Fridges review - How to find the best fridge

Looking for a new fridge? It’s big purchase, so you want to make sure you buy the right one. Luckily, our director Director Of Product Content And Testing @MattSteen has put together some tips to help you play it cool. The below information is just a summary, for the full article check out our Fridge Buying Guide.

Questions to Ask
What size fridge do you need?
This should be based on the size of your household. You’ll also want to look at reliability.

What type of fridge do you want?
Top mount, bottom mount, side-by side… we look at the pros and cons of each fridge type.

Running costs
We show you how to work out the running costs of a fridge over a year.

What else should I look for?
From ice dispensers to crispers, we go over the other componants available.

Find CHOICE fridge reviews (member content), and check out the video below for more.

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We’ve updated our fridge review for 2018 (member content). If you have any questions, please free to post them below.


When we moved into a rental property a few years back, the kitchen design was so stupid we had to purchase two short fridges to replace our normal sized fridge as there was no where to put it. The only ones we could find at the time that were the correct dimensions actually turned out to be great. The only gripe we have is that if anything comes into contact with the back wall inside any of the two fridges, it gets snap frozen, so that’s a couple of centimetres at the back of each shelf that we can’t use as we not only need to keep food and drinks off the back wall, but it also needs a little bit of leeway space in case something gets moved slightly whilst other things are removed and replaced in each of the fridges.


Want to find the best brand fridge? Check out the results of our 2018 survey (content is available to members only).


We have one of the best brand fridges and have trouble free (touch wood) 18 years and 8 months (purchased on 13 April 2000). Hopefully the fridge continues to perform like it has in the past and we have many more years of its company in the kitchen.


Time for a new fridge? Here’s a few examples of when you might want to upgrade:


Our fridge review is updated for 2019 (member content).

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Need to store a lot of food? These big fridges will suit a big family:

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Avoid buying a faulty fridge with these tips:


I’ve had a look at fridge reviews… but one thing that’s missing is assessing the thickness of the door. I’m designing a new kitchen and looking to upgrade the fridge, but I’m struggling to find info about fridge placement and space needed around the fridge; can drawers/crispers be removed when the door is open against a wall, or does it need to swing a full 180 degrees etc. I know there’s a specifications section, but it’s very general, ie. closed fridge dimensions. I think I’ll need to go and see them in person. I guess the reviews will help me narrow down the value for money question.


Welcome to the community @Chindy,

I moved your topic here because your questions are germane to finding the best fridge, not just one that fits your space and Choice would do well addressing those points in future tests. One aspect I raised a while back is that the manufacturers specifications for top, side, and back clearance from walls is also avoided, and only the physical dimensions presented - another issue. It turns out that the manufacturer specifications are as much to do with power consumption as anything since modern fridges do not always have their coils in the back, or bottom, and the less air space around the fridge the higher the power consumption. But reality seems to be if a fridge fits into the space it will probably work OK.

From window shopping fridges, for now your best source to answer your questions for the ‘finalists’ is to visit the manufacturers web site and download the ‘installation’ document - those normally show everything relevant. The owners manuals may not as they are more general. Keep the clearance measurements in perspective re what they are about.

Always the gold standard since anything on paper that looks good might for one or another reason fail to impress in one’s hand.


Thanks PhilT. You’ve pointed me toward other useful info here.


You are most welcome. I hope it gets you the necessary answers.



Retro styling and, unfortunately, retro performance. Read about the worst fridge we’ve tested:


In the News media as well


The SMEG seems to be a special product called a frefrigeratorridge according to The New Daily. I doubt it is a direct quote.


That new word may be the biggest shocker I have read this year to date.


A cooking show that my wife sometimes watches on a commercial TV station in the afternoon featured a red SMEG fridge in the kitchen near a window looking out on a Melbourne street.

Talk about all show amd no go.

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Must be a real word, Google translate can say it…

It may make it into the Oxford Dictionary of new words for 2021…since it has gone viral (well maybe only twice). Here is the other one:

When it comes to bad language. I’m sure we’ve been here previously.

SMEG the brand name is living up to it’s imagined future use as a popular vulgarism.

Whether the brand name will relate the Choice reviewed product as a ‘Smeg Up’, we’ll all need to wait at least another 100 years to find out.

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OT but what a find.

Looks like The New Daily article republished by TodayHeadline. I wonder if The New Daily got a few cents from it, or if The New Daily was the original?

Google publishing ‘other people’s news’? is the website of news aggregator and topic discovery today headline is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

‘Printing’ more than just links…