The 10 Best Fridge Freezers - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every fridge freezer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 10,000 fridge freezers, 1,750 reviews and 53 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.
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Fridge-freezer Buying Guide
Innovations in insulation technology have allowed manufacturers to use thinner walls and doors in their , giving them much bigger internal capacity. The biggest have a total internal capacity of over 600 litres. That's enough to fit three supermarket trolleys full of food! Typical have around 200 to 300 litres of internal storage.
Many have compartments with humidity control. These work by letting you adjust the humidity of the compartment to keep the food inside in the best possible condition. This means creating dry conditions for meat and fish and humid conditions for fruit and vegetables.
Some of the large American style have a third compartment, separate to the fridge and the freezer, which can be set to a 'chill' mode of -1°C. This temperature is perfect for preserving the natural moisture in fresh fish and meat.
The latest Hotpoint come with Active Oxygen technology. This unique system releases oxygen molecules into the fridge which purifies the air circulating inside and inhibits bacterial growth by up to 90%. The system can preserve the first day freshness of your food for up to 9 days without affecting the smell, taste or colour of your food.
Ice Makers and Water Dispensers
Many of the premium come with built in ice makers and chilled water dispensers. These are great for quick cold drinks and some of the latest models include ice crushers which are great for making cocktails. Some models also include sparkling water on tap, with a built in Sodastream machine.
Look out for models with built in water filters, which gives you cleaner tasting water and clearer ice. If the doesn't have a water filter you can always add a water filter to the water pipe which supplies the appliance. Also look for tall ice dispenser openings in the door which makes it easier to fill large glasses.
Often the ice make is located inside one of the freezer compartments. This allows a large amount of ice to be stored, however it reduces the available freezer space for food. Some models contain the entire ice maker within the door which leaves greater room for food in the freezer.
Most models can be connected directly to the water supply, although normally you need a water outlet within 1.5m of the appliance (always make sure you use a connection hose designed for drinking water). Some have a water tank that you fill manually which supplies the ice maker.
Many modern are frost free which means that they do not require defrosting. They achieve this by controlling the moisture content of the air in the freezer. This has the added benefit of reducing freezer burn to food that is stored in the freezer.
LED internal lighting creates a bright, well lit interior making it easier to find your food as well as saving energy.
Multi Function Compartments
Some of the top end have a third compartment which can be set to either be a fridge or a freezer at the push of a button. They can also be set to an intermediate 'Chill' mode, which maintains a temperature of -1°C, ideal for keeping fresh meat and fish in great condition.
Cheaper come with wire shelves. Glass shelves found on mid range models upwards have the advantage of catching spills so that they do not drop onto food below. Some shelves fold away to allow storage of tall items and other types slide forwards to make it easy to access items at the back. Look for models with metal shelf brackets for durability.
with Rapid Cooling can quickly chill or freeze your food, which is ideal when you bring home a large quantity of new food.
Fridge Freezer Retailers, Prices and Features
Fridge Freezer Prices
We currently list 11 fridges ranging from $189 to $2,195. A new fridge costs on average $1,062 and 80% of fridge freezers are priced between $645 and $2,099. The cheapest fridge that we found is the Curtis FR832 at only $189, and the most expensive is the Samsung RF23HTEDBSR at $2,195.
Fridge Brands - Price Range
The %8highest average fridge freezer price out of all brands is Samsung fridge freezers with an average price of $1,622. Samsung fridge freezers start at $645 and the most expensive Samsung fridge freezer costs $2,195.
The second highest average fridge freezer price out of all brands is LG fridges with an average price of $895. LG fridges range in price from $895 to $895.
The %8highest average fridge freezer price out of all brands is Whirlpool fridges with an average price of $894. Whirlpool fridges start at $894 and the most expensive Whirlpool fridge freezer costs $894.
Fridge Brands - Average Ratings
We have analysed 18 expert reviews and 892 user reviews for fridges written online and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of fridge. The top rated fridge freezer brand is LG with an average rating of 91%. The second best brand is Hisense with 89% and the third best brand is Britannia with 89%.
Biggest Fridge Retailers
The biggest fridge freezer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Appliances Connection. We found 7 current fridge freezer offers from Appliances Connection. The second biggest fridge freezer retailer is eBay with 4 offers. That means Appliances Connection is much bigger than eBay when it comes to fridges. Best Buy is the third biggest retailer with 3 current offers.
When Are Most New Fridges Released?
Most new fridge freezers tend to be released between September and November. If you want the latest fridge freezer features you may want to think about waiting until September 2017. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current fridge freezers cheaper in September once the latest models have been released. November was the biggest month in 2016 for new fridges, with 160 new fridges released that month. In April 2015 172 new fridges were released making it the biggest month that year for new fridge releases. 434 new fridge freezers were released in September 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new fridge releases.
How Fast Do Fridge Freezer Prices Drop After Release?
On average, in the first 6 months after release, fridges drop in price by 3%. That means a saving of $33 on a typical $1,062 new fridge freezer if you wait 6 months before buying.
Fridge Net Capacities
The fridge net capacities of fridges range from 16L to 2,225L. The fridge net capacities of the majority of fridge freezers range from 220L to 260L. The fridge freezer with the largest fridge net capacity is the FrigidaireFFTR2131QS, which is a 436L net fridge capacity fridge freezer and is priced at $879.99. The FrigidaireFFTR2131QS has the smallest fridge net capacity. This fridge freezer is a 90L net fridge capacity fridge freezer and currently retails for $189.21.
Freezer Net Capacitioes
Comparing all fridge freezers, the freezer net capacitioes range from 11L to 520L. The freezer net capacitioes of most fridge freezers range from 83L to 97L. The WhirlpoolWRT511SZDM has the largest freezer net capacity. This fridge freezer is a 173L net freezer capacity fridge freezer and can be purchased for $894.10. The fridge with the smallest freezer net capacity is the WhirlpoolWRT511SZDM, which is an 11L net freezer capacity fridge and is available at $189.21.
Energy Efficiency of Fridge Freezers
We found 2,476 fridge freezers that have an energy efficiency rating of , which makes this the most frequently found energy efficiency rating amongst new fridge freezers. We found 1,352 fridges that have an energy efficiency rating of a++, making this the second most common energy efficiency rating amongst new fridges.
Biggest Fridge Retailers
We found 7 current offers for fridges from Appliances Connection making it the biggest fridge freezer retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 4 current offers for fridges. The third biggest retailer is Best Buy with 3 current fridge freezer offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Fridge Freezers?
The cheapest retailer by number of fridge for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 7 fridge freezers.
Proportion of Fridges for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
With the cheapest price on 100% of its fridge freezers, Appliances Connection is most frequently the cheapest fridge store.