BOSCH KIR81VS30G Integrated Tall Fridge
If you are somebody who wants a good amount of storage, but needs that to come in the form of several shelves, then this Bosch integrated model could be the answer.
There are seven main shelves, two full width salad drawers and six door shelves. It is a little taller than some other models on the market to fit all of this in, but despite the number of storage opportunities, the shelves are still a great height. You get two or three which are best for small items such as your cheese and butter, and then another two or three which could fit anything taller such as meal leftovers or sauce bottles.
The door shelves are similar, with four shallow ones at the top for eggs, fruit and any medicines or jars, and two deep ones at the bottom for milk and your lemonade bottles. Because there are two salad boxes, you can keep your lettuce and your carrots separate so you know where everything is and nothing will get damaged.
Freshsense technology will help to keep your goods fresher for longer, as it maintains a cool temperature throughout. Even at maximum capacity, there will still be a good flow throughout. You also get a SuperCool function. When you are restocking on a Saturday after a hectic trip to Tesco, popping the warmer food in won’t fluctuate the existing temperature, and everything will be brought down to the right level ASAP.
To round the review off, there is also a soft close door which will prevent slamming and possible damage – great if some in your household are always rushing around. You also have auto defrost, so if ice starts to build up, you don’t have to panic.
- Great storage opportunities
- Good at keeping constant temperature
- Seems very well built so should last years
- If we are being picky, the lighting isn’t sufficient for a fridge of this size if it is full
One of the best integrated full length fridges around at the moment, which won praise for its handy storage from hundreds of other reviewers too
- Capacity: 267L
- Energy Rating: A++
- Noise Level: 37 dB(A)
- Dimensions: 177.2 x 54.1 x 54.5 cm
ZANUSSI ZRA33103WV Tall Fridge
Offering plenty of space for busy homes who love their fresh food, Zanussi have really thought of the user when they made this freestanding refrigerator.
The design is all about having the most space on the inside without expanding the exterior dimensions, so if you’re stuck on room in your kitchen, it should be the perfect fit. There are five main shelves, a salad drawer and four storage shelves in the door, so everything will have its own space.
We also loved the EasyStore box on the second door shelf down, which is perfect for keeping those little bits and pieces safe. Say you have a lone bundle of grapes leftover, or a bit of chocolate – it won’t get pushed to the back of the fridge behind the butter any more.
A dial allows you to control the temperature without any fussy programming, and the A+ energy rating is very good for a fridge with this much space and power. Because of the amount of storage space it packs in to relatively small dimensions, we would say this is one of the best fridges for those stuck on room for their appliances but who need something which can put up with huge weekly food shops.
The only thing which would make it a bit better would be another salad drawer – sometimes, you like to keep your salad separate from your veg – but it is easy to work around. On a more positive note, if you don’t want to spend too much then it is also the ideal model because it comes in well under £400.
- Huge capacity
- Light is good for viewing whole contents
- Good amount of separate storage ideas
- Lacks bottle rack or another salad drawer
A very acceptable price for an appliance which offers the user so much
- Capacity: 314L
- Energy Rating: A+
- Noise Level: 39 dB(A)
- Dimensions: 155 x 59.5 x 66.8cm
Smeg fridges are the ultimate style statement, and the perfect way to add a bit of a retro feel to any kitchen.
If you are looking for a freestanding model, then this one is perfect. There is a generous 270 L capacity which should keep a household well stocked up in between big shops, and the ease doesn’t stop there either.
Auto defrost will save you having to periodically scrape and melt away at chunks of ice, and the top-level energy rating means it won’t cost you much to run every year either. We say ice, because there is an icebox at the top of the fridge. This is something pretty unique for a lot of tall fridges nowadays, especially one so generous in size.
As you would imagine, it isn’t designed to be your primary freezer, but for keeping those tubs of Ben & Jerry’s to hand, you wouldn’t want any more.
The space is well arranged, too. Three main shelves, two full-width salad crisping drawers and four door shelves (including that all important tall one for your milk and fizzy pop bottles) are present, so you can put your food away just how you want it.
Smeg products are always on the slightly higher price scale, but in actual fact this one isn’t bad at all when looking at the capacity you get. Throw in the great build and perfect design, and you have a winner.
