Best Fridge Freezer 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Choosing an appliance is no small decision, not least because of the price tag which they usually carry. A fridge freezer is likely to be one of the most important appliances in your kitchen, keeping food fresh and drinks chilled. Fridge-freezer combos are the most common type of food storage that people buy.

If you choose an all-in-one fridge freezer for your kitchen rather than two separate units, it will save space and give you more room to fit other appliances into your kitchen. But it can also make the decision harder, as you have to find the right balance between fridge and freezer storage.

Some of you out there will prefer to keep a constant stock of frozen goods, whereas others will only use the freezer for ice cream and the odd bag of chips and veg, so need to prioritise fridge space. This is why there are so many alternative arrangements out there.

Usually, the fridge section is larger than the freezers, though the ratios can vary. The freezer section is normally located at the top, bottom or side of the appliance, depending on the style and capacity. You can even purchase undercounter options nowadays, which are the ultimate space saver but still convenient for access.

To help you make the best choice when buying a new fridge-freezer, here is our roundup of some of the best offerings on the market, as well as a helpful buying guide.

The Best Fridge-Freezers – Our Top Picks

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SMEG FAB32LCR3UK 60/40
  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 195.5 x 60.1 x 72.8cm
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Capacity: Fridge 304L/Freezer 97L
  • Noise Level: 41 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Frost free freezer
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Bosch KIN85AF30G 50/50
  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: H77.2 x W55.8 x D54.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: Fridge 155L/Freezer 94L
  • Noise Level: 39 dB
  • Extra Features: Open door alerts, Reversible door
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Hotpoint HBD5517WUK 50/50
  • Type: Upright
  • Dimensions: 174 x 54.5 x 58 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 150L/Freezer 84L
  • Noise Level: 44 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Antibacterial protection, Reversible door
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Best Freestanding Fridge Freezers

Bosch Serie 4 KGN39VL3AG 70/30

Not only is this fridge freezer very practical with a 366 litre capacity in total, but it will also add a touch of style to any kitchen.

It has all of the technology which you would look for in a modern fridge freezer unit. NoFrost ensures you don’t have to scrape away manually, or risk all of the food defrosting as you allow the ice to melt. There is also technology present which ensures your food stays fresher for longer, which should reduce the frequency which you have to buy fresh produce.

VitaFresh drawers create the ideal humidity level to keep your fruit and vegetables fresher for longer, so you can do one big shop and plan ahead for the meals for the week without worrying that the broccoli is going to go off before your risotto on Friday. This will also help to reduce the amount you throw away if you’re concerned about food waste.

The best feature we like, however, is the VarioZone adaptability. Simply remove a drawer in the freezer, and it will be transformed into a shelf instead. This can help to store items such as pizza boxes or other large shapes which don’t often fit inside drawers. You can even remove the drawer under this, too, to create a deep compartment when the time comes to store the bulky Christmas turkey or gammon.

If you already have limited space, then this is a brilliant fridge freezer for helping you get the most out of the unit. It is tall as well, which only maximises the space without taking up room in your kitchen.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 203 x 60 x 66cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: Fridge 279L/Freezer 87L
  • Noise Level: 39 dB
  • Extra Features: VarioZone freezer, Frost free, Temperature warning light

We like

  • Tall to maximise space
  • Nice and quiet
  • All compartments are well organised

We dislike

  • Door shelves are quite narrow so beware if you buy a large milk size

Final Verdict

Bosch deliver time and time again when it comes to their fridge freezers, and this is one of their best yet. Innovative storage and offers maximum space without taking up too much

SMEG FAB32LCR3UK 60/40

It’s no secret that Smeg products are some of the most stylish kitchen appliances in existence. They have a cool, retro aesthetic, come in a range of unusual colours, and are energy efficient.

We love this tasteful cream model from Smeg (available in a few other colours too) as it has a fabulous A+++ rating, spacious compartments and never requires manual defrosting. There’s nothing better than an appliance which does all the hard work for you.

