A quality American fridge freezer will offer tons of storage, have handy features as standard and look great in your kitchen – but could also end up costing you a small fortune. One of the priciest models we’ve reviewed costs nearly £3,000.
Fortunately, our tests have shown that you don’t always need to pay over the odds to bag yourself an impressive appliance. We’ve found Best Buy American fridge freezers costing less than £700. The cheapest of those that topped our tests is just £500.
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American fridge freezer pros and cons
When you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on an American fridge freezer, excellent cooling and freezing power, ease of use and plenty of shelving should be a given. It should also stay at a stable temperature and not be a nightmare to clean.
But our tests have revealed that not all models impress. One American fridge freezer scored just 44% and costs around £1,000. We found that it had a poor freezer, a fridge where the temperature shot up in certain conditions and it was extremely awkward to clean.
Three things to check before you buy an American fridge freezer
If you don’t want to spend lots of extra pennies on your energy bill, then it’s wise to check out the efficiency of each model. American fridge freezers usually cost more to run than conventional models, partly because of their size.
We measure the energy usage of each model we test. To find the most efficient, look for four or five stars in our fridge freezer reviews.
The good news is that an efficient American fridge freezer needn’t cost you the earth either. A good number of our Best Buy American fridge freezers have been awarded our Energy Saver logo.
More storage means more bulk. These fridge freezers are large, and you will want to make sure you have enough space in your kitchen to cater.
If you’re planning to integrate the appliance into your kitchen units, you will also need to take into consideration any extra space that might be needed for air to circulate.
One of the biggest draws for people buying an American fridge freezer is the perceived vast amount of usable storage. While this is typically correct for the fridge section, the freezer side is slimmer and normally has fewer drawers than a conventional model.
So, if you’re more likely to bulk-buy frozen meals than a week’s worth of fresh food, it might be more practical to opt for a standalone freezer instead.
Get more advice on buying an American fridge freezer.
What do you get if you pay more?
From automatic ice makers to transparent doors, there are plenty of extras you can get if you’re happy to spend more on your fridge freezer.
The LG Instaview (pictured above) has a large rectangle of black glass on the fridge door that becomes clear when you knock on it twice with your knuckle and, in doing so, turns on the inside light. This will keep warm air from entering, saving on energy usage. It sounds great, but will set you back £1,699.
Individual temperature-controlled drawers are handy for ensuring certain foods are kept as fresh as possible for as long as possible. Pay £1,484 for the Samsung RFG23UEBP and this feature is all yours.
The Bosch KAI90VI20G, meanwhile offers a child lock, sleek stainless-steel finish and a fast-freeze setting that provides a burst of quick chilling power, all for a cool £1,419.
Still not found the one for you? Here’s our round-up of the top five American fridge freezers for 2018.