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3 December 2021

Top five fridges for 2021

Find the best home for your food with our round-up of the top five fridges tested by Which?.
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Patrick Gallagher
Food in a fridge

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 fridge

  • 91%
    £589.00

    This excellent fridge had a near perfect run through our tough tests and is easily one of the best fridges we've ever seen. It's quick to chill, has brilliant temperature stability and is highly efficient for its size.

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Best cheap fridge

  • 76%
    £339.99

    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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Best small under-counter fridge

  • 81%
    £426.00

    This fridge passed our tough tests with flying colours. Not only is it easy to set up, but it cools quickly and evenly, and keeps the temperature right day after day. You won’t hear any strange noises coming from it, either. Find out more about this impressive fridge in our full review

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Best under-counter integrated fridge

  • 83%
    £1165.00

    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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Best tall integrated fridge

  • 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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Read more on fridge safety.

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.