A decent sized best fridge freezer is a home essential that's staggering in both its mundanity and its essentialness. And these, my friends are the best fridge freezers available to you.
What we've picked out here are stand-alone fridge freezers packed with character, high-end functionality and, in some cases, cameras inside. They're fridge freezers for people who love tech and design as much as they love fish fingers, cake and milk that's not gone off.
None of them are super-cheap, student-flat-esque things, but there's a decent range of prices here, which could make a more economical route than buying an equivalent fridge and separate freezer. It's a better use of space, too. In fact, if you have a lot of space, you could consider the best American-style fridge freezer – ie: a massive fridge freezer with the two sections side by side rather than above and below each other.
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.
What is the best fridge freezer?
Pound for pound, our favourite fridge freezer for ample storage and acceptable cost is still the Bosch Serie 4 KGN34VB35G. However, if you fancy spending even less, the new Beko HarvestFresh CXFG3691VA is a very intriguing prospect. That said, any of these fine contenders will do job and do it well.
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The best fridge freezers to buy today
This is an exceptional, mid-priced free-stander that comes dressed in glossy black and features a reversible door, sensor-supervised constant air circulation for uniform temperatures, and soft-start interior LED lighting that the manufacturer claims will last for the lifetime of the appliance.
The Serie 4's top refrigeration section has a net capacity of 214 litres and comes with three shelves – two of them adjustable – plus three slim racks in the door. Given that vegetables and fruit take up a large proportion of fridge space, Bosch has seen fit to include three humidity-controlled VitaFresh boxes that stay at 0˚C for crispier veggies and fruits, longer-lasting meats and fresher desserts.
The 105-litre three-part freezer compartment provides adequate grocery accommodation for a family of four and features Bosch’s spiffing NoFrost technology to stop ice from encasing the Tupperware container of lasagne you forgot you’d stashed away months ago. It also comes with an extra large drawer for stuff like turkeys, piglets and baby whales.
If you’re scouring the market for a good-looking, well-made fridge freezer that doesn’t cost a king’s ransom, give this model a whirl.
This new keenly-priced anthracite offering from the Turkish brand Beko (a subsidiary of the tremendously monikered Arçelik - Koç Holding) may just be 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.
But these aren’t the main reasons why users have been singing its praise. Beko, it appears, has caught its competitors by surprise and 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 up to five days after they leave the shop floor’. Stick with us here. According to the marketing blurb, its new HarvestFresh models come with a snazzy lighting system in the crisper drawer that changes the interior lighting scheme from blue to green to red followed by 12 hours of darkness. This method is said to create ‘the best possible environment for preserving nutrients and keeping food fresh’.
The current consensus among the Beko's tranche of merry users is that the system appears to work 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. After all, there’s nowt worse than a squishy tomato.
Fancy a well-priced 50/50 fridge freezer with some tantalising tech on board? This one seems to fit the bill.
If you’re on the lookout for a nicely balanced fridge freezer then consider this Liebherr which offers a perfect compromise of storage between fridge space and freezer. And, if you tend to buy a lot of fresh produce and, for example, make dishes for freezing, the Liebherr makes a lot of sense.
From the outside the Liebherr CNel 4713 oozes style with clean lines that benefit from a stainless steel finish. Open the doors and you’re greeted with a similarly no-frills and fuss-free design that is totally functional. There’s a neat bottle rack and the salad drawers are practical touches, for example.
As you’d expect from the innovative Liebherr brand, the CNel 4713 is great at accommodating your diverse taste in food and beverages too, thanks to its VarioSpace drawers. The freezer space in particular is great for bulkier items, such as large joints of meat. Remove them altogether if you’re aiming to store half a cow. Key controls are also really nicely laid out, with a digital temperature display that gives you an instant idea of what your appliance is up to. Liebherr’s NoFrost Technology also means that you won’t be bothered with any irritating internal ice build up either.
While the 50/50 design does allow you to spread your purchases equally between fridge and freezer, the Liebherr CNel 4713 might prove a challenge if you’re a little on the short side. It’s tall and slim. However, if you’re after a fast and efficient fridge freezer then this particular appliance is a very worthy alternative to the Bosch model at #1.
This workhorse fridge freezer is a 60/40 split rather than its stablemate above's 50/50, so the fridge element takes up more of the space. There's still plenty of freezer capacity, though – 87 litres to the fridge's 175.
