The Best Fridge for Perfectly Stored Stuff, AlwaysThe Best Fridge for Perfectly Stored Stuff, Always

The Best Fridge

Or how to keep the fresh goodness in your kitchen protected, 24/7.
Sarah Idle
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Sarah Idle
Updated 
Apr 21, 2021
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Kitchen
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At a glance

Sure, we might be embracing all kinds of retro things - from baking our own bread to growing our own veggies - but we might not be ready to turn back the clock when it comes to keeping our food fresh. (Unless you’ve got a natural cooling source nearby like a stream or cave. In which case, all power to you.) All hail the mighty fridge - the 24/7 hardworking guardian of the fresh goodness in your kitchen. The best fridge is easy to use and clean and offers a great amount of flexible storage. Here are our choices for the best fridge freezers in Australia, chosen from hours of research.

Best top mount fridge

LG GT-442SDC 441L

For the best top mount fridge, look no further than the LG 441L Top Mount Fridge. With modern looks to suit every home, it’s got some great tech, including Smart Diagnosis to tell you what’s happening if something goes wrong. It’s also backed by a 10-year compressor warranty for confidence in your investment.

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LG GT-442SDC 441L
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Best bottom mount fridge

Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 519L

Space - lots of it, plus good flexibility - is what the Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW offers. With multiple freezer compartments, including pastry trays, and 2 separate fruit and veg crispers plus lots of adjustable shelves in the fridge, it’s ideal for the home cook. Easy to clean, it’s a quiet and reliable option.

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Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 519L
Best side by side fridge freezer

LG GS-B680PL 687L

Big households will love the big storage found in the LG GS-B680PL. Shelves, drawers, dedicated dairy areas, bottle shelves, 2 crispers - it’s got it all. Control the temperature without getting cold fingers thanks to the control panel set into the door. An anti-fingerprint finish keeps this stainless steel fridge looking great.

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LG GS-B680PL 687L
Best French door fridge

Mitsubishi MR-L710EN-GSL 710L

If you’re serious about storage, meet the Mitsubishi L4 Glass Grande. The toughened glass front panels and 3 finishes give it a modern, luxe look. It’s packing more than good looks though. It has a huge amount of varied storage options and some great eco features, like an eco mode and LED light.

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Mitsubishi MR-L710EN-GSL 710L

What's the best fridge brand?

Through our research, we’ve seen the same brands crop up again and again. Aussies seem to love fridges from LG, Mitsubishi and Fisher & Paykel.

Why? For starters, all these brands have been around for years. LG began in 1958, Mitsubishi Electric in 1921 and Fisher & Paykel in 1934. Global brands, this longevity allows them to perfect their technology. Secondly, their fridges tend to be on the more affordable end of the scale. Thirdly, their fridges are backed by good warranties (especially LG’s 10-year compressor warranty) and good customer service.

We reckon you can’t go wrong with a LG, Mitsubishi or Fisher & Paykel fridge.

What different types of fridges are there?

You’ll find 4 types of fridges in this guide. They are:

  • Top mount fridges where the freezer is on top.
  • Bottom mount fridges where the freezer is on the bottom.
  • Side by side where the fridge and freezer are next to each other, vertically.
  • French door where there are doors on top for the fridge and a big freezer drawer below.

Other fridge types include four door fridges (2 doors on top for the fridge, 2 doors on the bottom for the freezer), wine fridges and bar fridges.

How we picked

A fridge is a serious investment so we started with the experts. CHOICE is Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. They’ve put some fridges through their paces in their test lab, which gave us a good starting point.

But to understand how fridges perform in real kitchens, we turned to the real experts - Aussies. We trawled through hundreds of reviews on ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion site, to find the fridges that most delight (and frustrate) you. 

We took a quick look at Canstar Blue’s recent fridge brand survey to learn which brands perform best.

Taking all this into account, we did a spot of (virtual) window shopping to ensure a great range of types, brands, features and budgets. There you have it - the best fridges in Australia.