- Good storage space
- Drawers slide in and out easily thanks to rollers
- LED lighting is very effective
- Misses some aspects which previous models had, such as a wine rack
Smeg always hit the ball out of the park, and this is a great option which ticks all of the boxes you could need
- Capacity: 270 litres
- Energy Rating: A+++
- Noise Level: 38 dB(A)
- Dimensions: 153 x 60 x 72.8 cm
Gorenje ORB153 Freestanding
A spacious, retro fridge with high energy efficiency.
This super-sleek, retro-style by the designers at Gorenje offers the much sought-after look that is often demonstrated by Smeg, without such a hefty price tag. Though a little more expensive than your average larder fridge, it is arguably worth the extra cost, with an A+++ energy rating, ionization technology, dynamic cooling and separate zones for vegetables and meat. A compact icebox is fitted into the top, providing a great place to store drinks and leftovers for freezing.
Contained within there is a CrispZone and a FreshZone – intended for vegetable and meat/poultry/fish storage, respectively. These areas are perfectly optimized to keep these perishable products at their freshest, for as long as possible. As with all the quality products, the auto defrost function also means you will never have to defrost manually or spend hours scraping ice out of the back.
This model has a temperature range of 10-32°C and a power cut safe time of 17 hours. It would make a great choice for a household of sharers, or a large family – though a separate freezer would certainly be required, as the icebox is relatively small.
Currently one of the most environmentally friendly refrigerators on the market thanks to its A+++ energy efficiency rating, you can expect reduced energy consumption without any impact on performance.
- Attractive retro design
- Super energy efficient
- Small top freezer
- Freezer door can be a bit stiff
- On the more expensive side
A highly energy efficient fridge with a sleek design and plenty of storage space.
- Dimensions: H154cm x W60cm x D66.9cm
- Energy Rating: A+++
- Noise Level: 40dB
- Type: Freestanding
AEG RKE64021DX Tall Freestanding
For a family or household of sharers who require plentiful space for food and drink, you can’t go too far wrong with big and spacious like this model from AEG. This tall fridge comes equipped with 4 glass shelves, 3 door shelves, 2 large drawers, a dairy compartment, a bottle shelf and an egg tray. It would take an awful lot of food to fill this to capacity.
This AEG model has an energy rating of A++ – not too shabby – and its smooth stainless steel exterior is protected with an anti-fingerprint layer that helps to prevent unsightly smudges. There is never a need to defrost manually, as it takes care of ice build-up automatically. Another particularly handy function of this AEG fridge is its holiday mode, which reduces the appliance’s energy consumption during long periods of absence – perfect for staving off mould and bad smells on your return.
This freestanding larder fridge has a reversible door that you can change over depending on its location in the kitchen. This comes at a fee of £30, although it’s actually relatively easy to do it yourself. It also comes with a 2-year warranty included, which can be increased by an extra 3 years if desired.
- Plenty of space
- Good quality
- Easy to clean
- Lack of shelves – one or two more would be an improvement
- Door can be tricky to open at times
A spacious tall freestanding fridge with an excellent energy rating.
- Dimensions: 185 x 59.5 x 66.8cm
- Energy Rating: A++
- Noise Level: 40dB
- Type: Freestanding
AEG RKE64021DX user manual
Beko BL77 Integrated Larder
An integrated larder fridge that merges seamlessly with your units.
The appeal of integrated refrigerators (or indeed any integrated kitchen appliance) it its ability to fit seamlessly into your kitchen behind matching cupboard doors – so you never actually see the appliance, except when it is being used. Instead of lots of white goods, you have appliances concealed within kitchen units, so it all looks nice and tidy.
At 55cm wide, with a capacity of 310 litres, this spacious integrated model from Beko gives you plenty of room to store all of your fresh and perishable foods. There are multiple shelves, two roomy vegetable drawers, and plenty of smaller drawers tucked into the inside of the door, including an egg rack. The middle shelf contains a bottle rack, perfect for storing wine, champagne and mixers. Considering its size and capacity, this fridge is amazingly good value for money.
Should you ever experience a power cut, it has a safe time of 13 hours, which all being well should be plenty of time to keep your food and drink fresh before the power returns. Even better, it’s super quiet to the point of being barely noticeable – just 34dB.
- Door is easily reversible if needed
- Low noise level
- Plenty of storage space
- Not a lot of space for larger bottles
- Installation instructions can be hard to follow
A spacious fridge with an integrated design which will fit in perfectly with any kitchen design.
- Dimensions: H177.0 x W54.5 x D53.5
- Energy Rating: A+
- Noise Level: 31dB
- Type: Integrated