Sick of bending down every time you grab the milk? A bottom mount fridge bends the rules of traditional fridge design and turns the 'freezer on top, fridge on the bottom' form factor on its head, quite literally, elevating commonly-reached-for coldstuffs to more convenient heights.
If you're still not sold on flipping the script fridge-wise, our resident refrigeration expert talks top features of bottom mounts, and more importantly, which ones to avoid.
Plus, for CHOICE members only, we'll reveal the three top-scoring bottom-mount fridges from our rigorous lab testing. If you want to find out which bottom-mount fridge comes out on top, join CHOICE to get instant access to all of our expert, independent reviews.
Why buy a bottom-mount fridge?
If you grew up with the old-fashioned freezer-on-top fridges, you might be wondering what the point is of a fridge with a freezer on the bottom. We asked CHOICE fridge expert Ashley Iredale.
"Why would you want a bottom-mount fridge? It's all about convenience – a bottom-mount fridge means you don't need to bend down to get the milk, or any fresh food for that matter, and I can guarantee you do that far more often than diving into your freezer," he says.
In a bottom-mount fridge, the things you're likely to be reaching for most are much closer to eye level, making it easier to find what you're looking for.
"Purchase price and running costs tend to be slightly higher for bottom-mount fridges than their top-mount counterparts, but it's a small price to pay for the improved utility and convenience," says Ashley.
The freezer capacity tends to be around the same in top-mount and bottom-mount freezers, but bottom-mounts are generally built with sliding drawers, whereas top-mounts generally have shelves, which can make it harder to access frozen goods buried deep at the back of the freezer. Ultimately, which one is best comes down to personal preference.
The worst bottom-mount fridge
- CHOICE Expert Rating: 22%
- Keeping food fresh longer: 26%
- Total volume: 407L
- RRP: $999
Don't be fooled by the cult brand and glitzy marketing: this Smeg shocker received much worse than just a frosty reception when it was reviewed by our expert fridge fanatics. They were so appalled at this appliance's poor performance, they gave it the lowest score they have ever given a fridge in CHOICE's long history. Ever.
Why is it so bad? As well as using a ton of energy and being expensive to run, our testers uncovered wild fluctuations in the temperature of the appliance, which means your food is likely to go off far more quickly than it should. Add to that an eye-watering price tag, and this is definitely one to avoid. Find out more about the worst fridge we ever tested.
What are the best bottom-mount fridges?
We recommend fridges with an overall score of 75% and at least 60% for all aspects of temperature performance.
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