Are cheap fridge freezers any good?Latest fridge freezers reviewed and rated
11 December 2014
We’ve tested nine of the latest mid-range and cheap fridge freezers to see which chill and freeze food to perfection. Plus, we’ve also reviewed one of newcomer brand Hitachi’s first fridge freezers to hit UK shops.
Our latest tests have uncovered fridge freezers that chill and freeze fast, helping to lock nutrients inside your food and extend the shelf-life of your groceries.
But we’ve also unearthed a fridge freezer that is so sluggish at cooling it’ll take days for your food to chill down.
To see the full list of best-on-test cooling appliances, check out our Best Buy fridge freezers.
Cheap fridge freezer reviews
On a budget? The basic and compact Fridgemaster MC5196 isn’t frost-free but it costs just £219 and is one of the cheapest fridge freezers you can buy.
The 55cm-wide frost-free Indesit CTAA55NF offers plenty of chilling space for £275, while the £290 Hotpoint FFAA52K has a large four-drawer freezer which won’t ice up.
If you’ve more to spend, the Hitachi R-B360ERU4V is loaded with premium features yet is a reasonably-priced £500. It has separate thermostats for more accurate fridge and freezer temperatures, a digital display and a separate chiller compartment for keeping meat and fish extra cool.
Are cheap fridge freezers worth the money?
Which? fridge freezer expert Jess O'Leary says: 'some of the cheap fridge freezers we see in our test lab are undeniably dreadful, but it is possible to buy a basic, budget model that excels at the essentials: chilling and freezing fast and keeping food safely cooled 24/7.
'Which? members can use our compare features and prices tool to sort reviews by price and see which cheap fridge freezers shine in our tests.'
New fridge freezer reviews
Below is a list of all of the newly tested models - including the different colour variations - ordered by price.
- Fridgemaster MC55196 – £219, white
- Indesit CTAA55NF - £275, white
- Hotpoint FFAA52P - £290, white
- Hotpoint FFAA52S - £308, silver
- Hotpoint FFAA52K - £329, black
- Hoover HVBF6182BFHK - £399, black
- Hoover HVBF6182XFHK - £400, silver
- Hitachi R-B360ERU4V - £500, silver
- John Lewis JLFFW2019 - £529, white
- Bosch KGE36BW30G - £588, white
- Hotpoint FSFL1810P - £600, white
- AEG S83820CTW2 – £620, white
- AEG S83820CTX2 - £728, stainless steel
Prices correct on 10 December 2014.