Best fridge freezers 2021: top brands ranked


Statista surveyed over 24,000 people to find the leading fridge freezer brands in the UK. This research saw Beko rank the highest, with over a quarter of those surveyed owning a Beko model. Hotpoint, Samsung and Bosch also featured high on the list.

With fridge freezers ranging in price from just over £150 to a couple of thousand, Statista also asked consumers how much they were happy to spend on a new fridge freezer. They found that half of those surveyed would spend between £200-£399 on a fridge freezer and that just under a fifth would be happy to spend over £500.

In March 2021, just as Britain’s split from the European Union took full effect, the energy rating classification of select white goods underwent a redesign. But the change wasn’t merely aesthetic. The UK’s new system now sees the former A+++ ratings dropped in favour of an A-G rating. The new scale is stricter and it’s a rarity to find an A rated product nowadays (though there is one on our list). The view is that these aspirational A and B ratings will encourage manufacturers to make more efficient products going forward.

The world of fridge freezers can be jargon-filled and, at times, confusing. We’ve spoken to home white goods experts from Quiet Mark, AO.com and Appliances Direct as well as independent advisors from UK Whitegoods to bring you honest, trustworthy advice, and the best fridge freezer suggestions.

Read on to find the right fridge freezer for you and your family, whether you’re on a budget or happy to make a costly investment purchase.

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Which fridge freezer should I buy?

We spoke to Sophie Beckett-Smith, large appliances expert at AO. She suggested taking the following steps before buying a new fridge freezer, “The first step is to assess your needs: ask yourself what you did and didn’t like about your old appliance and if it met your requirements sufficiently. This could entail looking at how your lifestyle needs are met. If you eat a lot of fresh food, then you will need larger fridge spaces. If you prefer to batch cook or need quick meals, bigger freezer space could be needed. If you like to entertain, a model with a water dispenser or lots of bottle storage is more ideal.”

Additionally, we suggest thinking about the following four factors before buying:

  • Energy efficiency
  • What split you need
  • What size fridge freezer you need
  • How it looks in the kitchen

What type of fridge freezer should I buy?

  • Integrated: integrated fridge freezers are designed to be fitted with the same panelling or design as the rest of your kitchen. They feature all the same specs as a freestanding model, but help to create a seamless appearance in the kitchen.
  • Freestanding: these fridge freezers can be slotted into place wherever there’s a mains plug. They’re finished on all sides and are the fridge freezer to choose if you’re after a statement piece.

What fridge freezer features should I look out for?

Many fridge freezer brands shout about their various features, so navigating what’s important and what’s not can be a bit of minefield. These are the features to look out for when buying a new fridge freezer:

  • Split: if you eat lots of fresh food, opt for a larger fridge to freezer ratio: 70/30 or 60/40. It’s rare – though not impossible – to find a fridge freezer with a larger freezer compartment, so if you like to meal prep or stock up on frozen goods, opt for a 50/50 split.
  • Capacity: the capacity of a fridge freezer is expressed in litres. Usefully, AO converts their fridge freezer capacity into bags of shopping, making the size easier to visualise. Assess your family’s needs before deciding on the capacity.
  • Frost-free: defrosting your fridge freezer is a laborious and messy task, so opt for a frost-free model to avoid the clean up. On a practical level, compacted ice not only takes up valuable freezer space but it also stops your freezer from working efficiently. These models tend to be more expensive upfront, but they’ll save you money on your electricity bills in the long run.
  • Food freshness: avoid food waste by choosing a model with food preservation features built in. Look for Blue Light Technology or Harvestfresh, which continues the process of photosynthesis, helping fruit and veg retain its vitamin and nutrient content, and therefore stay fresher for longer. Also look for fresh zones, designed to maintain the ideal temperature and humidity level for meat, fish and fresh produce.
  • Rapid cool and rapid freeze: these settings do exactly what the name suggests, they’re great for quickly cooling food after a shopping trip or even chilling that bottle of wine you forgot to pop in the fridge before guests arrive. Rapid cool is the more common feature of the two and some models usefully come with both.
  • Door open alarm: a simple but useful feature that lets you know if the door has been left open.
  • Reversible door: a reversible door hinge allows you to choose which side the door opens from.
  • Quiet Mark symbol: if you’ve got an open plan living space or are simply after a quiet fridge freezer, look for the Quiet Mark symbol. Simon Gosling, Quiet Mark’s CMO says, “Between 10% to 20% of the quietest best-performing products are awarded Quiet Mark certification. Each product category is re-evaluated annually to reflect new models coming on to the market,” so if you see the logo, rest assured it’s quiet.

