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Top five cheap metal-backed fridge freezers

By Ben Slater

Compare the top cheap fridge freezers that have a metal back. We’ve rounded up the best that cost less, whether you want an American fridge freezer or a built-in model.

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All fridge freezers need insulation to keep cool. This insulation is flammable, so it's essential that it's sufficiently protected in the event of a fire. The backing that protects this insulation is currently made from either plastic, metal or aluminium laminate, depending on the make and model of fridge freezer you buy.

Our tests have revealed that plastic backing is highly flammable compared with aluminium laminate and metal.

We are therefore not recommending any refrigeration appliances with flammable plastic backing. All plastic-backed fridge freezers have been made Which? Don't Buys, regardless of how else they have performed in our chilling and freezing tests.

Our fridge freezer reviews will tell you what type of backing each model has. 

If you already own an appliance with a plastic back, it's worth knowing that the likelihood of a refrigerator fire is very low, and the material used in the backing can allow an existing fire to spread - but it isn't the cause of the fire itself.

Read more on fridge freezer safety.

Best reasonably priced metal-backed fridge freezers

Buying a metal-backed fridge freezer doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as our pick of the top five metal-backed fridge freezers below shows.

Typical price £370.00
Which? score 81%
Reviewed Oct 2018
Chilling power:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Freezing power:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Energy use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
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This impressive meal-backed fridge freezer is a great home for your food and a bargain for the price. It sailed through our tough chilling, freezing and temperature-stability tests and it's energy efficient, too. While some of the storage features could be slightly more user-friendly, this fridge freezer is still easier to live with than may we see.

Lowest price (in stock) £499.00
Which? score 77%
Reviewed Jan 2018
Chilling power:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Freezing power:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
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If you're looking for a cheap, metal-backed American fridge freezer, you won't find many better than this. Not only is it packed full of features, including door alarms and a frost-free freezer, but it's also excellent where it really counts. Both fridge and freezer are quick to chill and they'll maintain a safe and steady temperature, whatever the temperature in your kitchen.

Lowest price (in stock) £364.00
Which? score 75%
Reviewed Sep 2017
Chilling power:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Freezing power:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
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This bargain metal-backed fridge freezer is both cheap to buy and cheap to run. It's not quite as spacious as some we've seen, but don't let that put you off. It's a fantastic home for your food and didn't do badly in a single one of our tests.

Lowest price (in stock) £371.98
Which? score 74%
Reviewed Aug 2018
Chilling power:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Freezing power:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 55 out of 5
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This metal-backed freestanding fridge freezer may not look especially cheap, but it’s worth thinking about the total cost over the appliance’s lifespan. This is one of the most economical fridge freezers for its size, so it will help to keep your energy bills down. Plus, this model didn't do badly in a single one of our tough chilling and freezing tests and it's easier than most to live with.

Lowest price (in stock) £339.00
Which? score 69%
Reviewed Apr 2018
Chilling power:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Freezing power:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Energy use:
1 out of 51 out of 5
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Built-in fridge freezers cost more than good freestanding ones, with the average price of the integrated models we’ve tested costing more than £660. That makes this model a good option if you want a built-in without breaking the bank. It chills and freezes really quickly to help prolong the freshness of your food. It’s not perfect when it comes to temperature stability in cold room temperatures, and it’s not the most efficient for its size, but this is still well worth considering.

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