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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail price as at February 2019 – but shop around for the best deal.
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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?
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Total volume (L)
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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10-year running cost
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.
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Colour / Finish
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).
Number of crispers
If you need to store lots of fruit and vegetables then look for more than one crisper.
Important if you often store meat, fish and poultry (fresh or cooked), to keep it at close to zero degrees.
Convenient for keeping butter and hard cheeses slightly soft.
Keeping food fresh longer
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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Energy consumption - claimed (kWh/yr)
The amount of energy the manufacturer claims the fridge uses in one year.
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Star rating - claimed
Helps you compare energy efficiency between fridges. More stars means better efficiency.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- 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
- 10-yr running cost
- Fridge size
- Total volume (L)
- Fridge volume - claimed (L)
- Freezer volume - claimed (L)
- Height (cm)
- Width (cm)
- Depth (cm)
- Colour Finish
- Energy consumption - claimed (kWh/yr)
- Star rating - claimed
- Number of crispers
- Water dispenser
- Ice dispenser
- Needs plumbing for ice/water dispenser
- Dairy compartment
- Self closing doors
- Door alarm
- Door hinge position