If you prefer to keep your chilled and frozen foods at odds with one another, then a separate fridge is the obvious solution – and one that gives you much more space. Whilst it’s not the most exciting purchase you’ll ever make, it’s one you’ll be using for years, so you need to get it right.

PriceRunner has sourced hundreds of deals on freestanding and integrated fridges, in a huge variety of sizes, styles, colours, and energy efficiency ratings. Among the choice you’ll find models from all the top brands, including Indesit, Smeg, and Hotpoint – one of PriceRunner’s most popular brands by far. Check out our comprehensive Buying Guide above, for some top tips on picking the right fridge for your household.

Fridges buying guide

A fridge may be a pretty simple appliance, but it’s the one we use the most in our kitchen. After all, it’s permanently on. When it comes to choosing a fridge, reliability is key, ensuring that your fresh food is kept at the right temperature and doesn't spoil. The type you buy will obviously depend on the size of your household and what it's going to be used for, so here are a few things you need to consider.


It's important to measure the available space and to check the dimensions of a fridge unit before ordering. A standard fridge will be around 85cm high, which means it'll fit under most countertops, while tall fridges are appliances over 130cm. There are of course lots of variables in-between depending on your needs.

The capacity is measured in litres. Ideally, a single person or couple will want a 200 litre fridge, while small families will need about 250 litres, and larger households might want to go for 300 litres or more.

Types of fridge

When shopping online, you'll find many different types available. These include:

  • Standard fridges – these are usually designed for under-counter use, or for those who don't need much space

  • Tall fridges – sometimes called larder fridges, these large capacity models are great for big households

  • Integrated fridges – these are installed behind a door panel for a neat look in your kitchen

  • Mini/compact fridges – ideal for very small kitchens, family rooms, or anywhere where you want snacks and drinks close at hand

  • Wine fridges – if you entertain a lot, or are a big wine enthusiast, then wine fridges keep your drinks at the perfect temperature

  • Drawer fridges – built into your kitchen, fridge drawers make it easy to find your groceries

Combination or separate appliances?

Many appliances on the market are combination fridge freezers, and these are handy if you are short on space. However, if you only have under-counter space, then it's sometimes easier to buy separate units, or to look for a fridge with an ice box that'll hold a few frozen items. It also depends how much fresh vs frozen food your household buys, and online shops will tell you the capacity of each compartment.

Energy efficiency

Because your fridge is constantly switched on, it's important to ensure you pick an appliance with a good energy rating. These range from D for the least efficient, to A+++ for the most efficient. New models manufactured in the UK or EU have to have an A+ or above, and by picking one of these energy efficient models you'll save money and help minimise your carbon footprint.

Shelves and fittings

Fridges have either wire or glass shelves, and bigger fridges will let you adjust the shelf heights to accommodate larger items. Glass shelves can be a little easier to clean, and they give a more modern look.

In addition to shelves, some models will have extra fittings to keep your groceries organised. Vegetable crispers are common, and these compartments are slightly more humid than the rest of the fridge, helping to keep fruit and vegetables fresh. You may also find drawers with a sliding humidity control, or separate sections for fruits and vegetables.

Other fittings you might find in fridges include:

  • Egg racks

  • Wine racks

  • In-door shelves

  • Dairy compartments


Keeping your fridge at the right temperature will ensure your fresh items stay at their best for as long as possible. The majority of fridge units will have an adjustable temperature, and some have dynamic cooling which circulates cold air to ensure the temperature is even. This also means that if you've left the fridge door open to peruse, then when you close it the temperature will get back to normal quickly.


Cleaning the fridge can be an annoying chore, so it's worth looking for an appliance that's easy to take apart and clean. Glass shelves are often the easiest to clean, and some models have drawers and shelves that are dishwasher safe, so they can be removed and cleaned thoroughly.


Most fridges just need to be plugged in and adjusted to the right temperature, so there's not much involved in installation. However, if you choose an integrated model, then you might need a professional to add the front panels and ensure it is properly fitted.

Some online retailers offer installation of your fridge, as well as recycling of your old unit and removal of packaging. Getting rid of an old fridge can be a real hassle, and they do tend to come with lots of packaging that's difficult to dispose of, so it's worth considering these services.

When you're shopping for a new fridge it's important to choose one that's got the practical features you need. There are fridges to suit all budgets, from cheap, compact units, to oversized fridges from well-known brands such as Samsung and Hotpoint to the cool retro stylings of Smeg fridges, which prove that appliances can be design features of any kitchen.

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