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Can your fridge freezer cope with the summer heatwave?

Our tests reveal fridge freezers that could be putting your food at risk in warm conditions

Chances are you’ll be counting on your fridge freezer this weekend to keep beer and wine nicely chilled and make sure that tempting tub of ice cream is perfectly icy. 

But if the beers are a tad more tepid than you’d hoped and the ice cream a little soggy, it might be time for a new fridge freezer.

We’ve just published new reviews of 10 of the latest popular fridge freezers and found three of those can’t keep a stable temperature when the temperature in your kitchen rises to 32°C – as it may well do this weekend.

In recent years, we’ve found more than 50 fridge freezers that suffer from the same problem.

The warmer the temperature in the fridge gets, the more likely it is that heat-loving bacteria will thrive. So, if you own one of these, you need to be extra careful with any meat for the barbecue and you should consider buying a fridge thermometer to be safe.

Fridge freezers to beat the heat

Better yet, you should buy a fridge freezer that can stick to a safe and steady temperature in these conditions. The other seven models in our recent tests all excelled when we simulated the effects of a heatwave, and four of them were also good enough in our other tests to earn our Best Buy seal of approval.

See our full list of Best Buy fridge freezers.

The three models we’ve picked below all earn top marks when it comes to keeping a steady temperature in warm rooms.

But you’ll need to read our full reviews to find out how well they performed in the rest of our tests – including our crucial chilling and freezing speed tests.

Beko MN1416224PX – £799

This Beko American fridge freezer may look on the pricey side, but you get a lot for your money. It has a sleek stainless-steel finish, a frost-free freezer and alarms to alert you when the doors have been inadvertently left open. And you can convert one of the freezer compartments into extra fridge space – perfect if you’re hosting a summer party and need more space for food and drink.

Read our full review of this Beko fridge freezer.

Blomberg KGM4550D – £350

The cheapest fridge freezer from our recent tests, this Blomberg is also one of the best when it comes to maintaining a steady temperature in warm weather. Throw in a water dispenser and it looks like a summer bargain. But it’s only worth buying if it can also chill and freeze quickly without driving up your energy bills.

Read our review of this Blomberg fridge freezer.

John Lewis JLBIFF1811 – £669

If you’re looking for an integrated fridge freezer with a 50/50 split, this frost-free model from John Lewis could be a good bet. You can count on it to keep your food safely chilled and frozen during a heatwave, but is it as good when the temperature in your kitchen plummets on a cold night?

Read our review of this John Lewis fridge freezer to find out.

Fridge freezer safety alert

As part of our latest tests, we’ve uncovered yet another fridge freezer with potentially unsafe plastic backing.

The Ikea Tinad (203.660.79) has been made a Don’t Buy and scores 0% because our research indicates that its plastic backing can dramatically accelerate the spread of flames in the event of a fire.

It joins the hundreds of other fridge freezers, fridges and freezers that we’ve already made Don’t Buys over the past year for the same reason.

Ikea told us that this model is being upgraded to have flame-retardant backing, so our Don’t Buy recommendation relates to the plastic-backed version of this product that’s still in shops.

If you already own this product, be reassured that the risk of a refrigeration appliance causing a fire in the first place is low. The material used in the backing allows an existing fire to spread, but isn’t the cause of fire itself.

See our full list of Don’t Buy fridge freezers and read more about our work on fridge freezer safety.

Which? fridge freezer reviews

Follow the links below to find out how the other six fridge freezers fared in our recent tests. Or, head to our fridge freezer reviews to see everything we’ve tested.

Integrated fridge freezers

John Lewis JLBIFF1810 – £669
John Lewis JLBIFF1812 – £769

Freestanding fridge freezers

Bush BFFX54152B – £289
John Lewis JLFFS1833 – £669
John Lewis JLFFS2033 – £769
Siemens KG34NVX3AG – £641

Prices correct as of 28 June 2018.

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