  • Best top mount fridge -> LG GT-442SDC 441L
  • Best bottom mount fridge -> Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 519L
  • Best side by side fridge freezer -> LG GS-B680WL 687L
  • Best French door fridge -> Mitsubishi MR-L710EN-GSL 710L
  • Best fridge with ice maker -> Fisher & Paykel RF522ADUB5 519L
  • Best for eco -> Hisense HR6BMFF519B 519L
  • Best smart fridge -> Samsung SRF671BFH2 671L
  • Compare the best fridges in Australia

    LG GT-442SDC 441LLG

    LG GT-442SDC 441L

    Best top mount fridge
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    RRP $1,259
    Type
    Top mount
    Capacity
    441L
    Dimensions
    70cm W x 169cm H x 70cm D
    Energy rating
    4
    Finish
    Stainless steel
    Hinge
    Right
    Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 519L Fisher & Paykel

    Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 519L

    Best bottom mount fridge
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    RRP $2,049
    Type
    Bottom mount
    Capacity
    519L
    Dimensions
    79cm W x 172cm H x 69.5cm D
    Energy rating
    3
    Finish
    White
    Hinge
    Right
    LG GS-B680PL 687LLG

    LG GS-B680PL 687L

    Best side by side fridge freezer
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    RRP $1,987
    Type
    Side by side
    Capacity
    687L
    Dimensions
    91.2cm W x 179cm H x 73.8cm D
    Energy rating
    3
    Finish
    Stainless steel and white
    Hinge
    n/a
    Mitsubishi MR-L710EN-GSL 710LMitsubishi

    Mitsubishi MR-L710EN-GSL 710L

    Best French door fridge
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    RRP $3,599
    Type
    French door
    Capacity
    630L, 650L or 710L
    Dimensions
    Varies
    Energy rating
    4
    Finish
    Silver, black or white
    Hinge
    n/a
    Fisher & Paykel RF522ADUB5 519LFisher & Paykel

    Fisher & Paykel RF522ADUB5 519L

    Best fridge with ice maker
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    RRP $3,099
    Type
    French door
    Capacity
    519L
    Dimensions
    79cm W x 171.5cm H x 69.5cm D
    Energy rating
    3.5
    Finish
    Black stainless steel
    Hinge
    n/a
    Hisense HR6BMFF519B 519LHisense

    Hisense HR6BMFF519B 519L

    Best for eco
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    RRP $1,899
    Type
    Bottom mount
    Capacity
    519L
    Dimensions
    79.4cm W x 175.6cm H x 67.5cm D
    Energy rating
    6
    Finish
    Black steel
    Hinge
    Reversible
    Samsung SRF671BFH2 671LSamsung

    Samsung SRF671BFH2 671L

    Best smart fridge
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    RRP $4,900
    Type
    French door
    Capacity
    671L
    Dimensions
    90.8cm W x 182.5cm H x 73.3cm D
    Energy rating
    2.5
    Finish
    Black steel
    Hinge
    n/a
    Samsung SRF671BFH2 671L
    Type
    Capacity
    Dimensions
    Energy rating
    Finish
    Black steel
    Hinge
    n/a
    Samsung SRF671BFH2 671L
    Type
    Capacity
    Dimensions
    Energy rating
    Finish
    Black steel
    Hinge
    n/a

    What's the best fridge brand?

    Through our research, we’ve seen the same brands crop up again and again. Aussies seem to love fridges from LG, Mitsubishi and Fisher & Paykel.

    Why? For starters, all these brands have been around for years. LG began in 1958, Mitsubishi Electric in 1921 and Fisher & Paykel in 1934. Global brands, this longevity allows them to perfect their technology. Secondly, their fridges tend to be on the more affordable end of the scale. Thirdly, their fridges are backed by good warranties (especially LG’s 10-year compressor warranty) and good customer service.