Everything you'd want from a budget fridge freezer is present and correct, with LED lighting, solid energy efficiency, robust and easy to clean shelves and drawers. Nobody is going to walk into your kitchen, see this, and yelp, "Oh wow, that is such a cool and beautiful product," then go on to tell everyone they meet what impeccable taste you have. However, this Beko looks perfectly alright and won't let you down. There are pages and pages of positive reviews of it for you to read online, if you ever find yourself at an exceedingly loose end.
Two-door American-style fridge freezers are de rigueur among trendies with large enough kitchens to accommodate them. And yet they’re also perfect for very large families, Iceland shoppers and anyone who’s had enough of running out of fridge space. If only they were a bit cheaper.
Well here comes China with a cracker of a model that costs less than £500. This silver-clad, Which? awarded Haier fridge-freezer combo not only looks snazzy – the manufacturers have made their logo subtle enough not to draw attention to itself – but it comes with rapid cooling tech, no-frost freezing and full air circulation in both the fridge and freezer compartments for fresher, longer-lasting contents.
The fridge section on the right has a substantial 273 litres of grub estate and comes with five interior shelves (four adjustable), two giant crisper boxes and three large shelves in the door. The frost-free, 177-litre freezer on the left is equally well endowed with seven compartments (two closed) and four large shelves in the door for oft-used items like ice creams and frozen fruits.
If you hanker after a budget behemoth but have never been able to afford one, this here Chinese entry is the answer to your culinary fantasies.
If you have kids, or indeed adults, who constantly slam the fridge door, try them out on this high-end Teutonic offering. The Miele’s SoftClose anti-slam system gently closes itself as soon as the door reaches a 30º angle. This is not some fancy gimmick. Aside from stopping bottles from rattling about, it also prevents poorly stacked items stored in the door shelves from dislodging after the door's been slammed. If you’ve ever had a bottle of salad dressing smash all over the floor because someone couldn’t be bothered to find a proper place for it, you’ll know what we mean.
The Miele’s 60/40 split offers ample refrigeration space with one crisper drawer, four shelves (three fully adjustable), a bottle rack and three door shelves. Pop downstairs and there are another three drawers in the freezer department.
Dynamic cooling ensures food remains fresher for longer by way of a fan that distributes a constant stream of chilled air throughout the interior. This allows you to store any product anywhere in the fridge.
Since this is a built in model, you will need to purchase a front fascia that matches your current kitchen cabinets, so bear that in mind, especially if you have bespoke kitchen carpentry.
The Miele is A++ rated for energy efficiency but when you buy a Miele, you get unflinching reliability and the highest quality of components both inside and out as a matter of course.
The ASD241 is Turkish manufacturer Beko’s latest offering in the arena of American-style fridge-freezers. It’s a stonker for the price, and also available in either black (ASD241B) or stainless steel (ASD241BS).
It’s no slouch on the tech front, coming as it does with NoFrost dual fans for maintaining the correct humidity and Air Flow Cooling in both the fridge and freezer compartments.
Take a look inside the 364-litre fridge section and you’ll find two main vegetable and fruit containers, a 0˚C chiller compartment for meats and other delicate items, three adjustable shelves and a wine rack. The inside door is comprised of three main shelves, a closed butter and eggs compartment and an admittedly small water reservoir for the door-mounted water dispenser.
Over to your left is a 190-litre freezer equipped with seven slim storage compartments and, rather ingeniously, two Double Twist & Serve ice makers.
This is a mighty model with dapper looks and some great features at a price that can be considered very reasonable for a model of such burly proportions.
Freestanding fridge-freezers don’t come much cheaper than this relatively diminutive model from Zanussi. It’s almost like having a normal under-counter fridge with a separate freezer compartment on top. At 44 litres, it’s not the biggest freezer, admittedly, but enough to stash a few pots of Häagen-Dazs, some frozen French fries and a small bag of ice. The essentials, in other words.
The fridge has a net capacity of 184 litres and that’s just about right for a couple, or ménage-a-trois.
A smidge under 300 smackers gets you a standard no-frills salad and veggie box, four interior shelves (three adjustable) and door space for a couple of pints of milk, two litres of water, half a dozen eggs and a chunk of cheddar.
This integrated 269-litre fridge-freezer is ideal for kitchens with floor-to-ceiling cabinets.
