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Last updated: 16 April 2019

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 right buy for your budget and the right 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 effective at keeping optimum temperature
  • have the optimum range of temperatures
  • have a good range of shelves and compartments
  • are the most energy-efficient, and
  • have the highest 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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Brand

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Recommended retail price as at February 2019 – but shop around for the best deal.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 429 and 5499

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    Type

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    How the fridge is configured – is the freezer on the top or the bottom? Is it a side-by-side model or a French door? Or does it have a single door?

      Height (cm)

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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.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 139 and 186

      Width (cm)

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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.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 52 and 100

      Depth (cm)

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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.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 56 and 97

      Total volume (L)

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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.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 203 and 886

      10-year running cost

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      This gives you a good idea of the effect your fridge will have on your energy bill over its lifetime. Calculated using an electricity price of 30c per kWh.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 570 and 2541

      Colour / Finish

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      Almost all fridges are available in at least a stainless steel or (less expensive) white finish. Colour variations usually have the same model number with one character difference to denote the colour (e.g. W for white, X or S for stainless steel).

        Included in this review

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        • Recommended
        • CHOICE expert rating
        • Keeping food fresh longer
        • Temperature stability
        • Temperature evenness
        • Coldest and warmest sections of fridge
        • Temperature range
        • Response to outside temperature
        • Default setting
        • Noise level
        • Brand reliability (%)
        • Brand satisfaction (%)
        • Customer service (%)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Price
        • 10-yr running cost
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Type
        • Fridge size
        • Total volume (L)
        • Fridge volume - claimed (L)
        • Freezer volume - claimed (L)
        • Height (cm)
        • Width (cm)
        • Depth (cm)
        • Colour Finish
        • Status
        • Energy consumption - claimed (kWh/yr)
        • Star rating - claimed
        • Number of crispers
        • Origin
        • Water dispenser
        • Ice dispenser
        • Needs plumbing for ice/water dispenser
        • Chiller
        • Dairy compartment
        • Self closing doors
        • Door alarm
        • Door hinge position
        • Rollers

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