The primary appeal of this model is the design and respected Smeg name. It’s fast-chill and fast-freeze functions are also very handy, ensuring that your food reaches the best temperature rapidly. However, there is no getting away from the fact that these famous Smeg products have a hefty price tag.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 195.5 x 60.1 x 72.8cm
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Capacity: Fridge 304L/Freezer 97L
  • Noise Level: 41 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Frost free freezer

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We like

  • Aesthetic and design
  • Antibacterial liners keep everything clean
  • Plenty of room for bottles and jars

We dislike

  • Price
  • Doors are a little heavy

Final Verdict

A retro product that comes in a range of colours, along with all of the reliability and quality you’d expect from this famous brand

Samsung RB31FDRNDSA 60/40

The Samsung RB31FDRNDSA is really everything you could want out of a traditional appliance.

It is a standard size at just 59.5 cm across, and so much more appropriate for modest kitchens than big American-style alternatives. It has ample storage space, a chilled water dispenser (but no ice), and handy bottle rack.

The external display is a nice touch, too. With this, you can see information such as the temperature without any issues. Make adjustments when necessary, and find any problems before any damage ensues.

Considerably more efficient that its American-style counterparts, using approximately two thirds of the amount of energy. The trade-off is that you have less space, but not everybody needs as much. This product would still be perfectly fine for a family or 2-3 people sharing.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 185 x 59.5 x 66.8cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 210L/Freezer 98L
  • Noise Level: 37db
  • Extra Features: Auto defrost, Non-plumbed water dispenser

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We like

  • The Holiday Mode option
  • The easy-slide shelf for reaching items at the back
  • The Power Freeze function

We dislike

  • Casing and shelving are not robust
  • Lack of ice-maker

Final Verdict

A modern model with built-in chilled water dispenser from this reliable brand.

Haier A3FE635CCJ 60/40

This cream standalone appliance from Haier (also available in other appealing colours) makes a welcome change from the sea of silver, white and steel we usually see.

Split 70/30, it claims you can fit approximately 16 bags of food shopping inside which, although we didn’t test, we can easily believe as it feels very spacious – maybe due to this being an extra tall model. Humidity control keeps everything frozen and prevents a build up of ice, to save you chipping away or running out of room.

Both compartments offer a great amount of space, and we particularly liked the large freezer drawers as opposed to separate compartments behind a single door. One of these drawers is a special MyZone design. Simply put, you can customise the temperature (from -3° to +5°C) with one-touch, so you can store foods that need certain care without affecting the rest of the appliance.

Perhaps you’ve just done a food shop and need some extra fridge space? Or maybe you’re defrosting some raw meat and don’t like putting it in the fridge? The opportunities are endless.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 190 x 59.5 x 65.7cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 233L/Freezer 97L
  • Noise Level: 40 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Frost free freezer, Open door alert

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We like

  • Flexible MyZone area
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Matte finish and cream colour

We dislike

  • Extra tall – might be too tall for some
  • Not a great energy efficiency compared to other modern models

Final Verdict

One of our highest scoring appliances in this category. An attractive cream-coloured fridge-freezer with lots of space, and we love the flexibility it offers

Gorenje ORK193 80/20

If you’re looking for the fun, retro style of a Smeg product but you can’t afford the real thing, something like this original burgundy Gorenje ONRK193R might do the trick.

It has the same level of capacity as the Smeg, and slightly more freezer capacity. This makes it perfect for anyone who loves the fashion but practicality needs to rule, so wants a balance. Storage is smart, with plenty of drawers to keep your salad fresh and areas which will keep leftovers safe. Coming in at 80:20 ratio, which is rare, it is definitely for those families whose food is taken out of the fridge for meals quicker than it goes in.

