Best Fridges / Refrigerators

A fridge is often the most used - and loved - appliance in a household, which is why some thought should be put towards choosing the right one. Knowing what to look for can help you select one that keeps your food fresher for longer and keeps everyone's bellies satisfied. Continue reading...

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$399 to $31,495
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Depth
500 mm
967 mm
Width
475 mm
1,219 mm
Height
413 mm
2,134 mm
Energy Rating
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80 L
Fridge Capacity
19 L
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Smart Fridge

Based on 5,446 reviews
  • Fridge Capacity 478 L
  • Freezer Capacity 232 L
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Kristy hedderman
Kristy heddermanNSWSydney, NSW9 posts
  Fair Incentive 710L L4 Glass Grande French Door MR-L710EN-GBK-A2
Fantastic fridgeThis 2 door French style fridge is amazing . I can store everything so easily and neatly . Show details
Mitsubishi Electric Multi Drawer MR-WX Series

Mitsubishi Electric Multi Drawer MR-WX Series 🏆 2024

4.7  (72)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 230 L to 378 L
  • Freezer Capacity 89 L to 151 L
$3,499Bing Lee
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Bruce F
Bruce FQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
  700L Multi Drawer MR-WX700C-S-A
  • Fridge Capacity 418 L
  • Freezer Capacity 232 L
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Nicole
Nicole6 posts
  650L L4 Glass Mini French Door MR-L650EN-GSL-A2
Hisense HR6CDFF French Door Series

Hisense HR6CDFF French Door Series

4.1  (123)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 290 L to 427 L
  • Freezer Capacity 71 L to 134 L
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Lisa G.
Lisa G.
  695L French Door HR6CDFF695S
Annoying doorsMy Hisense fridge doors never stay open which is annoying when you are trying to load it and it closes on you. This has resulted in damage to the crisper. I had the hinges replaced under warranty and the doors were good for a while. It's just started doing the same and Hisense aren't interested as it's now out of warranty. Very disappointing Show details
LG 687L Side by Side Door GS-B680 Series

LG 687L Side by Side Door GS-B680 Series 🏆 2024

4.3  (75)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 422 L
  • Freezer Capacity 265 L
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Splitpin84
Splitpin8425 posts
  GS-B680WL
Good fridgeGood fridge only problem is handle wear, pretend chroming is wearing off where people grab.
  • Fridge Capacity 333 L
  • Freezer Capacity 180 L
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Tracy
TracyQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD12 posts
  Verified MR-LX630EM-GSL-A2
Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart 519L Bottom Mount (E522 FD Series)

Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart 519L Bottom Mount (E522 FD Series) 🏆 2024

4.1  (90)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 360 L
  • Freezer Capacity 159 L
Bharat
BharatVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC20 posts
  Verified E522BRXFDU5
Easy to use, Plenty of space and the Ice maker is pretty awesomeHas plenty of space to organise your groceries etc. the deep freezer is pretty good with 3 trays which all come in handy. I mostly store Flat breads in the middle one. The ice maker is always full and have plenty of ice all the year round. The plumbed function makes it all easy to get filtered and cold water. Show details
LG 668L Side by Side Door GS-L668 Series

LG 668L Side by Side Door GS-L668 Series

4.0  (149)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 422 L
  • Freezer Capacity 246 L
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Kathy
KathyVICNortheast, VIC9 posts
  GS-L668MBNL
LG Top Mount GT-442 Series

LG Top Mount GT-442 Series 🏆 2024

4.1  (96)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 305 L to 306 L
  • Freezer Capacity 136 L
alex.mooncat1973a
alex.mooncat1973aACTCanberra 2600, ACT9 posts
  GT-442 Series
Electrolux 529L Bottom Mount EBE53 Series

Electrolux 529L Bottom Mount EBE53 Series

4.0  (72)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 347 L to 362 L
  • Freezer Capacity 167 L
$1,499Bing Lee
Michael shanahan
Michael shanahan
  529L Bottom Mount EBE5367SC
Junk junkPoor service when needing repairs 3 times still not fixed. Customer service useless can't tell when parts are going in .Would never buy any product they have made .please think twice before buying Show details
Electrolux
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Fisher & Paykel 614L French Door RF610A Series

Fisher & Paykel 614L French Door RF610A Series

3.6  (293)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 433 L
  • Freezer Capacity 181 L
$1,999Bing Lee
Andrew
Andrew3 posts
  Verified 614L French Door RF610ADUX
  • Fridge Capacity 360 L
  • Freezer Capacity 159 L
$1,899Bing Lee
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Perth
PerthPerth7 posts
  Verified RF522BRGX6
Samsung 719L French Door SRF71 Series

