Adding a colourful retro fridge freezer to your kitchen can give your home a truly individual look. If you're shopping for a one, use our expert reviews to buy a model that pairs good looks with ample storage space.
At Which?, we've tried and tested a wide range of retro fridge freezers, paying close attention to how effectively they will cool your groceries.
Adding a retro fridge freezer to your kitchen will give the space an injection of colour and personality. There are lots of styles to choose from and, if you're after a really vibrant colour, you'll be able to pick between colours including deep reds, lime greens and striking oranges.
Retro styles makes sense if you prefer the look of an older model but don't want to miss out on modern improvements, such as better energy use.
Most major kitchen appliance stores on the high street stock retro fridge freezers. However, you'll get a better overview of the options (and potentially save money) if you're willing to shop online.
Big-name retailers that stock them include the following:
Smeg is arguably the most well-known retro fridge freezer manufacturer. As part of its Retro 50s Style collection, Smeg offers freestanding washing machines, coffee machines, juicers, hand blenders and more.
If you're shopping for a Smeg, you can pick between models that have the freezer compartment at the top or bottom. But be prepared to spend quite a lot, as prices can climb as high as £2,000 at some retailers.
The 'Fab50' Smeg fridge freezer range (with top freezer) has a claimed fridge capacity of 315 litres and 97 litres of freezer space. Meanwhile, the 'Fab32' range (with bottom freezer) has a claimed fridge capacity of 234 litres and 97 litres of freezer space.
Then there's the 'Fab30' range, featuring a top freezer. These have a claimed fridge capacity of 222 litres and 72 litres of freezer space.
We've tested various Smeg retro fridge freezers, including these:
Swan retro fridge freezers might catch your eye if you don't fancy spending a huge amount.
These fridge freezers start at around £500 for the Swan Retro Top Mounted Fridge Freezer and rise closer to £900 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 £550. It can squeeze into small gaps in your kitchen as it measures 181.5cm tall and 54.6cm wide. This model has three glass shelves and three freezer drawers.
Promising to add 'cool retro-chic' to your kitchen, Swan makes a range of other retro-inspired appliances – dishwashers, slow cookers and electric ovens – to match the look of its fridge freezer line-up.
Amica sells a range of retro-themed freestanding fridge freezers that have adjustable shelving, lidded dairy compartments and salad-crisper drawers.
There are plenty of attention-grabbing colours to choose from, including a stylish duck-egg blue and a deep red. Amica's freestanding, static 30/70 double-door model has a claimed fridge capacity of 164 litres, and 44 litres of space in the freezer.
Promising a balance of 'function, style and reliability', the retro fridge freezer collection from Montpellier starts at around £500 for freestanding options. Buyers on a budget may want to take a closer look at the MAB144C, MAB148R and MAB148K.
The Montpellier MAB386K Retro is a popular pick. This freestanding fridge freezer features retro-inspired handles, three adjustable glass shelves and tall bottle storage. It only comes in black, so you may want to look elsewhere if your kitchen needs an injection of colour.
Montpellier also stocks a range of undercounter retro fridge freezers. These feature two glass shelves, thermostatic control, a salad crisper and a dedicated storage spot for cans.
Retro fridge freezers from this brand are fairly hard to find now. The most common model is the STR 60197 Retro, which is available in black, cream or red. Typical price is around £700.
The STR 60197 Retro has 237 litres of fridge space and 98 litres of freezer space. It's finished off with stylish chrome handles and uses the brand's No Frost technology to prevent the fridge or freezer icing up.
All these brands previously stocked retro fridge freezer designs, but unfortunately they have been discontinued.
Bush once sold a single retro fridge freezer model, the Bush Classic BFFF60, exclusively through Argos.
Gorenje previously had several bottom-mount and top-mount fridge freezers for sale, including the unique OBRB153BL. Inspired by the iconic Volkswagen Type 2 camper van, the front of this special-edition appliance had a large VW logo.
Retro fridge freezers from Servis are no longer available from the brand's website, but you may find certain models on other retail sites.