The humble fridge is a necessary part of any home, and at different stages of life, there might be a need to invest in a new one. The end of financial year sales time provides a great opportunity to consider an upgrade with retailers keen to sell-off their current stock to make way for the new stuff. This means you could just bag yourself an absolute bargain! Where can you find the best deals? Read on for our guide to fridge sales during EOFY.
Who has the biggest discounts?
Aussie households spend an average of just over $1,100 on new fridges. For this price, you can generally expect to find the standard 450L family-sized fridges, with a bottom or top mount design. You might be lucky and also find some brands offering the large side-by-side fridges in this price category during the sales time. Some of the brands that do well in our annual fridge ratings include Mitsubishi Electric, Haier, LG, Fisher & Paykel, Samsung and Kelvinator, so read on to find out what they have to offer this year.
|Haier (HRF220TS) Top Mount Fridge||221L||$589||$499|
|LG (GT-427HPLE) Top Mount Fridge||427L||$1,078||$868|
|Kelvinator (KTM5402AA) Top Mount Fridge||540L||$1,549||$945|
|Samsung (SR400LSTC) Top Mount Fridge with Twin Cooling Plus||400L||$1,449||$949|
|Kelvinator (KBM5302AA) Bottom Mount Fridge||528L||$1,649||$1,096|
|Mitsubishi (MR-CX370EJ-ST-A1) Bottom Mount Fridge||370L||$1,399||$1,190|
|Haier (HRF520FHS) French Door Fridge||514L||$1,449||$1,289|
|Fisher & Paykel (RF440TRPX6) ActiveSmart Top Mount Fridge||447L||$1,949||$1,625|
|LG (GS-L668PNL) Side by Side Fridge||668L||$2,518||$2,178|
|Fisher & Paykel (RF522ADUX5) ActiveSmart French Door Fridge||519L||$2,699||$2,182|
|Mitsubishi (MR-L710EN-GSL-A2) Glass Series French Door Fridge||710L||$4,199||$3,581|
|Samsung (SRF714NCDBLS) French Door Fridge||714L||$5,499||$3,586|
Prices taken from respective retailers and current as of June 2020.
Mitsubishi Electric fridges
The Japanese multinational electronics company might be better-known for its vehicles than appliances, but it also manufactures some quality fridges. Its prices start from around $1,000 for smaller sized fridges and go up to $5,000 for its French Door models, but there are a few bargains to be had this end of financial year sales time.
Mitsubishi 370L Bottom Mount Fridge – $1,190
This Mitsubishi (MR-CX370EJ-ST-A1) CX Designer Series Multi Drawer Bottom Mount Fridge is selling for 15% off its original price ($1,399 RRP) and is certainly a good, standout model for innovation with its unique three-door design. It’s stated to be ideal for apartment living or a smaller cavity space. It features a humidity drawer, automatic ice maker and freezer drawer.
It also has a three-way flexible shelf system, allowing you to create additional height for when you need extra space. This unit also has a sliding chilled case to store dairy products, fish or meat at around 0°C. In terms of energy efficiency, it’s rated four stars. It’s available in white, stainless steel, onyx black and glossy red to suit whatever your style is.
Mitsubishi 710L L4 Glass Series French Door Fridge – $3,581
This large Mitsubishi (MR-L710EN-GSL-A2) 710L fridge is on sale for just $3,581 this EOFY, which takes a whopping $618 off its recommend retail price of $4,199. Designed for large living and households, this fridge is boasted for its toughened glass front panels to offer a luxurious finish. It has a touch control panel with three smart operation modes including an Eco Mode for energy saving, plus a Rapid Cool Mode and Freeze Mode to help preserve the freshness of food, according to the brand.
Expect a vegetable crisper, triple twist ice trays and large bottle pockets for easy storage. In addition, this fridge is stated to be equipped with six different temperature regulation points to cool all foods, even in ‘hard-to-cool’ places. It has a four-star energy efficiency rating like the model above.
Haier aims to provide stylish and innovative designs at fairly affordable prices. It has an extensive range of refrigerators from bottom mount and French door, to top mount and vertical style fridges. With Haier, you can score a fridge for under $500, offering several budget-friendly options in its current line-up.
Haier 221L Top Mount Fridge – $499
The Haier 221L top mount fridge (HRF220TS) is on sale for $499, which is 15% off its original retail price of $589. This compact unit is suitable for apartments and smaller households. It comes with a slide out chilled storage compartment (perfect for storing cheese or deli meat), plus a large removable fresh food crisper. The adjustable spill-proof shelves are also claimed to neatly contain any accidental messes, while the LED interior lighting is stated to provide greater energy efficiency and emit less heat than traditional light bulbs.
