Which? tests unveil the best fridge freezersBest Buys are well insulated and freeze quickly
30 December 2010
Results from our latest fridge freezer tests reveal that the best models freeze food quickly, and will keep it frozen for more than 24 hours if there’s a power cut.
In fact, our latest fridge freezer Best Buys are powerful enough to freeze 11kg of food at a time, giving you ample scope to stock up on supermarket buy-one-get-one-free bargains.
Latest fridge freezer tests
We're also seeing some useful new features on some models, such as chiller drawers that maintain a lower temperature than the main fridge cavity - making them ideal for storing fresh meat and fish.
Our latest batch of fridge freezer tests included freestanding models from Indesit, Bosch, Siemens, Zanussi, Bush and Beko, along with built-in models from Neff and Liebherr. A slimline model - good if you're short of kitchen space - from the Argos Value range also went through the Which? test labs.
You can find out if any of these models scored highly enough overall to be awarded a Which? Best Buy recommendation in our fridge freezer reviews.
One thermostat or two?
Many fridge freezers – particularly the less expensive models - rely on a single thermostat to control the temperature in both the fridge and freezer. This can make it difficult to find the right temperature in both compartments, so we use electronic probes to check both areas simultaneously during our tests.
Which? home editor Liz Edwards said: 'One-control models tend to be cheaper, but there's a risk that when you set the right temperature for the fridge (3°C to 5°C), the freezer could be too warm or too cold. Some dual-control models give you the option of switching off the fridge but leaving the freezer on, which is handy if you're going on holiday.'
Fridge freezer energy efficiency
After central heating, refrigeration products are the biggest domestic energy users, so choosing an energy efficient model could save you money, as well as reducing your carbon footprint.
The energy labels supplied on each product aren’t always accurate, so we run our own tests and list the running costs for every model we review. We’ve looked at a few of the best energy efficient fridge freezers.
You could save money elsewhere in your home by investing in other greener appliances, too, including eco-friendly washing machines and energy saving dishwashers.