Fridge freezers on test – popular appliances ranked

Price, quality and practicality are all essential when buying a fridge freezer. We review appliances from brands such as Smeg, Hotpoint, Samsung, Bosch and more. 

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Buying a fridge freezer requires thorough research. It's one of the largest and most expensive purchases you'll make for your kitchen, and there's a dizzying number of options available.

A standalone model is one that simply requires plugging in, so there's no need to pay for someone to fit it as you would an integrated appliance. A combination fridge freezer is ideal for those pushed for space, as the simple stacking design maximises square footage. 

When buying a fridge freezer, start with the dimensions. Carefully measure the space where the applicance will stand. Set a reasonable budget and start to think about what you want from a fridge freezer.

Fridge versus freezer space is one factor to take into account. Shelving options, visibility, temperature control, capacity, ease of cleaning and overall durability are all criteria upon which we tested popular entry-level appliances. 

As technology advances, so does fridge functionality. If you like gadgets and 'smart' home appliances, consider opting for a fridge freezer with cameras and companion apps for your phone. 

We tested freestanding fridge freezers with uniform dimensions using common household ingredients that are notoriously tricky to store in fridges (tall wine bottles, large containers of milk) plus ingredients that are most likely to perish quickly, such as lettuce and grapes. 

Read on to see how we ranked appliances from leading brands including Hotpoint, Bosch, Samsung and Miele. 

For more unbiased expert buyer's guides, visit our reviews section to find 200+ round-ups of everything from slow cookers to food processors.

Fridge freezers on test

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1. Liebherr CNel4213 NoFrost fridge freezer – best value fridge freezer 

Overall score: 4.7/5

Read our full Liebherr fridge freezer review

We were impressed both by the quality and practicality of this product, especially considering the lower-than-average price tag. The ratio of fridge to freezer space will be key when comparing this with other brands. You'll get more freezer and less fridge, so it's worth thinking about your current usage before buying.

 

 

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2. Miele KFN 28132 ws fridge freezer – best high-end fridge freezer

Overall score: 4.7/5

Read our full Miele fridge freezer review

This is a smart and functional fridge freezer that maximises space for its size. You pay a little more, but we think this is reflected in the quality and practicality of the appliance. 

Buy from Miele (£899)

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3. Bosch Serie 6 KGN36HI32 fridge freezer – best smart fridge freezer

Overall score: 4.4/5

Read our full Bosch fridge freezer review

This fridge freezer is ideal for tech-lovers with deep pockets. Being able to control the temperature and check the fridge's contents from your mobile is fun and useful but certainly not essential. The appliance does do the essentials well too – it's practical and well made, but the price tag is hefty.

 

 

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4. Smeg FC182PXNUK fridge freezer – best fridge freezer for simple aesthetic

Overall score: 4.3/5

Read our full Smeg fridge freezer review

For smartness and simplicity both in appearance and functionality, this fridge freezer gets full marks. It could offer more control over temperature, but if you tend to leave your appliances to get on with the job, this isn't a problem.

 

 

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5. Hotpoint Day 1 XUL8 T2Z XOV.1 fridge freezer – best fridge freezer for solid functionality

Overall score: 4.2/5

Read our full Hotpoint fridge freezer review

This appliance has a smart appearance, is easy to control and offers a variety of useful settings, all at a reasonable price. The big minus point for us was the difficulty we had in keeping the handle free of fingerprints.


Buy now from Very (£599.99)

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6. Hoover HMNB 6182 X5K fridge freezer – a basic fridge freezer with competitive pricing 

Overall score: 4.2/5

Read our full Hoover fridge freezer review

This fridge freezer is a steal compared to many we tried, holding up well in comparison with other similar products, but beating most substantially on price. The temperature control offers less flexibility, but if you're happy to let your fridge freezer do its thing, then this is a great buy.

 

 

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7. AEG RCB53324VX fridge freezer – best fridge freezer for people who want lots of storage options

Overall score: 4/5

Read our full AEG fridge freezer review

This brand ticked the quality box, but we felt it was a little too innovative with layout. Some might enjoy the various storage options in the fridge door, but we found it somewhat prescriptive. And, as a Test Kitchen that really puts fridges through their paces, we can spot a model that might start to build up food debris. But if you love keeping things organised at all times, this could be the model for you.


Buy from AO.com (£556)

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8. Swan Retro SR11020BN fridge freezer – an affordable fridge freezer for retro design lovers

Overall score: 4/5

Read our full Swan Retro fridge freezer review

If appearance is what matters most to you, we'd recommend the Swan Retro fridge freezer. Our main concern is the lack of auto-defrost, which nowadays is fairly standard for an appliance like this. We'd have liked better temperature control, too. Other than that, this fridge freezer provides a practical layout and offers the quality we'd expect for the price.

 

 

Indesit fridge freezer review

9. Indesit LD85 F1 S fridge freezer – a fridge freezer ideal for couples and small households

Overall score: 3.5/5

Read our full Indesit fridge freezer review

This fridge freezer, along with the Hoover HMNB 6182 X5K, were the cheapest we tested. Drawers have been given priority in the fridge, which we feel is quite limiting, but if this is your preference, the flexi-box does offer versatility. It's suitable for singles and couples, but not for a big household.

 

 

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