Only the best fridge freezer will have enough space to store all your favourite treats, whilst keeping them in tip-top condition. No one likes wilting veggies or thawing ice cream before it's time so these really are the appliance to cater for (pretty much) all the food types you'll need around this time of year.
And actually getting a fridge freezer – or even the best upright freezers – can be a big challenge in the first place. Not just because they are a large appliance, but also now because they all come with their own selling points which takes a lot of time researching. We're talking smart things, keeping food fresher for longer, quick freeze temperatures and competitive energy efficiencies which all want to preserve your foods in the best way they can.
To help decipher all this very cool lingo, we've put together this guide of the fridge freezer for sale so you can opt for the best option for you. Prices start from around the £350 mark and go right up to the more high end investment price tags for an American style fridge freezer, so there's something for everyone here.
The best fridge freezer for 2020 (& beyond)
Introducing our number one pick of the best fridge freezer... the Haier HB18FGSAAA French Door Fridge Freezer. It ticks all the right boxes for us AND it has recently won the category for the 'Best Fridge' in our Real Homes Awards, so you're onto a winner.
Fresh fruit and veg
The Humidity Zones will keep the humidity within the individual compartment at an optimum 90 per cent while still allowing cool air to circulate. This will not only allow you to store your groceries for longer but it will also help to maintain the nutritional content, too.
Haier's exclusive ABT (Anti-Bacterial Treatment) is also on hand to prevent the formation and proliferation of bacteria in the refrigerator's air flow. This will help to preserve the taste of your food, improve fridge hygiene and protect the health of you and your family.
This useful feature will put you in control of how you use the fridge as it takes is one simple touch to adjust the compartment's temperature according to your needs (from -3° to +5°C). You'll just need to select from Quickcool, Chiller 0°C Fresh, Sea food, Defrost or Fruits & Vegetables.
For us, this appliance is more like a sleek piece of furniture than plain old kitchen kit – and that comes down to its slim design and contemporary styling. Housed in a slim body only 83cm wide, the fridge is presented in toughened glass which keeps it looking pristine and free from dents.
It also has a metal backed interior and LEDs which looks super flash each time you open the door to the goodies inside.
Part of Hoover’s first AI range, this fridge freezer is Wi-Fi connected and can be teamed with matching dishwasher and laundry appliances for seriously smart kitchen kit. It's got top marks from us but it's our number two spot rather than our number one because it's what you, our readers, voted for in the Real Homes Awards.
Thanks to its adaptable storage, the inner door can be organised to suit your needs while dedicated drawers enable you to keep fish, meat and vegetables separate to stop cross-contamination.
There’s also an extra-large transparent salad crisper and a chiller zone with a lower temperature perfect for cooked meat and fish. We also love the humidity equaliser, which uses special technology to harness the natural humidity generated by fresh fruit and veg to make sure the interior has optimal moisture levels, keeping condensation and frost at bay.
There’s plenty of room in both fridge and freezer with this model and at 2m high, the generously sized fridge combined with three freezer drawers provides all you need for a growing family.
This ground-breaking cooling appliances uses Artificial Intelligence to put you in control with a bespoke experience that can help reduce food waste, saving money at the same time. As it’s Wi-Fi connected, you can operate and manage all its functions via the handy Wizard app on your smartphone or tablet. For instance, there’s an Inventory Coach that keeps on top of everything stored inside. Simply type in or say the names of the different items as you unload the weekly shop. Once all items are added, the app can help prevent food waste by messaging you one or two days before an expiry date while the Ice Drink Coach chills beer, wine or soft drinks to perfection – all you need to do is select the drink, the size and type of container it’s in and the fridge freezer does the rest, letting you know when it’s cooled to perfection!
This model looks ultra-smart with its stainless steel finish and touch control digital display on the door while the interior looks stunning too. The customisable storage includes flexible and easily adjustable inner door storage while dedicated drawers provide separate compartments for fish, meat and vegetables for hygienic storage.
