Top five fridges for 2020
By Patrick Gallagher
Find the best home for your food with our round-up of the top five fridges tested by Which?.
The sole purpose of a fridge is to keep your food in the best possible condition for the longest possible time. It doesn’t sound too difficult, but our pick of the top five fridges we’ve tested shows how much you stand to gain when you buy a new fridge.
The best fridges chill in lightning-quick time and will keep your food safely chilled, no matter what. The worst take can more than twice as long to cool, push up your energy bills and will potentially spoil your food when the temperature in your kitchen rises or falls.
No matter what size or type of fridge you’re looking for, our tough chilling tests wheedle out the best from the rest. And as our best fridges below show, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great model.
Fire-risk fridges and safety
At Which? we aim to recommend the best products for you to buy. With this in mind, we continually monitor and vary the assessments that underpin our reviews, to take account of changing standards and areas of concern.
Our tests have revealed that plastic backing can be highly flammable. We are therefore not recommending any refrigeration appliances that have flammable plastic backing.
Keep reading for our round-up of the top five, or head to our fridge reviews to compare all the models we’ve tested.
Best cheap fridge
This well-priced fridge isn't just cheap to buy, it's cheap to run, too. It may even help you spend less at the supermarket thanks to the quick-to-cool fridge. The faster food chills, the less time heat-loving bacteria have to eat into the lifespan of your food, and the less money you're likely to waste on replacing food you've had to throw out. The only thing to bear in mind is that you'll need to fiddle with the thermostat and perhaps even buy a fridge thermometer, because the manufacturer's recommended thermostat setting can't be trusted.
Best small under-counter fridge
You’ll struggle to find a more energy-efficient fridge than this one. Even though it will be working to chill your food all day every day, you’ll hardly notice the effect on your electricity bills. It has no major faults, although its cooling speed is only average and not outstanding. But it's still a worthy Best Buy and if you’re looking for an economical small fridge, you should definitely consider this one.
Best under-counter integrated fridge
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.
Best tall integrated fridge
This is the best integrated fridge we've seen. It chills quickly, is highly energy efficient and has excellent temperature stability. Aside from being a little awkward to clean thoroughly, it's practically flawless. It's far from cheap, but if it's within your budget, you won't go wrong with this one.
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Which? fridge reviews
No one tests fridges as rigorously as us, and we’re completely independent, so when we recommend a product, you know there’s no hidden agenda.
Fridges may seem like straightforward appliances, but measuring their capabilities in an objective way actually ranks as one of the most complex tests we do at Which?.
Keeping food in the best possible condition is about more than the temperature inside the fridge – and in fact there are likely to be several degrees difference between the top and bottom shelves. It’s also about how fast the fridge can reach that temperature and whether it's affected when the temperature in your kitchen changes.
Every fridge we review is also tested for energy efficiency, noise and ease of use and cleaning. So, you know what the fridge will be like to live with day to day – and how much it will cost. Buy one of the best fridges to avoid making an expensive mistake.