Best fridge freezer 2021: ice cool tech

The perfect kitchen food storage packages, with models from under £300 and up

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One of the best fridge freezers on the market can make a huge difference to your kitchen and cooking setup – and we're here to point you towards the top models that are available now, offering cutting edge technology, excellent value for money, and extras that you didn't even know you needed.

The best fridge freezer for you is going to depend on what size space you have available, how much money you've got to spend, the level of food storage space you need, and a variety of other factors. While the choice can be a little overwhelming, we're here to guide you towards the right product.

What these standalone fridge freezer models give you are high-end functionality and plenty of character – and some of them even have cameras inside, so you can see what your stock levels are like while sitting on the sofa (or while you're on holiday on the other side of the world.

These are fridge freezers for people who love tech and design as much as they love fish fingers, cake and milk that's not gone off, and while we haven't ventured into the ultra-budget category, we have covered a range of price points – so you should be able to find at least one model that suits you.

Picking up one of the best fridge freezers can be a more economical option that picking up a separate fridge and freezer combination, though a lot of it depends on your specific requirements. Also consider our guide to the best American-style fridge freezer (those massive models with two side-by-side sections) if you've got a lot of room to spare.

How to buy the best fridge freezer for you

Generally, fridge freezers just stand there, looking boring, full of food. But try living without one and see how you get on. So which one do you need? The obvious answer to this is, "one that's big enough for your needs, and works". You could easily buy an anonymous, built-in unit, and not think about it again for another 10 years or so.

Fridge freezers come in three styles: single door models with a 60/40 and 50/50 split between fridge and freezer and, for those with extra space, two-door American-style leviathans that resemble portals to another universe made entirely of food and booze.

Most modern fridge freezers models come stacked to the rafters with clever tech that controls humidity and temperature. Others go even further to include app-based diagnostics, automatic door opening and internet-connectivity.

Do you need that techy icing applied to the top of your food-storage cake? No you do not. Would you like to have them? Hell yeah.

Fridge freezer out of stock?

You may discover that some of our favourite fridge freezers keep selling out. Consequently, if you find a model we've reviewed that isn't available via the provided retail link, then try these retailers in the UK and USA who usually stock some very decent alternatives.

In the UK:

John Lewis & Partners

Amazon

AO

In the US:

Home Depot

Walmart

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The best fridge freezers to buy today

Hisense RQ560N4WC1 best fridge freezerT3 Awards 2021 winner badges

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1. Hisense RQ560N4WC1

The best fridge freezer as an all-round package

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 289 litres
Freezer capacity: 142 litres
Energy rating: Class F
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Completely frost free+Three cooling zones+External water dispenser

This frost-free, American-style fridge freezer is going to add a touch of class and elegance to any kitchen, with its stainless steel grey finish and its bulky size – just make sure it's going to fit through the door to your kitchen, and has room to fit in alongside your other appliances.

With four different doors, a built-in LED display, touch controls and an external water dispenser, this is sure to impress even the most tech-savvy users, and it's guaranteed to become a family favourite whether you're cooking up a storm for dinner or sneaking a midnight snack.

The multi air flow system means that the internal temperatures remain stable and even throughout, and you're never going to find any frost inside this device. The triple zone cooling and super freeze functions add even more appeal to this fantastic all-round package.

Zanussi ZBB28651SV best fridge freezerT3 Award

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2. Zanussi ZBB28651SV

Best mid-range fridge freezer

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 200 litres
Freezer capacity: 63 litres
Energy rating: G
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Lots of shelves+263-litre total capacity+No defrosting required

Hitting the sweet spot between price and functionality is the Zanussi ZBB28651SV, an integrated 70/30 frost-free fridge freezer: it gives you plenty of space, plenty of flexibility, and top-notch reliability at a price that's not going to empty out the entirety of your savings account (probably – depending on your frugality).

There's a total of 263 litres of capacity here across both fridge and freezer, so unless your family is regularly hosting dinner parties that the entire street is invited to, you're going to find it's got enough room to keep all of your groceries (and plenty of different sections to store them in).

You've got a total of five shelves in the fridge, three compartments in the freezer, and more capacity on the swinging doors as well. It's perhaps not going to win any awards in the design department, but how important are aesthetics anyway? It's only a fridge freezer after all.

Samsung RS8000 RS68A8820SL best fridge freezerT3 Award

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3. Samsung RS8000 RS68A8820SL

Best premium American-style fridge freezer

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 402 litres
Freezer capacity: 207 litres
Energy rating: F
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Massive capacity+Low noise level+Open door alert

There aren't many fridge freezers stylish enough to turn heads when placed in a kitchen, but we think that the Samsung RS8000 RS68A8820SL can pull it off – it's a stunner of an American-style fridge freezer, and it's big enough to hold some 33 bags of food shopping (according to Samsung's definition of a bag).

You've got 402 litres of space and four shelves in the fridge, and 207 litres of space and four compartments in the freezer section, so you're going to have to work very hard indeed to fill up this particular fridge freezer. There's a water and ice dispenser on the front of the unit too.

Assuming you have enough physical space to fit the Samsung RS8000 RS68A8820SL into your kitchen, you can't help but be impressed by the aluminium finish and high quality internal materials (including tempered glass for the shelves). A top class fridge freezer from top to bottom.