If you want one of the best American style fridge freezer which is packed full of all the cool tech you need, plus anti bacterial treatment, then this multi-door fridge freezer from Haier is for you.
Keep your fruit and vegetables fresher for longer and save money on replacing items. Haier’s Moist Zone keeps the humidity within the compartment at an optimum 90%, which helps to maintain their nutritional content.
Keeps fresh, and removes bad odours
Haier's exclusive ABT® (Anti-Bacterial Treatment) uses ultraviolet light to prevent the formation and proliferation of bacteria in the refrigerator's air flow. This helps to preserve the taste of your food, prevent bad odours, improve fridge hygiene and protect the health of you and your family.
The Switch Zone is a unique and ultra-flexible compartment that can operate as a refrigerator or a freezer. You can regulate the area temperature from -18°C to +5°C according to your needs. It's like having an extra fridge or freezer!
Daylight Tower LED
Haier's Daylight uses LEDs to provide your fridge with a much brighter and more intense light than you find in other fridges. Daylight illuminates the entire space inside your fridge to provide you with perfect visibility when restocking or removing items.
This cheap fridge freezer is ideal for busy families thanks to its flexible storage, added space inside the appliance and a choice of finishes – silver, black or white – to suit any kitchen scheme.
Check out the Flexi Use Box in the fridge, which allows you to store meat, fish and vegetables at the perfect temperature. You can also choose where to position it – the upper level stores meat and fish at 0ºC for up to six days while the lower level is ideal as extra space for fruit and veg at 5ºC.
There’s so much room inside this model as the freezer has an Open Space feature, which opens up 38% more space for large and bulky items thanks to the two removable drawers and a shelf.
As well as a Flexi Use Box in the fridge, this model comes with Optimal Humidity that protects food from drying out by constantly monitoring and adjusting the humidity level inside the fridge. There are two pull-out safety glass shelves, a Multi Task Zone that can be used as a veg box or bottle container and energy efficient LED lighting.
We love the fact there’s a choice of silver, black or white finishes, as this makes the Indesit model really versatile. Ideal for modern or classic kitchens as well as open-plan designs and industrial looks.
This model is a great buy, as it comes with intelligent food preservation technology, adaptable storage solutions and a large 591 litre total capacity. It also has an attractive four-door stainless steel design and A+ energy rating. If this sounds like the best fridge freezer for you, then we would recommend you . Here's everything you need to know:
Thanks to Whirlpool’s patented 6th Sense® technology, a FreshLock system creates the optimal environment for storing fresh and frozen food by automatically detecting and controlling any temperature variation.
There’s a fast cooling mode for prolonged freshness and low energy consumption while an adaptable FlexiFreeze compartment offers three different settings – Soft Freeze for food to be eaten within a week (you can also place food stored at this temperature directly into the pan for cooking); Mild Freeze for frozen fruit, desserts and ice-cream and then Deep Freeze for keeping the nutritional value of frozen food for longer.
With a whopping 591 litre total capacity, there’s plenty of room in this model for fresh and frozen food. It also comes with two adjustable fridge shelves, two crisper drawers and four fridge balconies for bottles, eggs and dairy.
A+ rated for energy efficiency, this Whirlpool design comes with a handy Holiday Mode to minimise energy wastage and prevent bacteria growth while you’re away while electronic touch controls are easy to use.
It has a quiet 37dB noise level, perfect for open-plan kitchens, and Total NoFrost smart sensors the monitor the fridge temperature and activate the defrost mode when needed.
We also love the fast freezing option, which freezes newly added food quickly to keep its texture and nutrition as well as the fact that it’s said to hold 32 bags of shopping!
A four-door American-style fridge freezer, this stainless steel model is hardwearing and robust, ideal for families. The doors are slim fit with neat integrated handles and it comes with LED lighting inside for good illumination that’s energy efficient too. An added bonus is the Gradual Lighting feature that illuminates gently once the door is opened.
