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Top-scoring fridge shines in latest Which? tests

Plus three terrible Don’t Buy fridges uncovered

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Which? uncovers new Best Buy fridges

We’ve unearthed big differences between the latest fridges on test. Three fantastic fridges are Best Buys, but three are so bad we’ve named them Don’t Buys.

We’ve tested and reviewed nine of the latest chillers from brands such as Bosch, John Lewis and Zanussi, spanning a variety of fridge types and prices.

Models range from a budget-busting under-counter chiller costing £120, to a tall built-in fridge with a premium £920 price tag.

To see which chillers are good enough to earn a place in our hall of fame, head straight to our Best Buy fridge reviews.

New Best Buy fridges

The best fridges chill groceries quickly, preventing harmful bacteria from growing and helping extend the shelf-life of your food. Plus they keep food safely chilled 24/7 – whatever the temperature in your kitchen.

Three of our newly-reviewed fridges impressed in our tests and earn the coveted Which? Best Buy award. These models are super-fast and stable chillers and they use energy sparingly, which helps keep running costs low. One was so good it’s the top-scoring model on our site.

Need a new fridge? Check out our top tips on choosing the best model for you in our .

Don’t Buy fridges to avoid

Our tests have uncovered three Don’t Buy models that fall a long way short of the standards we expect from a good fridge. One of these gets a test score of just 11% – making it the lowest-scoring fridge we’ve ever reviewed.

All three Don’t Buys have unreliable thermostat settings that leave the fridge running far too warm. They’re also inefficient to run and will add to your energy bills, with one model costing nearly twice as much to power as others of a similar size.

To help you avoid wasting your money on these problem fridges, we’ve picked them out in our guide to Don’t Buy fridges.

New fridge reviews

Compare your favourite fridge models by checking out our reviews of Fridgemaster fridges, Zanussi fridges, Hoover fridges, John Lewis fridges, Bosch fridges, AEG fridges and Grundig fridges

New fridge reviews 

Under-counter fridges 

  • Fridgemaster MUL49102 – £120, freestanding 
  • Zanussi ZRG11600WA – £138, freestanding 
  • Hoover HFLE54W – £160, freestanding 
  • John Lewis JLBIUCL05 – £350, built-in 
  • Bosch KIR21AF30G – £470, built-in 

Tall fridges 

  • AEG S74010KDW0 – £623, freestanding 
  • Grundig GSN10720W – £500, freestanding 
  • Bosch KIR81AF30G – £920, built-in

Prices correct on 30 October 2014.

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