Beko CFG3582W best fridge freezerT3 Award

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4. Beko CFG3582W

Best budget fridge freezer

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 168 litres
Freezer capacity: 102 litres
Energy rating: F
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money+Reliable operation+Unfussy design

If you have a little bit less money to spend, then you want to make sure that that money goes as far as it possibly can – and that's definitely true with the Beko CFG3582W. It's one of the most affordable fridge freezers around, but it does just about everything that you need.

The 270-litre total capacity across the fridge and freezer compartments is enough for about 14 bags of shopping, according to Beko's calculations. All the usual features that you'd expect are here, including a large crisper drawer for your fruit and veg., and the numerous compartments and shelves give you plenty of flexibility.

As the unit is completely frost-free that's not something you have to worry about, and it's capable of operating in temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius – perfect if you're looking for a fridge freezer that you can keep in the garage to make more room in your kitchen.

Hotpoint HQ9 U1BL best fridge freezerT3 Approved Award

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5. Hotpoint HQ9 U1BL

The best large fridge freezer

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 388 litres
Freezer capacity: 206 litres
Energy rating: F
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+An enormous interior+Free from frost+Really good value

Capacity, capacity, capacity: the Hotpoint HQ9 U1BL has no fewer than four doors on the front and no less than 594 litres of capacity in total across the fridge and the freezer components. Add in frost-free operation and three different temperature zones, and you've got a fridge freezer that's very impressive indeed.

Just make sure you've got enough room to get this up and working in your kitchen: it boasts a height of 187.4 centimetres (73.7 inches), a width of 90.9 centimetres (35.8 inches), and a depth of 69.8 centimetres (27.5 inches). At least you know you're not going to have to go down to the supermarket quite as often.

There's a touch display on the front of this fridge freezer, an active fresh filter feature to keep the insides of the unit from feeling stale, and plenty more besides. Undoubtedly one of the best fridge freezers on the market at the moment, and not just for its huge size.

Bosch Serie 6 KGN36HI32 best fridge freezerT3 Approved Award

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6. Bosch Serie 6 KGN36HI32

The best fridge freezer for tech lovers

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 234 litres
Freezer capacity: 86 litres
Energy rating: A++
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of storage+Connect via an app+Adjustable humidity

Frost-free technology, a convertible fridge and freezer zone for extra storage, plenty of shelf and compartment options... the Bosch Serie 6 KGN36HI32 certainly has a lot going for it even before you get to the price, which we think is definitely competitive considering everything you're getting back in return.

The people this is really going to appeal to are the tech-lovers however: the Bosch Serie 6 KGN36HI32 can be controlled remotely from an Android or iOS phone, and thanks to two cameras embedded inside the fridge freezer, you'll always know what food you've got stored, no matter where you are in the world.

We also like what the fridge freezer does in terms of its versatility, enabling you to adjust internal temperatures and humidity to keep food fresher for longer where applicable. It's big, it's efficient, and we think it's going to fit in very nicely in most family kitchens.

Beko HarvestFresh CXFG3691VA best fridge freezerT3 Approved Award

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7. Beko HarvestFresh CXFG3691VA

Best 50/50 fridge freezer under £450

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 189 litres
Freezer capacity: 129 litres
Energy rating: A+
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Light keeps fruit and veg fresh+It's got a Tardis-like interior+Excellent price for the tech
Reasons to avoid
-Naff logo plastered on front

This new keenly-priced anthracite offering from the Turkish brand Beko may be exactly what you’re looking for: for its size, it's blooming large inside, with five thoughtfully designed full-depth drawers and six shelves across the both fridge and freezer sections, plus a handy five-bottle wine rack. It’s rather handsome to look at too, which helps.

These aren’t the main reasons why users have been singing its praise, though. Beko has developed an interior lighting system for the fruit and veg container that "mimics the natural sunlight cycle to preserve vitamins in vegetables and fruit" for longer – it changes the interior lighting scheme from blue to green to red followed by 12 hours of darkness, hence the HarvestFresh moniker.

The current consensus among Beko users is that the system works very well. In fact one user conducted her own experiment by placing lettuce and tomatoes of the same age in her Beko and an older fridge: according to her admittedly not very scientific experiment, the lettuces seemed much the same but the tomatoes in the Beko were "definitely firmer", and that alone is worth a round of applause. Fancy a well-priced 50/50 fridge freezer with some tantalising tech on board? This one seems to fit the bill.

Zanussi ZNME36FU0 best fridge freezerT3 Approved Award

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8. Zanussi ZNME36FU0

The best fridge freezer for fresh foods

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 266 litres
Freezer capacity: 94 litres
Energy rating: F
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of room+Lots of style+Separate cooling systems

Freestanding fridge-freezers don’t come much better than the ZNME36FU0, which we're very impressed by. Thanks to the separate cooling systems for both fridge and freezer, you can keep everything at the perfect temperature no matter which part of the unit it's being stored in.

The capacity is worth a mention too, because this 70/30 fridge freezer offers a total of 360 litres of room, which is enough to hold 20 bags of food shopping according to Zanussi's calculations. As the unit is frost-free as well, you don't have any maintenance to worry about once the groceries are put away.

A special mention too for the salad crisper drawer that keeps your fruit and veg nicely organised and fresh, as well as the reversible doors that can be opened from the left or the right to best suit your kitchen layout.