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2 July 2021

Top five integrated fridges of 2021

If you want your fridge hidden from view, invest in an integrated model. Our guide reveals the best integrated fridges – and the worst
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Patrick Gallagher
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A quality fridge that can be concealed behind a unit is perfect for anyone wanting to keep their kitchen looking sleek. While the best integrated models will chill quickly and run efficiently, some of the worst fridges will cost a fortune and struggle to maintain a stable temperature. 

You can’t check how well a fridge chills in a shop. Fortunately, our meticulous testing has revealed a selection of top scoring models that we are happy to recommend. Whether you’re in the market for a fridge that's tall, small or somewhere in between, you can be confident we’ve found an option to suit.

Keep reading to find out what our tests discovered about some well-known brands' models, plus more about what to keep in mind when choosing the perfect product for your needs, including our safety concerns.

Alternatively, you can head straight to our fridge reviews.

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Top five integrated fridges

  • 83%
    £1294.00

    This is the best integrated under-counter fridge we've reviewed, by no small margin. It had a near flawless run through our tough tests, showcasing exceptional chilling speed and impressive temperature stability. It's not the most energy efficient fridge around, and there are cheaper alternatives that scored well in our tests, but if your budget extends this far then this one is hard to beat.

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  • 79%
    £935.00

    This is an integrated fridge with an ice box that chills quickly and keeps its contents cool even when the room temperatures begin to fluctuate, thanks to its extremely accurate thermostat. It's not cheap, but if it's within your budget, you won't be disappointed.

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  • 78%
    £369.00

    This is a good fridge for your food: its reliable thermostat makes it easy to set up and it's ultra-fast at cooling, helping to keep food fresher for longer. It's not without fault, and could be more energy efficient, but it's well-priced for a tall integrated model.

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  • 76%
    £749.00

    This impressive tall integrated fridge chills quickly and has plenty of features, including a super-cool function and a door alarm. Temperature stability in warm rooms is fairly average, but it's excellent in colder rooms. It also has an accurate thermostat, so you can relax knowing your food is chilled at the temperature you've set the fridge to.

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  • 75%
    £179.00

    This cheap integrated fridge did excellently in almost every one of our tough tests. It's easy to set up, chills very quickly and maintains a steady temperature all year round. Although we've seen more energy efficient fridges, we still think this is a great option.

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The fridges to avoid

As your fridge is probably the most used appliance in your home, running all the time, it’s wise to think about the model you need and why. Our tests have uncovered fridges that will increase the cost of your energy bills each month without even cooling effectively. Read on for the fridges to avoid – don’t risk ending up with a dud product.

See more on the models we wouldn't recommend below.

Integrated fridges to avoid

  • 44%
    £399.00

    You don't want to get lumbered with this poor fridge. It's not energy efficient, plus it takes ages to cool down room temperature items, which is bad news for the lifespan of your food. You can find plenty of other integrated fridges that get a higher score and cost less, too.

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Which are the best fridge brands? We reveal whether big names, such as Beko, Bosch and Samsung, are worth buying.

Why Which? integrated-fridge reviews are better

Every model we score goes through the same stringent tests. That way we can offer you the most in-depth, informed and balanced reviews.

During testing we check how quickly the fridge chills using gel packs to simulate food. Some of the best models cool within hours, while the worst don’t even make it to the desired temperature, let alone keep it stable.

How easy the fridge is to use and clean is also taken into account. No one wants to spend hours trying to remove grime or food from hard-to-reach dirt traps. And by measuring the storage spaces with all the features in place, we can give you a realistic idea of how many groceries you could squeeze in.

Still not sure what type of fridge you need? Then follow our expert guide to pick the best fridge for your kitchen and budget.

Type of backing

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 non-flame-retardant plastic backing. 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 cover. We applied an open flame to each sample, and any product that was unable to withstand the flame for 30 seconds, which would leave the flammable insulation exposed, 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.

If you own a flammable plastic-backed fridge, freezer or fridge freezer, please be reassured that refrigerator fires are very rare. We analysed government fire data in March 2018 and found that only 8% of fires caused by faulty household appliances were caused by fridge freezers, fridges or freezers. It’s also worth bearing in mind that while the backing material can cause an existing fire to spread, it isn’t the cause of fire itself.

Buying the best integrated fridge for you

Here are three things to consider when choosing an integrated fridge:

Size

You first need to determine whether you need a tall or small under-counter model. This could depend on the layout of your kitchen or the amount of available space you have.

If space isn’t an issue, then base your decision on how much fresh food your household uses. Tall integrated fridges typically have a generous amount of usable storage.

Cost

Integrated models tend to be a pricey investment, sometimes costing hundreds of pounds more than freestanding fridges.

Look at all our reviews to find out what you can get for your budget. And if integration isn’t a necessity, you should check out our freestanding fridge reviews instead.

Features

If you’re happy to pay a little extra, features such as quick-chill functions and bottle racks can be added to most models. For those who buy lots of fresh food, a humidity control can help to lock in moisture and keep your fruit and veg fresher for longer.  

But if you’re sticking to a strict budget, then some things can come included, such as salad drawers and adjustable shelving.  

If you don’t have a separate freezer, an integrated ice box can be a great addition too.

Need more freezer space than just an ice box? We also review standalone freezer models. Find out the products we made a Best Buy in our in-depth freezer reviews.