Choosing an appliance is no small decision, not least because of the price tag which these appliances usually carry. It is likely to be one of the most important appliances in your kitchen, keeping food fresh and drinks chilled. Where they used to be considered a luxury, refrigerators and freezers have now long been viewed as a necessity.
The fridge has evolved to encompass a vast range of options far beyond its basic uses. It’s important to choose the best product for your kitchen space and family needs. Fridge-freezer combos are the most common type of fridge that people buy, combining both compartments. 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.
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 Pick
Top 7 Fridge-Freezers List
|Product||Image||Brand||Capacity||Dimensions (cm)||Efficiency||Energy consumption (annual)||Features||Technology||Price||Buy Now|
|Samsung RB31FDRNDSA Fridge Freezer||Samsung||Fridge: 210 litres Freezer: 98 litres||185 x 59.5 x 66.8||A+||280 kWh||Chilled water dispenser|
|Smeg FAB32RNC Fridge Freezer||Smeg||Fridge: 229 litres Freezer: 75 litres||192.6 x 60 x 72||A++||229 kWh||Safety glass shelves|
Egg and bottle rack
|Gorenje RK60359 Fridge Freezer||Gorenje||Fridge: 229 litres Freezer: 92 litres||188.7 x 60 x 64||A++||209 kWh||Glass shelves|
Deep door bottle shelf
Flexible egg tray and bottle rack
|Beko Select BCE772F Integrated Fridge Freezer||Beko||Fridge: 182 litres Freezer: 65 litres||177.7 x 55.6 x 54.5||A++||249 kWh||Anti-bacterial door seals|
Door open alarm
|Quick cool function|
|Bosch KIN85AF30G Integrated Fridge Freezer||Bosch||Fridge: 154 litres Freezer: 92 litres||177.2 x 55.8 x 54.5||A++||232 kWh||Egg racks|
|AEG SCT71800S1 Integrated Fridge Freezer||AEG||Fridge: 200 litres|
Freezer: 63 litres
|177.2 x 54 x 54.9||A+||297 kWh||Egg racks|
Food preservation technology
|Zanussi ZBB28651SA Integrated Fridge Freezer||Zanussi||Fridge: 200 litres|
Freezer: 63 litres
|177.2 x 54 x 54.7||A+||297 kWh||Adjustable shelves|
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.
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.
- The Holiday Mode option
- The easy-slide shelf for reaching items at the back
- The Power Freeze function
- Casing and shelving are not robust
- Lack of ice-maker
Our Verdict: A modern model with built-in chilled water dispenser from this reliable brand.
Samsung RB31FDRNDSA Rating: 8/10
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 (also available in black or blue) as it has an A++ rating, spacious compartments and never requires manual defrosting.
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.
- The aesthetic
- The antibacterial liners
- The plentiful room for bottles and jars
- The high price
- The doors are a little heavy
- The confusing temp control instructions
Our 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.
Smeg FAB32RNC Rating: 8.5/10
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 RK60359 might do the trick. It has the same level of capacity as the Smeg, and slightly more freezer capacity. It also matches the A++ efficiency rating, and in fact uses marginally less energy. 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.
- The high energy-efficiency
- The spacious interior
- The price tag
- The customer service
- The lack of decent-sized ice tray (easily remedied by buying a separate one)
Our Verdict: Our favourite retro-style offering. An efficient and stylish addition to your kitchen that offers great value for money.
Gorenje RK60359 Rating: 9/10
This Beko integrated model is highly efficient (A++), offers lots of storage and has excellent cooling features, including a quick-cool function that rapidly cools items that have just been put inside to the best temperature.
The freezer has separate ice and storage trays, so bigger items can be packed in more easily. The fridge section has full-depth drawers, which are perfect for storing beer and wine, as well as veg. You can fit a surprising amount of food in this model, and it is frankly better quality than some of its pricey competitors.
- The A++ efficiency rating
- The twin thermostat
- The quick-cool and quick-freeze functions
- The top tray is quite limited – only good for small items
- Interior light delay
Our Verdict: A highly efficient integrated product with lots of capacity.
