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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.

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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