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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, 563 reviews and 7,270 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
RLAAV22K.1

Hotpoint RLAAV22K.1

A great value for money 126 liter refrigerator
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
21
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs
46
£287 / 10 Years
Overall Score
56
Average
Undercounter
126L
850mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
550mm
Jul 2015
Width
Release Date
#2
LP1671D

Beko LP1671D

A great value for money 359 liter refrigerator
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
94
Excellent
Features
49
Average Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs
27
£341 / 10 Years
Overall Score
62
Good
Free­standing
359L
1,714mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
600mm
Jul 2015
Width
Release Date
#3
HSZ1801AA

Hoover HSZ1801AA

292 liter fridge
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
32
Mediocre
Features
39
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs
10
£658 / 10 Years
Overall Score
42
Mediocre
Built-in
292L
1,771mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
540mm
Jul 2015
Width
Release Date
  • £469.00
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#4
K35222iD

Miele K35222iD

A cheap to run 252 liter refrigerator
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
15
Mediocre
Features
61
Good Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs
70
£256 / 10 Years
Overall Score
47
Mediocre
Built-in
252L
1,395mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
559mm
Jul 2015
Width
Release Date
#5
IKB 3560

Liebherr IKB 3560

A fully featured 301 liter refrigerator
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
8
Mediocre
Features
73
Good Features
Age
87
4 Months Old
Running Costs
36
£313 / 10 Years
Overall Score
50
Average
Built-in
301L
1,770mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
559mm
Mar 2017
Width
Release Date
#6
RI4121

Gorenje RI4121

A good value for money 213 liter fridge
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
84
Excellent
Features
38
Missing Some Features
Age
65
2 Years Old
Running Costs
39
£305 / 10 Years
Overall Score
57
Average
Built-in
213L
1,225mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
540mm
Sep 2015
Width
Release Date
#7
CUR50W12

Essentials CUR50W12

A great value for money 86 liter refrigerator
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
94
Excellent
Features
16
Missing Some Features
Age
32
4 Years Old
Running Costs
20
£407 / 10 Years
Overall Score
48
Mediocre
Undercounter
86L
839mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
494mm
Jul 2013
Width
Release Date
  • £109.99
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#7
SI8 1Q

Indesit SI8 1Q

Free­standing
369L
1,875mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
595mm
Jun 2017
Width
Release Date
#8
KI25RP60L

Siemens KI25RP60L

A cheap to run 258 liter fridge
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
6
Mediocre
Features
67
Good Features
Age
90
2 Months Old
Running Costs
71
£256 / 10 Years
Overall Score
50
Average
Built-in
258L
1,400mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
560mm
May 2017
Width
Release Date
#9
KIR24V60

Bosch KIR24V60

A cheap to run 221 liter fridge
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
3
Mediocre
Features
39
Missing Some Features
Age
21
5 Years Old
Running Costs
75
£244 / 10 Years
Overall Score
31
Mediocre
Built-in
221L
1,221mm
Case Design
Fridge Net Capacity
Height
541mm
Nov 2012
Width
Release Date
  • £612.30
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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 40 £190 - £998 93%
Siemens logo Siemens Fridges 27 £239 - £3,650
Smeg logo Smeg Fridges 27 £274 - £1,049
Neff logo Neff Fridges 25 £165 - £1,199
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Fridges 25 £99 - £749 76%
Miele logo Miele Fridges 24 £230 - £1,579
AEG logo AEG Fridges 22 £190 - £679
Other brands Other Fridge Brands 170 £50 - £2,191

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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