    We reckon you can’t go wrong with a LG, Mitsubishi or Fisher & Paykel fridge.

    What different types of fridges are there?

    You’ll find 4 types of fridges in this guide. They are:

    • Top mount fridges where the freezer is on top.
    • Bottom mount fridges where the freezer is on the bottom.
    • Side by side where the fridge and freezer are next to each other, vertically.
    • French door where there are doors on top for the fridge and a big freezer drawer below.

    Other fridge types include four door fridges (2 doors on top for the fridge, 2 doors on the bottom for the freezer), wine fridges and bar fridges.

    How we picked

    A fridge is a serious investment so we started with the experts. CHOICE is Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. They’ve put some fridges through their paces in their test lab, which gave us a good starting point.

    But to understand how fridges perform in real kitchens, we turned to the real experts - Aussies. We trawled through hundreds of reviews on ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion site, to find the fridges that most delight (and frustrate) you. 

    We took a quick look at Canstar Blue’s recent fridge brand survey to learn which brands perform best.

    Taking all this into account, we did a spot of (virtual) window shopping to ensure a great range of types, brands, features and budgets. There you have it - the best fridges in Australia.

  • Best top mount fridge -> LG GT-442SDC 441L
  • Best bottom mount fridge -> Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 519L
  • Best side by side fridge freezer -> LG GS-B680WL 687L
  • Best French door fridge -> Mitsubishi MR-L710EN-GSL 710L
  • Best fridge with ice maker -> Fisher & Paykel RF522ADUB5 519L
  • Best for eco -> Hisense HR6BMFF519B 519L
  • Best smart fridge -> Samsung SRF671BFH2 671L
  • Best top mount fridge -> LG GT-442SDC 44L

    LG GT-442SDC 441L

    For the best top mount fridge, look no further than the LG 441L Top Mount Fridge. With modern looks to suit every home, it’s got some great tech, including Smart Diagnosis to tell you what’s happening if something goes wrong. It’s also backed by a 10-year compressor warranty for confidence in your investment.

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    Packed with great tech, a decent family size, an impressive Energy Rating (4 stars out of 6) and an affordable price, the LG 441L Top Mount Fridge with Door Cooling+ has to be Australia’s best top mount fridge. With its stainless steel finish, it fits well into any modern home.

    Let’s start with its smart tech. Its Door Cooling+ technology promises faster cooling for whatever you store in the door. LG reckons items stored in the door area can cool up to 35% faster than in LG fridges without this tech. Chilled water or juice really important to you? You’ll love this feature.

    It’s also got Linear Cooling which claims to reduce temperature fluctuations which can help extend your food’s life and taste. The linear compressor comes with a 10-year parts warranty which gives you some confidence in its quality.

    Finally, in case something goes wrong it’s got Smart Diagnosis. With a compatible smartphone and an app, this fridge will ‘talk’ for itself, giving you some idea of what’s going on and potentially avoiding expensive call outs. 

    It offers somewhat flexible storage. The fridge has 5 door baskets and you can move 1 of them. It also has 1 pull out shelf and 3 tempered glass ones (2 of which you can move) and a crisper. The freezer has 2 door baskets, 1 glass shelf and a twist ice tray with an ice bank. You can move this to the left, right or take it out altogether.  

    The LG 441L Top Mount Fridge has been put through its paces by CHOICE and is currently ProductReview.com.au’s most popular top mount fridge. It gets over 4 stars from over 90 reviews and is a 2018 and 2020 award winner. Oh and LG is Canstar Blue’s joint #1 fridge brand (alongside CHiQ).

    With a RRP around $1,300, the price belies how much great stuff this fridge offers, including a 4-star Energy Rating.

    Why buy the LG 441L Top Mount Fridge

    Looks

    With a stainless steel finish, this will fit into any modern home.

    Door Cooling+ tech

    Fan of chilled water or juice? You’ll love its cool-the-door-stuff-faster tech.

