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How to buy the best retro fridge freezer

By Tom Morgan

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Retro fridge freezers

Splashing out on a head-turning retro fridge freezer will give your kitchen some extra style points. Our guide uncovers the best around.

Adding a colourful retro fridge freezer to your kitchen can give your home a truly unique look. If you're shopping for a retro fridge freezer, use our expert reviews to buy a model that pairs good looks with ample storage space.

We've tried and tested a wide range of vibrant retro fridge freezers, paying close attention to how effectively they'll cool your groceries.

Keep scrolling to find out more on retro fridge freezers from big-name brands including Smeg, Bush (Argos) and Montpellier.

Retro fridge freezer reviews – discover which fridge freezers score top marks for chilling power and energy use.

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Article last updated: December 2018

Swan retro fridge freezers 

Swan retro fridge freezers might catch your eye if you don't fancy spending big.

These fridge freezers start at around £500 for the Swan Retro Top Mounted Fridge Freezer and rise closer to £1,000 for the Swan Frost Free Fridge Freezer. There are plenty of colours to choose from, including black, blue, cream, green, grey, lime, orange, pink, red and wine red.

If you're short on space, you might want to take a closer look at Swan's Retro Slimline Fridge Freezer, priced at around £700. It can squeeze into small gaps in your kitchen, measuring 181cm tall and 54cm wide. This model has three glass shelves and three freezer drawers.

Promising to add 'cool retro-chic' to your kitchen, Swan also makes a range of other retro-inspired appliances – dishwashers, slow cookers and electric ovens – to match the look of its fridge freezer line up.

We've scored the following Swan retro fridge freezers:

Take a look at our full selection of Swan retro fridge freezer reviews.

Bush retro fridge freezers 

Available exclusively from Argos, Bush has its own range of retro fridge freezers. There are four colours to choose from – red, cream, black and blue.

Bush retro fridge freezers start at £379.99. As a reward for opening your wallet, you'll get a stylish but affordable fridge freezer in return. These retro models come with an internal LED light, chrome metal handles, four fridge shelves and three freezer drawers. The striking colour scheme runs along the inside of the fridge freezer. The interior of the fridge (including the back wall) is made of plastic.

You can take a look at Bush retro fridge freezers on the Argos website.

Servis retro fridge freezers 

Retro fridge freezers from UK brand Servis are available in a top-mounted design, which means the freezer is positioned at eye level. You can buy a retro Servis fridge freezer in Chilli Red, Classic Cream, Tangerine Dream Orange, Pistachio Green or Jet Black. Prices start at around £430.

You'll find the full Servis retro fridge freezer range on the Servis website, although we've also spotted several models on sale at Robert Dyas.

See the full range of Servis retro fridge freezers on the brand's website.

Smeg retro fridge freezers 

As part of its Retro 50's Style collection, kitchen appliance giant Smeg sells free-standing washing machines, coffee machines, juicers, hand blenders and more.

If you're shopping for a Smeg retro fridge freezer, you'll have the choice between a unit that has a top freezer compartment or a bottom freezer compartment. The 'Fab50' Smeg fridge freezer range (with top freezer) has a claimed refrigerator capacity of 315 litres and 97 litres of freezer space. The 'Fab32' range (with bottom freezer) as a claimed refrigerator capacity of 234 litres and 97 litres of freezer space.

Be prepared to spend big. Prices for Smeg retro fridge freezers start at around £800 and climb as high as £2,000.

We've tested various Smeg retro fridge freezers, including these:

Unlock our full range of expert fridge freezer reviews by visiting our Smeg retro fridge freezers reviews page.

Montpellier retro fridge freezers 

Promising a balance of 'function, style and reliability', the retro fridge freezer collection from Montpellier starts at less than £300. Making up the family is the MAB144C, MAB148C, MAB345K, MAB365K and MAB385.

The cheapest retro pick from Montpellier is the Montpellier MAB144C Retro Top Mount Fridge Freezer. This fridge freezer is on sale at £279, with retro-inspired handles, four adjustable shelves, a salad crisper drawer and door storage. Note that this model is only available in cream, so you may want to look elsewhere if your kitchen needs an injection of colour.

At the top end of the range is the Montpellier MAB385, which will set you back £549. It comes in four colours – cream, red, black and pastel blue. This retro fridge freezer has a full-width wine rack and a claimed capacity of 231 litres (fridge) and 87 litres (freezer).

Although we haven't tested any retro models just yet, see how this brand's fridge freezers score with our Montpellier fridge freezer reviews

Gorenje retro fridge freezers 

When it comes to buying from Gorenje, you'll find yourself looking through a mixture of bottom-mount and top-mount fridge freezers. The bottom-mount models (where the freezer compartment is near the floor) ship with Gorenje's NoFrost Plus technology, which the brand promises is 'one of the best cooling systems in the market'.

Shop around online and you'll find the ORK193 series at £700-800. These bottom-mount fridge freezers have a claimed capacity of 229 litres (fridge) and 97 litres (freezer). Controls on the ceiling of the fridge freezer help you adjust temperature. John Lewis sells the Gorenje ORK193 at around £1,000 – it uses IonAir with DynamiCooling to 'equalise temperatures' and has the same claimed capacity as the ORK193 series.

Without a doubt, the most unique-looking retro Gorenje fridge freezer is the £900 OBRB153BL. Inspired by the iconic Volkswagen Type 2 camper van, the front of this special edition appliance features a large Volkswagen logo. Finished with a light blue and cream colour combination, it uses a single door and has a claimed capacity of 235 litre (fridge) and 25 litres (freezer).

Depending on the type of Gorenje fridge freezer you settle on, you get to pick from the following colours: Black, Burgundy, Silver, Cream, Fire Red, Baby Blue, Juicy Orange, Olive, Apple and Copper. 

Paying close attention to chilling power, freezing power and energy use, here are just some of the Gorenje retro fridge freezers we've tested in our lab:

Visit our Gorenje retro fridge freezer reviews.


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