What fridge freezer features are nice to have, but not essential?

  • Smart technology: Sophie Beckett-Smith from AO says, “Smart tech can range from WiFi connected appliances to help notify you when food is going to go off, or personalised recipes with your in-stock ingredients. At the premium end, this could also look like ‘transparent’ doors so you can easily peek in the fridge or screens”. These features will help you reduce food waste and can look great too, but they do come at a cost.
  • Water dispensers: a mainstay in American kitchens, fridge freezers with water dispensers provide cool, filtered water and most have an ice dispenser too. If you like to have filtered water and ice on tap, but can’t afford a model with a water dispenser, choose a water filter jug instead.
  • Holiday mode: this useful feature reduces power usage in the fridge while you’re away. You’ll need to empty the fridge before you leave. The freezer compartment runs as normal.

Understanding the new energy efficiency ratings

As dictated by both UK Government and the European Commission legislation, all fridge freezers sold in the UK and EU must have a label that shows their energy efficiency rating.

In March 2021, the old classification system of some large white goods from A+++ to G was replaced by the simpler A-G grading system. This new system encourages brands to make technological and sustainable improvements to reach the top spot as previously A+++ rated fridge freezers now score around the C-E mark. Usefully, if you’re familiar with the old rating system, AO shows what a fridge freezer would have scored on the old grading system as well as the new.

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What’s taken into account on the new energy efficiency logo:

  • Energy efficiency scale
  • Energy efficiency class
  • Annual energy consumption
  • Total capacity of the fridge compartment
  • Total capacity of the freezer compartment
  • Noise emissions

Best fridge freezers at a glance

  • Best integrated fridge freezer Beko Integrated 50/50 frost-free fridge freezer, £449
  • Best freestanding fridge freezer Samsung 70/30 frost-free fridge freezer, £699
  • Best eco fridge freezer LG Centum 70/30 frost-free fridge freezer, £1399
  • Best smart fridge freezer Samsung Family Hub wifi-connected American fridge freezer, £2229
  • Best budget smart fridge freezer Beko American-style fridge freezer, £757
  • Best budget fridge freezer Fridgemaster 50/50 frost-free fridge freezer, £349
  • Best American-style fridge freezer LG InstaView ThinQ WiFi Connected American fridge freezer, £2099
  • Best fridge freezer for large households Haier 454-litre American fridge freezer, £728.98
  • Best fridge freezer for medium households Hisense American fridge freezer, £749
  • Best fridge freezer for small households Hisense Integrated 50/50 frost-free fridge freezer, £419

Best quiet fridge freezers at a glance

  • Quiet Mark certified fridge freezer Liebherr Pure NoFrost fridge freezer, £979
  • Quiet Mark certified budget fridge freezer Hotpoint, £339.99

Best fridge freezers

Beko Integrated 50/50 frost-free fridge freezer

Best Integrated Fridge Freezer

Beko Integrated 5050 Frost Free Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 163L, Freezer 91L
  • Split: 50/50
  • Energy efficiency class: F
  • Frost-free
  • Reversible door

This sleek integrated model from Beko does everything you need a fridge freezer to do, and just a little bit more. And at under £500, it won’t break the bank either.