    Linear Cooling tech

    Extend the life of your food with its Linear Cooling tech that aims to reduce temperature fluctuations, keeping the coolness stable.

    10-year parts warranty

    The linear compression comes with a decent parts warranty so you’ve got some confidence in your buy.

    Smart Diagnosis

    If you’ve ever wondered what the heck’s going on with your misbehaving fridge, its Smart Diagnosis tech might help. You’ll need a compatible smartphone and to download an app.

    Moveable ice tray

    When freezer space is tight, you can move the ice tray to the left, right or remove it altogether.

    Energy Rating

    It gets a great 4 out of 6 stars for its Energy Rating which will save you money in running costs.

    Loved by Aussies

    It’s currently the most popular top mount fridge on ProductReview.com.au. LG is also the joint most popular fridge brand in Australia.

    Price

    With a RRP around $1,300, we reckon it’s a great and affordable price for everything it offers.

    The not-so-good bits

    Dents 

    A lot of consumer reviews complain about dents in the stainless steel finish.

    Crisper design

    A lot of Aussies point out that even with the door wide open, you need to remove the crisper to easily get your stuff in it.

    Somewhat flexible storage

    The flexibility of the storage isn’t bad, it’s pretty standard, but it could be better. Out of 5 fridge door baskets, you can only move 1. Out of 3 fridge shelves, you can move 2. We like that you can move or remove the ice tray though.

    In summary

    The LG 441L Top Mount Fridge is a lot of good stuff rolled into one. It’s loved by Aussies, has an affordable price, a good Energy Rating (4 stars) and will look good in any home, thanks to its stainless steel finish.

    • Capacity: 441L
    • Dimensions: 70cm W x 169cm H x 70cm D
    • Energy Rating: 4
    • Finish: stainless steel 
    • Hinge: right 
    • RRP: $1,259
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    Best bottom mount fridge -> Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 519L

    Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 519L

    Space - lots of it, plus good flexibility - is what the Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW offers. With multiple freezer compartments, including pastry trays, and 2 separate fruit and veg crispers plus lots of adjustable shelves in the fridge, it’s ideal for the home cook. Easy to clean, it’s a quiet and reliable option.

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    For flexibility in your fridge and freezer storage, you can’t go past the Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 - what we reckon is Australia’s best bottom mount fridge. What’s so great about it is the range of storage options. In the fridge, you’ve got 4 adjustable door shelves and 2 covered door shelves, plus 4 adjustable glass shelves. It also has 2 fruit and vegetable bins with different humidity controls that help create the best environment for your fruit or veg. The fridge has a total capacity of 360L.

    In the freezer, you’ve got 3 different sizes of storage bins plus 2 ice trays. Best of all, these bins extend fully so you can reach in the back for any lone frozen peas. You can remove them too for easy cleaning. The freezer has a total capacity of 159L.

    It’s got Fisher & Paykel tech, like ActiveSmart Foodcare. This tech notes how you use the appliance and automatically adjusts the temperature, airflow and humidity for best results. This also means it only cools and defrosts when needed, saving the planet and your wallet. Forgot to close it? It’s got a door open alarm.

    Not just slick marketing, the Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6 delights Aussies. It’s currently the 2nd most popular fridge on ProductReview.com.au and is a 2020 award winner. Fisher & Paykel is also the 2nd most popular fridge brand, according to Canstar Blue. 

    Why buy the Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6

    Storage options

    There’s so much flexibility with storage, including multiple movable shelves.

    Easy slide drawers

    Pull them right out so you can reach into the back corners and remove them for washing.

    Smart tech

    To help keep your food fresher for longer.

    Separate humidity control

    Fruit and veg have their own separately controlled drawers.

    Door open alarm

    It’ll let you know if you accidentally leave a door open.

    Wipe clean shelves

    The glass shelves are easy to clean if anything drips or spills.

