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Canstar Blue’s fridge review has seen Fisher & Paykel, Kelvinator, Westinghouse, Hisense, Electrolux, Samsung, LG, Beko, Haier and Bosch compared on customer satisfaction.

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Fisher & Paykel has won over consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2019 fridge ratings, receiving five-star reviews for reliability, internal layout, external design, quality of fittings & fixtures, features, food freshness and overall satisfaction.

Fisher & Paykel turns up the temperature in fridge ratings

If your refrigerator is on the fritz, or you’ve simply outgrown your old kitchen mate, it may be time for a new one. But where do you start? Chances are it’s been a while since you’ve had to buy a new fridge, but fear not because Canstar Blue is here to guide you through everything you need to consider. With modern fridges usually costing more than $1,000, you really should do your research. And that’s where our annual customer reviews and ratings help, as we provide Aussie consumers a platform to share their opinions on their latest fridge purchase, giving you a good idea of what to expect if you choose one of the 10 leading brands compared this year.

This year, Canstar Blue surveyed just under 1,700 Australian consumers who have purchased a new refrigerator over the last three years. Respondents were asked to review their new fridge based on a number of important factors, including its reliability, the quality of fittings & fixtures, internal layout, style/external design, features, food freshness and value for money. The idea is to give you as much helpful information as possible about the compared brands so you can make an informed purchase decision the next time you go fridge shopping!

Ten major brands received the minimum sample size to be included in the results, but only one achieved a five-star review for overall customer satisfaction – Fisher & Paykel. Our cousins from New Zealand know a thing or two about quality fridges (and most other appliances), scoring five stars across most research categories, including reliability, internal layout and food freshness.

Best-Rated Fridges

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The 10 brands in our fridge review were rated in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:

  • 1st Fisher & Paykel
  • 2nd Kelvinator
  • 3rd Westinghouse
  • 4th Hisense
  • 5th Electrolux
  • 6th Samsung
  • 7th LG
  • 8th Beko
  • 9th Haier
  • 10th Bosch

Kelvinator, Westinghouse, Hisense, Electrolux, Samsung and LG got four stars for overall satisfaction, while Beko, Haier and Bosch were left on three stars apiece. However, Fisher & Paykel wasn’t the only brand to earn top marks in this year’s review, with plenty of others securing five stars in specific areas.

Westinghouse, Hisense, Samsung and LG all received five stars for their external design, while Electrolux was a standout performer for its internal layout, quality of fittings and food freshness. Additionally, Kelvinator received the top result for internal layout and value for money, while Westinghouse was rated top marks for reliability, and Samsung was the only other brand to score five stars for features.

Our fridge ratings provide a helpful guide to which brands are rated highest in Australia, but picking the best fridge for your household’s needs requires a little more research. Read on as we detail what each of the brands in this year’s review have to offer. We’ll then look more closely at the factors to consider before getting your credit card out.

Top-Rated Fridges

Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel quite often stands out for its practical designs – notably its drawer appliances. As well as integrated fridges with pull-out drawers, the brand offers single fridge drawers to install into integrated cabinetry. The fridge range covers these, as well as the full traditional range, from bar fridges through to 614L French door fridges.

An example of a mid-priced fridge from Fisher & Paykel is the 447L ActiveSmart Top Mount Fridge (RF440TLPW6), priced around $1,800. This white-finish fridge has 105L of freezer space and 342L of fridge space, with LED internal lighting and electronic temperature controls. The ActiveSmart system is said to use temperature sensors, independently-controlled fans and air ducts that are controlled by a microprocessor to optimise cooling power. This involves adjusting the fan speed and compressor to compensate for changes such as frequent door opening or storing uncooled food.

Fisher & Paykel’s fridge range includes:

  • Fisher & Paykel RF610ADUB5 614L French Door Fridge
  • Fisher & Paykel RF605QDVX1 605L Quad Door Fridge
  • Fisher & Paykel RS90A1 525L Integrated French Door Fridge
  • Fisher & Paykel RF522BLPW6 519L Bottom Mount Fridge
  • Fisher & Paykel E450RXFD1 451L Upright Fridge

Fisher & Paykel scored five stars for overall satisfaction and most other categories, except value for money where it was rated four stars.

