The humble fridge is a necessary part of any home and in 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 this 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 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||$649||$499|
|LG GT-332SDC Top Mount Fridge||332L||$909||$719|
|Kelvinator KBM5302WA Bottom Mount Fridge||528L||$1,549||$969|
|Samsung SR471LSTC Top Mount Fridge with Twin Cooling Plus||471L||$1,599||$989|
|Kelvinator KTM5402AA Top Mount Fridge||540L||$1,549||$999|
|Mitsubishi MR-CX402EJ-ST-A1 Bottom Mount Fridge||402L||$1,499||$1,030|
|Fisher & Paykel RF411TRPX6 ActiveSmart Top Mount Fridge||411L||$1,799||$1,109|
|Haier HRF520FHS French Door Fridge||514L||$1,799||$1,564|
|LG GS-L668PNL Side by Side Fridge||668L||$2,399||$1,892|
|Fisher & Paykel RX628DX1 Side by Side Fridge||628L||$2,599||$2,046|
|Mitsubishi MR-L650EN-GSL-A L4 French Door Fridge||650L||$3,399||$2,233|
|Samsung SRF714NCDBLS French Door Fridge||714L||$4,999||$2,774|
Source: Appliances Online, May 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Fridges
Japanese multinational electronics company might be more well known for its vehicles but it also manufactures fridges. Its prices start from around $850 for smaller sized fridges and go up to $5,000 for its French Door models, but there are a few bargains to be had on its range this end of financial year sale time.
Mitsubishi MR-CX402EJ-ST-A1 402L Bottom Mount Fridge – $1,030
This Mitsubishi MR-CX402EJ-ST-A1 402L CX Designer Series Multi Drawer Bottom Mount Fridge ($1,499 RRP) is possibly the ultimate in 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, an 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 or glossy red to suit whatever your style is.
Mitsubishi MR-L650EN-GSL-A 650L L4 French Door Fridge – $2,233
For something a little bigger, this Mitsubishi MR-L650EN-GSL-A 650L L4 Glass Mini French Door Fridge ($3,399 RRP) can be found for just over $2,000. Designed for larger living, 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 food, 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 HRF220TS 221L Top Mount Fridge – $499
The Haier 221L top mount fridge ($649 RRP) is suitable for small households. There are a number of features that this humble fridge comes with, including Haier’s slide out chilled storage compartment for easy access, plus a large removable fresh food crisper. The adjustable spillproof shelves are claimed to neatly contain any accidental messes, while the LED interior lighting is stated to provide greater energy efficiency and emit less heat than more 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 HRF520FHS 514L French Door Fridge – $1,564
For a larger fridge, you might like to consider the Haier 514L French Door model. It has a recommended retail price tag of $1,799, but you might be able to score it for just over $1,500 at the end of financial year sales. 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 help 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’ that’s boasted 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 food as soon as you put it in. In terms of energy efficiency, it has a 2.5 star energy 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 makes a large range of electronics from washing machines to dishwashers, and they excel at fridges also. Prices typically range from the sub-$800 range, all the way up to the expensive, feature-packed fridges costing over $2,000.
LG GT-332SDC 332L Top Mount Fridge – $719
This 332L fridge from LG 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 LG’s DoorCooling+ technology for enhanced cooling in the door area, claimed to help keep food fresh. It’s also boasted for LG’s Linear Cooling technology to help maintain the appearance and taste of fresh produce by reducing temperature fluctuations from other food placed in the fridge.
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 more space. In terms of energy efficiency, it’s rated four stars. With a recommended retail price of $909, you might be able to find this unit for much less.
LG GS-L668PNL 668L Side by Side Fridge – $1,892
For a side-by-side refrigerator, you might like to consider this 668L unit from LG ($2,399 RRP). 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 a 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. It’s rated three stars for energy efficiency, which is expected to add around $160 to the 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 under $1,000, you might score some great discounts at the EOFY sales.
Fisher & Paykel RF411TRPX6 411L ActiveSmart Top Mount Fridge – $1,109
This 411L unit from Fisher & Paykel ($1,799 RRP) is most suited for a household of three to four people. 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, stating there’s no need for ‘holiday mode’ settings. The ActiveSmart system is claimed 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 $118 in energy per year.
Fisher & Paykel RX628DX1 628L Side by Side Fridge – $2,046
The Fisher & Paykel RX628DX1 628L has a recommended retail price of $2,599, but can be found for just under the $1,500 mark. It’s designed for a large family, so ensure you have sufficient kitchen space for this 628L fridge as well as ventilation room. The design features plenty of space including six adjustable glass shelves, deli storage, three freezer bins, five freezer door pockets, two fruit and vegetable bins and five full width door shelves.
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. Unlike the model above, this RX628DX1 does feature a holiday mode, claiming to optimise fridge energy use while you are away. It’s also equipped with an air circulating fan, Fast Freeze & Max Cool modes for rapidly locking in food freshness as soon as you get it into the fridge. It has scored just two stars for energy efficiency and will add around $180 to your electricity bill per year. It’s available in either a stainless steel or white finish.
Samsung has a wide selection of fridges across a range of different price points. Whether you’re looking for a top mount or side-by-side- fridge, Samsung has it all. Expect prices from around $800, going up to $8,000 for its French Door models.
Samsung SR471LSTC 471L Top Mount Fridge with Twin Cooling Plus – $989
This 471L layered steel top mount fridge from Samsung is boasted to offer versatility for busy households and generally costs $1,599. It has a twin cooling system, allowing you to turn your 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 offers 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 SRF714NCDBLS 714L French Door Fridge – $2,774
For a larger model Samsung offers a 714L black layered steel four door fridge with a number of different features to suit a busy household. It typically costs $4,999 but you can expect to find it for much less 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 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 KBM5302WA 528L Bottom Mount Fridge – $969
This 528L Kelvinator fridge ($1,549 RRP) is best-suited for medium to large-size households. The bottom mount unit design aims to limit strain on your back, which is typically caused by constant bending down with top-mount fridges. The freezer section is 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).
Kelvinator KTM5402AA 540L Top Mount Fridge – $999
If you’re looking for a straightforward fridge without any unnecessary bells and whistles, you might like to consider this Artic Silver 540L fridge 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 – $121 per year.
Should you buy a new fridge this EOFY sales time?
If your current fridge 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 on electricity costs – then you might like to consider looking out for a bargain at this time of year. It’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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