5 best American style fridge freezers

Great for families and ideal for entertaining, side-by-side American fridge freezers offer large capacities, high-tech features and ice and water dispensers on top-end models. Kitchens and appliance expert Hayley Gilbert reviews the

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When you're redesigning a kitchen, choosing the best kitchen appliances is up there with deciding on the right cabinetry. And this is truer than ever with an American fridge freezer because it's so big and so visible. Use our buyer's guide to get the best American fridge freezer – both in terms of looks and functionality.

American style fridge freezers: features to look out for

Energy efficiency

When it comes to refrigeration, our fridges and freezers are switched on 24/7, so it pays to choose a model with a high energy efficiency rating such as A, A+, A++ or A+++ to keep energy bills down in the long run. 

Ice/water dispensers

American-style side-by-side models are usually chosen for families, as they have large capacities and often come with an ice and water dispenser, too. Some need to be plumbed in so this will limit where you can position the appliance, but for convenience, other designs are non-plumbed. 

Configuration

Standard two-door appliances have the fridge on one side and freezer on the other while multi-door options include three or four-door styles and those with freezer drawers. 

Door finish

Stainless steel and black are popular choices ideal for a professional look while colourful finishes will create a statement in a classic or contemporary scheme. 

Control options

Look for added benefits such as holiday mode, frost free and food preservation technology such as humidity and temperature controlled zones. 

Overall size

These American-style mammoths are chunky though, so make sure you have the space to slot one in. They tend to be around 90cm wide so measure up the space carefully and check product dimensions before you splash out.

GRUNDIG GQN21220WX STAINLESS STEEL FRIDGE FREEZER

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1. GRUNDIG GQN21220WX STAINLESS STEEL FRIDGE FREEZER

Perfect piece of kit for entertaining

Specifications
Capacity: Fridge 446 ltrs / Freezer 73 ltrs
Energy rating: A+
Finish: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H182cm x W91cm x D75.8cm
Reasons to buy
+Wine cooler+Water and ice dispenser +Frost free
Reasons to avoid
-Some prefer an ice and water dispenser on the outside-Not a huge amount of freezer space-No soft-close doors

A great investment for those who love to entertain at home, this appliance is not only packed with features to keep food fresh for longer (Duo Cooling, FullFresh+ Crisper) but it also includes a wine cooler and internal water and ice dispensers. It holds up to 28 bottle of wine and includes a UV filtered glass door to keep it in perfect condition. Users like the touch controls and digital display, which are easy to use, as well as the Quick Cool and Fast Freeze functions to rapidly lower the temperature once you’ve added the weekly shop.

BEKO ASGN542S AMERICAN STYLE FRIDGE FREEZER

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2. BEKO ASGN542S AMERICAN STYLE FRIDGE FREEZER

Great price for plenty of features

Specifications
Capacity: Fridge 368 ltrs / Freezer 176 ltrs
Energy rating: A+
Finish: Silver
Dimensions: H179cm x W91cm x D72cm
Reasons to buy
+Ice and water dispenser+EverFresh+ salad crisper+Rapid cooling
Reasons to avoid
-The doors aren't reversible -No holiday mode-Some prefer a stainless steel finish 

Keep fruit and veg crunchy and fresh for up to 30 days with the EverFresh+ humidity controlled salad crisper and wave goodbye to freezer defrosting thanks to this model’s frost free feature. The ice and water dispenser doesn’t need plumbing in, so you can position the appliance anywhere. Buyers also benefit from Rapid Cooling, which is great for when you’ve just done the weekly shop. There’s also built-in antibacterial protection so it’s ultra hygienic, too.

Samsung fridge freezer

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3. SAMSUNG RS68N8230 AMERICAN FRIDGE FREEZER

Huge capacity fridge and freezer

Specifications
Capacity: Fridge 407 ltrs / Freezer 210 ltrs
Energy rating: A+
Finish: Aluminium
Dimensions: H178cm x W91.2cm x D71.6cm
Reasons to buy
+Quiet +Easy to use+Smart LED display 
Reasons to avoid
-Ice and water dispenser needs to be plumbed in -Not especially high-tech -High price point

With separate cooling systems for fridge and freezer to keep food in optimum condition, this Samsung design comes with a holiday setting to help save energy while you’re away. There are plenty of other benefits too, such as open door alert, temperature warning light and the option of crushed or cubed ice. Buyers liked the good build quality and stylish looks as well as its quiet operation and value for money.

Fisher & Paykel fridge freezer

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4. FISHER & PAYKEL RF540ADUB5 AMERICAN STYLE FRENCH DOOR FRIDGE FREEZER

Anti-fingerprint finish

Specifications
Capacity: Fridge 413 ltrs / Freezer 128 ltrs
Energy rating: A+
Finish: Black Stainless Steel
Dimensions: H179cm x W90cm x D69.5cm
Reasons to buy
+ActiveSmart keeps food fresh +Slimline water dispenser+Bottle chill function 
Reasons to avoid
-Hefty price tag -Freezer may not be big enough for everyone-Some prefer freezer on top 

Perfect for families with young children, this new model has a Black PVD coating, which is extremely hardwearing and is resistant to sticky fingermarks. It has special intelligent technology that adjusts the temperature, airflow and humidity according to how you use the fridge and is also self-defrosting. Users will love the bottle chill feature – simply place drinks in the freezer, set the button and an alarm will sound after 15 minutes so you don’t forget about them.

Rangermaster fridge freezer

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5. RANGEMASTER RDXD18SS/C AMERICAN FRIDGE FREEZER

Incorporates anti-bacterial protection

Specifications
Capacity: : Fridge 390 ltrs / Freezer 167 ltrs
Energy rating: A+
Finish: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: H185cm x W91cm x D76.3cm
Reasons to buy
+Choice of steel, black or ivory+Eliminates odours inside fridge+RangeFresh technology 
Reasons to avoid
-May be too tall for some -Door alarm could be annoying 

Not a bad price for a model packed with features. Its own RangeFresh™ tech for instance, helps to remove natural ethylene gas and any unpleasant odours inside the fridge, which helps food stay fresh for longer. Add to this, even-Circ™ that minimises heat transfer from the walls inside the cooler unit and you have a nifty appliance that does all the hard work for you. Users appreciate the quick drink, super freeze and super cool modes as well as the eco running option, child lock and an alarm that sounds if the door is left open for more than two minutes.

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