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Kelvinator

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Kelvinator covers the most straightforward traditional top mount and bottom mount models. The range targets the most important parts of keeping your food and drinks cool through Aussie weather, meaning it’s one of the more affordable options on the market, but you might have to go without fancy features such as ice cube makers.

For example, the Kelvinator 528L Bottom Mount Fridge (KBM5302WA) has one of the brand’s highest retail prices yet is still very close to average consumer spending on a new refrigerator. This model has adjustable shelves, FlexStor adjustable door bin storage, two full-width wire freezer baskets and one full-width crisper.

Kelvinator’s fridge range includes:

  • Kelvinator KBM5302AA 528L Bottom Mount Fridge
  • Kelvinator KTM5402AA 540L Top Mount Fridge
  • Kelvinator KBM4502AA 453L Bottom Mount Fridge
  • Kelvinator KTB2802WA 275L Top Mount Fridge
  • Kelvinator KTB2302WA 231L Top Mount Fridge

Kelvinator achieved five stars for its internal layout and value for money, with four stars in all remaining categories, including reliability and overall satisfaction.

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Westinghouse

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Part of the Electrolux Group, Westinghouse is a long-standing Australian brand covering more of the family-focused part of the home appliances market, while also foraying into some $2,000+ fridges with extra features like automatic ice makers. It offers bottom mount, top mount, French door, side by side, vertical and bar fridges. These also come in numerous finishes including white, silver, dark stainless steel and standard stainless steel.

An example of a mid-range fridge from Westinghouse is the 460L Stainless Steel Top Mount (WTB4604SB), which features a twist ice maker, humidity controlled crisper, egg tray, adjustable SpillSafe glass shelves, full width freezer door bin and quick chill function. This fridge is available for about $1,500.

Westinghouse’s fridge range includes:

  • Westinghouse WHE6874SA 681L French Door Fridge
  • Westinghouse WSE6870SA 680L Side by Side Fridge
  • Westinghouse WHE6000SA 605L French Door Fridge
  • Westinghouse WBB3700WG 370L Bottom Mount Fridge
  • Westinghouse WTB2300WG 230L Top Mount Fridge

Westinghouse received four stars for overall satisfaction, quality of fittings, internal layout, features, food freshness and value for money. It received five stars for reliability and external design.

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Hisense

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Hisense covers every type of fridge, which includes French door, bottom mount, top mount, side by side, one door and bar fridges. The brand focuses mostly on the low to mid-price range, but does venture into fridges priced more than $2,000. Hisense also offers some unusual colours – apart from the trendy black finish, there are also red and green bar fridges.

An example of Hisense’s mid-range offerings is the 534L Top Mount SS Fridge (HR6TFF534SD), with its stainless-steel exterior and handles. There’s a handy display and controls panel on the front to adjust the inside temperature and functions, such as super freeze and super cool. Inside, the freezer has two door bins and a twist ice maker, while the fridge has a humidity controlled crisper bin and an egg tray. Both the fridge and freezer units have adjustable glass shelves. This unit is available for $1,199 RRP*.

Hisense’s fridge range includes:

  • Hisense HR6FDFF701SW 701L French Door Fridge: $2,999 RRP*
  • Hisense HR6SBSFF624SW 624L Side by Side Fridge: $1,499 RRP*
  • Hisense HR6BMFF514SW 514L Bottom Mount Fridge: $1,299 RRP*
  • Hisense HR6AFF355SD 355L Upright Fridge: $999 RRP*
  • Hisense HR6TFF230 230L Top Mount Fridge: $599 RRP*

In this year’s review, Hisense earned five stars for external design and value for money, while scoring four stars for overall satisfaction and all remaining categories.