Beko Select BCE772F Rating: 8.5/10
This Bosch integrated model is the best of these options if you want plentiful space, at 92 litres compared to the next highest at 65 (the Beko). It has all of the coveted fast-chill, fast-freeze and auto defrost features, and an A++ that puts it high on our list.
A particularly useful function of the Bosch is its holiday mode, which is a setting designed to keep running efficiently while using less power. This model is very quiet, does its job and is great value for money.
- The energy rating
- The size
- The handy functions
- Adjusting the shelves
- The unclear instructions
Our Verdict: Another very efficient integrated offering, boasting more capacity than equivalent models.
Bosch KIN85AF30G Rating: 9/10
The AEG is a spacious, 263 litre model that is frost-free and fast-freezing. It is a relatively narrow 54 cm wide, making it a good choice for smaller spaces. 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 flexi shelf, which is a shelf you can adjust to make room for larger items. The AEG also comes with an ice tray and egg rack, and it has the same holiday mode function as the Bosch.
- The flexi shelf
- The fast freeze/chill functions
- The external touch controls
- The lack of bottle rack
- The upwards-sliding salad drawers
Our Verdict: Plentiful capacity integrated with innovative food preservation technology
AEG SCT71800S1 Rating: 8.5/10
In terms of dimensions, capacity and annual energy usage, this Zanussi is almost identical to the AEG. One benefit it does have is that the door is reversible, so you can ask to have this changed over before delivery if desired. It has all of the standard fast freeze/cooling and auto-defrost functions, and in addition some very useful adjustable shelves, so you can alter their heights as needed. This model is slightly cheaper than the AEG, and is therefore the best budget option.
- The price tag
- The fan cooling
- The simple instructions
- The slight noisiness
- The lower compartment is on the small side
Our Verdict: A spacious, budget-friendly integrated model.
Zanussi ZBB28651SA Rating: 8/10
Best Model under £500
At the time of review, all of these appliances were below the £500 price point, however stores often change their prices so we advise you check each item individually.
|Product||Image||Aesthetics||Brand||Capacity||Cost||Dimensions (cm)||Efficiency||Energy consumption (annual)||Features||Technology||AR rating||Buy Now|
|Hotpoint RFAA52S Fridge Freezer||Glossed sliver||Hotpoint||Fridge: 155 litres|
Freezer: 150 litres
|£204.00||174 x 54.5 x 58||A+||258 kWh||Anti-bactera liners|
|Airflow cooling |
|Siemens IQ-300 Fridge Freezer||Stainless steel||Siemens||Fridge: 194 litres|
Freezer: 94 litres
|£399.00||176 x 60 x 65||A++||219 kWh||Reversible door|
|Integrated humidity control|
|Haier C2FE636CCJ 60/40 Frost Free Fridge Freezer||Cream||Haier||Fridge: 201 litres|
Freezer: 104 litres
|£379.00||190.5 x 59.5 x 67.2||A+||353 kWh||My Zone area|
|Beko Select CXFG1685DW Fridge Freezer||Glossy||Beko||Fridge: 225 litres|
Freezer: 97 litres
|£319.00||185 x 60 x 65||A+||337 kWh||Water dispenser|
Egg and wine rack
Internal water tank
|Grundig GKN16715X Fridge Freezer||Stainless steel||Grundig||Fridge: 210 litres|
Freezer: 97 litres
|£469.00||175.4 x 59.5 x 65||A+||307 kWh||Anti-fingerprint finish|
Egg and bottle rack
|John Lewis JLBIFF1807 Integrated Fridge Freezer||Clean & white||John Lewis||Fridge: 210 litres|
Freezer: 55 litres
|£659.00||177.2 x 54 x 54.9||A+||309 kWh||Reversible door|
Electronic temperature controls
Cooling air circulation
The Hotpoint RFAA52S is a sensible, reliable and reasonably priced choice. It would do 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.
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 glossed silver exterior that would complement a contemporary look.
- The spaciousness
- The sleek aesthetic
- Value for money
- A bit noisy
- The doors can be tricky
Our Verdict: A sleek, sensible family fridge which won’t hurt the pocket too much.