    Size

    It holds up to 519L so it’s a great family size. That’s 360L in the fridge and 159L in the freezer.

    Loved by Aussies

    It’s top-rated on ProductReview.com.au and Fisher & Paykel the brand is top-rated on Canstar Blue.

    The not-so-good bits

    White only

    It only comes in white. Which might dent less than stainless steel but will show muck.

    Right hinge only

    Bad luck if you want a left hinge.

    No ice maker

    It does have 2 ice trays though.

    In summary

    If you’re looking for a bottom mount fridge with tons of storage, you’ll love the Fisher & Paykel RF522BRPW6. It’s got plenty of flexibility, with removable shelves and easy slide drawers. We love the crisper that has 2 separate humidity controlled compartments for your fruit and veg, so it stays fresher for longer. A quiet, top performing workhorse, it comes in around $2,000 and is available in white and right hinge only.

    • Capacity: 519L
    • Dimensions: 79cm W x 172cm H x 69.5cm D
    • Energy Rating: 3
    • Finish: white
    • Hinge: right
    • RRP: $2,049
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    Best side by side fridge freezer -> LG GS-B680PL 687L

    LG GS-B680PL 687L

    Big households will love the big storage found in the LG GS-B680PL. Shelves, drawers, dedicated dairy areas, bottle shelves, 2 crispers - it’s got it all. Control the temperature without getting cold fingers thanks to the control panel set into the door. An anti-fingerprint finish keeps this stainless steel fridge looking great.

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    If you don’t want to be constrained by having one opening door only, get two - a side by side fridge freezer, like the LG GS-B680PL. Not only do you get masses of storage (it’s 687L), it looks great. Its pocket handle helps it look sleek. Plus, it’s got an anti-fingerprint finish to keep it looking great.

    Featuring temperature control on an easy to read panel on the outside, you can see at a glance what’s going on inside - and adjust it without getting chilly fingers. You can also set a child lock on this panel to prevent small fingers helping themselves to a snack. Although it’s not got an ice maker on the front, open the freezer section and you’ll find a twist ice function. No emptying ice trays here. You can also stock up on ice with the ice bin.

    Opening it, you’ll find loads of deep and wide shelves and drawers, giving you plenty of storage space. There’s a dedicated crisper that retains the evaporated moisture from your veggies, keeping them fresher for longer. 

    Like our other LG pick, the LG 441L Top Mount Fridge, it’s got LG Smart Diagnosis and a 10-year parts warranty of the linear compressor. 

    Reviewed by CHOICE, it gets around 4.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au where Aussies rave about its huge storage. 

    Why buy the LG GS-B680PL

    Good looks

    An anti-fingerprint finish and pocket handle make this side by side fridge freezer look sleek and modern.

    Temperature control

    Glance at the panel on the front to see what temperature the fridge and freezer are and adjust it.

    Child lock

    Keep small fingers out with a child lock that’s set from the front panel.

    Twist ice

    There’s no need to empty ice trays, simply twist.

    Tons of storage

    Thanks to wide and deep shelves and drawers.

    Dedicated crisper and fresh zone

    To keep fruit and veggies at their best.

    Smart diagnosis

    Not sure what’s going wrong? Download the app for compatible smartphones and let the fridge / freezer do the talking.

    The not-so-good bits

    Inflexible storage

    There might be lots of it, but you can’t move everything around - the door baskets on the fridge are fixed, for example.

    In summary

    The LG GS-B680PL excels at space, and lots of it. Offering tons of wide shelves and drawers, it’ll happily take your whole family’s food - it has a 687L capacity. Great looks combine with great practicality, like the easy to read and use temperature control panel. While tech like LG Smart Diagnosis keeps it running smoothly, to the delight of lots of happy Aussies.

