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Updated: 14 Mar 2022

Best integrated fridge freezers for 2022

Get the best integrated fridge freezer for your home. Read our expert integrated fridge freezer buyer's guide and see our top Best Buys
Ben Slater
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Integrated fridge freezers have become more popular in recent years, as people opt to keep their home appliances hidden behind fitted kitchen cabinets. 

If you’re remodelling your kitchen, you’ll have to decide early on what type of fridge freezer you want. Integrated models (also known as built-in fridge freezers) sit behind kitchen cupboard doors to give your kitchen a seamless look, making them a great choice if you hate having appliances on show.

Find all the best fridge freezers we've tested see Best fridge freezers for 2022..

Best Buy integrated fridge freezers

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  • 78%
    • best buy
    £1399.00

    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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  • 74%
    • best buy
    £750.00

    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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  • 68%
    £789.00

    The freezer isn’t big or powerful enough to freeze large quantities of fresh food, but the spacious fridge has no problems cooling food quickly. It’s very easy to clean and the digital controls make selecting the right temperature a breeze.

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Want to see more reviews of integrated models like this? See our fridge freezer reviews.

Integrated vs freestanding fridge freezers

Kitchen with integrated appliances

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, but almost always contain less storage space.

At the time of writing, the built-in models we’ve tested cost £721 on average and contain around 182 litres of usable space – enough for around nine supermarket carrier bags' worth of fresh and frozen food. By comparison, the average freestanding fridge freezer costs £667 and contains 236 litres (around 12 carrier bags) of usable space. 

As well as being more expensive to buy, integrated fridge freezers can cost more to run, too. 

There are also fewer models to choose between, compared with freestanding fridge freezers, and our tests reveal that good ones are still few and far between.

Looking for separate appliances? See Best integrated fridges for 2022 and Best integrated freezers

What size integrated fridge freezer should I buy?

You can buy models with various fridge-to-freezer ratios, so make sure you pick a size that will suit your fresh vs frozen food needs. Most are similar in size to freestanding models – where the fridge is slightly larger than the freezer – but some have a huge fridge and a relatively small freezer.

If you’re replacing an existing integrated fridge freezer, you’ll have to choose one with the same fridge-to-freezer proportions as your old one.

Integrated fridge freezer dimensions

Built-in models are designed to fit inside a standard 60cm-wide kitchen cupboard unit. They’re a standard depth and are typically 178cm tall – but do check, as some are a few centimetres taller.

How much do integrated fridge freezers cost?

Modern kitchen

Most brands have a far smaller selection of integrated fridge freezers, and they tend to be much pricier than freestanding models. You can buy a cheap one for less than £250, but most cost £500 or more - so expect to pay around this mark to get a good one.

Integrated fridge freezers cost from around £250 to upwards of £2,000.

Brands of cheaper integrated fridge freezers (£450 and under) include Beko, Candy, Hotpoint and Indesit. AEG, Bosch, Neff and Siemens models start at £500-£550, with top-of-the-range AEG and Neff models costing £800+. 

At the premium end of the scale, models from Neff, Siemens, Liebherr and Miele can cost anything from £800 to £2,000.

Are big brands worth the money? See our guide to the best fridge freezer brands.

Why are integrated fridge freezers so expensive?

Like-for-like, integrated fridge freezers are a lot pricier than their freestanding counterparts.

There are various theories as to why. One possibility is that the cooling technology was costly to develop. Another is that because fewer integrated models are sold than freestanding ones, manufacturing costs are higher. Or it could be that once your kitchen design incorporates a built-in fridge freezer, you have no choice but to replace it – so there’s less incentive for manufacturers to keep prices down.

The best integrated fridge freezers cool fast, locking nutrients in your food. At the other end of the scale, the worst ones struggle to cool and can't keep food safely chilled and frozen when your kitchen heats up and cools down.

To see which integrated fridge freezers cool fast, without increasing your energy bills, head to our fridge freezer reviews.

What type of back does my integrated fridge freezer have?

Fridge freezer backing

All fridge freezers need insulation to keep cool. This insulation is flammable, so it's essential it's sufficiently protected in the unlikely event of a fire. Before July 2019, the backing that covered fridge freezer insulation could be made from plastic, metal or aluminium laminate. But in July 2019, new British safety standards were introduced.

Fridge freezers made with flammable plastic backs do not meet these new standards, however it remains legal for retailers to sell models with plastic backing which have already been made, so there could be some still available on the market.  

Read more on fridge freezer safety.