It also boasts an A+++ efficiency rating, and in fact uses marginally less energy compared to many other models of its size and capacity. While it doesn’t have a chilled water dispenser or an ice tray, it does have the same auto-defrost and fast-freeze features, as well as plentiful room for bottles.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 194 x 60 x 66.9cm
  • Energy Rating: A+++
  • Capacity: Fridge 227L/Freezer 95L
  • Noise Level: 40dB
  • Extra Features: Auto defrost

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We like

  • High energy-efficiency
  • Spacious interior
  • Reasonable Price tag

We dislike

  • Customer service
  • Lack of decent-sized ice tray (easily remedied by buying a separate one)

Final Verdict

Our favourite retro-style offering. An efficient and stylish addition to your kitchen that offers great value for money.

Swan SR11010CN 70/30

The retro look doesn’t have to cost you the earth, as demonstrated by this Swan fridge freezer model. Swan has long been a competitor to Smeg when it comes to the classically designed appliances, and this one does not look far off the mark.

There is, admittedly, quite a bit less storage, but for less than a quarter of the price, we are pretty sure you could work around that a little bit if the design is the biggest issue.

Despite the lack of space on paper, the inside is very roomy, and there is plenty of scope to arrange everything to best suit your lifestyle.
The freezer is at the top and the fridge at the bottom, so make sure everyone in the household will be able to access what they need the most before you buy.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 149.7 x 54.5 x 63.8cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 168L/Freezer 40L
  • Noise Level: 42dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Antibacterial protection

We like

  • Good storage solutions
  • Price

We dislike

  • Not large enough to be the only freezer for a family

Final Verdict

An affordable option if the retro look is top on your list of what you are looking out for, and the colour choice is extensive

Best Integrated Fridge-Freezers

Beko Pro BCFD150 50/50

A 254L capacity for an appliance which is less than 55cm wide is pretty good going. If you need a Tardis-like fridge freezer then this Beko is a mighty fine choice.

Antibacterial door seals will keep everything safely stored, as they prevent bacteria entering the fridge and forming around the door. You also have frost free technology which will prevent you having to manually defrost the freezer periodically. It does this by keeping a constant air flow circulating the chamber, which also helps with keeping everything at a consistent temperature.

There is a reversible door in case you need to change it around for the layout of your kitchen and integrated setup. In terms of cons, we’d like larger freezer drawers and you can only use half of the bottom glass shelf because the lower bottle rack can’t close on it if it is full.

Still, for under £400, they are little niggles which you could live with, and there is still plenty of scope to personalise the storage solutions.

Specifications

  • Type: Tall Integrated
  • Dimensions: 177.8 x 54 x 54.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 163L/Freezer 91L
  • Noise Level: 40 dB
  • Extra Features: Frost free

We like

  • Built in open door alarm
  • Wine rack
  • Nice bright lighting inside

We dislike

  • Difficult freezer and bottom shelf storage

Final Verdict

Despite the little tiny issues, we still give this 5* - great price, reversible door and plenty of shelves to accommodate your weekly shop

Bosch KIN85AF30G 50/50

Fridge freezers can struggle when it comes to space, but this Bosch integrated model is one of the best options if you want to accommodate big weekly food shops. It has all of the coveted fast-chill, fast-freeze and auto defrost features, and an A++ energy efficiency rating that puts it high on our list.

We loved the BigBox addition for the freezer – a deep compartment which will allow you to stack your food prep for the week, or freeze meat and other fragile items without having to cram them in or pile other things on top. The VistaFresh box at the bottom of the fridge also keeps temperatures perfect for your salad to remain crisp, no matter what else is in the appliance.

A particularly useful function of the Bosch is the holiday mode. This is a setting designed to keep the appliance running efficiently while using less power. Perfect if you’re off on your summer two week break and there are only a few items left in there for it to take care of.

Overall, this model is very quiet and great value for money (despite being at the higher end of the price scale). Think of it as a solid appliance which will see you through several years of demanding work.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: H77.2 x W55.8 x D54.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: Fridge 155L/Freezer 94L
  • Noise Level: 39 dB
  • Extra Features: Open door alerts, Reversible door

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We like

  • The energy rating
  • The size
  • Deeper freezer drawer

We dislike

  • Fixed hinge
  • The unclear instructions

Final Verdict

Another very efficient integrated offering, boasting more capacity than similar models and a bit more flexibility.