    • Capacity: 687L
    • Dimensions: 91.2cm W x 179cm H x 73.8cm D
    • Energy Rating: 3
    • Finish: stainless steel and white
    • Hinge: n/a
    • RRP $1,987
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    Best French door fridge -> Mitsubishi MR-L710EN-GSL 710L

    LG GS-B680PL 687L

    If you’re serious about storage, meet the Mitsubishi L4 Glass Grande. The toughened glass front panels and 3 finishes give it a modern, luxe look. It’s packing more than good looks though. It has a huge amount of varied storage options and some great eco features, like an eco mode and LED light.

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    The Mitsubishi L4 Glass Grande is the type of fridge that tells other fridges to hold its beer because it can top them all. Being a French door fridge, it has 4 separate doors to open the fridge and freezer compartments separately. There’s a large fridge on top and freezer below. 

    With its toughened glass front panels, it looks the business too - sleek, sophisticated and modern. But importantly, easily wipe clean. 

    If you’re an entertainer or feed the fam a lot, this could be the fridge for you. Because of its French door design, it has wide storage compartments, making it ideal for platters. The storage in this thing is staggering. The freezer boasts 2 small compartments, 1 medium and 1 large. It’s also got 3 revolving ice trays and an ice box.

    The fridge has 4 glass shelves, an egg case, a fruit and vegetable drawer, 2 bottle pockets, a capsule door pocket, 4 door pockets and 2 smaller drawers. Phew.

    Control the fridge with your fingertips thanks to the touch control panel. It’s got 3 smart operating modes, including eco mode, rapid cool and freeze.

    We’re not the only ones that love it. It’s recommended by CHOICE and it’s currently the most popular fridge on ProductReview.com.au, where it’s an award winner 2019 and 2020. 

    As you’d expect, you pay for all this. The 710L is around RRP $3,500. It’s available in 3 sizes (630L, 650L and 710L) and 3 colours (silver, black and white).

    Why buy the Mitsubishi L4 Glass Grande

    Huge

    For families or entertainers, this fridge offers a lot of storage space.

    Storage

    The storage - from shelves to drawers to bottle holders - is extensive and should easily swallow a lot of food.

    Looks

    The glass flat panel design makes it look sleek and modern and well suited to many homes.

    Touch control panel

    Control what’s happening inside the fridge with an easy to use touch control panel.

    Eco mode

    This energy-saving mode automatically adjusts the temperature to save running costs.

    Energy Rating

    It’s got a 4 star Energy Rating which should reduce your ongoing energy costs.

    Crisper

    The fruit and vegetable crisper has humidity controls to keep your food fresher for longer.

    LED light

    Mitsubishi reckons the energy efficient LED light should outlast a normal fridge light bulb.

    The not-so-good bits

    No ice maker

    All this storage space and a big price and you have to twist ice trays to get ice…

    Price

    You’re looking around $3,000.

    In summary

    For big families or entertainers, the Mitsubishi L4 Glass Grande is a great choice. Available in 3 sizes and with a huge amount of wide and varied storage options, it’ll easily hold your weekly shop (and more). The smart eco features, including an eco mode, LED light and 4 star Energy Rating, go some way to offsetting the large price - around $3,000.

    • Capacity: 630L, 650L or 710L
    • Dimensions: varies
    • Energy Rating: 4
    • Finish: silver, black or white
    • Hinge: n/a
    • Up to RRP $3,599
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    Best fridge with ice maker -> Fisher & Paykel RF522ADUB5 519L

    Fisher & Paykel RF522ADUB5

    Unlike the 4-door Mitsubishi L4 Glass Grande, the Fisher & Paykel RF522ADUB5 has a French door refrigerator plus a full width freezer drawer. Given this is our pick for the best fridge with ice maker, we’ll start there.

    The internal ice maker delivers fresh ice to a dedicated freezer bin, with its own included ice scoop. Although you might worry about losing freezer space to your ice maker, you can turn it off if you need the space. Or you might worry that you won’t have enough ice for your entertaining. Fisher & Paykel has thought of that too - you can boost ice production by up to 30% when needed. We’re not the greatest fans of the freezer drawer, where getting access to all the freezer compartments isn’t the easiest. But it’s a small inconvenience if you really want an ice maker.