More than just a fridge freezer, the Family Hub from Samsung works with the SmartThings ecosystem to allow you and other family members to control and monitor your connected home from the Family Hub screen. It gets our vote for the best smart fridge freezer, so we can highly recommend it if you are into your tech.
Thanks to smart control, this appliance alerts you when food is running low and it also tracks expiry dates on food, suggesting recipes based on the contents of the fridge. We love the CoolSelect Plus Zone™, a versatile bottom-right section that can be switched between fridge and freezer depending on your needs at the time, with five customisable temperature settings to suit. There’s also a triple cooling system and humidity control so even with a packed fridge, food is kept fresh for longer.
This four-door design is packed with storage for both fresh and frozen food, with a flexible section that can be used for either, depending on what you need at the time.
Wow is one word that describes this model. We love it because the app connects the fridge freezer with 100s of Samsung and third-party compatible connected devices. In other words, it comes with features such as being able to see what’s inside the fridge wherever you are, thanks to three built-in cameras, so if you’re in the shops and can’t remember if you need more cheese, the app will tell you!
You can use the screen on the door to access Spotify, send messages and adjust the temperature and there’s a Meal Planner that provides recipes for the family based on food preferences, dietary needs and expiry dates. It also has a new deals app that helps you find the best bargains as well as voice control Bixby, which recognises individual voices and provides personalised information such as weather and calendar updates.
Made from sturdy stainless steel, this model is super-tough and we love the TV screen on the door, which can be used for so many things. You can access music streaming services (subscription required) just like you would on a wireless Bluetooth speaker as well as using it to watch your favourite shows, send messages and display family photos.
If you want the best fridge freezer for easy access then we recommend you buy the LG Signature Instaview LSR100 Smart 60/40 Fridge Freezer because it has a clever InstaView Door-in-Door™, where a mirrored glass panel illuminates if you knock twice so you can see what’s inside. Plus, you can also quickly access food and drink by opening the door-in-door without losing valuable chilled air from the rest of the fridge. Here's everything you need to know:
There’s plenty of tech in this LG Signature model to keep food fresh for longer. A stainless steel interior for instance helps maintain cold air while FRESHShield™ cooling forms a thermal barrier using cold air to maintain temperatures and lock in freshness.
We also love the Custom Chill™ Pantry, a wide and deep versatile pantry with different temperature settings for storing everything from meat to fish. What’s more, thanks to the Hygiene FRESH+ intelligent air filter, any bad odours will be eliminated.
With a whopping 382 litre fridge and 187 litre freezer, this one’s perfect for large families and those who love to cook and entertain for family and friends at home.
This is one seriously innovative appliance! Check out the InstaView door-in-door that lets you quickly access food and drink without losing cool air from the rest of the fridge and also the auto open door and drawer for convenience when your hands are full.
This smart sensor at the foot of the appliance opens the door automatically – simply step on the Door Open light projection on the floor in front and the door gently opens! The fridge freezer can be monitored and controlled from your smartphone with Smart ThinQ™ while forced air circulation keeps everything inside as fresh as possible.
We love the premium feel of this appliance with its sleek door-in-door design while inside, a steel finish and LED lighting underneath each shelf helps enhance the state-of-the-art design. The scratch-resistant textured steel finish is also family-friendly while offering a minimal look.
If you love wine (like we do!), then we can highly recommend this model from Grundig. It features an integrated wine cooler that can store up to 28 bottles and has an adjustable temperature range of 5ºC-20ºC. It also has a plumbed-in ice and water dispenser so covers all your drinks needs. Here's everything you need to know:
With Grundig’s innovative FullFresh+ technology, this model provides optimum humidity levels to keep fruit and veg fresh for up to 30 days. It also includes a Vitamin Care Zone that uses blue LED lights to maintain vitamin content in fresh ingredients.
