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Best fridge freezers for autumn 2019 revealed

Freestanding, integrated, American and retro fridge freezers go head-to-head in our latest tests

Our latest fridge freezer tests have uncovered some excellent options, whatever budget you’re on, and whether you’re after a freestanding, integrated, retro or American-style fridge freezer.

Two of those we’ve just reviewed rank among the best fridge freezers we’ve ever seen.

Here’s a selection to look out for if you’re shopping this month:

Freestanding fridge freezers

Kenwood KNF60X19 – £349

On the face of it, this is a cheap and cheerful combi fridge freezer with a stylish silver finish, but it’s also got a wine bottle shelf and a frost-free freezer, among other features, which is more than can be said for some of the fridge freezers featured here.

We’ve been impressed by the chilling and freezing speed of Kenwood fridge freezers – which are exclusive to Currys PC World – in the past, so we had high hopes for this one.

Read our Kenwood KNF60X19 review for our expert verdict.

Samsung RB36R8839SR – £1,099

At the other end of the price spectrum, this top-of-the-range Samsung fridge freezer pulls out all the stops. It has a stainless-steel finish inside (well, on the rear panel of the fridge) and out, a list of features as long as your arm and an enormous claimed capacity of 355 litres.

It could be one of the most spacious freestanding models we’ve seen — depending on how much of that space is actually usable. Unlike manufacturers, our volume measurements are taken with all the drawers and shelves inside so you know how much space can actually be used for storing food.

Read our Samsung RB36R8839SR review to find out how many bags of shopping you can actually fit in.

Integrated fridge freezers

The advantage of an integrated (built-in) fridge freezer is that’s hidden behind a kitchen cabinet door, to give your kitchen a clean, seamless look. But there are disadvantages, too; namely there are fewer to choose from, they cost more and they contain significantly less storage space.

Best Buys are also few and far between, but one of the two built-in models we’ve just tested has now become our top-scoring integrated fridge freezer.

See all our integrated fridge freezer reviews.

John Lewis JLBIFF1901 – £699

While it costs slightly more than the average built-in fridge freezer, the JLBIFF1901 has plenty of handy features that may make spending that little bit extra worthwhile. As well as a frost-free freezer, there are super-cool and fast-freeze settings, a wine bottle shelf and alarms to warn you when the fridge door has been left open or when the temperature in the freezer rises beyond a safe level.

But features don’t count for anything when we’re assessing a fridge freezer. What’s important to us is whether it can chill and freeze quickly enough to preserve the freshness of your food, without costing a small fortune to run or being awkward to live with.

Read our John Lewis JLBIFF1901 review.

Siemens KI84FPF30 – £931

Like the John Lewis above, the KI84FPF30 is a built-in model with a 70/30 split between fridge and freezer. But that’s where the similarities end, because this Siemens has a fixed door attachment (meaning it’s fixed to the back of your kitchen cabinet door, rather than on a sliding hinge), costs a third more and doesn’t have a frost-free freezer (it’s low-frost, instead).

Occasionally having to defrost it by hand shouldn’t be a dealbreaker – provided the thermostat is reliable and it can cool quickly and quietly. Read our Siemens KI84FPF30 review to find out how it fared in our tough tests.

Retro fridge freezers

Retro-style models are a great, if pricey, way of adding a splash of colour and style to your kitchen. But Best Buys are rare, so you need to beware of style over substance. One of the models below has just become the highest-scoring retro-fridge freezer we’ve tested.

Find out more about retro fridge freezers.

Gorenje ORK193C – £659

Sounding more like something out of Lord of the Rings, ORK193 is actually the name of Gorenje’s latest range of colourful retro-style fridge freezers. This cream version is currently the cheapest, but aside from the stylish looks, don’t expect much in the way of features – the freezer isn’t even frost-free.

We’ve tested a few Gorenje models that struggle to maintain a safe and stable temperature when your kitchen gets chilly on a cold night. Find out whether that’s the case with this one by reading our Gorenje ORK193C review.

Smeg FAB30LCR3UK – £1,399

The price of this Smeg fridge freezer is spectacular, especially when you consider that it isn’t frost-free and is one of the smallest fridge freezers on this list in terms of storage space. But, of course, you’re partly paying for the Smeg name and the fact that its classic 50s-style design will be a focal point of your kitchen.

But are you also paying for an exceptional fridge freezer that will keep heat-loving bacteria at bay and food fresher for longer? Read our Smeg FAB30LCR3UK review to find out.

American fridge freezers

You’ll be able to squeeze in an additional eight supermarket carrier bags’ worth of shopping, on average, if you opt for an American-style fridge freezer over a freestanding one. But, with the average model costing more than £1,000, that space comes at a premium.

Hisense RF540N4WF1 – £849

Stainless-steel is quickly becoming the most popular finish for fridge freezers, so if you’re after a high-end look that’s a little different, the super-sleek black steel finish on this Hisense model could be just the thing.

But looks can be deceiving. We’re more interested in whether it can maintain a safe and stable temperature in warm and cold rooms, how much it will cost to run and whether it’s easy to use.

Read our Hisense RF540N4WF1 review for our expert verdict.

Samsung RF24R7201SR – £1,999

There’s little to separate this Samsung from the Hisense above in terms of looks — both have American-style fridge doors above two external freezing drawers — and yet it costs more than twice as much.

That’s partly because Samsung is one of the biggest and most desirable brands, but it’s also because this model has nearly 90 litres more claimed storage space than the Hisense, not to mention a plumbed-in water and ice dispenser.

Needless to say, Samsung has produced some exceptional fridge freezers over the years, but they’re not all winners. Find out whether this pricey American model is, by reading our Samsung RF24R7201SR review.

Find out how to buy the best American fridge freezer.

Which? fridge freezer reviews

Follow the links below for our verdict on the other fridge freezers we’ve just tested. Or head to our fridge freezer reviews, to compare hundreds of models.

Prices correct as of 23 October 2019.

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