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The 10 Best Fridges - July 2017

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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every fridge on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 2,270 fridges, 621 reviews and 7,450 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
R6192

Gorenje R6192

A huge Freestanding 368L refrigerator with very affordable price and brilliant features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
93
Fully-Featured
Age
94
3 Months Old
Running Costs
83
£268 / 10 Years
Overall Score
90
Excellent
Free­standing
368L
1,850mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
600mm
May 2017
Width
Release Date
#2
SW8 AM2C XR

Whirlpool SW8 AM2C XR

A low cost Freestanding 363L fridge with very low running costs and one of the biggest fridge net capacities around
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
91
Fully-Featured
Age
88
1 Year Old
Running Costs
82
£268 / 10 Years
Overall Score
88
Excellent
Free­standing
363L
1,875mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
595mm
Jun 2016
Width
Release Date
#3
iQ100

Siemens iQ100

A top-value Built-in 181L fridge with not bad features and very low running costs
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
76
Good Features
Age
85
1 Year Old
Running Costs
87
£233 / 10 Years
Overall Score
83
Excellent
Built-in
181L
1,021mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
541mm
Jun 2016
Width
Release Date
#4
SW8 1Q

Whirlpool SW8 1Q

A top-value Freestanding 1,875mm refrigerator with very good features and a huge 369L fridge net capacity
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
88
Fully-Featured
Age
82
1 Year Old
Running Costs
55
£343 / 10 Years
Overall Score
83
Excellent
Free­standing
369L
1,875mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
595mm
Feb 2016
Width
Release Date
#5
S74010KDXF

AEG S74010KDXF

A gigantic Freestanding 395L refrigerator with low running costs and very good features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
89
Excellent
Features
86
Fully-Featured
Age
83
1 Year Old
Running Costs
73
£275 / 10 Years
Overall Score
82
Excellent
Free­standing
395L
1,850mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
595mm
Apr 2016
Width
Release Date
#6
S7212LS2P

Smeg S7212LS2P

A top-value Built-in 208L refrigerator with very good features and very low running costs
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
90
Excellent
Features
81
Fully-Featured
Age
81
1 Year Old
Running Costs
85
£242 / 10 Years
Overall Score
82
Excellent
Built-in
208L
1,225mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
540mm
Feb 2016
Width
Release Date
#7
RTB81521

AEG RTB81521

A newly released Freestanding 150L refrigerator with not bad features and very low price
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
66
Good Features
Age
94
3 Weeks Old
Running Costs
91
£221 / 10 Years
Overall Score
81
Excellent
Free­standing
150L
850mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
595mm
Jul 2017
Width
Release Date
#8
KI1413F30G

Neff KI1413F30G

An affordable Built-in 211L refrigerator with very low running costs and very good features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
92
Excellent
Features
82
Fully-Featured
Age
72
2 Years Old
Running Costs
84
£247 / 10 Years
Overall Score
81
Excellent
Built-in
211L
1,221mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
558mm
Mar 2015
Width
Release Date
#9
KIR31VS30G

Bosch KIR31VS30G

A low cost Built-in 172L refrigerator with not bad features and very low running costs
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
91
Excellent
Features
74
Good Features
Age
80
1 Year Old
Running Costs
86
£235 / 10 Years
Overall Score
80
Excellent
Built-in
172L
1,021mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
541mm
Jan 2016
Width
Release Date
#10
TL 577AP

Beko TL 577AP

A very cheap Freestanding 310L refrigerator with very good features
Reviews
0
1 Review
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
85
Fully-Featured
Age
71
2 Years Old
Running Costs
56
£327 / 10 Years
Overall Score
79
Very Good
Free­standing
310L
1,770mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
545mm
Mar 2015
Width
Release Date

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Fridge Brands

Find out how fridge brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their fridges. Click on a link to compare all fridges made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Fridges Price Range Average Rating
Liebherr logo Liebherr Fridges 54 £165 - £1,499
Bosch logo Bosch Fridges 37 £190 - £998 93%
Siemens logo Siemens Fridges 28 £239 - £3,950
Smeg logo Smeg Fridges 27 £245 - £1,049
Neff logo Neff Fridges 23 £165 - £1,199
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Fridges 23 £139 - £749 76%
AEG logo AEG Fridges 20 £199 - £679
Miele logo Miele Fridges 20 £230 - £1,550
Other brands Other Fridge Brands 164 £50 - £2,223

Fridge Buying Guide

Capacity

A dedicated refrigerator without freezer can often give you larger fridge storage capacity than even a substantial American style fridge freezer. The largest stand alone fridges have up to 400 litres of internal storage capacity. That's enough to store two supermarket trolleys full of food.

Another great advantage of a dedicated fridge is that they often have matching dedicated freezers. Placing the two side by side can create a combined fridge and freezer capacity big enough for even very large families. Just look out for fridges that have reversible doors which will let you create a fridge freezer combination with both doors opening our from the middle.

