Energy-saving appliances Energy-efficient fridge freezers
After central heating, cooling appliances such as fridge freezers are the biggest contributor to your energy bill because they’re left switched on all the time. Choosing an energy-efficient model can help reduce the impact of these appliances.
Top energy-saving fridge freezers
Energy labels give a good indication of which models are cheaper to run than others, but they won’t tell you how much you'll actually pay to power your fridge freezer. As part of our in-depth fridge freezer testing, we calculate exactly how much electricity each model uses and how much it will add to your energy bill. Our fridge freezer energy costs calculator reveals exactly how much each model costs to run.
We also award our Energy Saver logo to the Best Buy fridge freezers that are also the most energy efficient. These models are quick to chill fresh food and will maintain a constant temperature if your kitchen heats up or cools down. They also have low running costs based on the amount of usable storage space you’re paying to power.
We reveal our pick of the best energy-saving fridge freezers we've tested in the table below. Which? members can log in to reveal our recommendations. If you're new to Which?, you can sign up to a £1 Which? trial to unlock the table and gain instant access to the rest of our fridge freezer reviews.
|Energy-saving Best Buy fridge freezers|
|Model||Type||Annual energy costs|
Fridge freezer running costs compared
We’ve found huge differences in running costs between similar-sized fridge freezers with the same energy label,such as these two A+ rated models in the table below:
|Running costs of fridge freezers compared|
|Brand||Model||Fridge volume||Freezer volume||Annual running costs|
|Electrolux||ERN29600||167 litres||60 litres||£17|
|Siemens||KG34NX14GB||152 litres||75 litres||£54|
To help you work out the true price of a fridge freezer, we’ve developed our fridge freezer energy running costs tool. You can use it to compare how much models cost to power over their lifetime, and weigh up running costs against the purchase price to see which are the best value overall.
This tool will help you buy the most energy-efficient fridge freezer. To pick one that’s full of handy storage features and that will keep your groceries perfectly chilled or frozen, check out our fridge freezers reviews.
Fridge freezer energy efficiency
Every fridge freezer you see in the shops will have an energy label and rating to indicate how energy efficient it is – find out more in our fridge freezer energy labels guide. The most efficient models are rated A+++.
To comply with new EU energy-efficiency targets, manufacturers stopped making models rated lower than A+ in July 2012. However, if your last fridge freezer was bought before September 1999, it could have anything up to a G rating, with no limit on how much energy it uses.