Duo Cooling uses two separate cooling systems for fridge and freezer, preventing odours from transferring between them, while a carbon odour filter keeps the fridge smelling fresh at all times. There’s also Air Flow cooling that circulates air to maintain an even temperature, which also helps keep food fresh, while Quick Cool and Fast Freeze rapidly lower the temperature for newly added items.
Plenty of room inside this large appliance, which offers storage for fresh and frozen food as well as wine too, making it the perfect option for those who love to entertain at home.
As well as the integrated wine cooler storage, this fridge freezer also includes a chilled ice and water dispenser that needs to be plumbed in. The dispenser can be found on the inside, keeping the exterior sleek while the temperature of all three zones can be adjusted at the touch of a button using the external control panel on the front door.
The wine cooler compartment gives this fridge freezer wow factor and it has a UV filtered glass door to prevent damaging the wine from sun’s rays.
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If you want the best integrated fridge freezer, then this Zanussi model could be for you. It has a total combined food storage of 280L (perfect for families) and it's generously divided by 70/30, so there's plenty of space for fresh and frozen foods. It boasts a low-frost freezer, which means that it requires less defrosting, and it has a very good energy rating, too.
There’s stacks of space for both fresh and frozen food in this model. It incorporates five glass shelves in the fridge-space, four of which are adjustable, and two salad drawers. There are even door-mounted shelves which can also be adjusted, so you can arrange the layout of this fridge freezer just how you like it.
With frost-free technology, this Zanussi fridge freezer requires less frequent defrosting compared to standard freezers. The model also provides less ice formations between the shelves, which makes cleaning super easy.
Inside the freezer there are three compartments which means that you'll be able to quickly organise your frozen foods, and get to them when you need, too.
An upright, integrated model, this Zanussi fridge freezer will fit seamlessly into your existing kitchen space. If the door isn't opening the right way for you once in position, don't worry, it can be easily switched around so it opens on the left or the right.
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A four-door design, this fridge freezer has four separate compartments, one of which provides modular flexibility with its Variable Temperature Zone that can be adjusted at the touch of a button. It's our pick for the best fridge freezer for large households so if this sounds like it'll fit the bill, then we can highly recommend this make and model.
In the Variable Temperature Zone, there are four food modes to choose from – Fridge, Chill, Soft Freeze and Freeze and, thanks to Fisher & Paykel’s ActiveSmart™, the appliance will anticipate future use by sensing environmental conditions and understanding how you use your fridge. This allows it to analyse and adjust the temperature, airflow and humidity accordingly for optimal results and it can also rapidly chill newly added items to a safe temperature as well as quickly freeze foods to retain moisture.
There’s stacks of space inside this one, with a 70/30 split between fridge and freezer. The fridge section has five shelves and two salad drawers plus the usual door racks for milk and tall bottles while six freezer drawers will cope easily with a large shop of frozen goods.
As well as ActiveSmart technology to keep food fresh for longer, this model also includes a Variable Temperature Zone with four independent food modes for flexible storage and frost-free technology so no horrible manual defrosting. The fridge mode is best for everyday items such as fruit and veg, dairy, meat and jams; the freezer mode is ideal for all the usual frozen items such as meat, seafood, pre-cooked food and ice-cream; the chill mode sets the temperature as close to freezing as possible to retain freshness in seafood and meat while soft freeze is best used for food that needs a gentle freeze and speedy thawing. There’s an ice and water dispenser, handy for families and those who love to entertain, as well as an easy to use control panel that lets you view and modify the features and options with just one touch. Added benefits include an audible temperature alarm, A+ energy efficiency rating, fast freeze, LCD temperature display and a reversible door making it easy to install in a position that suits your kitchen layout.
The perfectly flat doors offer a less intrusive fit while the stainless steel finish is durable and hardwearing. It also comes equipped with energy efficient LED lighting and solid safety glass shelving inside the fridge, making this model a sturdy, durable design that will last.
