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7 Sep 2019

Five reasons you should buy the best fridge freezer we've ever tested

If you need a new freestanding fridge freezer, look no further

We've reviewed thousands of fridge freezers since we first started testing them more than 50 years ago - and we think we've just found the best ever.

It sailed through our tough laboratory assessments, earning an outstanding overall score of 89%.

To put that into perspective, of the 497 fridge freezers reviews we currently have online, the average score is a paltry 56%.

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Here's why this freestanding fridge freezer is so special:

1) It's incredibly powerful

It's easy to underestimate just how much warm air gets into your fridge or freezer when you open the door, and how hard your fridge freezer has to work to get back down to below 5°C in the fridge and -18°C in the freezer.

The most pathetic models are unlikely ever to reach the temperature you set them to, as they're so slow to cool. Bacteria is likely to thrive and the lifespan of your food to be reduced as a result.

Not so with the best-ever fridge freezer. Both fridge and freezer are lightning-quick to cool, so food in the fridge will stay fresher for longer, while the flavour and nutrients in the food you freeze will be better preserved.

2) Impressive storage space

Manufacturers measure capacity with all the shelves and drawers taken out, so we take our own measurements of every fridge freezer we test to find out how much of that space you can actually use for storing food.

We found that this fridge freezer contained 288 litres of usable space, which is 60 litres more than the average freestanding model. That's more than three supermarket shopping bags' worth of extra space.

3) Outstanding energy efficiency

Fridge freezer manufacturers have made real strides in energy efficiency over the past decade, making running them much more friendly to the environment and your pocket.

But the fact that this model manages to be so powerful, so spacious and yet still so energy efficient is truly remarkable.

See more of the most energy efficient fridge freezers.

4) You can trust it in warm and cold rooms

The temperature in every fridge freezer will rise when the door is opened, but the worst models also struggle to maintain safe temperatures when the door's closed.

Over the course of the year the temperature in your kitchen will plummet in the depths of winter, and soar during a summer heatwave. For that reason, we test fridge freezers in room temperatures as low as 10°C and as high as 32°C.

Just three in ten fridge freezers are able to maintain a stable temperature in both warm and cold conditions. As you'd expect, our new top-scoring Best Buy is not only among them, but one of the top few for temperature stability.

5) You'll hardly know it's there

You can rely on the manufacturer's recommended thermostat setting to get both fridge and freezer down to the perfect temperature - unlike more than 200 of the current bestselling models.

It's also quieter than most, so even if you have an open-plan kitchen and living room, you shouldn't find the hum of the compressor too irritating.