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Last updated: 14 August 2018

Our fastidious fridge testers review and compare the coolest freezer on the top, freezer on the bottom, French door and side-by-side fridges to help you find the best buy for your budget and the best fit for your family.

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In our testing labs, we give every fridge a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are safest for your food
  • are best at keeping optimum temperature
  • have the best range of temperatures
  • have a good range of shelves and compartments
  • are the most energy-efficient, and
  • have the best member-rated reliability scores.

We also give you good and bad points for each model, and the running cost of each fridge over ten years. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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The claimed dimensions for the smallest box that will fit around the fridge, including hinges, door handles and any protrusions out the back.

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The claimed dimensions for the smallest box that will fit around the fridge, including hinges, door handles and any protrusions out the back.

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The claimed dimensions for the smallest box that will fit around the fridge, including hinges, door handles and any protrusions out the back.

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Use this figure to calculate if a fridge is the right size for your household. As a rule of thumb we recommend: 250–380L for 1–2 people, 350–530L for 3–4 people, 440L + for 5 or more people.

Remember that icemakers take up around 30% of your freezer, and that gross volume includes all the nooks and crannies you can't fit food into.

If in doubt, get the bigger fridge.

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If you need to store lots of fruit and vegetables then look for more than one crisper.

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Important if you often store meat, fish and poultry (fresh or cooked), to keep it at close to zero degrees.

Dairy compartment

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Convenient for keeping butter and hard cheeses slightly soft.

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This rating tells you how well your fridge will keep your food fresh and safe to eat, based on our lab tests.

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Helps you compare energy efficiency between fridges. More stars means better efficiency.

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The amount of energy the manufacturer claims the fridge uses in one year.

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