Best and worst fridge freezers, revealed by Which?We uncover a new Best Buy American fridge freezer
06 June 2013
Which? tests reveal two new Best Buy fridge freezers, including a side-by-side American model. We’ve also discovered a Don’t Buy to avoid.
Our latest tests have highlighted some fantastic fridge freezers which cool quickly, keep food safely chilled and frozen and won’t add a fortune to your energy bills.
But we’ve also seen some decidedly poor appliances, including a built-in model that’s so slow at chilling fresh food we’ve made it a Don’t Buy.
If you’re buying a new fridge freezer, check out our fridge freezer reviews to see which ones we recommend and which you should avoid.
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New fridge freezer reviews
We’ve tested 15 freestanding, integrated and American fridge freezers from brands such as Beko, Bosch, Hotpoint and Samsung.
These include cheap, basic fridge freezers that will set you back less than £250 - such as the Beko CF5533APS – as well as mid-range frost-free models such as the Bosch KGN30VW20G (£439).
Best American fridge freezers
American-style fridge freezers are a good choice if you need more storage space. And we’ve just uncovered our first Best Buy American model in more than two years.
They can be pricey. The stainless steel Bosch KAN62V41GB we’ve reviewed will set you back around £1,200. But it’s possible to buy a bargain - the just-tested Samsung RSA1RTMG costs around £700.
To see how well these models chill and freeze food, check out all of our American fridge freezer reviews.
Buy the best fridge freezer
Which? refrigeration expert Jess O’Leary says: ‘A fridge freezer is one of the priciest appliances you’ll buy, so it’s important to get the best one for you.
‘Pick the fridge-to-freezer ratio that suits the sort of food you buy: if you eat lots of fresh food choose one with a larger fridge, and if you keep your freezer fully-stocked go for a four-drawer freezer.
‘Check the dimensions carefully and make sure you’ve got enough space to fit it in your kitchen. And if you’re on a budget, only choose features you will really use – such as a hassle-saving frost-free freezer.’