Zanussi ZBB28651SV 70/30

In terms of dimensions, capacity and annual energy usage, this Zanussi is great for the cost.

We love the fact that the the door is reversible, so you can swap it over if you have a bit of a layout change in your kitchen or move home. The compartment drawers in the freezer section are clear too, so you can see what you have at a glance, rather than pulling them out and routing through everything before you do the weekly shop.

It has all of the standard and brilliant fast freeze/cooling and auto-defrost functions, and in addition the fridge has some very useful adjustable shelves, so you can alter their heights as needed. This is good, as they are a bit close together for anyone who frequently has their fridge full of goods.

We loved the little light guide which tells you the exact internal temperature of the appliance too, so there is no more guessing which setting is perfect and altering it the wrong way. Two separate products of the same quality would cost a lot more, so you get a lot for your money.

Specifications

  • Type: Upright Integrated
  • Dimensions: 177.2 x 54 x 54.9cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 192L/Freezer 61L
  • Noise Level: 39 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Antibacterial protection, Frost free freezer

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We like

  • The price tag
  • The fan cooling
  • The simple instructions

We dislike

  • The slight noisiness
  • The lower compartment is on the small side

Final Verdict

A spacious, budget-friendly integrated model which has lots of handy features to help make your life easier.

Beko Select BCFD173 70/30

This Beko integrated model is not only highly efficient (A++), but is packed with features to make life easier too.

It offers lots of storage, especially in the upper fridge compartment, and has excellent cooling features. These include a quick-cool function to rapidly freeze items new items. No more rushing home from the supermarket with ice creams in summer and waiting for them to get back down to ideal temperatures.

We liked the addition of the bottle rack in the fridge to help free up space in the door compartments while keeping them safe and flat. It will accommodate 2 litre bottles of fizzy pop just as well as wine bottles, and sits just under the top shelf for easy access.

An antibacterial door seal will keep your food safe from external germs, and the adjustable shelving ensures you can adapt the appliance to just how you like it and find easiest. The price is fantastic for what you get, as a bonus.

Specifications

  • Type: Integrated
  • Dimensions: 177.8 x 54 x 54.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: Fridge 193L/Freezer 69L
  • Noise Level: 40 dB
  • Extra Features: Quick cool, Open door alert, Reversible door

We like

  • The twin thermostat
  • The quick-cool and quick-freeze functions
  • Frost free

We dislike

  • The top tray is quite limited – only good for small items
  • Interior light delay

Final Verdict

A highly efficient integrated product with lots of capacity, and coming in at a wallet-friendly price.

AEG SCB5142VLS 70/30

This AEG is a spacious, 207 litre, 70/30 split model that is frost-free and fast-freezing.

It is a relatively narrow 54 cm wide, making it a good choice for smaller spaces. Yet, it is still an ideal appliance for families which do large weekly shops. This built-in product uses a Coolmatic function to chill fresh food quickly and stop new items from increasing the overall temperature.

One of its best features is the half-width flexi door shelf, which you can adjust and move left and right to make room for larger items while still making the most of every inch of available space. The standard shelves are full width and made from safety glass so are strong, while remaining cool to keep your food fresh.

We also loves the fact that the interior corners are all curved, so when you need to give it a clean, the cloth will easily get every last bit of surface. Two separate salad drawers will help you keep everything organised, and the freezer drawers are nice and deep (although there are only two).

