In the last few years there’s been an explosion of stylish and functional budget fridge freezers coming onto the market, each vying with each other to catch your eye and grab itself a place in your kitchen.
The range of fridge freezers offered today is attractive and efficient, with a variety of useful features that make them incomparable with the average fridge freezer of yesteryear. Such things as ice cold drinks on tap, fast freezing and energy saving modes make all the difference.
With such a huge choice of over 700 fridge freezer models and over 1200 refrigerators available today, we’ve whittled down the list for budget shoppers to just 10 high performance fridge freezers that offer exceptional value.
1. Beko TDA531W Fridge Freezer
Combining the very latest refridgeration technology and innovation with a contemporary yet stylish design, the Beko TDA531W fridge freezer can fulfill the needs of any kitchen.
The Beko TDA531W is tall and roomy (H 137.5cm, W 45.5cm), with over 200 litres of storage space, yet can fit snugly into any room. Features of the Beko TDA531W fridge include two adjustable wire shelves, a bottle rack, egg rack, a salad compartment and reversible doors that can be fixed on hinges either side of the fridge freezer.
Meanwhile the freezer also comes with two adjustable shelves, meaning the Beko TDA531W has a 4 star freeze rating, as well as an ice cube tray, all for just £196.00.
2. Indesit INC325AI Fridge Freezer
The Indesit INC325AI fridge freezer is an upright model (standing 177cm tall, 54cm wide, 55cm depth) that comes with a mammoth 155 litre fridge section and 105 litre freezer section, offering a total storage space of 260 litres, more than adequate for the needs of a modern family.
Costing £244 the Indesit INC325AI fridge section comes divided into 4 neat and tidy spaces, separated by 3 fully adjustable shelves made from tough safety glass. As well, there is an egg rack and a commodity rack as well as 2 very spacious salad crisping compartments inside the door, leaving the inside space free for you to store a whole range of foods with ease.
The generous 105 litre freezer space is frost free, so it prevents any ice building up, meaning those messy days of defrosting the old freezer are done forever!
3. Hotpoint RFA52P Fridge Freezer
The popular Hotpoint RFA52P is a high performance fridge freezer that represents great value for money. Offering a total storage capacity of 260 litres and 2 wipe clean glass shelves on which to place your goods, you’ll be able to squeeze in enough food to feed a family of 4 for weeks at a time.
Also, because it measures just 174cm x 54cm x 58 cm, it will hardly take up any room at all in your kitchen.
With its A-energy rating the RFA52P also comes with the added benefit of low power consumption, making it cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Meanwhile, the 3 clear plastic fronted drawers in the freezer compartment means that when you open the freezer door you’ll be able to identify what you’re looking for instantly, saving you time and effort searching through it.
One last feature is the fast-freezing compartment at the top of the freezer, great for making ice in a hurry or keeping food previously cooked fresh.
The Hotpoint RFA52P is available at a relatively affordable £222.
4. Indesit BAAN10 Fridge Freezer
Indesit’s white BAAN10 Fridge Freezer is a top heavy model providing a healthy 255 litre storage capacity, giving you ample room to store a variety of frozen or fresh produce. It can fit snugly into a 60cm wide space, while it reaches 150cm in height.
The much larger fridge section houses a pair of adjustable safety glass shelves, with twin salad crisper draws at the bottom that also function as a third shelf. There is also a shelf in the door, along with an egg tray and a consumables tray, allowing to organise your fresh food so it’s easily accessible.
The smaller freezer section offers 68 litres of storage space, split between 2 large, clear fronted plastic draws which come with integrated ice cube trays.
The Indesit BAAN10 boasts an energy efficiency rating of A+, thanks to its efficient compressor and well designed insulation. In the event of power cuts, your food can remain cold for 19 hours so long as you keep it closed.
This popular, striking looking fridge freezer is wonderful value for money at just £238.
5. Hotpoint RFA52S Fridge Freezer
Tall, slim and sturdy, the Hotpoint RFA52S Fridge Freezer is a clever balance of sleek aesthetic looks and solid performance.
With a total net capacity of 255 litres, including 105 litres in the fridge, there is lots of space for you to store all of your necessary foodstuffs, so you’ll never have an excuse to go hungry again!