The 50/50 split offers plenty of space if you like to meal prep or freeze lots of food. The freezer is frost-free too, meaning you can use every inch of its 91 litres. In the fridge compartment, there are four racks, plus a handy salad crisper to keep fruits and veg fresher for longer. Plus, if you enjoy a nicely chilled glass of wine, there’s a bottle rack too.

This model also comes with a handy door alarm and the door is reversible, so you can get the design of your kitchen exactly right. While this fridge freezer doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of some of the high-tech models on this list, it’s a classic fridge freezer that gets all of the essentials right.

Samsung 70/30 frost-free fridge freezer

Best freestanding fridge freezer

Samsung 7030 Frost Free Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 248L, Freezer 112L
  • Split: 70/30
  • Energy efficiency class: E
  • SpaceMax technology
  • Fast freeze

Stylish and minimalist, this Samsung fridge freezer has a stainless steel body and features an LED display on the front where you can view and adjust the temperatures of both the fridge and freezer compartments.

This model comes with Samsung’s SpaceMax technology which means the fridge freezer has been designed with thinner walls, creating more room for food inside. Also included is “all round cooling” wherein the air inside the fridge compartment is constantly circulated, ensuring the temperature is even throughout. There’s no chance of icy buildups in the freezer either, as this model is frost-free.

Inside the fridge compartment are four shelves, plus a salad crisper. So, if you like to cook and eat lots of fresh produce, this is the model for you.

LG Centum 70/30 frost-free fridge freezer

Best eco fridge freezer

LG Centum 7030 Frost Free Fridge Freezer

Top features

  • Capacity: Fridge 233L, Freezer 107L
  • Split: 70/30
  • Energy efficiency class: A
  • NatureFresh technology
  • Humidity controls

Before March 2021 an A energy-efficiency rating was already an impressive thing to see, but with the new EU energy efficiency ratings it’s now a rarity not to be ignored. As well as keeping your energy bills down, this model features numerous innovations designed to keep your food fresher for longer.

LG’s NatureFresh technology does the same job as Samsung’s SpaceMax; it keeps the cool air moving around the fridge ensuring all items are cooled to an even temperature. This model also comes with a Fresh Balancer; adjust the humidity of the drawer to suit fruit or vegetables and make them last longer.

The innovative tech doesn’t finish at the door. On most fridge freezers the door is the warmest part, but Door Cooling keeps it just as cool as the rest of the fridge, so if you’re used to buying large jugs of milk too tall for the rest of the fridge, you can ensure that it won’t go off quickly in this LG model. The seals of the door also have a special antibacterial coating on them to keep food fresh and nasty smells at bay.

Whilst this eco fridge freezer is a costly upfront investment, it’s sure to save you money both on your energy bills and by reducing food waste, in the long run.

Samsung Family Hub Wifi-connected American fridge freezer

Best smart fridge freezer

Samsung Family Hub™ RS6HA8880S9

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 384L, Freezer 207L
  • Energy efficiency class: F
  • Large screen
  • Water and ice dispenser

For those into their smart home tech, this fridge freezer is about as high tech as you can get. Its generous capacity makes it ideal for large families or those who cook or entertain a lot.

The main draw of this model is the large screen on the fridge-side of the door. It’s touchscreen and not only is it a talking point, but it can also be used to display photos of loved ones, write notes and also display the weather. But we’re only scratching the surface with these features. Have the whole family connect to the SmartThings app (available on Android and iOS devices) and use it to send voice notes, play music and share recipes.

Inside the fridge are cameras so you can either check what’s inside without having to let the cool air out or, it’s best used when out shopping to see if you need any last minute essentials.

The fridge freezer also comes with a water, ice cube and crushed ice dispenser on the front.

This is indeed an expensive bit of kit, but if you love home tech and like to keep everything connected, it’s well worth the investment.