Moisture Control

Different types of food are best stored at different levels of humidity. Meat and fish are best stored in dry conditions, preserving the natural juices in the meat. Fruit and vegetables are better preserved in more humid conditions, with fruit best stored in semi humid conditions and vegetables best stored in fairly humid conditions.

Many fridges have moisture control compartments which allow you to vary the compartment's humidity level to suit the type of food that is stored inside. This will keep your food tasting fresher for longer.

Shelves

Budget and small refrigerators sometimes come with wire shelves. Whilst these are economical and can be useful for storing bottles and cans, they provide no drip protection if food from one shelf leaks and drips on to the shelf below. Premium fridges come with glass shelves which stop drips and are easy to clean.

Some fridges have folding shelves which fold away to allow you to store tall items like bottles. Others have pull out shelves which slide partially out of the fridge to make it easier to reach items at the back.

Water Dispensers

Some fridges come with built in filtered water dispensers. Unlike American style fridge freezers, often fridge only water dispensers are simple in door reservoirs that you fill manually. This completely avoids the needs for a plumbed water connection.

The water reservoir normally contains a water filter which gives you access to cool filtered water without needing to open the fridge door. Look for models with a child lock on the water dispenser to prevent small hands playing and making a mess.

LED Lighting

Bright LED interior lights make it easy to see everything in your fridge. LED lights are also use very little energy and create very little heat, making them ideal for maintaining a constant temperature inside the fridge.

Great Design

Why not make your fridge the centerpiece of your kitchen with an icon fridge design? The fridge doesn't have to be the boring box in the corner and there are a number of unique fridge designs available, especially from Smeg.

Multi Airflow System

Some premium fridges use a multi airflow system to ensure an even distribution cold air around all parts of the fridge. These systems work by circulating air which often passes through an air filtration system before being recirculated. The air filter removes unwanted odours to prevent odour contamination of other foods in fridge.

Rapid Cooling

Rapid cooling is a feature that allows you to temporarily increase the cooling rate of the fridge so that it cools new items more quickly. This is ideal for those times when you bring home a big shop from the supermarket.

Fridge Retailers, Prices and Features

Refrigerator Prices

Refrigerators range in price from £26 to £1,895 and in total we found prices for 433 refrigerators. A new fridge costs on average £470 and 80% of fridges are priced between £139 and £900. The most expensive fridge that we found is the Siemens KI42FP60GB at £1,895, and the cheapest is the Gorenje RIU6154W at only £27.

Refrigerator Brands - Price Range

Bartscher refrigerators range in price from £875 to £875, and the average price of Bartscher refrigerators is £875 which is the highest average price of all refrigerator brands.

The average price of Miele fridges is £839 which is the second highest average price of all refrigerator brands. Miele fridges start at £259 and the most expensive Miele refrigerator costs £1,499.

Liebherr refrigerators start at £130 and the most expensive Liebherr refrigerator costs £1,599. The average price of Liebherr refrigerators is £754 which is the third highest average price of all refrigerator brands.

Fridge Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1 expert reviews and 428 user reviews for fridges written online and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of refrigerator. The top three fridge brands are CDA, Bosch and Zanussi. CDA has an average rating of 95%, Bosch has an average rating of 93% and Zanussi has an average rating of 93%.

Biggest Refrigerator Retailers

The biggest refrigerator retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 234 current refrigerator offers from eBay. The second biggest refrigerator retailer is Currys with 196 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Currys when it comes to fridges. Buywise is the third biggest retailer with 133 current offers.

When Are Most New Refrigerators Released?

We looked at the release dates for new fridges over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any evident pattern. The biggest month in 2016 for new refrigerator releases was December, with 40 new refrigerators released that month. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new fridges, with 77 new fridges released that month. 104 new refrigerators were released in February 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new refrigerator releases.

How Fast Do Fridge Prices Drop After Release?

New refrigerators drop in price by an average of 4% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £17 on a typical £470 new fridge by waiting 6 months before buying.

Fridge Net Capacities

The fridge net capacities of fridges range from 5L to 556L. The fridge net capacities of the majority of refrigerators range from 130L to 180L. The refrigerator with the biggest fridge net capacity is the Electrolux730190, which is a 400L net capacity refrigerator and sells for £1,067.52. The Electrolux730190 has the smallest fridge net capacity. This fridge is a 5L net capacity refrigerator and is priced at £189.00.

Energy Efficiency of Fridges

A++ is the most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new refrigerators. We found 321 refrigerators that have an energy efficiency rating of A++. The second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new fridges is A+. We found 320 fridges that have an energy efficiency rating of A+.

Biggest Fridge Retailers

We found 234 current offers for refrigerators from eBay making it the biggest fridge retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Currys for whom we found 196 current offers for refrigerators. The third biggest retailer is Buywise with 133 current fridge offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Refrigerators?

The cheapest retailer by number of fridge for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 182 fridges.

Proportion of Refrigerators for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of refrigerator for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 77.8% of its refrigerators.

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