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Electrolux

Electrolux doesn’t really foray into the budget end of the refrigerators segment – you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything retailing for under $1,000. Instead, Electrolux goes deep into the high-end market with its biggest and most expensive model – a whopping 681L French door fridge – priced over $3,500. One of the cheapest fridges still costs more than the average new fridge spend, although may be worth it if you’re looking for additional features and extras.

The Electrolux 460L Top Mount Fridge (ETE4607SB), available in either left or right-hand opening, can be had for around $2,000. It has a mark resistant stainless-steel exterior with bar handles. The 119L freezer includes a door bin and twist ice maker, while the 341L fridge compartment includes a full-width dairy compartment on top of the vegetable crisper and a deodoriser. Eco and holiday mode can help manage energy usage, while the drinks chill alarm tells you when your beverages are cold. This fridge also stands out with its excellent five-star energy rating, a relative rarity for fridges around this price range.

Electrolux’s fridge range includes:

  • Electrolux EHE6899BA 681L French Door Fridge
  • Electrolux EHE5267BB 524L French Door Fridge
  • Electrolux ERE5047SB 501L Upright Fridge
  • Electrolux EBE4507BB 453L Bottom Mount Fridge
  • Electrolux EME3600SA 360L Multi-Door Top Freezer Fridge

Electrolux received four stars for overall satisfaction, reliability, style/external design and features, with three stars for value for money. However, it got creditable five-star reviews for food freshness, internal layout and quality of fittings & fixtures.

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Samsung

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Perhaps best-known for its mobile phones, Samsung also has a strong presence in the home appliances market. The company covers a very wide range of price points, from truly entry-level fridges up to some very expensive, very high-end appliances. This means that Aussie shoppers with any budget may find a Samsung fridge to take home.

Around the middle of Samsung’s range is this 458L Bottom Mount Refrigerator (SRL458ELS), with a respectable four-star energy efficiency rating, priced around $1,600. The stainless-steel exterior features bar handles, while inside there are four tempered glass shelves, a vegetable crisper, wine rack, and a flip up shelf for fitting extra tall items. The 149L freezer also includes a twist ice maker. It’s designed with a right hand opening only.

Samsung’s fridge range includes:

  • Samsung SRF825BFH4 825L Family Hub Refrigerator: $6,799 RRP*
  • Samsung SRF678CDLS 680L French Door Refrigerator: $2,999 RRP*
  • Samsung SRS673DMB676L Side by Side Refrigerator: $2,099 RRP*
  • Samsung SR519LSTC 525L Top Mount Refrigerator: $1,249 RRP*
  • Samsung SR342WTC 343L Top Mount Refrigerator: $749 RRP*

Samsung was rated four stars for overall satisfaction and the same score across all research categories, except for external design and features, where it earned five-star reviews.

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LG

LG seems to prioritise energy-efficiency across its broad range of refrigerators. Models range from small fridges suitable for one or two people, up to giant 910L units for those who love food and want to store a lot of it. The LG price range is equally broad, offering affordable $1,000 models up through to big fancy units with equally big price tags.

Looking at a more mid-range example, the LG 450L Bottom Mount Fridge (GB-455MBL) has an impressive 4.5-star energy rating. Inside, the fridge features tempered glass shelves, with a 2-step folding shelf to fit taller items. It also has a humidity controlled crisper and air vents located in the front ceiling of the fridge to direct cold air onto items stored in the top door baskets. The freezer contains three plastic drawers and a twist ice maker.

LG’s fridge range includes:

  • LG GF-V910MBSL 910L InstaView French Door Fridge: $5,499 RRP*
  • LG GS-D665BSL 665L Side by Side Fridge: $3,199 RRP*
  • LG GB-W455MBL 454L Bottom Mount Fridge: $1,649 RRP*
  • LG GT-L471PDC 471L Top Mount Fridge in Stainless Finish: $1,299 RRP*
  • LG GT-332SDC 332L Top Mount Fridge with Door Cooling+: $909 RRP

LG was the last brand on the list to receive four stars for overall satisfaction. It also received four stars in all other categories, except external design where it notably received a five-star review.

