family-sized product: reasonably priced with all the right hygiene and energy efficiency features.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 182.5 x 84 x 74.5cm
  • Capacity: Fridge 387L / Freezer 152L
  • Efficiency: A+

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BEKO Select GNE60520X user manual

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Fisher & Paykel Goliath 3-Door Fridge Freezer

The RF540ADUX4 Goliath from Fisher & Paykel hs been given that name for a reason. It is a beast of a three-door fridge-freezer, and for those of you out there who never seem to have enough space. The huge double doors and bottom pull-out freezer with fully extendable drawers makes access easier than ever, too.

The exterior is stainless steel so it looks modern, but is coated with a special EZKleen film to avoid unsightly fingerprints. Just give it a wipe and polish every week and it will look good as new.

Built for elegance and convenience, it comes with an ever-popular built-in water and ice dispenser. The glass shelves are height-adjustable to accommodate larger items and despite being very long, are easy to remove if you need to give them a wipe.

The downside to a model of this size and calibre is that it does use a lot of energy and will cost approximately double to run compared to appliances half the size. Which does technically make sense. It is still rated A+ though. If space is essential, then the price is worth paying in our mind.

We like

  • Auto-defrost function
  • Modern electronic interface
  • Plentiful space

We dislike

  • The high energy consumption
  • No anti-bacterial protection

Final Verdict

A powerful, spacious, ‘all singing, all dancing’ product with ice maker. This best top-end appliance is a great investment for any modern kitchen.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: Fridge 413 litres / Freezer 128 litres
  • Features: Water dispenser and ice maker, EZKleen coating (fewer smudges), Height-adjustable glass shelves
  • Dimensions: 179 x 90 x 70cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Technology: Fast freeze, Auto defrost, Humidity-control

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Fisher & Paykel RF540ADUX4 Goliath user manual

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KENWOOD KSBSDIX16

One of the benefits of American fridge freezers is the ability to have fresh water and ice to hand, and it couldn’t be easier to use this fridge thanks to the LED electronic controls.

The benefits don’t stop there with this Kenwood model. Super freeze and cool functions bring your new food shop down to temperature a lot quicker than ordinary appliances, which saves you energy as well as keeping the rest of your food in prime condition.

Frost-free technology further means that you will never have to get rid of ice build up as it does all the hard work for you. A multi-cooling system features eight air ducts which cool circulate air more efficiently than in ordinary fridges. This keeps your food fresher for longer, as the fans adjust cooling on demand.

You’d be forgiven for thinking all of this extra cooling power must mean it is a noisy appliance, but you are wrong. The compressor means you’ll barely hear it when it is in operation, which is handy as it has to be left on all the time.

Furthermore, it is rated A+ for energy, so won’t only save you a lot of wasted food but also will cut down your energy bills. There is a holiday mode, so it can change how it operates even when emptier than usual.

We like

  • 8 hour power failure storage time
  • Modern stainless steel design
  • Frost-free feature
  • Easy to use LED display
  • Open door alarm

We dislike

  • Water dispenser difficult to fill
  • Shelves aren’t adjustable

Final Verdict

A stylish and convenient buy with all the newest features, for any modern family home.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: Fridge - 367 litres Freezer - 168 litres
  • Dimensions: H178.7 x W91 x D74.3 cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Noise Level: 42 dB(A)

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KENWOOD KSBSDIX16 User Manual

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American Fridge-Freezer Buying Guide

Due to the fact that these fridge freezers are so much bigger and bulkier than standard fridge models available in the UK, here are some pointers to consider before investing in one.

Best Things to Consider

Do you have enough space?

The average American-model fridge-freezer is approximately 1.8 metres tall, 0.9 metres wide and 0.8 metres deep. That’s a big old appliance to try and fit into a small kitchen, so unless you’re confident you have plenty of space, then you might be more comfortable with a standard-sized fridge. Before you go ahead and order, make sure you’ve carefully measured the available space, allowing a little room above and behind the appliance for air to circulate.

Another thing to consider is how you will physically manoeuvre it into your home – if you live in a block of flats for example, will you be able to get it into the lift or up the stairs?

Do you have a plumbing point?

Most fridge freezers of this style need to be plumbed in order for their chilled water dispensers and ice-makers to work. Make sure you have a plumbing point available, perhaps close to a washing machine or dishwasher.

Are you prepared for the costs?

Because these appliances are larger, they tend to be more expensive to purchase than standard models. Average prices range from between around £600 for a cheaper model and exceeding £2,000 for a more expensive model. Essentially you are paying for the increased size, as well as features such as digital displays and dispensers.

They are also more expensive to run, as more energy is required to keep everything chilled in such a big appliance – so you should expect higher electricity bills as a result of choosing an American-model fridge freezer over a standard one.

Useful features to look out for

Since you pay more for a fancy fridge freezer like this, try to get one that has lots of features that will be useful for you, to ensure you get your money’s worth. Look out for the following:

  • Frost-free freezer
  • Fast freeze function
  • Bottle rack
  • Adjustable shelving
  • Water dispenser
  • Ice maker
  • Anti-smudge coating

Are you thinking of taking the plunge and investing in a big, beautiful American-style fridge-freezer? Let us know why you took this decision in the comments, which models you like the look of and why.