Fridge and Freezer Buyer's Guide

Fridge and Freezer Buyer's Guide

The staple of the white goods industry, everyone needs a new fridge or freezer from time to time. Whether it’s a straight replacement or you are moving home, here is what to look out for when buying a new model. 

What to look out for when buying a fridge or freezer

The key areas to pay attention to when shopping for a new fridge or freezer are the storage capacity and the energy label rating. Since these items run 24/7, buying the most economical model could save you a lot of money in the long term, even if it costs a little more than other models upfront. The closer to A*** the more you will save over time. 

As for storage, most fridges and freezers are broadly the same dimensions to fit in typical modern kitchens, but some use cunning design to maximise the internal space, or you can look at outsize models that can dominate a kitchen or storeroom, but happily keep a massive shop fresh, helping to reduce your food bill. 

Your choice will be dominated by the space available, with the typical standard-sized fridge or freezer around 85cm high to fit among a fitted kitchen. Otherwise, the taller combo fridge or freezer, typically around 1.3meters tall, offers maximum storage.

As the cost goes up, these appliances have more features like ice makers, self-cleaning and fast-thaw settings to make them easier or more convenient. 

Product 

Features

Cost 

Bush M5085UCF Under Counter Fridge


Size H84.5, W50.1, D54.0cm

Reversible door

Low temperature chiller compartment

£159

Hotpoint SH6 1Q W Tall Fridge


Size H167.0, W59.5, D64.5cm

322 litre capacity

Reversible door with extra deep storage

Anti-bacterial protection

£319

Bush MSBSB20 American Fridge Freezer


Size H178.8, W89.5, D69.0cm

8 safety glass fridge shelves

Low-temperature chiller compartment

Anti-bacterial protection



£469

Hotpoint CS1A400FMH Chest Freezer


Size H91.6, W140.5, D69.8cm

394 litre capacity

Anti-bacterial protection

£399

Bush MUCFR55BLK Retro Under Counter Freezer


Size H83.5, W55.0, D58.3cm

72 litre capacity

3 storage compartments

£279

Hisense FIV276N4AW1 Freezer


Size H177.2, W54.0, D54.5cm

Reversible door

Frost-free operation

7 compartments

Fast freeze

LED lighting

Temperature display

High-temperature warning


£799


Whatever your needs, there are plenty of models out there from the plain budget examples to those looking for something a little stylish to fit in with a designer kitchen. 

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