Should you splash out on a smart Hoover fridge freezer?Or are Beko or Hotpoint a better bet?
17 February 2016
We've put a smart fridge freezer to the test for the first time to see whether splashing out on one is a smart move.
But we also found some more traditional models that will do the job without breaking the bank.
Best Buy fridge freezers - see which models came top in our tests.
Smart fridge freezers – are they worth it?
The HF18XK WiFi is a new smart fridge freezer from Hoover. It will set you back a cool £599 – a good £250 more expensive than our cheapest Best Buy. But what do you get for your money?
As well as having temperature alerts sent to your phone, you can use the app to control some settings on the go. Fast freeze is one example. It gives you a burst of freezing power, so if it's a hot day you could save your melting ice cream by setting it on your way back from the shops. You can also turn off holiday mode – a money-saving setting that puts your fridge on low-power but keeps the food in your freezer frozen while you're away – to get your fridge freezer ready for your return.
But these smart features are only as good as the app that controls them – an area where we think there's room for improvement. More worrying, the fridge in this model has a flaw that potential buyers need to note. Read our Hoover HF18XK WiFi review for our overall verdict.
To see how Hover models fare in our tough tests, read all our Hoover fridge freezer reviews.
Cheap and cheerful chillers
Special features can be nice, but quick and efficient chilling and freezing is more important. It's not a Best Buy, but we've just tested a fridge freezer that you might want to consider if you have a budget of £250 or less.
Our lab tests have also just uncovered a freestanding freezer that is one of the best freezers of this type you can get for the price. And it only just misses out on being awarded our coveted Best Buy award.
Latest refrigeration reviews
Beko RCF553 – £239, freestanding (tall)
Beko RCF582D – £249, freestanding (tall)
Beko CXFG1685W – £229, freestanding (tall)
Hoover HF18XK WiFi – £599, freestanding (tall)
Hotpoint FSFL58G – £300, freestanding (tall)
Prices are correct as of 15 February 2016.