Reviewed: the latest fridge freezers, fridges and freezersWhich? reveals innovative and affordable Best Buys
03 December 2011
The latest Which? refrigeration tests have uncovered a new Best Buy fridge freezer and fridge, plus a pair of newly-crowned Best Buy freezers.
We’ve reviewed 10 models from brands such as Ikea, Haier and Hotpoint, including the latest integrated models, a chest freezer and an innovative new fridge freezer which has a compartment which can be set to either freeze or chill depending on your needs.
Fridge freezers reviewed
The latest fridge freezers we’ve tested include the stylish Haier MyZone (pictured), which has external temperature controls and a middle compartment that you can set to chill or freeze food, depending on whether you need more fridge or freezer space.
We’ve also tested the newest fridge freezers from Ikea, including the reasonably-priced Frostig BCF182/95, which costs £359. Head to our Ikea fridge freezer reviews to find out how it got on.
To see these results in full plus read our expert buying guide, visit our fridge freezer reviews.
Best Buy fridges and freezers
If your kitchen is set up for integrated appliances or you’re looking for an additional freezer to store in your garage, we’ve tested all of the latest built-in models from Ikea, plus a large chest freezer from Hotpoint. Go to our Hotpoint freezer reviews to see how it fared in our tough tests.
The Ikea Frostig SC100 (£249) is an undercounter fridge that comes with an ice box compartment - handy if you want easy access to frozen food. If you need a taller built-in fridge, the Ikea BC219 is 122cm high and costs less than £300.
Buy the best fridge and freezer
Which? refrigeration appliance expert Jess O'Leary says: 'A fridge, freezer or a combined model is one of the most expensive home appliances you’ll buy, so it makes sense to invest some time searching out the best one, both in terms of performance and one with features that suits your lifestyle and your kitchen.
'The best models chill groceries quickly and freeze food fast, so we measure the cooling speed of each fridge and freezer under lab conditions. We test how even the temperature is inside the fridge to make sure there are no warm pockets or icy patches, and we measure how well insulated the freezer is by seeing how long it keeps food frozen in a power cut.'
Which? experts also check the things you can’t tell just by looking at these appliances in the shop, such as how noisy it is and how easy it is to defrost.