Best Fridge Freezer 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

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 food storage 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 Top Picks

Best Retro: Gorenje RF60309OBK
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Gorenje RF60309OBK
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  • Capacity: Fridge 229 L / Freezer 92 L
  • Dimensions: 64 x 60 x 188.7 cm
  • Efficiency: A++
  • Features: Salad tray keeps produce fresh, sturdy handles
Best Under £300: Hotpoint RFAA52S
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Hotpoint RFAA52S
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  • Capacity: Fridge 150 L / Freezer 84 L
  • Dimensions: 174 x 54.5 x 58 cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Features: Antibacterial liners, air flow cooling, Hotpoint with Jamie Oliver range
Best Under £500: Beko CXFG1685DS
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Beko Select CXFG1685DS
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  • Capacity: Fridge 266 L / Freezer 90 L
  • Dimensions: 185 x 60 x 67 cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Features (3 top features): Frost free, no-plumb water dispenser, reversible drawers

Best Integrated Fridge-Freezers

Zanussi ZBB28651SA

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 one of the best budget options.

We like

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

We disike

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

Final Verdict

A spacious, budget-friendly integrated model.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 210 L / Freezer 58 L
  • Dimensions: H177.2 x W54 x D54.7 cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Features (3 top features): LED display, 2 half-width salad bins, easily adaptable space

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Bosch KIN85AF30G

This Bosch integrated model is one of the best integrated 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.

We like

  • The energy rating
  • The size
  • The handy functions

We disike

  • Adjusting the shelves
  • The unclear instructions

Final Verdict

Another very efficient integrated offering, boasting more capacity than equivalent models.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 155 L / Freezer 94 L
  • Dimensions: H77.2 x W55.8 x D54.5 cm
  • Efficiency: A++
  • Features (3 top features): Bright interior light, NoFrost freezer, Freshsense temperature monitoring

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Beko Select BCE772F

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.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 182 L / Freezer 65 L
  • Dimensions: H177.7 x W55.6 x D54.5 cm
  • Efficiency: A++
  • Features (3 top features): Four safety glass shelves, quick cool function, antibacterial door seals

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AEG SCT71800S1

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.

We like

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

We disike

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

Final Verdict

Plentiful capacity integrated with innovative food preservation technology

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  • Capacity: Fridge 210 L / Freezer 98 L
  • Dimensions: 54.9 x 54 x 177.2 cm
  • Efficiency: A++
  • Features: Touch control, spacious shelving and drawers,

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John Lewis JLBIFF1807

One of the integrated models 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.

We like

  • Adjustable shelves
  • Spacious fridge area
  • Plentiful door storage

We disike

  • The small freezer
  • The slightly sloped bottom of the fridge

Final Verdict

An integrated refrigerator from a reliable name, with lots of space for veg.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 155 L / Freezer 55 L
  • Dimensions: 177 x 54 x 54.9cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Features (3 top features): 80:20 space in favour of fridge, frost free, digital controls

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Best Budget Fridge Freezers

Grundig GKN16715X

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.

We like

  • The cool ionising feature
  • The smudge-free finish
  • The roominess
  • Auto-defrost feature

We disike

  • The lack of adjustability
  • No bottle rack

Final Verdict

A reliable and roomy stainless steel appliance with ionising technology.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 210 L / Freezer 97 L
  • Dimensions: 175.4 x 59.5 x 65 mm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Features (3 top features): Food freshness feature, duo cooling, antibacterial door seal

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Beko Select CXFG1685DS

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 CXFG1685DS 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.

We like

  • The water dispenser
  • The Freezer-Guard feature
  • The antibacterial seals

We disike

  • The door-open alarm comes on very quickly
  • Can be on the noisy side

Final Verdict

A great looking, great value unit with built-in water dispenser. One of our favourites.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 266 L / Freezer 90 L
  • Dimensions: 185 x 60 x 67 cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Features (3 top features): Frost free, no-plumb water dispenser, reversible drawers

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Siemens KG33VVI31G

The Siemens KG33VVI31G has more internal 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.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 194 L / Freezer 94 L
  • Dimensions: H176 x W60 x D65cm
  • Efficiency: A++
  • Features (3 top features): 4 shelves, 23 hour power cut safe time, temperature warning light

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Hotpoint RFAA52S

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.

We like

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

We disike

  • A bit noisy
  • The doors can be tricky

Final Verdict

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

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  • Capacity: Fridge 150 L / Freezer 84 L
  • Dimensions: 174 x 54.5 x 58 cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Features: Antibacterial liners, air flow cooling, Hotpoint with Jamie Oliver range

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Hotpoint RFAA52S user manual

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Best Freestanding Fridge Freezers

Haier A2FE635CJ

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.

We like

  • The flexible MyZone area
  • The plentiful storage space
  • The matte finish

We disike

  • Extra tall – might be too tall for some
  • Uses more energy than some

Final Verdict

One of our highest scoring appliances in this category. An attractive cream-coloured fridge-freezer with lots of space.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 248 L / Freezer 99 L
  • Dimensions: 190.5 x 59.5 x 67.2 cm
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Features (3 top features): Multi temperature zones, external touch controls, Airpur technology

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Gorenje RF60309OBK

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.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 229 L / Freezer 92 L
  • Dimensions: 64 x 60 x 188.7 cm
  • Efficiency: A++
  • Features: Salad tray keeps produce fresh, sturdy handles

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Smeg FAB32RNC

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.

We like

  • The aesthetic
  • The antibacterial liners
  • The plentiful room for bottles and jars

We disike

  • The high price
  • The doors are a little heavy
  • The confusing temp control instructions

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.

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  • Capacity: Fridge 229 L / Freezer 75 L
  • Dimensions: H192.6 x W60 x D72 cm
  • Efficiency: A++
  • Features (3 top features): Frost free, fast chill and freeze, good internal lighting

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Samsung RB31FDRNDSA

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.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: Fridge 210 L / Freezer 98 L
  • Efficiency: A+
  • Dimensions: H185 x W59.5 x D66.8 cm
  • Features (3 top features): Safety glass sheving, fridge auto-defrost, 3 freezer drawers

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Help and Resources

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 freezers

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.

  • 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

Free-standing 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.

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