If you’re shopping around for a new fridge, you’ll want the best model for your budget. This section offers handy tips on finding a great appliance at a great price. Learn more about what to expect in your price range, plus ways to get a better deal.
WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
Consider how much you want to spend before comparing different models.
The cheapest fridges will keep your food cold, which is all most people require. However, more expensive models offer modern designs, special features, the trusted reputation of a well-known brand, and high energy efficiency ratings.
You can buy a bare-bones larder fridge for between £100 and £150. These models will be fairly basic, but you should still be able to find brands you recognise.
Features will be quite similar on these models, with salad crispers and A+ energy ratings being pretty standard. Capacities will be on the low side, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for small households. Some features might be lacking, such as dynamic cooling and door open alarms.
You’re also likely to find yourself limited to freestanding undercounter designs. Tall and integrated models tend to be a little more expensive.
Budgeting a mid-range of £150 up to £400 gives you a much wider choice of fridges, with freestanding and built-in versions of both undercounter and tall models. There’s a bigger range of features on offer too, including auto defrost, special modes, ice boxes, larger capacities, and higher energy efficiency ratings.
The details vary, so compare models to make sure you get every feature you need.
Since you’ll probably have your fridge for ten years or more, you may find yourself happy to invest more than £350. At this price, you can expect top brands with more features and modes, huge capacities and cleverly organised storage.
At £800 and over, you’ll be able to treat yourself to a sleek stainless-steel tall fridge, complete with a water dispenser in the door, as well as brightly coloured retro designs which make a statement.
More expensive models offer modern integrated designs, special features, the reputation of a well-known brand and high energy efficiency ratings.
When budgeting, remember that it’s not just the purchase of the fridge you’ll need to take into account.
What might seem like a great deal at the time can become less attractive once you factor in the extras. Here’s what to look out for:
DELIVERY AND DISPOSAL
Most retailers charge for delivery and disposal of your old appliance. This varies between suppliers, so add these on to the fridge cost to get an overall price.
Remember, an integrated fridge is a lot harder to fit, so you’ll probably want to leave that to the professionals.
If you’re choosing a freestanding design, you could save money by setting it up yourself.
While one fridge may be more expensive initially, if it’s energy efficient, it could save you money in the long run. Take a look at annual running costs and consider them before making a purchase.
An extended guarantee can save you a fortune if anything goes wrong. Some manufacturers offer two, three, or even five-year parts and labour guarantees for peace of mind.
SALES AND DEALS
If you don’t need a new fridge urgently, you could wait for a promotion or deal. Cashback, trade-in discounts, and sales help you get the best value fridge for your money.
Unsure whether that high spec model is worth the extra money?
Take a look at online reviews. While it’s important to take them with a pinch of salt, they should be able to give you an indication of how good an appliance is.
An extended guarantee can save you a fortune.