Samsung 719L French Door SRF71 Series

3.6  (374)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 407 L to 574 L
  • Freezer Capacity 145 L
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Paul C.
Paul C.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD4 posts
  SRF719DLS
Samsung
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Hisense Top Mount HR6TFF Series (Ice Maker)

Hisense Top Mount HR6TFF Series (Ice Maker)

3.6  (188)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 162 L to 390 L
  • Freezer Capacity 68 L to 144 L
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Zed
Zed18 posts
  350L Top Mount HR6TFF350
Electrolux 524L French Door EHE5267 Series

Electrolux 524L French Door EHE5267 Series

4.1  (41)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 358 L
  • Freezer Capacity 166 L
Ian F.
Ian F.VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
  Verified EHE5267SC
Fisher & Paykel 519L French Door RF522A Series

Fisher & Paykel 519L French Door RF522A Series

3.6  (152)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 360 L
  • Freezer Capacity 159 L
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Chris Langton
Chris LangtonQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD10 posts
  Verified 519L French Door RF522ADUX5
Samsung 400L Top Mount SR Series

Samsung 400L Top Mount SR Series

3.5  (189)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 285 L
  • Freezer Capacity 115 L
Wombat
Wombat15 posts
  SR400LSTC
I would expect more than 6 years of life for a new fridgeMy last fridge lasted 41 years. I've only had this one for 6 years and 3 months and it has suddenly stopped working. For the last 6 months I've had to set it on the lowest setting to keep the fridge down to 5 degrees. Very disappointed with modern fridges. Not made to last obviously. Show details
Westinghouse 620L Side by Side WSE6200 Series

Westinghouse 620L Side by Side WSE6200 Series

3.6  (99)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 377 L
  • Freezer Capacity 243 L
Karli
Karli5 posts
  WSE6200SA
Error Code FHWe are getting the code FH which seems to be a code for 'no water entering or no pressure' however our fridge doesn't have the water dispenser feature. Any suggestions?
Other then this it has been a great fridge! Show details
Mitsubishi Electric Bottom Mount MR-CX Series (Inverter)

Mitsubishi Electric Bottom Mount MR-CX Series (Inverter) 🏆 2024

4.3  (28)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 189 L to 221 L
  • Freezer Capacity 103 L to 104 L
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Gordon L.
Gordon L.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD20 posts
  370L Bottom Mount MR-CX370EJ-BST-A2
Westinghouse 460L Top Mount WTB460 Series

Westinghouse 460L Top Mount WTB460 Series

3.6  (68)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 341 L to 395 L
  • Freezer Capacity 119 L to 141 L
$899Bing Lee
Warwick P.
Warwick P.
  WTB4600WC
Not happy with FridgeHad the fridge for only 3.5 years and had to get it repaired which cost 50% of the original price. I would never buy a Westinghouse fridge again. Show details
Electrolux 453L Bottom Mount EBE4507 Series

Electrolux 453L Bottom Mount EBE4507 Series

3.7  (53)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 344 L
  • Freezer Capacity 142 L
$1,599Bing Lee
Bossley
BossleyNSWSydney, NSW4 posts
  EBE4507SA
LG Top Mount GT-515 Series

LG Top Mount GT-515 Series

4.0  (35)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 360 L to 361 L
  • Freezer Capacity 155 L
Kath R.
Kath R.NSWSydney, NSW
  Verified 516L Top Mount GT-515SDC
Do not buy, waste of moneyDo not buy this fridge. The freezer is over freezing and causing frost inside the food packages and spoiling all my food. I did have technician come out and investigate only to tell me its normal for this freezer, however in my opinion it is faulty as frost should not form inside the packages within a week. Show details
Westinghouse 453L Bottom Mount WBE45 Series

Westinghouse 453L Bottom Mount WBE45 Series

3.3  (132)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 311 L
  • Freezer Capacity 142 L
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Des C
Des CNSWSydney, NSW
  WBE4500
Hisense HR6FDFF French Door Series

Hisense HR6FDFF French Door Series

3.3  (162)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 373 L to 436 L
  • Freezer Capacity 194 L to 210 L
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sharholee
sharholeeQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD12 posts
  701L French Door HR6FDFF701SW
Panasonic 407L Bottom Mount

