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Which fridge freezer brand?

Indesit fridge freezers rated

By Jess O'Leary

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Indesit fridge freezers rated

Indesit fridge freezers don't cost a lot, but are they any good? And do they last? Find out how Indesit models score in our reviews, and how reliable they are.

Italian brand Indesit is a well-known label in the UK appliances market and, together with Indesit, is owned by appliance giant Whirlpool. 

Indesit offers a wide range of freestanding fridge freezers. These are inexpensive, with prices starting at less than £200. They tend to be fairly basic, no-frills fridge freezers with little in the way of designer storage or extra cooling features – so they could be ideal if you just want a cheap model for chilling and freezing food.

If you want to know whether an Indesit fridge freezer is the right brand to buy, make sure you check out our table below. We've compiled results from all Indesit models we’ve tested over the past three years to see whether the brand is any good at keeping food chilled and frozen, and whether they’re energy-guzzling appliances that will cost you a fortune to run.

We’ve outlined how many of its latest models are Best Buys and highlighted the brand’s overall pros and cons, to help you decide. You can also see how reliable customers find Indesit fridge freezers, plus our expert verdict on whether we think the brand is worth buying. We've also factored in any relevant safety information from our fridge freezer fire tests. Or, if you want to see how individual models have fared in our tests, read our our full list of fridge freezer reviews.

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Indesit fridge freezer overview table
Indesit fridge freezer overview table
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Table notes Range of test scores and average test score based on results of any model that was tested between July 2015 and March 2018 and is still available to buy in shops. The customer score and brand reliability rating are based on a Which? member survey conducted in September 2017 of 61 Indesit owners. The customer score is based on whether members would recommend the brand to a friend, and reliability is based on members' experience of that brand.
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How much do Indesit fridge freezers cost?

Indesit freestanding fridge freezers

A number of Indesit’s entry-level fridge freezers sit in the £200 to £300 price bracket. Storage-wise, these models are quite basic and don’t have the features you’ll find in other brands, such as chiller drawers or bottle racks. But they’re perfectly functional, and if price is your priority they could just fit the bill.

Indesit fridge freezers in the £300 to £400 price range tend to have more features and frost-free freezers. Plus, they can come in different colours and finishes, such as black or stainless steel.

Indesit integrated fridge freezers

Indesit also offers a small selection of built-in fridge freezers, although there are sometimes only a couple available on the market at any one time. Costing between £300 and £400, these models are cheap for integrated models, and typically very basic – the one we've tested at the time of writing had opaque freezer drawers rather than clear plastic ones. 

Fridge freezer safety

At Which? we continually monitor and vary the assessments that underpin our reviews to take account of changing standards and areas of concern.

Our research reveals that plastic-backed fridge freezers can dramatically accelerate the spread of flames in the event of a fire. Any fridge freezer that either failed to withstand an open flame for 30 seconds in our fire tests, or else has been deemed to be identical to a fridge freezer that failed to withstand an open flame for 30 seconds, has been made a Don't Buy and scores 0% regardless of how it performed in our chilling and freezing tests.

Our list of Don't Buy fridge freezers shows every model we've uncovered that has plastic backing. Just because a fridge freezer isn't included in this list doesn't mean its backing isn't plastic, however. There's a chance it could be a model we haven't tested, or an older model that's not on sale any more. If after checking our fridge freezer reviews, you haven't seen details of the backing material, please check with the manufacturer.

If you already own a model with one of these plastic backs, be assured that refrigerator fires are rare. Our March 2018 research into government data found that only 8% of fires caused by faulty appliances were caused by fridge freezers, fridges or freezers. And although these plastic backings may accelerate the spread of flames, they are not the cause of fire itself.

The manufacture and sale of plastic-backed fridge freezers remains completely legal, thanks to flawed current safety standards that won't be replaced until 2019. However, many manufacturers, including Whirlpool (which owns Indesit), have committed to replacing plastic backing and are either in the process of discontinuing plastic-backed appliances, or are upgrading to different backs. Our Don't Buy recommendations relate to the plastic-backed versions of any upgraded product. They will remain Don't Buys until the plastic version is no longer available to buy in shops.

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