The RFA52S comes with an A level energy efficiency rating, as well as a 4 star freezer rating, so you are getting maximum performance with minimal energy use.
Inside the fridge there is ample room to pack your produce carefully, with 3 safety glass shelves enabling you to maximize the space available. It also contains a salad compartment, dairy compartment and the obligatory egg tray in the door.
There are 4 clear front plastic draws in the freezer, and while they may look small this is deceptive for the 56cm depth means there is lots of space for your frozen foods. The freezer also comes with a fast freeze facility, making Hotpoint RFA52S a good value buy at £234.
6. Beko CDA540W Fridge Freezer
Another top budget model in the well polished Beko range, the CDA540W Fridge Freezer is just perfect for smaller households. Standing upright, it has a total capacity of 196 litres, yet it’s designed to maximize available space, meaning there is plenty of room for storage.
The fridge space is 132 litres and comes with a pair of wire shelves and an additionally plastic shelf above the salad compartment, and there is even room for an auto-defrost section.
Meanwhile there are 64 litres of freezer space below, meaning there is enough room to always have a selection of frozen meats and vegetables to hand.
With its reversible door hinges and flat back design, the Beko CDA540W can slot into your kitchen design with a minimum of fuss. Additionaly, it has an A rating for energy efficiency, matching its low purchase price of £228 with an equally low running cost.
7. Zanussi ZRT623W Fridge Freezer
One of the best value fridge freezers on the market right now is the Zanussi ZRT623W, featuring an ample 234 litre storage capacity, an A rating for energy efficiency and automatic defrost in the fridge compartment, a bargain at just £243.
The ZRT623W also features a modern, stylish looking design worthy of any kitchen.
The upper freezer compartment is separated by a wire shelf and with careful organization is able to store up to 44 litres of frozen foods, while the large fridge section offers a spacious 190 litres and an array of features, including 3 adjustable shelves, a large salad compartment, dairy compartment, egg tray in the door and even a bottle rack.
The Zanussi ZRT623W offers high performance and maximum space for the best possible price, great value for smaller households.
8. Whirlpool ARC2000 Fridge Freezer
A great choice for mid-sized households, Whirlpool’s ARC2000 Fridge Freezer comes with an A-rating for energy efficiency, a plush white exterior and a generous 218 litre capacity, practically a steal at just £189
The compact freezer, with its 41 litre capacity is fine for storing a selection of meats and vegetables and there is even room left over to squeeze in an ice cube tray.
Meanwhile the 177 litre capacity fridge offers plenty of accommodation for all of your produce and dairy products, and this generous amount of space can be further maximized with careful organisation and its 4 adjustable glass shelves. The fridge also contains a decent sized salad crisper at the bottom, and door storage space for eggs, bottles and cans.
9. Indesit RA24 Fridge Freezer
Despite its deceptively small-looking size, standing at just 139cm tall, the Indesit RA24 Fridge Freezer offers a surprising 230 litres of capacity, thanks to its 60 cm depth, slighty deeper than most other models.
The fridge uses up most of this space, taking 184 litres which is more than enough for most people to store all their necessities. The fridge can be organized to your liking as it comes with 4 glass shelves and a salad drawer, while the compact freezer is large enough to store a small selection of meats and vegetables.
Highlights of the Indesit RA24 include its reversible doors, making it a good fit for almost any kitchen, while it also has an A rated energy efficiency rating. At just £213 it’s also reasonable priced.
10. Whirlpool ARC2343 Fridge Freezer
An A rated, high performance fridge freezer, the ARC2343 has a plentiful 218 litres of capacity, and with its classic white colour and modern design is an enviable asset for any kitchen.
Similar to its cousin the Whirlpool ARC2000, it features a compact freezer unit up top while the fridge can comfortably hold up to 177 litres of produce, keeping it fresh and great tasting.
Features include 3 glass shelves, a large salad compartment that doubles as a fourth shelf, while the door space holds an egg tray, consumables tray and can fit plenty of bottles too, allowing you to keep everything highly organised, clean and tidy.
A great choice of fridge freezer for average seized households, the Whirlpool ARC2343 is available at a very reasonable £274.
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