    As well as ice, it can dispense water. Designed to be ultra slim, it doesn’t take up any space in your fridge door. It delivers water on an angle, so all bottles and glasses can be filled.

    Aside from its ice maker, it’s easy clean. The stainless steel finish has anti-fingerprint coating so you can wipe away any sticky finger marks. It’s also got spill-safe glass shelves that capture drips or leaks. 

    Like our other Fisher & Paykel pick, the RF522BRPW6, it’s got ActiveSmart technology to automatically adjust the cooling and defrosting, only using the energy it needs. It has a slightly better Energy Star rating, getting 3.5 stars to the RF522BRPW6’s 3.

    Choose this if…

    You’re an entertainer who needs ice, and lots of it.

    • Capacity: 519L
    • Dimensions: 79cm W x 171.5cm H x 69.5cm D
    • Energy Rating: 3.5
    • Finish: black stainless steel
    • Type: French door
    • Hinge: n/a
    • RRP $3,099

    Best for eco -> Hisense HR6BMFF519B 519L

    Hisense Black Steel 519L Refrigerator

    An energy efficient fridge is good for the environment and your wallet and we reckon the Hisense Black Steel 519L Refrigerator is Australia’s best. For starters, it’s currently got Australia’s highest energy star rating - a huge 6 stars. Hisense reckons this is thanks to the inverter and vacuum insulation panel technology which helps maintain ideal temperatures for better cooling. It’s also got a holiday mode. This reduces electricity usage when you’re away, saving even more energy and costs.

    Eco features aside, it’s got a multi-function control panel and electronic temperature control, so you can easily adjust settings. Storage-wise, you’ve got 2 adjustable and 2 fixed shelves in the fridge. There are also 2 full width door baskets, 4 half width door baskets, a full width vegetable crisper and 2 egg trays. In the freezer you'll find a twist ice maker, 2 full width drawers and 1 half width. 

    It’s got a flat design to seamlessly blend into your kitchen. Bonus: we love the fact that the door is reversible so it can hinge either side. Aussies love it too - it gets a full 5 stars on ProductReview.com.au.

    Choose this if…

    You want the most energy efficient fridge in Australia.

    • Capacity: 519L
    • Dimensions: 79.4cm W x 175.6cm H x 67.5cm D
    • Energy Rating: 6
    • Finish: black steel
    • Type: bottom mount
    • Hinge: reversible
    • RRP $1,899

    Best smart fridge -> Samsung SRF671BFH2 671L

    Samsung SRF671BFH2 French Door Refrigerator

    When is a fridge more than a fridge? When it’s the Samsung SRF671BFH2 French Door Refrigerator. This is one smart fridge. Its features include a large digital screen that contains your Family Hub. The Family Hub includes access to every family member’s calendar so you can see and share where everyone is (or where they’re supposed to be). There’s a memo function too.  Write a memo on your phone and it’ll appear on the fridge, excellent for those ‘pick up milk’ reminders.

    There’s also to-do lists and photo albums so you can surround yourself with holiday memories when you’re back home. As well as connecting you with your family, the Family Hub works with the Woolies shopping app so you can order groceries directly from your fridge. If you’re out and about and wondering how low the milk is running, there are 3 built-in cameras to let you see inside your fridge, wherever you are. (If it could alert you to when someone’s demolishing the pav you’ve set aside for this weekend’s party, it’d be perfect.)

    To banish mealtime boredom, you’ve got 180,000+ recipes at your fingertips thanks to the Recipe App. Plus, you’ll never have to worry whether that yogurt is past its best. There’s a Food Reminder where you can enter the expiry date and location of food in your fridge. Family Hub will then remind you when it needs to be eaten. 

