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Updated: 22 Mar 2022

Best cheap fridges for 2022

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a quality fridge. From integrated to under-counter, here are our top cheap Best Buy fridges.
Patrick Gallagher
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A fridge is one of the bigger investments you'll make for your home. But that doesn’t mean you should spend over the odds for a quality model. 

We’ve found cheap fridges that will not only offer high cooling power and keep your food fresher for longer, but will also save you money on your energy bills.

When it comes to buying a fridge, high priced models don't always match expectations. Our expert reviews can help separate the good from the bad.

To see the very best fridges we've tested, go to best fridges for 2022

Cheap Best Buy fridges for 2022

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  • 79%
    £169.00

    This cheap fridge did excellently in almost every one of our tough tests. It's easy to set up, chills quickly and is reasonably energy efficient. Its temperature stability in warm rooms could be better, but we still think this is a great option.

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  • 76%
    £369.00

    This is a tall, white fridge with an attractive price tag. It had an excellent run through our tough tests, showcasing exceptional temperature stability. It also does a very good job of chilling quickly and it won’t push up your energy bills doing so.

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  • 74%
    £259.00

    Not only does this well-priced fridge chill fresh items quickly, but it's also extremely energy efficient for its size, meaning it's cheap to run. Its temperature stability in cold rooms is fantastic too. But one thing to bear in mind is that it's not among the best at maintaining a stable temperature in warm rooms.

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  • 73%
    £170.00

    This budget under-counter fridge chills rapidly, has an accurate thermostat, and keeps everything evenly chilled despite fluctuating room temperatures. The only downside is it's not the most energy efficient for its size.

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  • 72%
    £159.99

    This cheap 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 good option.

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If you’re also looking to update your freezer, check out our freezer reviews.

Cheap fridges to avoid

  • 52%
    £210.00

    Although temptingly priced, this fridge is likely to leave you wishing you'd spent a little bit more. The chilling speed is unexceptional and it's incapable of maintaining a steady temperature when the room it's in heats up. It's also inefficient, so whatever savings you make up front will be eaten into by increased energy use over its lifetime.

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Which? fridge reviews

Aside from testing the cooling power of the fridge using gel packs to simulate food, we also vary the temperature in the room to make sure it can keep the contents safely chilled, too – it’s surprising how many don’t.

To be sure the money you save on buying the fridge won’t be spent paying extra on your utility bills, our experts measure how much energy each fridge uses to keep cool and how efficient each model is in comparison with its usable amount of storage.

We even spray cherry juice in every fridge, wait for it to dry and then score it on how easy it is to clean. If you can’t comfortably clear dirt traps then your fridge could end up harbouring unwelcome germs and bacteria.

Buying the best cheap fridge for you

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Type


Deciding on the type of fridge you need should come first. Are you looking for a tall model that will have tons of usable storage? Or perhaps a small integrated fridge to save on space and blend in with your kitchen units?

Also, consider whether you need a freezer, too. If so, opting for a fridge freezer or a fridge with an ice box might be more practical. Take a look at our fridge freezer reviews.

The different types of fridges will come in varying prices, so always check the full review to know you’re getting the most for your money.

Efficiency

Our tests have shown that not all models with the same energy ratings cost equal amounts to run.

We check how much energy each fridge uses to chill and stay cool consistently. We also measure the efficiency against how much you can actually fit inside.

Features

There are lots of extra functions you can pick from, such as quick cooling and water dispensers, but this will normally increase the cost. More basic additions can be really handy and won’t break the bank either.

Here are some features to look for when choosing your fridge:

  • Adjustable shelving
  • Salad crisp drawers
  • Adjustable door racks
  • Ice compartment
  • Quick-chill function
  • Water dispenser
  • Bottle rack.

Still not sure on the fridge you need? See Best fridges 2022: Which? Best Buys and expert advice for advice.