Specifications

  • Type: Integrated
  • Dimensions: 144.1 x 54 x 54.9cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: Fridge 160L/Freezer 57L
  • Noise Level: 39dB
  • Extra Features: Fast freeze, Auto defrost

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We like

  • The flexi shelf
  • The fast freeze/chill functions
  • The external touch controls

We dislike

  • The lack of bottle rack
  • The upwards-sliding salad drawers

Final Verdict

Plentiful capacity integrated with innovative food preservation technology

Best Budget Fridge Freezers

Fridgemaster MTM48120 80/20

The Fridgemaster MTM48120 is split into a ratio of 80/20, with the freezer at the top for much easier access. We think it would be ideal for anyone who likes to keep some frozen essentials to hand in the kitchen, such as frozen peas or potatoes, but who has a chest freezer or separate freestanding in the garage or utility room with everything else.

The overall capacity is 120L, which should give you enough room for up to six bags of shopping. The shelves are adjustable, so if you have taller bottles to keep upright, you can shift a shelf higher to let them fit. We love how the freezer is just split in half by one shelf, so you can grab what you need easily and see what is there clearly. It is much easier than drawers or doors, especially for such a small space.

It is good that the freezer is just small, as it has to be manually defrosted so you don’t want to be chipping away too much. The annual cost to run is only around £28.03, which for something that keeps both fresh and frozen food in perfect condition is extremely good. In all, it is a great capacity but packed into small dimensions, making it one of the best fridge freezers for small kitchens.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 118 x 48.1 x 51cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 91L/Freezer 29L
  • Noise Level: 40 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves

We like

  • Low annual running cost
  • Freezer section at top
  • Good compact size for the capacity
  • Great price

We dislike

  • Temperature thermostat can be a little unpredictable

Final Verdict

Under £200, and ideal if a fridge is the main need but you love the ease of having a small freezer compartment to hand

Hotpoint HBD5517WUK 50/50

The Hotpoint HBD5517WUK  is a sensible, reliable and reasonably priced choice which would perform well for an average-sized family.

When it comes to home appliances, you really can’t go wrong with Hotpoint. The top and bottom sections are almost 50/50 (the bottom half is very slightly smaller) so there is plenty of space for your frozen food, and you don’t have to prioritise one over the other.

It doesn’t have an auto-defrost function, which is a shame, but it does have antibacterial liners, adjustable shelves, and the door is reversible so you can choose which way round will work best in your kitchen. It has a glossy exterior that would complement a contemporary look, too, and is easy to keep clean with a wipe.

Specifications

  • Type: Upright
  • Dimensions: 174 x 54.5 x 58 cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 150L/Freezer 84L
  • Noise Level: 44 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Antibacterial protection, Reversible door

We like

  • The spaciousness
  • The sleek aesthetic
  • The value for money

We dislike

  • A bit noisy
  • The doors can be tricky

Final Verdict

A sleek, sensible family fridge which won’t hurt the pocket too much.

Grundig GKF15810N 50/50

The Grundig GKF15810N could be the best choice if you do not mind going without a water dispenser. It’s stainless steel with an anti-fingerprint finish, which means minimal smudging and smearing.

The doors are easily reversible, so no matter the set up of your kitchen it will fit right in. Frost-free features mean it will defrost automatically, so you don’t have to waste hours doing it manually.

The large salad crisper gives ample storage for your fresh produce, and there is also a wine bottle rack to let you store large 2L soft drinks bottles.

Integrated LED lighting lets you see the contents clearly, and there is a dedicated slimline ice cube tray so it is always easily accessed for those cold drinks and smoothies.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 182 x 54.5 x 60cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 168L/Freezer 95L
  • Noise Level: 41 dB
  • Extra Features: Frost free, Antibacterial door seals

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We like

  • Anti-bacterial protection
  • The smudge-free finish
  • The roominess
  • Auto-defrost feature

We dislike

  • The lack of adjustability

Final Verdict

A reliable and roomy stainless steel appliance with plenty of room for your weekly shop.

Siemens KG33VVI31G 60/40

The Siemens KG33VVI31G has a great capacity, lots of little storage quirks and is high in energy efficiency, so was a clear addition to our list of the best fridge freezers available.

It has a stainless steel finish, which can be often prone to smudging, however the fingerprint-proof coating helps to solve this problem. A quick wipe down will keep it looking new and shiny. The shelves are fully removable too, and the removable door seal is magnetic so won’t get all grimy and dirty through the years.

