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11 June 2021

Top five best integrated fridge freezers for 2021

An integrated fridge freezer can keep your fitted kitchen looking flash, but will it keep your food fresh? We reveal the best and worst built-in models.
Ben Slater
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Integrated fridge freezers have become much more popular in recent years, as more and more people try to keep their home appliances hidden behind fitted kitchen cabinets. But our tests reveal that good ones are still few and far between.

We’ve uncovered nearly 100 top fridge freezers, but fewer than one third of these are built-in models, so it’s essential you do your research before you buy one.

If you can’t decide between a built-in and freestanding model, bear in mind that integrated fridge freezers tend to cost more than freestanding ones, and yet almost always contain less storage space.

At the time of writing in April 2021, the built-in models we’ve tested cost £749 on average and contain 184 litres of usable space – enough for around 10 supermarket carrier bags' worth of fresh and frozen food. By comparison, the average freestanding fridge freezer costs £613 and contains 230 litres (12 carrier bags) of usable space.

If you’re still set on an integrated fridge freezer, we’ve found some great models that will maximise the lifespan of your food without driving up your energy bills, or being noisy and awkward to use. We’ve rounded up five of the best below, with prices starting at less than £400. We’ve also picked out three of the worst to give you an idea of what to avoid.

Alternatively, you can head straight to our fridge freezer reviews to see everything we’ve tested.

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Best integrated fridge freezer

  • 78%
    £1400.00

    This fantastic fridge freezer does everything it should, and does it brilliantly. It’s powerful, accurate and reasonably energy efficient, and so quiet you’ll barely know it’s there. This high-scoring appliance ticks every box and is an impressive Best Buy.

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Best frost-free fridge freezer

  • 78%
    £1379.00

    This is the best, most recently tested, frost-free fridge freezer. It does everything it should, and does it brilliantly. It's powerful, accurate and energy efficient, and it's one of our quietest integrated fridge-freezers.

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Best integrated fridge freezer for fridge space

  • 74%
    £650.00

    This fridge freezer has plenty of features, including a frost-free freezer, and the fridge is spacious with 145 litres of usable space, which is around eight standard bags of supermarket shopping. It did well in most of our tough tests, it chills and freezes rapidly, is great at keeping the temperature stable, it's really easy to clean and is very efficient. The thermostat isn't the most accurate, though.

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Best quiet integrated fridge freezer

  • 78%
    £900.00

    This fantastic integrated fridge freezer does everything it should, and does it brilliantly. It’s powerful, accurate and energy efficient, and so quiet you’ll barely know it’s there. This high-scoring brand ticks every box and is an impressive Best Buy. It's not a budget option, though.

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Table checked: June 2021

Integrated fridge freezers to avoid

They may look similar, but don't assume that all integrated fridge freezers provide an equally good home for your food. Our tests have uncovered built-in models that will push up your energy bills without even cooling effectively. Read on for the integrated fridge freezers to avoid to make sure you don't end up with a dud product.

Some integrated fridge freezers have also raised concerns about safety. If there are any models which we currently wouldn't recommend you'll find them below. If it's blank, check back next month to see any new duds our testing has uncovered.

Which? fridge freezer reviews

You may well wonder how good or bad a fridge freezer can really be. They all chill and freeze your food, after all. But you’d be surprised.

Every fridge freezer we review is subjected to nine weeks of intensive and independent testing, so you can have complete confidence in our recommendations.

Chilling and freezing tests

The worst models chill and freeze several times more slowly than the best, giving heat-loving bacteria several extra hours to tuck in to your food. As a result, food in the fridge will quickly lose its freshness, while the flavour and freshness of the food you freeze is also less likely to be preserved.

Our tests also reveal that many models struggle to maintain a safe and steady temperature when the temperature in your kitchen changes. Ever woken up to half-frozen orange juice after a cold night, or found freezer burn on food that had been perfectly frozen? Poor temperature stability could be the reason. The temperature in the best models fluctuates by less than half a degree in cold and warm room conditions.

We also perform an array of tests on the thermostat, as well as assessing how efficient and noisy each fridge freezer is, as well as how easy they are to use and clean .

Safety tests

We constantly monitor and vary the assessments that underpin our reviews, to take account of changing standards and areas of concern.  

In September 2017, we called on manufacturers to immediately stop producing refrigeration appliances with non-flame-retardant plastic backing. Since then, and in the apparent absence of any action from the newly created Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), we’ve been conducting fire testing on refrigerator backings.

We’ve tested backing samples from more than 100 different refrigeration appliances, across every refrigeration brand that we cover. We applied an open flame to each sample, and any product that was unable to withstand the flame for 30 seconds, which would leave the flammable insulation exposed, has been deemed unsafe and made a Don’t Buy.

Hundreds more products were also been made Don’t Buys because either the manufacturer confirmed, or our own research indicated, that the backing on these products was identical to a product we tested and found to be unsafe.

If you own a flammable  plastic-backed fridge, freezer or fridge freezer, please be reassured that refrigerator fires are very rare. We analysed government fire data in March 2018 and found that only 8% of fires caused by faulty household appliances were caused by fridge freezers, fridges or freezers. It’s also worth bearing in mind that while the backing material can cause an existing fire to spread, it isn’t the cause of fire itself.

To see the all the top-scoring models, check out our full list of the best fridge freezers.