Beko American-style fridge freezer

Best budget smart fridge freezer

Beko ASD2341VB American Style Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 364L, Freezer 190L
  • Energy efficiency class: F
  • Harvestfresh technology
  • Chilled water dispenser
  • Fast freeze

If you’re a large family with lots of mouths to feed or you’re a fan of American-style fridge freezers, this Beko model is sure to suit. Both the fridge and freezer compartments are generously sized and come with lots of extra drawers and shelves for all your food.

As well as a crisper drawer, this model also comes with a HarvestFresh drawer. Three lights (red, green, blue) circulate; they’re designed to simulate the sun’s 24-hour cycle in order to preserve fruit and veg and lock in nutrients. The freezer comes with a fast freeze setting, which is great to use once you’ve finished stocking up the freezer after a big shop.

From the outside of the fridge freezer you can adjust the fridge and freezer temperatures without having to open the door, as well as myriad other settings.

This model also comes with a chilled, easy-to-fill water dispenser with a two-litre capacity making it ideal for the whole family.

Whilst it doesn’t come with the super high-tech specs of the Samsung model above, it is an intuitive fridge freezer brim-full of extras to make life easier.

Fridgemaster 50/50 frost-free fridge freezer

Best budget fridge freezer

Fridgemaster 5050 Frost Free Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 171L, Freezer 80L
  • Split: 50/50
  • Energy efficiency class: F
  • Reversible door
  • Frost free

If you’re on a budget, this fridge freezer from Fridgemaster is sure to tick all the boxes. It’s equipped with reversible doors so this model can be placed pretty much anywhere in the kitchen. It’s smart-looking and spacious inside; we like that the shelves can be adjusted to suit your needs too.

The 50/50 split offers plenty of useful freezer space for stocking up on foods, meal prep or even leftovers. The whole fridge freezer is also frost-free, so every inch of this model can be utilised.

Before the energy efficiency class changed, this model would have scored A+, meaning that this model is relatively inexpensive to run.

Whilst this Fridgemaster fridge freezer doesn’t come with the high-tech additions of the more expensive models on the list, it does come with useful additions, like Multi Airflow Cooling; this circulates air throughout the fridge compartment keeping it at an even temperature and stopping food smells transferring. This is a fuss-free fridge freezer for those not looking to break the bank.

LG InstaView ThinQ WiFi-connected American fridge freezer

Best American-style fridge freezer

LG InstaView™ ThinQ™ WiFi Connected American Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 416L, Freezer 219L
  • Energy efficiency class: E
  • UV lights in water dispenser
  • WiFi compatible
  • Super Cool function

One of the most striking features of this LG American-style fridge freezer is it’s large glass window into the fridge compartment: just knock twice to see inside. This nifty feature helps stop those energy-guzzling moments when you’re standing with the fridge door open, hoping inspiration strikes. Or peep in before you do your weekly shop to work out what you need.

If a water and ice dispenser is a big draw for you, this model includes a UV light in the four-litre dispenser to kill bacteria, giving you clean and fresh water every time.

This model is also WiFi compatible, so you can control and monitor your fridge freezer from the comfort of your sofa or even when you go away.

The InstaView comes stocked to the rafters with all of the features and innovations we love on every other fridge freezer in this list. There’s NatureFresh that ensures the inside is an even and consistent temperature, and Pure N Fresh, which is a filter that removes odours and keeps your food fresh and Super Cool, which will rapidly cool the fridge compartment after lots of food has been placed inside.

Haier 454-litre American fridge freezer

Best fridge freezer for large households

Haier 454 Litre American Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 333L, Freezer 121L
  • Energy efficiency class: E
  • MyZone drawer
  • LED lighting
  • Touchscreen display panel

This stately fridge freezer features an American-style opening at the top and chest of drawer-style drawers for the freezer portion. It boasts a large capacity as well as plenty of storage options, like a wire drinks rack and recessed storage in the doors.

