The best fridge freezer 2018

Fridge up top, freezer down below, ice to see you, to see you ice. Fridge freezers from £300 to nearly £3,000

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A decent sized fridge freezer is a home essential that's staggering in both its mundanity and its essentialness. 

However, 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.

Our current pick of the cold boxes is the Bosch Serie 4, or as its friends call it, Bosch KGN34VB20G. It offers the best mix of performance features, brand reliability and keen pricing, and looks, mmmm… Not bad. But for sheer size and low, low price, the highly praised Haier HRF-450DS6 is a veritable Chinese cracker.

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 two styles: single door models with a 60/40 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 while 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.

These then are our Lucky 7 best fridge freezers, in order of preference and rated for what they're 'Best for'…

The best fridge freezers to buy today

Bosch Serie 4 KGN34VB35G

1. Bosch Serie 4 KGN34VB35G

Best fridge freezer under £500

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 214 litres
Freezer capacity: 105 litres
Energy rating: A++
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Good value+No defrosting required
Reasons to avoid
-Not much storage space in the door

This exceptional, mid-priced free-stander 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. 

HAIER HRF-450DS6

2. HAIER HRF-450DS6

Best styled fridge freezer under £500

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 273 litres
Freezer capacity: 177 litres
Energy rating: A+
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Enormous interior+Frost free+Exceptional value
Reasons to avoid
-Reliability is an unknown factor

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.

Miele KFN 29483 D edt/cs

3. Miele KFN 29483 D edt/cs

Best luxury fridge

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 242 litres
Freezer capacity: 101 litres
Energy rating: A+++
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Soft door closing+Exceptional performance+Reliability is a given
Reasons to avoid
-Very tall-Very expensive

If you have kids, or indeed adults, who constantly slam the fridge door, try them out on this Rolls Royce of Miele models. Its SoftClose anti-slam system gently closes itself as soon as the door reaches a 30º angle. It’s just as effortless to open. 

At over two metres high, this is one of the tallest single-door fridge freezers on test, so be sure you’re tall enough to reach its top shelf. 

Its 60/40 split offers ample refrigeration space with two crisper drawers, four shelves (three fully adjustable), a bottle rack and three door shelves, and another three drawers in the freezer department downstairs. 

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. 

The Miele is A+++ rated for energy efficiency and that’s outstanding. More to the point, when you buy a Miele, you get unflinching reliability and the highest quality of components as a matter of course.

BEKO ASD241

4. Beko ASD241

Best American-style fridge

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 364 litres
Freezer capacity: 190 litres
Energy rating: A+++
No frost: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Superbly priced+Huge capacity+Tech aplenty
Reasons to avoid
-Naff logo plastered on front

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.

ZANUSSI ZRT23103WV

5. Zanussi ZRT23103WV

Best budget fridge freezer

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 184 litres
Freezer capacity: 44 litres
Energy rating: A+
No frost: No
Reasons to buy
+Great price
Reasons to avoid
-Cheap-looking interior-Comparatively small

AKA ‘The token cheap one’. 

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.

Smeg FAB32RNA

6. Smeg FAB32RNA

Best retro-hipster fridge freezer, daddio

Specifications
Type: Freestanding
Fridge capacity: 204 litres
Freezer capacity: 97 litres
Energy rating: A+++
No frost: No
Reasons to buy
+Pleasingly retro styling+Exquisite exterior finish+Available in a multitude of colours
Reasons to avoid
-Sadly lacking in tech-Sadly not lacking in price

Despite being on the market for umpteen years, Smeg’s retro range of fridge freezers still look as fresh and desirable as ever.

Available in left- and right-handed door configurations and in seventeen gorgeous colours, the aptly named FAB is just the ticket for a family of four.

Don’t go searching for high-tech functions and interior innovations because this fridge is all about the gorgeous 1950s-style enamelled exterior. That said, it does have three height-adjustable shelves, a vegetable section, an excellent array of door-mounted trays (seven in all) and a wine rack in chrome, if you please.

The smaller freezer compartment comprises two basket drawers and a hatched ice cream compartment. If you have a retro-style kitchen then this is unquestionably one of your better options. 

Neff KI6873F30G

7. Neff KI6873F30G

Best integrated fridge freezer

Specifications
Type: Integrated
Fridge capacity: 209 litres
Freezer capacity: 60 litres
Energy rating: A++
No frost: No
Reasons to buy
+Ample capacity+Extra large freezer box
Reasons to avoid
-Rather expensive

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 Family Hub RF56M9540SR/EU

8. Samsung Family Hub RF56M9540SR/EU

Best fridge freezer for techies

Reasons to buy
+Integrated tablet on the front+Interior cameras+Humongous size
Reasons to avoid
-Bank bustingly pricy-Who the hell needs cameras in a fridge?-Or a tablet on the front?

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.