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Beko

Turkish brand Beko offers a wide range of fridges, from French door models to top and bottom mounts. There are a number of price points with both budget and high-end options. Plus, you’ll find a range of finishes to suit the style of your kitchen, from stainless steel to black glass.

Take for example its 629L French Door Fridge (BFD629DX) featuring Beko’s Everfresh+ Crisper, Active Fresh Blue Light, and an inner water dispenser located on the inside of the fridge to keep your door looking sleek. It also comes with NeoFrost Cooling Technology, stated to help maintain optimal humidity and freshness, while limiting the transfer of odours between the fridge and freezer units. For something a little simpler, Beko’s 345L top mount fridge (BTM345W) retails for around $600 and features some of the same technology.

Beko’s fridge range includes:

  • Beko GNE134750X 725L French Door Fridge
  • Beko BFR630DB 626L French Door Fridge
  • Beko BTM510X 510L Stainless Steel Top Mount Fridge
  • Beko BBM450X 450L Bottom Mount Fridge
  • Beko BTM345W 345L White Top Mount Fridge

Beko scored three stars for overall satisfaction and across all ratings categories, with the exception of features, where it received four stars.

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Haier

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Haier covers every type of refrigerator on the market, including some of the most affordable options and a few venturing over the $2,000 price mark. Founded in China, the company focuses on every day, affordable kitchen, laundry and home cooling necessities.

The Haier 555L Side by Side Refrigerator (HSBS555AW) is one of the more affordable side-by-side fridges available. It features LED interior lighting, a crisper bin, egg tray, and spill-proof glass shelves. It also has an external temperature control with an LED display and hidden hinges to give you a sleek look. While it only has a 2.5-star energy efficiency rating, the fridge is convenient for those who like a well-organised unit.

Haier’s fridge range includes:

  • Haier HRF700YCX 701L French Door Fridge
  • Haier HRF520FHS 514L French Door Fridge
  • Haier HBM340SA1 342L Bottom Mount Fridge
  • Haier HRF328W2 328L Upright Fridge
  • Haier HRF220TS 221L Top Mount Fridge

This year, Haier received a solid four stars for value for money, but just three stars in all remaining categories, including overall satisfaction.

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Bosch

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Bosch is a brand well-known for high-end household appliances, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to fridges. But are they worth it? The brand has two intriguing options priced around the $3,000 mark, so they’re some of the most expensive you’re likely to come across.

The Bosch Serie 8 287L Bottom Mount Fridge has a three-star energy efficiency rating with four height-adjustable safety glass shelves and frost-free technology. According to the brand, it uses two separate cooling circuits to help with fridge efficiency and provide constant air circulation. Bosch’s FreshSense system is said to monitor temperatures inside and outside each compartment, and adjust accordingly. Additionally, it has SuperCooling and SuperFreezing features claimed to quickly lower the temperature of newly introduced items.

Bosch’s fridge range includes:

  • Bosch KIN34P60AU 287L Bottom Mount Fridge: $3,299 RRP*
  • Bosch KAN92VI30A 652L Side by Side Fridge: $2,849 RRP*

Rounding out this year’s results, Bosch received three stars for overall satisfaction and for all other rated variables.

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Other fridge brands

While the following brands did not receive the minimum sample size required to be included in our 2019 review, they may still be worth considering for your next refrigerator purchase:

  • Artusi
  • Esatto
  • Gaggenau
  • Miele
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Panasonic
  • Seiki
  • Sharp
  • Smeg
  • Whirlpool

What to consider when buying a fridge

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Buying a new fridge is a significant investment – and before settling on the right brand for your kitchen, you first need to consider a few of the basics, such as:

  • The type of fridge you need
  • Any bonus features you want
  • The energy efficiency star ratings
  • A price point that suits your budget

Let’s now look into each of these factors in detail:

