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Which fridge freezer brand?

Smeg fridge freezers rated

By Tom Morgan

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Smeg fridge freezers rated

Shopping for a new Smeg fridge freezer? Our expert guide reveals which Smeg models soared through our rigorous tests. 

If you're tempted by a Smeg fridge freezer, there are plenty of models to choose from. We've tested some of the latest Smeg fridge freezers in our lab, paying close attention to the brand's freestanding and American-style freezers.

Smeg is an Italian manufacturer that's well known for its retro-inspired fridge freezers. The brand's fridge freezers don't come cheap, though - prices of our tested models start at around £700.

We've combined the results of our expert reviews and our fire safety tests to help you decide whether a Smeg fridge freezer will be the perfect home for your food. Pick out your perfect model from our fridge freezer reviews.

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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.

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How much do Smeg fridge freezers cost?

Freestanding Smeg fridge freezers

To date, we've reviewed over 20 freestanding Smeg fridge freezers. But the Italian brand doesn't sell any fridge freezers aimed at buyers on a budget - the cheapest we've tested costs around £1,100.

Making up Smeg's freestanding range are a selection of fridge freezers inspired by the 50s. Each one is available in a range of vibrant colours, so you may be tempted if you're shopping for a fridge freezer that will give your kitchen a unique look. Unlike most modern alternatives, the freezer sits on top of the fridge. 

Built-in Smeg fridge freezers

At the time of writing we only have one built-in Smeg model on our website - the Smeg C7280NLD2P.

This frost-free fridge freezer features an alarm that will alert you if the door is left open, along with a child lock to prevent little ones from adjusting the temperature. For more details on this fridge freezer's key features, see our full Smeg C7280NLD2P review.

American Smeg fridge freezers

Smeg stocks a range of American-style fridge freezers. The most affordable model we've tested is the Smeg FT41BXE, which costs around £1,120. It's a spacious three-door fridge freezer with an impressive 253 litres of usable space. See how it performed in our test lab with our full Smeg FT41BXE review.

Smeg's freestanding fridge freezers are undeniably eye-catching. One of the more unique models on sale is the Smeg FQ60NPE, a spacious American fridge freezer with a black finish. It costs around £1,500.

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 Smeg, 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.

Read more about fridge freezer safety.