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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LG Door-in-Door™ GSJ560PZXV
  • Dimensions: 179 x 91.2 x 71.7cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 394L/Freezer 197L
  • Noise Level: 39dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Antibacterial technology, Control panel lock, Open door alert
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Bosch Serie 8 KAN92LB35G
  • Dimensions: 175.6 x 91.2 x 73.2cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: Fridge 375L/Freezer 202L
  • Noise Level: 43 dB
  • Extra Features: Temperature warning light, Adjustable shelves
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Samsung RS8000 RS68N8240S9
  • Dimensions: 178 x 91.2 x 71.6 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 407L/Freezer 210L
  • Noise Level: 39 dB
  • Extra Features: Control panel lock, Frost free freezer, Temperature warning light
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Best American Style Fridge-Freezers

LG Door-in-Door™ GSJ560PZXV

This is a clever fridge freezer with plenty of features which will really help your kitchen and mealtimes flow. The 591L capacity can hold around 32 bags of shopping, so nothing will be crammed in and pushed to the back to be lost forever.

The innovative Door in Door design basically means that there is a little separate chamber where you can store all of those things you use the most. Whether it be bottles of juice, the milk for your cups of tea or the marmalade for your toast every morning, it gives quick and easy access to your favourite snacks and drinks, without losing any cold air. This is because you don’t need to open the large main door.

A plumbed in water and ice dispenser provides fresh produce when you need it, and there is no need to top up the tank. Other features which may appeal include the MoistureBalance crisper, which increases moisture by 20% for perfect fresh fruit and veg storage, and a nice bright LED light for full view of everything in there.

Slightly more boring (but very important) features include Bio Shield protection to prevent the build up of mould and bacteria, adjustable front feet to aid with levelling the unit and fully controllable temperature dials. And it is frost free, for an easier life.

LG’s Door In Door design has revolutionised the American Fridge Freezer world, and the fact that it is like a Tardis when it comes to storage makes it well worth the price.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 179 x 91.2 x 71.7cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 394L/Freezer 197L
  • Noise Level: 39dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Antibacterial technology, Control panel lock, Open door alert

We like

  • Huge capacity
  • Door in door design comes in handy
  • Packed with features

We dislike

  • A few more shelves in the freezer would be nice so things don't have to be piled as much

Final Verdict

One of the most economical American Fridge Freezers around, and packed with every single feature you could ever want from a fridge

Bosch Serie 8 KAN92LB35G

Thanks to a super generous 592L capacity overall, making it one of the largest on the market, this is a fantastic option for those needing all the space possible. We think it is actually one of the best premium American fridge freezers available currently.

NoFrost technology prevents ice build-ups and MultiAirflow tech keeps temperatures consistent. There are even vitaFresh Plus drawers where the temperature and humidity can be fine-tuned to keep meat or veg fresher for longer.

A handy BigBox drawer in the freezer will help you at Christmas when the turkey needs to be stored somewhere, or when summer hits and those large tubs of ice cream need to be kept safe.

There are also plenty of shelving opportunities in the door, which we are a big fan of. It can be annoying not being able to fit big bottles of fizzy pop, your milk, all your sauces or those little remaining cloves of garlic/dips/cheese anywhere safely. But it is safe to say you’ll have no issues here. There is also a bottle rack, as well as shelving in the freezer side for individual ice lollies or that small bag of peas which would otherwise end up tipped over.

It is nice and easy to position thanks to four wheels on the base. You can pop it just where it needs to be and easily wheel it back out when it comes to the big spring clean. It is still very deep though, so just beware and ensure you can fit it through your front door on delivery!