It has a stainless steel finish, said to offer increased durability as well as a stylish aesthetic. It’s important to keep in mind that with the lower upfront cost, it does come with a low energy star rating of three stars.
Haier 514L French Door Fridge – $1,289
For a larger fridge, you might like to consider the Haier 514L French Door model (HRF520FHS). It has a recommended retail price tag of $1,449, but it can be yours for $1,289 this end of financial year. It’s stated to have a finger-mark resistant brushed silver finish with recessed handles and hidden hinges, for a clean look. It features an arrangement of shelves and drawers to keep your fresh and frozen food and drinks well-organised. Expect full-width glass fridge shelves, two separate drawers in the freezer section, plus a ‘My Zone Drawer’ to provide separate space for storing vegetables, drinks or meats, simply by adjusting its sliding control.
The external electronic controls allow you to set the fridge and freezer temperature, as well as program the child lock. It has a ‘Holiday’ mode for energy-saving and ‘Super Freeze’ mode for quickly freezing your food as soon as you put it in. In terms of energy efficiency, it has a 2.5 star rating and according to the standard test, you’re likely to pay around $149 per year with this appliance (based on a usage rate of 29c/kWh).
LG manufactures a large range of electronics, from washing machines to dishwashers and yes, fridges. Prices typically range from the sub-$800 range, all the way up to the expensive, feature-packed fridges costing more than $2,000.
LG 427L Top Mount Fridge – $868
This 427L fridge from LG (GT-427HPLE) might be a suitable option for a household of one or two people. It combines LG’s Inverter Linear compressor for precise temperature control and Multi Air Flow technology which circulates cool air evenly inside the fridge, including around the shelves and in the drawers, via vents at the rear. It’s also boasted for its LG Smart Diagnosis feature which allows you to identity technical issues with your appliance using your smartphone, via the SmartThinQ App, to help save time and money on call outs.
Other features include adjustable shelves, a vegetable crisper and an ice twister. Its ice tray can also be moved from left to right if you need to make some more space. In terms of energy efficiency, it’s rated 3.5 stars. With a recommended retail price of $1,078, this model comes $210 cheaper this EOFY.
LG 668L Side by Side Fridge – $2,178
For a side-by-side refrigerator, you might like to consider this 668L unit from LG (GS-L668PNL), on sale for $2,178, normally $2,518. It features a stainless steel anti-fingerprint exterior and a chrome pocket handle. In addition, it comes with a Moisture Balance Crisper, stated to have a lattice structure on the lid to help retain evaporated moisture.
LG’s 668L fridge features a water dispenser and SpacePlus ice system, designed to fit taller containers while taking up less space. The water tank is manual, so you’ll need to remove the tank and refill it each time, but this means there’s no plumbing involved to set it up. The fridge is rated three stars for its energy efficiency, which is expected to add around $160 to your electricity bill per year.
Fisher & Paykel fridges
Fisher & Paykel competes with the likes of LG and also offers a wide array of fridges. It focuses on innovation and forward thinking, and while you typically won’t find many Fisher & Paykel fridges priced at under $1,000, you might score some great discounts at the EOFY sales.
Fisher & Paykel 447L ActiveSmart Top Mount Fridge – $1,625
This 447L unit from Fisher & Paykel (RF440TRPX6) is most suited for a household of three to four people and is on sale for $324 less than its original price of $1,949. Its standard design features include adjustable door shelves, three adjustable glass shelves, two ice trays and fruit/vegetable bins. It also uses LED lightening to illuminate fridge contents. It’s equipped with concealed hinges, sleek side mounted plastic handles and an EZKleen stainless steel finish.
The fridge boasts a number of interesting features, including the ‘ActiveSmart Foodcare’ and adaptive defrost. It’s aimed to adjust airflow inside the fridge to maintain a stable and even temperature, claiming there’s no need for ‘holiday mode’ settings. The ActiveSmart system is said to select the best time to defrost based on how the appliance is being used, so it recognises lower levels of use and defrosts less often, thus using less energy. This Fisher & Paykel top mount fridge has three stars for energy efficiency, costing around $124 in energy per year.
