Top five cheap fridge freezers
By Ben Slater
From affordable American fridge freezers to inexpensive integrated models, we round up the top five cheap fridge freezers for your needs.
Whatever type of fridge freezer you’re after, find the best one for keeping your food fresh and nutrient-rich – check out our fridge freezer reviews.
Best cheap fridge freezers
It can be hard to find an affordable fridge freezer that’s also great at chilling and freezing your food. Our rigorous testing has uncovered some terrible models that take too long to chill and freeze, which won’t keep food at its freshest - and these models are often from budget brands.
Fortunately though, our rigorous testing has also revealed a number of models that are great at the basics and won’t break the bank. So, whether you’re after a spacious American-style fridge freezer, a small model for a compact kitchen, or an integrated model that you can disguise behind a cupboard door, we’ve got a great model for you.
To help you find the best-value fridge freezer for your needs, we’ve rounded up high-scoring models in five different categories: Best cheap fridge freezer, Best cheap American fridge freezer, Best cheap high-tech fridge freezer, Best cheap integrated fridge freezer and Best cheap compact fridge freezer. So whichever type of fridge freezer you want, we can help you pick the perfect model for your budget.
Best cheap fridge freezer
This is one of the best-value fridge freezers around. For under £3500 you get a metal-backed model that excelled in our tough chilling tests and is also energy efficient and quiet. The freezer could be a tad more powerful, but that shouldn't be a dealbreaker at this price.
Best cheap American fridge freezer
The average price of the American fridge freezers we've tested is £1,000, with the most expensive costing more than £2,000.This excellent model is better than almost all of them and costs a fraction of the price. You should be able to fit 10 supermarket carrier bags of food in the spacious fridge and you can count on this fridge to rapidly chill all of it, helping to maximise the freshness of your food.
Best cheap 50/50 fridge freezer
If you're looking for a cheap, metal-backed 50/50 fridge freezer, you'll want to consider this model. It didn't do poorly in a single one of our tough tests and it's particularly impressive when it comes to temperature stability and the cooling power of the fridge. You even get an array of features, including a frost-free freezer, a holiday setting and door alarms, making it even more of a bargain.
Best cheap integrated fridge freezer
The average price of the integrated fridge freezers we’ve reviewed is more than £670, making this model an absolute bargain. It just misses out on our Best Buy recommendation, but it chills and freezes quickly and is easy to use and clean, so it’s well worth considering. The downsides? It’s not the most energy efficient for its size, but as it’s not the largest model, it still shouldn’t cost too much to run. The other flaw is that it’s not designed to be kept in room temperatures below 16°C, which explains why the freezer struggled to maintain a completely stable temperature when we lowered the temperature in our lab to 10°C.
Best cheap compact fridge freezer
Fridge freezers seem to be getting ever larger - some American models now contain more than 500 litres of usable space, which is gargantuan. But what if you don’t want that much space, or have a height restriction in your kitchen? Well, smaller fridge freezers are still available, but we’ve found great ones hard to find. This fridge freezer is one of the exceptions to the rule. It isn't poor at anything, is extremely efficient for its size and keeps the temperature steady whatever the temperature in your kitchen.
Which? fridge freezer reviews
To find the best fridge freezers, we spend nine weeks running dozens of tests, checks and measurements on each model in our temperature-controlled test labs.
Can they keep their cool?
We crank the room temperature up to 32°C and then plunge it down to a chilly 10°C – to see whether fridge freezers are able to keep their contents safely chilled and frozen in variable room temperatures.
How fast do they chill and freeze?
We also measure how fast they are at chilling and freezing. The faster a fridge freezer cools, the longer food will last and the fresher it will be when you defrost it.
How much electricity do they use?
We also measure how much electricity each fridge freezer uses to chill, freeze and run, which helps us separate the cheap-to-run models from the energy-guzzlers.
How easy are they to clean?
To find the fridge freezers that are easy to use and clean, we run tests to see how smoothly the drawers slide and how sturdy they are. We even spray cherry juice in the fridge, let it dry to a sticky mess and then rate how easy it is to clean, to see how easy you'll find it to clean up food and drink spills at home.
What type of backing do they have?
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 flammable.
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.
So far, we’ve tested backing samples from more than 80 different refrigeration appliances, across every refrigeration brand that we have on our site.
We applied an open flame to each sample and any product that was unable to withstand the flame for 30 seconds has been deemed unsafe and has been made a Don’t Buy. Hundreds more products have also been made Don’t Buys because the manufacturer either confirmed, or our own research indicated, that the backing on these products was identical to a product we tested and found to be unsafe.
For all the top-scoring models, check out our list of the best fridge freezers.