Panasonic 407L Bottom Mount 🏆 2024

4.1  (29)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 273 L
  • Freezer Capacity 134 L
PJ P.
PJ P.QLDDarling Downs, QLD2 posts
  NR-BX41BXSAU
Runs at a loud operating noise levelThe fridge keeps everything nice and cold , good outlay but operates at a very noisy sound level. Show details
Panasonic
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Hi PJ, Have you called our customer service team to perhaps get there opinion to make sure unit is operating as per specification. Thanks

Westinghouse 340L Bottom Mount WBB3400 Series

Westinghouse 340L Bottom Mount WBB3400 Series

3.5  (62)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 237 L to 238 L
  • Freezer Capacity 102 L to 103 L
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Will P.
Will P.QLDCentral Queensland, QLD
  WBB3400WH
Flimsy junkThe build quality is terrible. Within a year some or most of the drawers and shelves will be cracked, warped and/or outright unusable Show details
Westinghouse 340L Top Mount WTB3400 Series

Westinghouse 340L Top Mount WTB3400 Series

3.5  (54)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 248 L to 250 L
  • Freezer Capacity 89 L to 92 L
Chris V.
Chris V.VICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC2 posts
  WTB3400AH
Westinghouse WTB3400 AG leaking waterI have a Westinghouse WTB3400AG which seems to leaking water in front of it but can't seem to find where it is coming from. It seems to be common issue with other people. Show details
  • Fridge Capacity 309 L
  • Freezer Capacity 149 L
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Tiffani
Tiffani6 posts
  SRL459MB
Westinghouse 528L Bottom Mount WBE53 Series

Westinghouse 528L Bottom Mount WBE53 Series

3.2  (96)
 Summary
  • Fridge Capacity 361 L
  • Freezer Capacity 167 L
Rae M.
Rae M.VICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC5 posts
  528L Bottom Mount WBE5300SC
  • Fridge Capacity 310 L to 492 L
  • Freezer Capacity 250 L to 405 L
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San
SanNSWSydney, NSW8 posts
  708L French Door GF-V708BSL

A french door fridge surrounded by wooden cabinetry.

Types of fridges

There are a variety of different fridge types to suit different needs and kitchens.

Top mount fridges • See all

Top mount fridges have a freezer compartment that sits above the fridge cavity, which increases the accessibility of frozen food while limiting the amount of freezer space available.

Pros
Generally the cheapest type of fridge to buy.
The cheapest type of fridge to run.
There's a wide range to choose from.
Cons
Elderly or less mobile people may find it difficult to bend down to access the fridge, which is the compartment that's used the most often.

Bottom mount fridges • See all

Bottom mount fridges have their freezer section at the base of the unit, and tend to be more expensive than top mount designs. It has less freezer space than other types of fridges, and will require some bending and crouching to access the slide-out freezer drawers. Everyday fridge items are very accessible.

Pros
Logical and ergonomic layout, as the compartment you use most is at eye level.
More range as the popularity of these fridges is growing.
Cons
More expensive to purchase than top mount models.
Slightly more expensive to run than top mount fridges.
Can take longer to chill foods.

French door fridges • See all

French door fridges have a bottom mount freezer below a two door fridge. These fridges are wide, spacious, and are typically the most expensive type of fridge. The two fridge doors and large bottom mounted freezer drawer allow for huge storage space.

Pros
Often have many features, like ice and water dispensers.
Have lots of storage.
A logical fridge layout that has the most used compartments at an easy to access height.
Fridge and freezer are wide enough to fit bulky boxes and large plates.
Cons
Typically more expensive to buy.
Quite large, so may not be able to be fit in tight spots.
Features like ice makers and water coolers can take up considerable fridge space.

Upright fridges • See all

Also called fridge-only fridges, these only have one compartment. The lack of freezer makes it cheaper than other models, and would be best used as a second unit or to fit a specific refrigeration-only need.

Pros
Can be kept separate to freezer which may be handy for smaller kitchens.
Good storage capacity.
Cons
If you need a freezer as well, having both an upright fridge and a separate freezer take up more space overall.

Side-by-side fridges • See all

Side-by-side fridges have a dedicated fridge and dedicated freezer section that stand beside each other. They are a big, wide and expensive model of fridge, often fitted with modern design features and built-in water and ice dispensing.

Pros
Often have many modern design features, such as built-in water and ice dispensers.
Have large storage capacity.
This type of fridge is easiest for shorter people or people in wheelchairs to access both compartments.
Suitable for narrow kitchens or those with limited space where you cannot have a fridge with a large swinging door.
Cons
Ice and water dispensers can take up considerable freezer space.
Compartments are quite narrow so may not be able to fit things like large platters or pizza boxes.
Due to their large size, they may not be able to be fit into tight spots.
Temperature at top and bottom of fridge can be inconsistent.