Hotpoint RFAA52S Rating: 7.5/10
The Siemens KG33VVI31G has more internal fridge space than the Hotpoint, and also a better efficiency rating/annual energy usage. It has a stainless steel finish, which can be often prone to smudging, however the fingerprint-proof coating helps to solve this problem.
As with the Hotpoint, the door is reversible so you can choose which side you want it – just be sure to say before the appliance is delivered. The Siemens has an auto-defrost function, so you would never need to do this manually.
- The super-freeze function
- A++ energy rating
- The integrated humidity control
- Auto-Defrost function
- The lower compartment is a little small
- No temperature control
Our Verdict: This modern stainless steel fridge has lots of space and some great functions.
Siemens KG33VVI31G Rating: 8/10
This cream standalone appliance from Haier (also available in dark red) makes a welcome change from the sea of silver and steel. Split 60/40, it claims you can fit 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.
Both compartments offer comparatively more space than the Siemens, however its annual energy consumption is higher. One of the unique features of this appliance is the MyZone area, which is a really handy compartment that you can set to act as either appliance, giving you more flexibility. Very useful indeed.
- The flexible MyZone area
- The plentiful storage space
- The matte finish
- Extra tall – might be too tall for some
- Uses more energy than some
Our Verdict: One of our highest scoring appliances in this category. An attractive cream-coloured fridge-freezer with lots of space.
Haier C2FE636CCJ Rating: 9/10
You’re really in safe hands with Beko appliances. If you’re looking for a great value freestanding appliance that comes with a chilled water dispenser, then the Select CXFG1685DW is a good option. It has an internal water tank, so you’re not restricted by the need to position it close to a plumbed water source.
The fridge section is particularly spacious – 225 litres – and auto-defrost means there’s no pesky ice build-up. All in all, this model is cheap and good quality, and its Freezer-Guard feature means that it will continue to perform well even if the room is cold – so it can be used in outbuildings.
- The water dispenser
- The Freezer-Guard feature
- The antibacterial seals
- The door-open alarm comes on very quickly
- Can be on the noisy side
Our Verdict: A great looking, great value unit with built-in water dispenser. One of our favourites.
Beko Select CXFG1685DW Rating: 9/10
The Grundig GKN16715X 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.
An interesting feature of the Grundig is the IonFresh technology, which helps to prevent bad smells in the fridge by producing negative ions that capture and expel bacteria molecules. This model auto-defrosts, has antibacterial seals and a roomy interior, though it would be nice if the shelves were adjustable.
- The cool ionising feature
- The smudge-free finish
- The roominess
- Auto-defrost feature
- The lack of adjustability
- No bottle rack
Our Verdict: A reliable and roomy stainless steel appliance with ionising technology.
Grundig GKN16715X Rating: 8.5/10
The final integrated model to make our top list is this compact option from John Lewis – the JLBIFF1807. First things first – this option favours fridge space, so the freezer is actually quite little at only 55 litres (210 litres for the fridge). So if you buy a lot of frozen food, this might not be the best option for you, but if you rely mainly on your fridge for fresh produce it could suit you fine.
This appliance has super-cooling air circulation and adjustable shelves for added flexibility, as well as being frost-free and door-reversible.
- Adjustable shelves
- Spacious fridge area
- Plentiful door storage
- The small freezer
- The slightly sloped bottom of the fridge
Our Verdict: An integrated refrigerator from a reliable name, with lots of space for veg.
John Lewis JLBIFF1807 Rating: 8.5/10
Fridge-Freezer Buying Guide
Types of fridge freezers
There are many different varieties of fridge, but they can be boiled down to four main styles. Each has certain benefits and disadvantages.
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
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
As the name suggests, this fridge-freezer has two doors which open outwards, and the freezer is located at the bottom.
- Similar advantages to a bottom freezer
- Less space required for doors to open
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
Free-standing or Integrated Fridge?
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 fridge freezers are built in, with a front panel that seamlessly matches the rest of your kitchen. The fridge freezers 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.
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