Fridge-freezers are a must for anyone looking to save space in their kitchen - you get both a fridge and a freezer, without the need to find room for both bulky appliances. There are a lot of different fridge-freezers on the market, so today we’ll be looking at some of the best you can buy in 2020.
Liebherr is a German-Swiss company who have a lot of expertise with fridges and the like. The CNel4213 is a prime example of what they can do - it looks small, but it’s surprisingly spacious inside, boasting 328L of space.
The design is thin and tall, which is both a blessing and a curse. The slim footprint allows it to fit into smaller kitchens more easily, but it’s extra tall - meaning lower ceilings may be a problem. However if you can fit it in, the build is solidly-designed, so it’ll stand up to the rigor of daily life with no problems. Unfortunately there are few modern extras hiding under the hood - this keeps things cool or cold, and little else.
The CNel4213 is a 50/50 split, meaning it gives equal space for the fridge and freezer. This is somewhat unusual - the other 3 fridge-freezers have a 60/40 or 70/30 split in favour of the fridge. So while it has a larger freezer space, it also has a comparatively smaller fridge. If you freeze a lot of food, then extra space will be extremely helpful, but otherwise you’ll be sacrificing helpful fridge space needlessly.
All told, it’s an excellent choice for those who want a slimline appliance with a boosted freezer for long-term storage. Though if you have a low roof, or tend to eat food fresh rather than storing it, you may want to look elsewhere.
Samsung’s catchily-named RB31FDRNDSA fridge-freezer offers a great alternative to the Liebherr. While it has a slightly smaller capacity (308L vs 328L), it’s split 70/30, so you actually gain more fridge space.
The RB31FDRNDSA has several helpful bits of tech under the hood - Samsung’s ‘Multi-Flow Cooling’ systems help keep the temperature even over the whole of the appliance, and there is a display on the front to allow you to monitor the temperature and status of both sections. Most helpful of all is the little water dispenser mounted into the door - clean, cold water whenever you want it! However it’s not capable of being plumbed into the water supply, which means you’ll have to remember to top it up.
There’s a lot to recommend about the RB31FDRNDSA - for those not interested in the larger freezer of the Liebherr CNel4213 or the stylish design of the Smeg FAB30R would do well to consider this fridge-freezer.
For those who don’t want to break the bank when redesigning your kitchen, take a look at the Beko CSG1571. At nearly ½ the price of the Samsung and Liebherr models, this will allow you to stash your shopping on a budget.
As expected, there are compromises for such a great price. The CSG1571 is somewhat smaller than other fridge-freezers - 260L split between a big fridge and a smaller freezer. However the small size also gives it a smaller footprint - great for compact kitchens. It’s also reasonably energy efficient - so better for the environment and your electricity bills.
Honestly, there isn’t too much more to say about this model. The build quality is sturdy and well-built, though the design leaves a lot to be desired - especially compared to the colourful Smeg appliances. It’s no surprise the CSG1571 is lacking extras, but the lack of an auto-defrost system is a pain - you’ll have to defrost the freezer the old-fashioned way I’m afraid.
In the end, the Beko CSG1571 is as straightforward as they come: a budget price for a medium-capacity, well-built fridge-freezer. It could stand to have a few more features, but for this price it’s a great choice.
Finally, let’s look at something a bit more stylish - Smeg have a wide range of fashionable and colourful appliances, and the 1950’s-inspired FAB30 is no exception. While the majority of fridges and freezers are either white, black or silver, the Smeg appliances come in a wide range of colours. Red, green, pink, blue - even multicolored or designed like the Union Jack!
It’s not just the colour that pops - the design is all curves, rather than the stark angular design of other fridge-freezers. It makes for an appliance that’s easy on the eyes… if not the wallet. The largest problem with the FAB30 is that it’s expensive - nearly double the cost of the Liebherr & Samsung models, and 7 times the cost of the Beko! That’s a lot to ask for a pink fridge-freezer!
Luckily the FAB30 has a good capacity as well, with a 70/30 split leaving you with a very large fridge, though a small freezer section. It’s also lacking any modern tech under the hood - for that price we would have hoped for a water/ice dispenser.
The Smeg FAB30 has a very clear market in mind - those who want a fridge-freezer to look great in their kitchen. You’ll get a nice big capacity along with it, but the hefty price-tag will have many people tapping out. Still, what price can you put on having a Union Jack in your kitchen?