How to buy the best fridge freezer
Where to buy the best fridge freezers
If you are thinking about taking the plunge and buying a new fridge freezer, now is the perfect time what with the season for entertaining just around the corner. Follow our comprehensive guide below for advice on how to choose the best model for your needs.
Think about the style
First things first, do you want freestanding or integrated? This will usually be dictated by the slot that you have allocated for the new appliance. And if you’re replacing or updating an old model then you’ll probably have to find something that has the same dimensions – or no bigger at any rate.
If you are planning a new kitchen from scratch then you have the luxury of choosing either option depending on whether you want a statement appliance or something that is hidden from view in order to create a seamless look, especially if you have handless modern cabinets. Most models have the fridge on top and freezer below but there are options for three-door French designs, four-door models and of course, the sizeable side-by-side American style.
Look at the usable capacity
When it comes to capacity, it’s important to take time to consider how much fresh and frozen food storage you really need. If you batch bake and freeze meals on a regular basis then you’ll definitely need a large freezer (maybe even an additional chest freezer in the garage) and if you stock up during a large shop with frozen goods then again, plenty of freezer space is key.
However, if you tend to use more fresh ingredients then look for a model that offers more in the way of fridge space along with dedicated drawers for different items such as lower temperature compartments for fish, meat and vegetables. Remember too that when you read the capacity in litres, this is with all the internal components included so bear in mind that the actual usable space will be a bit less depending on how many parts, shelves, drawers and racks are included.
Check your budget
Set yourself a maximum price you’re willing and able to spend and don’t go above it. It’s all too easy to get carried away but we all need to watch the pennies these days, so be strict with yourself. If it helps, make a list of all the must-haves your new fridge freezer must include, whether that’s an ice and water dispenser, high energy rating, LED lighting, food preserving technology, a stainless steel finish and so on.
You can save money by opting for a stainless steel effect rather than the real thing for instance and models that are pretty basic without all the high-tech gadgetry are often some of the best priced. You can find some great bargains online and our handy widget will give you the best prices you’ll pay today, making it even easier for you to shop.
Choose something energy efficient
Keep in mind that your fridge freezer is one of the appliances around the home that is switched on 24/7 so it’s important to try and keep running costs low. An A+++ rated model is the most energy efficient fridge freezer though A++ and A+ are still ultra-efficient.
Things that can make a difference include LED strip or spot lighting, which is much more efficient than halogen bulbs, as well as holiday modes that turn off the fridge and set the freezer to its lowest and coldest temperature while you’re away plus SuperCool and SuperFreeze functions that intensively cool or freeze food when new items are added, conserving energy and saving money on electricity bills.
Buy safely online
Whilst in an ideal world you would take your time to look at all the different fridge freezer models in person, looking at the quality and features on offer, this isn’t always a practical solution. Which is why so many of us now buy our appliances online. We can kick back with a coffee while we browse the different brands, models and price points and come back to it later when we have more time without pushy sales staff trying to get you to part with your cash.
The golden rule is to buy from a trusted online supplier such as our affiliates, which include Amazon, Currys, John Lewis and AO.com. Some companies will take away your old fridge freezer for an additional charge so do check this if it’s a service you need. Another good tip is to read online reviews from those who have actually already bought and used the appliance. These are invaluable when trying to decide between certain models; like the Trip Advisor of the appliance world.
What is the best fridge freezer?
To recap...if you are after the best fridge freezer (in our opinion), we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Haier HB18FGSAAA French Door Fridge Freezer. It ticks all the right boxes for us with its humidity zones, ABT (Anti-Bacterial Treatment) amongst other things. Oh and it has recently won the category for the 'Best Fridge' in our Real Homes Awards, so you know you're onto a winner.
After something a little small? Fair enough. We wouldn't hesitate to buy the Hoover HMNV 6202XKWIFI AI Fridge Freezer. It' a smart choice because it uses Artificial Intelligence to help reduce food waste, saving money at the same time, which is one of the things we just LOVE about it.
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