American fridge freezer reviews: but which is best?Latest Which? tests uncover two Best Buys

23 June 2016

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American fridge freezers – our reviews reveal the best for substance as well as style

We’ve spent two months extensively testing eight of the latest American fridge freezers from brands such as Samsung, LG and Beko. Two make the grade as Best Buys – and they’re not the most expensive on test.

If you want a sleek and stylish American fridge freezer for your kitchen, our reviews can help you find one that looks good and will keep your food chilled and frozen to perfection – without breaking the bank.

We spend hundreds of hours testing fridge freezers to find the ones that will help keep your food at its freshest and most nutritious – and extend the shelf-life of your groceries. 

We’ve just reviewed feature-packed American fridge freezers costing as little as £450, right up to a premium Samsung model with an eye-watering £1,800 price tag. Whatever your budget, our reviews have got it covered.

Best Buy fridge freezers – see which get our seal of approval.

Pricey vs. cheap American fridge freezer reviews

We’ve tested the black Kenwood KSBSB15, which has fast-cooling features, LED lighting and alarms to let you know if you’ve accidentally left the doors ajar. At just £450 it’s temptingly cheap and costs less than a lot of conventional fridge freezers, so it could be a good investment.

At the other end of the scale, the £1,800 Samsung RH56J69187F is packed with the latest features and has its ShowCase door, which puts your everyday staples at the front of the fridge for easy access, allowing you to use the shelves for storing perishable items you don’t use as often.

Samsung is well known for its American fridge freezers and we’ve tested three of them in this latest batch – you can see which ones (plus the different colour options available) in the list below. To see all of the models we’ve tested, check out our Samsung fridge freezer reviews.

Which American fridge freezer features should I choose?

Fast-freeze functions, water and ice dispensers, digital displays, LED lighting… American models tend to be loaded with features that manufacturers claim will enhance cooling or make life easier – and which inevitably bump up the price. That said, it’s possible to get what you want without spending a fortune.

  • If a water dispenser is a priority, decide whether you want an unlimited supply – which will involve the hassle and expense of plumbing into the mains water supply – or whether you’re happy to refill the water jug from the tap, as models with the latter tend to be cheaper.
  • Automatic ice makers that deliver cubed or crushed ice at the touch of a button are nice to have, but consider whether a manual one – an integrated ice-cube tray that twists to release ice into a dispenser below – is an option, as you’ll find these on cheaper fridge freezers.
  • A stainless-steel finish looks great but costs more and can be a magnet for greasy fingerprint smears. It’s worth considering whether you could live with a silver plastic finish to save cash. Alternatively, might a black American fridge freezer make a style statement in your kitchen?  

Before you shell out hundreds of pounds on an all-singing, all-dancing American model, check out our expert advice on how to buy the best American fridge freezer.

Latest American fridge freezer reviews

Here’s a full list of all the models we’ve tested, plus the various colour and finish options available. Click on the links to go straight to our in-depth reviews.

Prices correct as of 21 June 2016.

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