A great choice for lovers of fresh fruit and veg, this model comes with a Humidity Zone that keeps the humidity in the drawer at 90%, whilst still allowing cool air to circulate. Keep food fresher for longer in the MyZone drawer. The drawer temperature can be set to -1C – +1C and is great for fruit and veg as well as meat and fish, or quickly chilling drinks.

On the front of the fridge freezer is a slim touchscreen display to control the fridge freezer from the outside.

For added ease, this model is frost-free, features LED lighting inside, and has a Super Cool function to quickly chill newly added food and drinks. This spacious fridge freezer is ideal for the whole family.

Hisense American fridge freezer

Best fridge freezer for medium households

Hisense American Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 294L, Freezer 160L
  • Energy efficiency class: F
  • Plumbed water dispenser
  • Holiday Mode
  • Bottle storage in door

This roomy fridge freezer is a great option for medium sized families. In the fridge compartment you’ll find four shelves as well as plenty of storage inside the doors, including shelves wide enough to store bottles and cartons. For your fruit and veg, there are two crisper drawers too. The freezer section is generously sized and comes with six drawers, meaning there’s plenty of space for frozen goods and leftovers.

Jet-setting families will appreciate the Holiday Mode feature. This keeps energy costs low and odours at bay when the fridge is empty while you’re away.

Given the size of the freezer, the Fast Freeze function is a welcome addition and ideal for those freezer-heavy shops.

Stay hydrated with the water dispenser on the front of the freezer, this is plumbed in so there’s no need to refill it throughout the day. Just make sure to place the fridge freezer near a water source.

Hisense Integrated 50/50 frost-free fridge freezer

Best fridge freezer for small households

Hisense Integrated 5050 Frost Free Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 148, Freezer 78
  • Split: 50/50
  • Energy efficiency class: F
  • No frost
  • Super Cool

As great looking as some of the larger models on this list are, they’re not always a practical investment. If you’ve got a small kitchen or are a couple or small family looking for a fridge freezer, this Hisense model is worth considering.

It’s a simply designed fridge freezer and all of the control settings can be found at the top once the door has been opened. From here, you can set the temperature of the fridge compartments, turn it on and off, turn off the alarm and turn on the very useful Super Cool setting. This setting can be used to quickly cool the fridge section when lots of new shopping has been loaded in.

This is a frost-free fridge freezer, so every ounce of space can be used, plus there’s no messy defrosting to do.

If you’re not looking for a showy, high-tech fridge freezer then this model is a low maintenance option that does exactly what it’s supposed to.

Best quiet fridge freezers

If you’ve got an open-plan living space or you simply don’t want a noisy fridge freezer, Quiet Mark are the first port of call to find the quietest models on the market. Although they’re not known for being loud, a noisy fridge freezer is a noticeable and annoying thing. We spoke to Richard Wilkinson, Quiet Mark’s Technical Manager, who explained their process, “Quiet Mark strives to assess all the fridge freezers currently on the market and only the quietest are eligible to become Quiet Mark certified. Rather than looking at the refrigeration market as a whole, comparing small fridges to large chest freezers or multi-door fridge freezers, we subcategorise the different types of models to ensure we are comparing the decibel levels of similar models. This way a consumer can be sure that when choosing an appliance with the Q logo, it is among the quietest of its type available”.

Liebherr Pure NoFrost fridge freezer

Quiet Mark-certified fridge freezer

Liebherr ICNf 5103 Pure NoFrost Fridge Freezer

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 183L, Freezer 70
  • Split: 70/30
  • Energy efficiency class: F
  • Door opens 90 degrees
  • Power cooling

Liebherr have gone to a lot of effort to ensure that this fridge freezer remains silent. The fans, compressors and evaporators have all been designed to make no noise at all, whilst still working efficiently. Additionally, this model comes with a NightMode that – once activated – turns off all noise, including the ice maker. If you get up in the night for a midnight snack, you’ll find the LED lighting dimmed, so you’re not shocked by a bright light.