The bottle rack helps keep your precious glass items safe, and the salad crisper drawer features integrated humidity control so your lettuce and cucumber will stay crisper and fresher for longer.

There is a large deep door shelf for your milk and juice cartons, and two shallow options if you store your eggs or sauce bottles in there. It is simple in style and function, but after all, sometimes that is the best way.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 176 x 60 x 65cm
  • Energy Rating: A++
  • Capacity: Fridge 194L/Freezer 94L
  • Noise Level: 39dB
  • Extra Features: Temperature alert, Fast freeze

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We like

  • The super-freeze function
  • The integrated humidity control
  • Auto-Defrost function

We dislike

  • The lower compartment is a little small
  • No temperature control

Final Verdict

This modern stainless steel fridge has lots of space and some great functions, as well as looking clean and modern.

Best Undercounter Fridge Freezers

Undercounter fridge freezers aren’t hugely widely available, and there is a good chance you have never even heard of them. They are essentially like an undercounter fridge, but rather than an ice box section, they have a dedicated freezer.

This means there are two separate doors, so the two compartments are kept entirely apart and both in the ideal environment, such as temperature. So if you have been looking at an undercounter fridge but need something more than an ice box, they are the best bet.

Ice boxes often only allow you to store ice cubes or ice cream at a push. Keeping food in there could actually be a bad idea as they aren’t preserved at the right temperature. An undercounter fridge freezer will help you to store ready meals, pizzas and veg when required.

Russell Hobbs RHUCFF50 70/30

One of the largest fridge capacities around for an undercounter fridge freezer, this Russell Hobbs isn’t just ticking all of the boxes when it comes to style but also practicality.

In total, you get 90L, which is enough for five bags of shopping. A salad crisper drawer keeps precious perishables out of the way of everything else, and also creates the perfect atmosphere for keeping them fresher for longer. The door is reversible too, so you can literally squeeze it in anywhere in your kitchen.

It needs manually defrosting every so often, but an annual running cost of £26.03 means it is cost-effective to run, so keeping on top of the ice is no issue at all.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 84.5 x 49.5 x 52cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 65L/Freezer 25L
  • Noise Level: 40 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves, Reversible door

We like

  • Colour choices
  • Surprisingly large fridge section
  • Freezer door storage for smaller items such as ice lollies

We dislike

  • Refrigerator isn't auto defrost

Final Verdict

Energy efficient, stylish and with clever storage layout - you may have to defrost the lot manually, but it offers a lot for the money

Essentials CUC50W18 70/30 Fridge Freezer

A nice budget fridge freezer, which will slot under your kitchen counter to give you immediate access to the essentials.

The shelves are adjustable, so you can move things around to accommodate larger joints of beef, leftovers or a big bowl of trifle for pudding. You also get a salad crisping drawer at the bottom of the unit to keep your fresh items both safe, and fresher for longer.

It has one of the largest capacities when it comes to the fridge storage, which is great if you want the convenience of a fully working freezer compartment but don’t want it to consume the unit. There is no interior light, but the doors are reversible and a power failure safe-storage time of 15 hours is fab.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding Under Counter
  • Dimensions: 85 x 48 x 52cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 59L/Freezer 23L
  • Noise Level: 42 dB
  • Extra Features: Adjustable shelves

We like

  • Good space in fridge
  • Storage options in door

We dislike

  • No light

Final Verdict

A nice fridge freezer on the budget side of the scale, but still with reliable workings and adjustability to suit your lifestyle

Montpellier MAB2031C Undercounter Fridge Freezer

Small enough to fit under a counter yet room enough to store enough ingredients for a few meals, this Montpellier is not only practical but also gives the retro look if this is something you are also after.

