The best refrigerators and fridge-freezers

Between storing your shopping, keeping your produce fresh and even organising your family calendar; there’s a lot a good fridge can do. Browse our selection of the best American-style, slimline and budget fridge-freezers

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After choosing the perfect finish for your worktop, tiles for the splashback, or paint colour for the feature wall, buying a fridge might not feel like the most exciting part of putting together a kitchen – but there’s more to them than you think. Between oversized American-style fridge-freezers with double doors and oodles of storage, and slimline models to suit more modest budgets, there’s a whole range of fridges and fridge-freezers out there to suit all needs.

What to consider when buying a fridge or fridge–freezer

First of all, think of the space you have available. A side-by-side fridge-freezer looks magnificent in the brochure, but will surely overwhelm small kitchens, so look for a slender fridge-on-top model instead. If you don’t freeze much, a tall fridge with a single freezer compartment may do. A fridge with a bottle rack is a must for white wine and sparkling wine drinkers, while one with extra door storage will suit cooks who like to have a large range of sauces and condiments to hand.

As well as the footprint of the fridge, think about the interior capacity. Some, like Doctor Who’s TARDIS, are bigger than they appear on the outside – we’ve listed each fridge’s capacity in litres for easy reference – but be mindful of these numbers, as being stuck with a fridge-freezer that’s smaller than you need is no fun.

Lastly, we’ve included the noise output of each model in decibels. If you’re looking for a fridge to go into a garage or annexe, you won’t have to pay these numbers much mind, but if you live in a bungalow, or have a living room or bedroom near to the kitchen, make sure you go for something that won’t disturb your downtime with loud buzzing.

1. LG GSL761PZXV Non-Plumbed USA-Style Fridge Freezer

A double fridge with a water dispenser for capacity and convenience

Best for: Space
Capacity: 601ltrs
Noise: 39 dB
Reasons to buy
+Enormous capacity+Inbuilt water and ice dispenser
Reasons to avoid
-Very large 

If you have the space, a side-by-side ‘American style’ fridge freezer can make a wonderful addition to your kitchen. This LG model’s large capacity suits big families who like to keep a range of fresh and frozen food to hand, and it’s also great for those who like their drinks. With its inbuilt non-plumbed ice and filtered water dispenser – no more trays or bags cluttering up the freezer, or filter jugs that barely fit into the fridge door. With its large amount of storage, plus high efficiency and an exceptionally quiet motor, it’s an all-round winner. 

2. Smeg FAB28YRO1

This vintage-style fridge is our favourite for retro kitchens

Best for: A retro look
Capacity: 256ltrs
Noise: 40dB
Reasons to buy
+Looks beautiful in retro kitchens+Very energy-efficient
Reasons to avoid
-On the more expensive side

Retro on the outside yet advanced on the inside, this sweet Smeg fridge is a must-have for vintage kitchens. Its cheery pink shade and curved lines really stand out, a far cry from the usual white or silver offerings that’ll give your space an instant dose of ‘50s diner cool. It also boasts a 4* ice box, an A++ efficiency rating, and an auto-defrost function, so it’s certainly not a case of style over substance. 

3. Siemens KG33VVI31G

A great value fridge-freezer that stays looking tip-top

Best for: Value
Capacity: 265ltrs
Noise: 40dB
Reasons to buy
+Very budget-friendly+Efficient; easy to clean
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t boast many features 

This Siemens fridge-freezer makes a very attractive and hard-working addition to any kitchen, especially for the small price tag. Ideal for anyone on a budget, it offers efficiency and a slick look, as well as impressive all-round performance. With a humidity-controlled produce drawer and space-saving built-in bottle rack, it has all the room you need. The glass shelves are also removable for easy cleaning, and the durable stainless steel outer is resistant to fingerprints, so it’s easy to keep it looking smart. 

4. Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge

Organise your family as well as your food shopping with this smart fridge

Best for: Busy families
Capacity: 550ltrs
Noise: 40dB
Reasons to buy
+Wi-Fi enabled for re-ordering and reminders+CoolSelect converts sections depending on need
Reasons to avoid
-Hugely expensive 

You might think that another smart device is the last thing you need in an already busy family, but the clever capabilities of the Family Hub can be really helpful when it comes to getting organised. Its touch screen is Wi-Fi enabled allowing you to coordinate calendars or even re-order food. The interior camera takes a photo of your shelves that you can reference while out shopping, and the CoolSelect function allows you to convert a section into extra fridge or freezer space, great for increased capacity over Christmas. 

5. Hotpoint Combi Quadrio

Keep everything corralled with this storage-heavy fridge freezer

Best for: Organised space
Capacity: 402ltrs
Noise: 42 dB
Reasons to buy
+Lots of compartments to organise food+Looks very modern and stylish
Reasons to avoid
-Quite noisy at 42 dB 

This sleek black fridge-freezer will look stylish in any modern kitchen, while offering a range of space-saving solutions for maximum flexibility. Two doors means twice the number of in-door compartments, perfect for the household with lots of jars and bottles. Great for wine lovers too; its built-in elevated wine rack allows bottles to be chilled to perfection from all angles. The antibacterial liners are a nice touch, too, offering a layer of protection against bacteria throughout the fridge. An excellent, stylish, mid-range fridge, suited to modern-looking kitchens and anyone who loves their food and wine.