    The Samsung SRF671BFH2 even talks to you, with its voice-activated controls. You can add stuff to your shopping list or search the internet. Plus it’s got built-in speakers so you can play music through it. Or mirror your TV so you won’t miss a moment of your favourite show. 

    If you’re keen on this fridge, it’s compatible with phones running Android 4.0 and higher or iOS 7.0 and higher. It needs an internet connection and for you to download the SmartThings app. 

    Choose this if…

    You want a fridge that’s way more than just a fridge and you’re happy dropping over $4,000.

    • Capacity: 671L
    • Dimensions: 90.8cm W x 182.5cm H x 73.3cm D
    • Energy Rating: 2.5
    • Finish: black steel
    • Type: French door
    • Hinge: n/a
    • RRP $4,900


    Important features to consider

    Whatever fridge you go for, they’re packing basically the same features. The most important thing is to choose one that fits your space and your needs. If you’ve got a large family, the biggest fridges (usually side by side or French door) offer the best storage. But a solo or small household will get away with a top or bottom mount.

    Hinges

    Sounds pretty basic, but only 1 of our picks has a reversible door. This means it can be hinged either on the left or right. Check out your space available and ensure there aren’t any doors, walls or cabinetry that will prevent your left or right hinged door opening. 

    Energy Rating

    A fridge freezer runs 24/7, which means you need to keep an eye on energy costs. An inefficient fridge freezer is going to cost you more in long-term running costs.

    Freezer size

    Not all freezer sizes are created equal. The larger fridges, the side by side and French door, offer the most equally sized freezer spaces. Top or bottom mount fridges tend to have smaller freezer areas and much larger fridge areas. If storing frozen food is a priority, you might need to go for a side by side or French door fridge.

    Shelves

    It’s not just about how many shelves you get, but how flexible they are. Will tall bottles fit into the door? Can you move the shelves around if you’ve got something large to store? How easy are they to clean? Do they have a lip to stop spilt liquids flowing throughout the fridge?

    Storage

    Sure, there are shelves but what other storage does it offer? Are there storage bins, multiple drawers or even pastry trays? 

    Crisper design

    A crisper is specifically designed to help your fresh fruit and veg last longer. Make sure you’ve got at least one that’s easy to remove for cleaning. If you buy big, having 2 is a good idea.

    Temperature controls

    The fridge and freezer should have their own separate temperature controls. If there’s only one, every adjustment you make will affect the other.

    Dairy space

    Most fridges have a dedicated area for you to store dairy products in. A bit warmer, butter and hard cheeses can be stored slightly softer for easier use.

    Meat compartment

    Look for a dedicated meat compartment to help keep your meat at the best temperature.

    Child lock

    Keep small fingers out of the fridge by choosing a model with a child lock.

    Holiday mode

    Surprisingly, this isn’t a top-end price feature. But it is an unusual one. Only our most energy-efficient fridge, the Hisense Black Steel 519L Refrigerator (RRP just under $2,000), has a holiday mode. This minimises the energy use and running costs of your fridge when you’re not at home.

    What you get if you spend more

    Fridges come with a variety of prices, with some upwards of $5,000. Here’s what you get if you splash the extra cash.

    Smart tech

    A fridge that talks, plays music or your favourite show, showcases holiday photos, displays your shopping list and family calendars, suggests thousands of recipes, does an online shop for you - the list goes on when it comes to smart tech. But whether it’s a better performing fridge than it’s non-smart siblings? The jury’s out.

    Water and ice dispenser

    If the thought of filling your glass from the tap and then having to manually add ice cubes seems so 90s, opt for a fridge with a water or ice dispenser. This gives you chilled water at your fingertips with minimal effort. Although the payoff is usually losing some fridge door or freezer space. Plus, water dispensers usually need filters. So, you need to factor in ongoing maintenance.

    Finish

    Forget the white plastic finish. Spend more and you’ll get a smooth glass finish or a range of colour options, including black.


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