Like many of the other models on this list, this fridge freezer comes with Super Cool and Super Frost for both the fridge and freezer compartments, these quickly cool their respective compartments – ideal for after you’ve packed away a big shop.

There are some useful settings that are well worth using if you like to entertain. Aptly named PartyMode activates the Super Cool function so drinks are chilled to perfection, it also makes extra ice cubes.

Hotpoint fridge freezer

Quiet Mark-certified budget fridge freezer

Hotpoint H1NT 811E W 1

Top features:

  • Capacity: Fridge 228L, Freezer 111L
  • Split: 60/40
  • Energy efficiency class: F
  • Anti-bacterial seals
  • Flexible shelf heights

A small budget needn’t mean you have to buy a sub-par fridge freezer. This sleek and minimalist model comes equipped with generous storage space in the fridge and three drawers in the freezer compartment.

Although this fridge freezer isn’t frost-free, it is low frost, meaning you’ll spend fewer weekends defrosting the freezer portion. In the fridge compartment, you’ll find one FreshZone drawer to keep fruits and veggies crisp. This drawer has an adjustable humidity slider to help you get the most out of your produce. The seals are anti-bacterial too.

One of the most nifty features of this model are the flexi-shelves. Make space for tall items like bottles or wine or cartons of juice by sliding the front half of the shelf underneath the back half.

How much does a fridge freezer cost to run?

The product description of a fridge freezer will usually outline the running costs of the machine. The annual running cost is displayed in kilowatt hours  and you can work out how much it’ll cost in pound sterling by using an online electricity cost calculator. Though bear in mind that as energy prices change, so will the annual running costs.

How long should a fridge freezer last?

AO’s large appliance expert, Sophie Beckett-Smith, said, “Modern fridge freezers which are correctly cleaned and looked after can expect to last seven-10 years.”

When should you replace your fridge freezer?

It may be time to replace your fridge freezer if you start seeing these tell-tale signs:

  • It’s noisier than usual
  • Your bills are rising
  • The seals are going
  • The outer body is hot
  • Food is going off quickly
  • If mould and mildew is growing inside or on the seals

Top tips for looking after your fridge freezer

  • Keep the top clear: as tempting as it is to pop your slow cooker or bag of bags on top of the fridge freezer, keep this area clear. Excess heat is released out of the top, so storing items there traps the heat in, making the motor work harder.
  • Keep it full (but not too full): a semi-full fridge freezer doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the cool air cool compared to a near-empty fridge freezer. But, by the same token, a fridge freezer full to the brim doesn’t allow for good airflow and can block the air vents. ¾ full is the sweet spot.
  • Keep it away from heat: try to avoid placing your fridge freezer near anything warm like an oven, dishwasher and even direct sunlight. External heat makes the compressor work harder than it needs to as it rushes to cool the whole fridge freezer down.
  • Clean it regularly: not only will regular cleaning keep your fridge freezer looking and smelling fresher, it’s also better for you. If the back of the fridge compartment becomes compacted with ice, this can block the drain channel, trapping debris which can start to become mouldy.
  • Keep it at the right temperature: the fridge compartment should be between 3 – 5C and the freezer -18 to -22C.

How should I organise my fridge freezer?

Believe it or not, there’s an actual method to stocking your fridge freezer. Following these steps will not only make food easier to find but it’ll also make food last longer:

Fridge

  • Top shelves: store foods that are ready to eat; left overs, packaged food, cooked meats
  • Middle shelves: dairy – milk, cheese, butter, yogurt
  • Bottom shelves: for wrapped raw meat
  • Bottom drawer: fruit, vegetables and herbs
  • Doors: water, juice, condiments

Freezer

  • Top: frozen fruit, ice cream, cooked food
  • Middle: potato products, soups
  • Bottom: meat, poultry, fish

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