It is nice and easy to use and control. A dial will allow you to adjust the temperature, and there’s a dedicated vegetable box to keep the lettuce, cucumber and peppers fresh. If you like tinned drinks such as fizzy pop, a dedicated door holder allows you to store them out of the packaging while minimising the space they take up. There’s also room for milk and juice, as well as any small perishables or jars.

The door is hinged on the right, so you’ll have to ensure this is suitable for your layout. The freezer will also need defrosting occasionally, but the fridge keeps temperature well so that is one less job.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding
  • Dimensions: 84.5 x 47.9 x 49.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 62L/Freezer 26L
  • Noise Level: 41 dB
  • Extra Features: Antibacterial seals, Frost free freezer

We like

  • Retro style
  • Good storage layout and options

We dislike

  • Price - a bit higher than most others around

Final Verdict

It is pricier than a few of the other undercounter fridge freezers, but could be worth paying that bit more for the style and slightly larger capacity

Amica FD1714 70/30 Fridge Freezer

With 71 litres of storage, this fridge freezer gives you enough room to store three bags of food shopping. It is the perfect way to keep all of those necessities to hand.

An annual running cost of around £24.79 means it is kind to your energy bills as well as your kitchen layout. It has reversible doors, so no matter your layout or ideal positioning, it will adapt.

You will have to manually defrost it every once in a while, but it is the most affordable on our list, so the lack of fancy features will not bother those of you on a budget.

Specifications

  • Type: Freestanding Undercounter
  • Dimensions: 84 x 48 x 49.5cm
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Capacity: Fridge 49L/Freezer 22L
  • Noise Level: 40 dB
  • Extra Features: Reversible door, Antibacterial protection

We like

  • Price
  • Basic, clean design

We dislike

  • Power lead is on the shorter side

Final Verdict

Good for a single person household or any families who have larger storage facilities in the garage/utility. The freezer is surprisingly roomy which is ideal

Fridge Freezer Buying Guide

What Is The Best Fridge Freezer?

Here we attempt to answer this question for you. The answer of course depends largely on your requirements and so is different for everybody.

We’ve listed some of the most important features you’ll want to consider when shopping around.

Types

There are many different varieties of fridge, but they can be boiled down to four main styles. Each has certain benefits and disadvantages.

Top Freezer

This is where the freezer sits on top, with the fridge located below.

  • Great for accommodating large trays of food
  • Useful if you use a lot of frozen food or ice
  • Can be uncomfortable bending down to reach the lower drawers
  • Options with adjustable glass shelves are best for easy cleaning

Bottom Freezer

The fridge sits above, with the freezer at the bottom.

  • No bending down to reach fresh foods
  • Just as good at accommodating large items
  • Less convenient for retrieving frozen food
  • Look for models with pull-out drawers and plenty of bins

French Door

As the name suggests, this fridge-freezer has two doors which open outwards, and the freezer is located at the bottom or in one of the halves.

  • Similar advantages to a bottom freezer
  • Less space required for doors to open

Side-By-Side

Again with this option there are two doors that open outwards, but this time the freezer and fridge are found alongside each other.

  • Best for people who use both fresh and frozen food often
  • Less space required for doors to open
  • The fridge and freezers shelves are narrower – not as good for storing large items
  • Opt for the largest you can get away with, to get maximum shelf space

Freestanding or Integrated?

A free-standing appliance is the most common type of this appliance. They aren’t designed to hide behind your kitchen units, so you’ll find a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. They are generally less expensive and simpler to install than integrated units, and are easier to move if required. As a result, their appearance is sometimes not as seamless with the rest of your kitchen and you may have to do some shopping around to find the perfect match.

Integrated models are built in, with a front panel that seamlessly matches the rest of your kitchen. The appliances themselves are hidden from view unless opened. They are slimmer than traditional fridges and take up less space – but the downside is they can cost more to buy and run.

While they are becoming more popular, integrated models are still hugely outsold by the freestanding fridge, so there is a smaller range available. But don’t let that put you off – if you’ve got your heart set on integrated fridge freezers that perfectly blends in with your kitchen suite, there are still some great options out there.