Which fridge freezer brand?
Top five fridge freezer brands for 2018
By Jess O'Leary
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Top fridge freezer brands
Which fridge freezer brands are best? Our expert charts reveal whether big names such as Beko, Bosch and Samsung are worth buying.
We've tested and reviewed hundreds of fridge freezers to find the best for chilling and freezing food. On the strength of our extensive test results, we’ve developed an in-depth knowledge of where brands excel, and where they just don’t measure up.
We've crunched the masses of data from our test lab and combined it with our reliability scores to build in-depth profiles of the biggest brands, including Beko, Bosch, Samsung, Smeg and Zanussi.
In the table below, we've collated all our fridge freezer test results on the current test programme, so you can see at a glance how the key brands stack up against one another. We've also given our expert view of the brand to help you decide whether it's the best one for you.
If you already have your eye on a specific brand, take a look at our fridge freezer reviews to find the right model to suit you.
Fridge freezer brands rated
We've brought together all our know-how about each fridge freezer brand, including recent tests for individual models and owners' feedback from our Which? survey, so you can see straight away which brands are best. For each brand you can find out:
- Average test score - how good each brand's fridge freezers are overall, based on models tested between July 2015 and March 2018.
- How reliable it is - we ask owners to tell us about any problems they've had with their fridge freezer, and use this data to assess how likely or otherwise each brand's fridge freezer is to let you down.
- How owners rate it - how satisfied owners are with their brand of fridge freezer, and whether they would recommend it to a friend.
- Our verdict - we tell you, in a nutshell, what we think of the brand. All the well-known fridge freezer brands feature in our tables, so whether you fancy splashing out on a Miele or a Beko, first find out what owners of these brands really think of them. Here's a preview of how the best and worst brands stack up against each other:
We've ranked the top five fridge freezer brands by customer score in the first table below. A brand can only be included in this first table if it doesn't make any fridge freezers that we've reviewed and made Don't Buys for having non-flame-retardant plastic backing. Every other fridge freezer brand we have survey data for has been listed alphabetically in the second table.
Read more about how our investigation into fridge freezer safety has affected our brand rankings below.
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Choosing the best brand of fridge freezer
As you can see from the table above, the brands at the top are the two that have customer scores above 80%, average reviews scores above 70%, and four-star scores for reliability. If you buy your fridge freezer from one of these brands, you are more likely to end up with a machine that will stand the test of time, and chill and freeze your food quickly to help maximise its freshness.
The same can't necessarily be said for the two brands that score two stars for reliability.
How we calculate the best and worst brands
We conduct an annual reliability survey among thousands of Which? members, asking them to tell us about their household appliances. We use the responses to calculate a reliability score based on how long fridge freezers last in the homes of real owners, and the types of faults they develop.
We also calculate a customer score, which reflects how satisfied real owners are with their brand of fridge freezer and whether they would recommend it to a friend.
We combine all this with the years of testing data we have accumulated by putting fridge freezers through their paces. This gives Which? a unique and comprehensive view of the best and worst brands.
And because we buy all the samples we test ourselves, and don't accept any advertising, we are completely independent - you can trust us when we make a recommendation.
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 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.