Best and worst fridges, revealed by Which?Quick-chilling fridges that are cheap to run

06 September 2012


The latest Which? test results are in and reveal the best tall and under-counter fridges for your kitchen. Plus we expose a Don’t Buy fridge that failed our tough chilling test.  

We’ve tested the latest fridges from brands such as Beko, Bosch and Hotpoint to find the models that will keep your food perfectly chilled and won’t cost the earth to run.

We’ve also uncovered a fridge that’s so poor at chilling we've made it a Don't Buy.

To see the results, scroll down and click on the newly tested models below. To read reviews of all the fridges we’ve tested, head straight to our fridges review area.

Quick-chilling fridges

If you’re in the market for a new fridge, choosing a model with excellent chilling power will extend the life of your groceries. This could help you to reduce food waste and save on your grocery bill.

Which? refrigeration expert Jess O’Leary says: 'The best fridges will cool your groceries quickly to keep harmful bacteria at bay. Fresh food like meat and fish are likely to spoil more quickly in a slow-chilling fridge, and harmful bacteria will have more chance to thrive.   

'We find big differences in chilling speed between the best and worst fridges. Good models will chill fresh food to 5°C in less than 12 hours, whereas the poor-scorers can take days.'

If you're not a Which? member, you can see the Best Buy fridges we recommend and find out which Don't Buy models to avoid with a £1 trial subscription to Which?.

Energy-efficient fridges save money

Fridges are switched on around the clock, so choose one that’s energy efficient.

To help you pick a fridge that’s cheap to run for its size, we rate each model on how efficiently it cools the storage space available. Despite carrying an EU energy label of A+ or A++, four of the latest fridges on test scored just two stars for energy use.

You can find out just how much each appliance would add to your yearly energy bills in our full fridge reviews.

Or use our energy costs calculator to work out the true cost of a fridge. This reveals running costs over a fridge's lifetime - you can then compare these costs with the purchase price to see which are best value overall.

Tall fridges reviewed

Liebherr K2330 – freestanding
Hotpoint RLSA175P – freestanding
Hotpoint HS3022VL – built-in
Neff K5624X7GB – built-in
Whirlpool ARG725/A+ – built-in

Under counter fridges reviewed

AEG S71700TSW0 – freestanding
Beko BL21 – built-in
Bosch KTR18PW20G – freestanding
John Lewis JLUCLFS6007 – freestanding
Lec L5511W – freestanding
Siemens KU15RA51GB – built-in

More on this...

  • Looking for a fridge that keeps cool and offers plenty of storage space? Check out our Best Buy fridges
  • Find out about the 215 checks, tests and measurements we carry out on each fridge in our tough tests
  • If you want a combined fridge and freezer, head to our fridge-freezer review area