What to consider when choosing a fridge

Size

Most kitchens have designated fridge cavities, so you should measure this space and check it against the dimensions of any fridge you're considering buying. Ensure that the fridge can also fit through the doorways leading to the kitchen. You will need 25mm of additional free space around the top, back and sides of the fridge to allow for excess heat to escape.

Finding the right fridge capacity for your household size or refrigerating needs is also crucial. It's harder to cool air than liquids and solids, and so it will be more energy efficient (and typically cheaper) to have a small fridge thats full, instead of a big fridge that you're only using half the space of. With that being said, if you're tossing up between different fridge capacities, it's a safer bet to go with the larger one.

As a general guide:

While smaller fridges don't offer the same features as larger fridges, they're also cheaper to buy and run.

Design and layout

Make sure that the fridge door opens in the right direction for your kitchen - some models even have reversible doors. You should also make sure that the handles are accessible and that the fridge is easy to open for everyone in your household.

Think about whether the layout of the fridge the ratio of fridge to freezer space is right for you and your food. The shelves should be easy to remove for cleaning or repositioning.

Compartments

Fridges will usually have a range of compartments suited to different types of food, such as:

  • A crisper, which is a well-sealed compartment that keeps vegetables fresh.
  • A dairy compartment, which is slightly warmer than the rest of the fridge and is useful for keeping butter and harder cheeses slightly soft.
  • A chiller, which is used for storing meat, fish, and poultry, and is usually close to 0°C and has its own temperature control.
  • A quick-chill area or compartment that's used to cool down food and drinks quickly.

Features

Some fridges have functional features that can make them easier to use.

  • Adjustable shelving: This lets you choose your own layout configuration so that you can make the most of the space depending on what you specifically need to refrigerate.
  • Child lock: Some fridges have a child lock that prevents little ones from tampering with temperature controls and keeps them out of certain compartments, such as medicine compartments.
  • Anti-bacterial coating: This is sometimes found on fridge walls and doors, and helps prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria in your fridge.
  • Water and ice dispenser: These are a common additional feature, and are able to be plumbed in or not depending on your preference.
  • Internal LED light: This illuminates the fridge's contents so that you can easily see what you've got, particularly at night.
  • Temperature controls: While most fridges have variable temperature, some give you the option of quick cooling, or will automatically adjust its temperature settings to save power.
  • Rollers: Rollers or adjustable feet make the fridge easier to move.

For those looking for the ultimate luxe appliance, a few very expensive smart fridges are also Wi-Fi connected, can play music, show what's inside the fridge when you're away, and show online recipes.

You don't need a fridge that's decked out with all the features on offer; choose only the additions that make sense for your needs and budget.

Energy efficiency

Larger fridges will use more energy than smaller ones, but a fridge's energy star rating can tells you its relative energy efficiency based on its size. The more stars it has, the less it will cost you to run.

The energy efficiency of your fridge will be clearly marked in the product's information. Typically, top and bottom mount fridges are more efficient than French door or side-by-side models.

The number on the energy rating label will also tell you the energy consumption in kWh per year (circled in the image below). Multiply this number by the cost of your energy per Kilowatt hour to give you a rough estimate of what your fridge will cost you to run per year.

An energy efficiency label marking 2.5 out of 6 stars and an energy consumption of 458kWh per year.

Image source: energyrating.gov.au.

Finish

There are a variety of finishes to choose from to suit your kitchen's aesthetic.

  • Stainless steel is a sleek fridge finish, but it more easily shows fingerprints and other marks, although some are advertised as fingerprint-resistant. Stainless steel fridges are generally more expensive and are usually not magnetic.
  • White fridges are easier to keep clean than stainless steel ones, and are usually cheaper.
  • Black fridges or dark finish fridges are gaining popularity, and don't tend to show fingerprints as much as stainless steel.
  • Glass fridges are a very new kind of fridge design which uses glass instead of metal - and no, these don't let you look into your fridge when it's closed. These don't show fingerprints as much as stainless steel finishes.

Noise level

Not all people see fridge noise as an issue - whether it's an issue will depend on the layout of your kitchen and how close it is to your lounge and bedrooms. Fridges generally make around 35 decibels of noise, which is comparable to whispering.

Cost

Fridges can cost anywhere from $250 (for bar fridges and more basic models) to upwards of $5000. Generally speaking, the more money you fork out, the more features and better energy efficiency you'll get.

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