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 175.6 x 91.2 x 73.2cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: Fridge 375L/Freezer 202L
  • Noise Level: 43 dB
  • Extra Features: Temperature warning light, Adjustable shelves

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We like

  • Glossy black colour
  • vitaFresh drawers
  • Wheels for easy movement

We dislike

  • Cost

Final Verdict

Outstanding in terms of space, running costs and handy little features. Although whether you want to pay this price is another issue

Fridgemaster MS91518FFS

Grabbing an American fridge freezer for just over £500 is something which would have been unheard of a few years ago, but technology is a wonderful thing now, and this fab option falls perfectly in that bracket. It may be on the cheaper side, but it certainly doesn’t seem it – this is why it is our best budget pick.

It is available in silver and black, which will suit any kitchen decor. Inside, there is a very generous capacity over 500L in total, and the doors open as normal too so everything is easily accessible.

In terms of those little extras which also make your life easier, the freezer is frost free, and there are an open door alert and internal light. It lacks a temperature warning signal, but for the price, it is a little addition we can live without.

A noise level of just 43dB and energy rating of A+ are the icing on the cakes. They make it the perfect solution to your family kitchen, keeping things quiet enough to get on with your socialising and meal times but cost effective to run, too.

If you don’t want to spend loads of money but are in desperate need of extra space, then it is a great way to get the best of both worlds. There are two salad drawers and shelves in the door to top it off.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 178.6 x 91 x 64.3cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 339L/Freezer 177L
  • Noise Level: 43 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Frost free freezer

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We like

  • Great capacity
  • Good value
  • Quiet running

We dislike

  • Freezer shelves are a little on short side widthways

Final Verdict

Sleek, stylish and incredibly great value. Perfect for families and shared households, and we wouldn't be surprised if it retailed for twice as much

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

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 182.5 x 90.8 x 73.3cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 351L/Freezer 199L
  • Noise Level: 40db
  • Extra Features: CoolSelect Plus Zone, Frost free

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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.

Samsung RS8000 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.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 178 x 91.2 x 71.6 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 407L/Freezer 210L
  • Noise Level: 39 dB
  • Extra Features: Control panel lock, Frost free freezer, Temperature warning light

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

Hisense FMN431W20C

A handy fridge freezer for any kitchen, with nice medium capacity for anyone who needs everything within one appliance to save space but doesn’t require a gigantic 500+L capacity.

It will hold around 23 bags of groceries. The clever No Frost freezer means you won’t have to bring everything out every few months to scrape away at chunks of ice, so you’ll always have maximum capacity available.

This is possible as it always keeps air circulating around each shelf, which also helps to keep everything at the perfect temperature; vital in the summer months when it is stocked with ice cream every couple of days.

If you just want to place your new water dispensing appliance in your kitchen without messing about with plumbing, then this is the perfect solution. Just pop it in place without the need to call the plumber first.

There is an A+ energy rating, and it has a 15-hour power failure safe storage ability. You’ll have plenty of time to make the necessary amendments if your electricity goes off. The interior LED is nice and bright, too. It is a little difficult to fit bottles in the fridge door, and larger items don’t fit comfortably in the freezer drawers. But apart from this, the price is great, and it is the perfect easy solution for families.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 181.2 x 79.4 x 70cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 289L/Freezer 142L
  • Noise Level: 43 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Frost free, Open door alert

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We like

  • Good lighting
  • Open door alert
  • Twin cooling for better temperature control

We dislike

  • Freezer isn’t as roomy as fridge

Final Verdict

We like how the fridge is at the top and freezer at bottom for a little more width in the storage, and the lack of plumbing certainly will be welcome for many

Beko Select GNE60520X

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

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 182.5 x 84 x 74.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 387L/Freezer 152L
  • Noise Level: 42 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Fridge auto defrost, Antibacterial door seals, Anti-fingerprint finish

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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.

Fisher & Paykel Goliath

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.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 179 x 90 x 70cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 413L/Freezer 128L
  • Noise Level: 43dB
  • Extra Features: Fast freeze, Auto defrost, Humidity control

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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.

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.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 178.7 x 91 x 74.3cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 367L/Freezer 168L
  • Noise Level: 42dB
  • Extra Features: Auto defrost, Fast chill, Holiday mode

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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.

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