The 209-litre fridge section comes equipped with five door trays, four height-adjustable glass shelves and in the small, 60-litre freezer compartment you get two storage containers, one of which is big enough for a small ostrich.
Its FreshSense function uses sensors to keep the fridge at the optimum operating temperature while its HydroFresh vegetable box adds extra life to your perishables.
The manually-set SuperCool and SuperFreeze options lower the temperature of both the fridge and freezer when adding new groceries and rest assured that, should there be a power cut, your meats will stay frozen for 'up to 26 hours'.
Samsung’s always ahead of the curve when it comes to appliances, but the South Korean manufacturer has truly excelled with the Family Hub.
This massive double-door American-style 550-litre model comes festooned with sci-fi tech, including a huge 21.5-inch internet-ready touch screen plastered to the fridge door, a pair of 5-watt speakers and web-connected cameras inside.
The front-mounted Android tablet is an app-laden online portal that provides instant recipes, web browsing, doodling and Google and Outlook calendar syncing.
The three interior cameras face towards the contents. The idea is that when you’re out shopping and can’t remember if you have any mayonnaise left, you just launch an app on your iOS or Android phone and have a look inside the fridge. Er, right.
You can also take a snapshot of the fridge interior, then drag and drop ‘use by’ timers over the various contents, so you can eat everything before old man salmonella pays a visit. Er, right.
That's all borderline useless, but tech bonuses also include precise cooling, a storage door specifically for keeping meats fresh, dual humidity control for both fridge and freezer sections, an automatic ice maker and water dispenser, and even a stainless steel tray for holding marinated meats. Now THAT is handy.
If you’re a tech-savvy type, like keeping up with the Joneses or have more money than sense, then please step this way sir and empty your pockets into that till over there.
The Bosch Serie 6 KIN85AF30G fridge freezer is new this year and continues the theme of keeping fresh produce, well, as fresh as can be thanks to its VitaFresh temperature and humidity control. That’s good news if you like your greens, but the appliance is also very capable in the all-round storage stakes thanks to its practical innards.
A 50/50 split design means you get a nicely balanced appliance, with a tidy 154 litres of storage space in the fridge section and 92 litres down below in the freezer. The Bosch comes armed with lots of neat storage sections too, with 4 shelves, 3 door compartments and one chunky salad crisper as part of the fridge package. Everything is bathed in LED lighting too. There are 2 eggs racks, plus a bottle and wine rack for good measure.
We’re also pleased to see the Bosch Serie 6 KIN85AF30G fridge-freezer comes complete with its own NoFrost system, which of course prevents ice build up. More importantly, that also means you’ll never have to mess around with defrosting it, and that’s very good news indeed. That freezer, incidentally, packs in 4 storage drawers.
This Bosch has also won praise for its quiet operating appeal, which clocks in at 39dB. The A++ energy rating leaves an impression too, with perhaps the fairly pedestrian styling being the only thing that doesn’t deliver much of a ‘wow’ factor. Nevertheless, it’s hard to fault the Bosch Serie 6 KIN85AF30G fridge-freezer for preferring to just get on with job, which it does very nicely indeed thank you. Dimensions are 1772 x 558 x 545 mm (H x W x D), making it big but not overwhelming for most kitchen spaces.
LG has recently boosted its range with this, the InstaView GMX844MCKV Slim American-Style Smart Fridge. It’s a great model if you’ve got a need to find a home for lots of groceries as it features 423 litres of storage overall. That divides up as 280 litres in the fridge and 143 in the freezer, which is a lot. At the same time though, the LG InstaView GMX844MCKV Slim American-Style Smart Fridge is just that; slim. By American standards.
LG designed the new model to suit our size homes better, so although it’s billed as an American-Style Smart Fridge, it doesn’t take up so much space. As a result, its dimensions are 1787 x 835 x 734 mm (H x W x D), which makes it suitable for plenty of kitchens because it’s slightly narrower than similar models.
Design is another standout of the new model, with a matte black stainless steel finish really making it stand out from the crowd. Then there’s the innovation that you’d expect from LG, which comes with the InstaView Door-in-Door feature that allows you to peek inside your fridge with a tap on the glass. The appliance is also Wi-Fi ready so you can keep tabs on it using LG's SmartThinQ app.
Performance is super quiet, with an Inverter Linear Compressor meaning it’s not at all obtrusive. We’re also very keen on the water dispenser, which can deal out crushed ice too. LED lighting and a digital display rounds it all out very nicely indeed.