Fisher & Paykel 519L ActiveSmart French Door Fridge – $2,182
This Fisher & Paykel 519L model (RF522ADUX5) is a whopping $517 off its recommended retail price of $2,699 this EOFY. It’s designed for a large family, so ensure you have sufficient kitchen space for this fridge as well as ventilation room. It’s fitted with ActiveSmart Foodcare technology which can intelligently monitor temperature, airflow and humidity inside your fridge to keep food fresh for longer. The design also features plenty of space including:
- Four adjustable spillsafe shelves
- Four stackable bottle holders
- Six adjustable door shelves
- Two fruit and vegetable bins
The electronic control panel on the freezer door allows you to select from a number of settings, as well as set the temperature for both the freezer and fridge unit. This model is equipped with a slimline water dispenser and automatic ice dispenser. It has scored 3.5 stars for energy efficiency and will cost around $120 a year to run. It’s available in a EZKleen stainless steel finish.
Samsung has a wide selection of fridges across a range of different price points. Whether you’re looking for a top mount or a side-by-side-fridge, Samsung has it all. Expect prices from around $1,000, going up to $8,000 for its French Door models.
Samsung 400L Top Mount Fridge with Twin Cooling Plus – $949
This 400L layered steel top mount fridge from Samsung (SR400LSTC) is said to offer versatility for busy households and generally costs $1,449 full price – that’s a whopping 35% off! It has a twin cooling system, allowing you to turn the freezer into a fridge for when you need more space. Two separate coolers are stated to keep air temperatures independent and help prevent odours from mixing. According to Samsung, its Twin Cooling Plus system delivers up to two times greater humidity compared to its ‘All Around’ models. You can also switch off the freezer or fridge while you go away on holiday. Keep food fresher for longer with separate cooling systems, designed to provide advanced humidity and temperature control.
It features an easy slide shelf, plus recessed handles for a neat look. This unit has a 3.5 star energy efficiency rating, which is likely to cost around $100 per year on electricity. It’s backed by a 10-year parts warranty for added peace of mind.
Samsung 714L French Door Fridge – $3,586
For a larger model, Samsung offers a 714L black layered steel four door fridge (SRF714NCDBLS), with a number of different features to suit a busy household. It typically costs $5,499, but you can get it for 35% off this end of financial year sale time. It has three independent cooling systems, claimed to provide advanced humidity and temperature control. This further aids in preventing the mixing of odours between fresh and frozen food. The bottom-right section can turn into either a fridge or freezer at the touch of a button.
With adjustable shelving, six door pockets, an egg container and built-in door storage, it might offer enough space for groceries of all shapes and sizes. Plus, it has a handy ice twister for all your beverages. Its tri-fold shelves can adjust for large or tall items. This Samsung fridge features a 10-year parts warranty, similarly to the model above and has a 2.5 star energy efficiency rating.
A brand that generally offers great value for money is Kelvinator. The trusted brand has been operating for over 80 years and has a decent range of fridges, which typically include mid-large size capacities.
Kelvinator 540L Top Mount Fridge – $945
If you’re looking for a straightforward fridge without any unnecessary bells and whistles, you might like to consider this Artic Silver 540L fridge (KTM5402AA), with a charcoal grey cabinet finish and pocket handles ($1,549 RRP). It has a slightly larger fridge capacity and features a top mount design that gives easy access to the frozen items. It’s also equipped with a humidity-controlled crisper– designed to help extend the life of your fresh fruit and veggies.
Expect similar features as the 528L model, including separate temperature controls for the fridge and freezer, plus the Spillsafe glass shelves and FlexStor door. It has a 3.5 star energy efficiency rating and in turn, can be found to use around the same amount of energy as the previous model, costing $121 per year to run.
Kelvinator 528L Bottom Mount Fridge – $1,096
This 528L Kelvinator fridge (KBM5302AA) is best-suited for medium to large-size households and typically retails for $1,649. The bottom mount unit design is a popular choice, because it places your most used foods and items at eye level. The freezer section comes equipped with wire baskets to organise your food, plus an additional flat section at the top to store items such as frozen pizzas and ice trays.
It’s equipped with several handy features such as a door alarm for when the door is left open, ‘Spillsafe’ glass shelves to capture any liquid in the event of a spill, and a ‘FlexStor’ door bin storage system that enables you to configure the fridge door to suit your family. There is also separate temperature controls for the fridge and freezer units. In terms of energy efficiency, the Kelvinator 528L fridge has a rating of 3.5 stars out of five and could add around $122 to your annual electricity bill (according to the Standard Test, based on a usage rate of 29c/kWh).
Should you buy a new fridge this EOFY sales time?
If your current fridge just isn’t meeting your needs – for example your family has grown and you need more capacity, or possibly the kids have moved out and a smaller fridge might help reduce your electricity costs – then you might like to consider looking out for a bargain at this time of year. When you’re shopping around, t’s important to consider energy efficiency star ratings, as well as fridge capacity, to ensure you’re buying the right fridge to suit your household. There’s plenty of choice, so shop around before you settle on one.
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