Type of fridge

Lettuce begin by explaining the different types of fridges available to buy in Australia. You may have always had one particular type, but you might be convinced to switch. Keep in mind that the following all come with freezer compartments – it’s really just a case of how much priority you give this. Here are the five main types of refrigerators:

  • Top mount: Top mount fridges are the most common type in Australia. They come with a single door fridge and smaller single door freezer compartment at the top.
  • Bottom mount: Bottom mount fridges are in reverse, with the smaller freezer compartment at the bottom of the unit instead. These models are not as widely seen as top mounted fridges, but they are still very popular.
  • Side by side: These fridge freezer units give more priority to the freezer, with side by side doors and two vertical compartments. Usually, the slightly smaller freezer compartment is on the left and the main fridge area is on the right.
  • French door: These fridges are effectively bottom mount and side-by-side fridges combined as they have a two-door fridge at the top and typically a single door freezer at the bottom. Some models have two doors at the bottom.
  • Single door: Breaking from traditional fridge-freezer models, single door fridges simply dedicate all of their space to the fridge unit, with no freezer.

Other smaller types of fridges include your trusty beer or wine fridge.

Fridge features

There’s no doubt that manufacturers are becoming more adventurous with their refrigerators, driven by the consumer demand for something that does a little more than just keep your food and drinks cold, or frozen. LG has been one of the brands leading the latest innovations in the fridge space, including its imaginative ‘door-in-door’ feature (pictured). Meanwhile, Samsung could be your go-to brand if you want in-built cameras that allow you to see what’s inside your fridge without having to open it up!

Other notable fridge features that have become common lately include flexible spacing – allowing you to swap or change certain sections to suit your own food storage preferences – and multi-zone climate and humidity settings, letting you create separate cooling spaces for certain types of foods or drinks.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency largely comes down to how large your fridge is. Big fridges obviously use more power, but smaller fridges can be notoriously inefficient relative to their size. The following table is a guide to what you can expect to pay every year to run your fridge, depending on its size.

Seeing as fridges need to be used 24 hours a day, there is no real way around saving energy on an energy-inefficient fridge, bar sending your food to an early grave. The best and easiest option is to purchase an energy-efficient fridge in the first place, but be wary of paying too much because it could take some time for the extra cost to pay off.

Here is a table of estimated fridge running costs, with calculations based on an electricity usage rate of 33 cents per kWh:

Fridge Size (litres) Typical Annual Energy Consumption (kWh) Estimated Cost Per Year
100-199L 358 $118.14
200-299L 410 $135.30
300-300L 490 $161.70
400-499L 495 $163.35
500-599L 738 $243.54
600-699L 1,356 $447.48

Details sourced from: SA.GOV.AU

Check the energy star ratings sticker on your fridge to see how efficient it is. If your fridge doesn’t have one of these ratings, it’s probably time for an upgrade! The maximum star rating a standard fridge can have is six stars. Super-efficient fridges, however, can have between 7-10 stars, as shown by the ‘crown’ of stars on top of the label (pictured).

Of course, it takes a lot for a fridge to earn a maximum energy rating. Most fridges struggle to earn any more than five stars. One such fridge to earn five stars is the Electrolux 540L Top-Mount (ETE5407SB). It comes with an annual energy usage of 282kWh.

  • Based on an electricity usage rate of 33c/kWh, you could expect to pay around $93 to power this fridge over the year!

Of course, energy costs are also dependent on how your electricity provider sets its electricity rates. Be aware that a flexible pricing tariff will mean your fridge costs more to run at peak times of day, but less to run at off-peak times.

Should I buy a cheap fridge?

Everyone wants their money to go as far as it can, so a cheap fridge can be an alluring prospect. Our survey found that Aussie households spend an average of $1,164 on new fridges. This is pretty much smack bang in the middle of the fridge price range. Fridges can range anywhere from about $400, all the way up to and over $3,000 for the latest and greatest. However, cheap fridges can be the silent killer in your kitchen as far as your electricity bill is concerned.

A fridge’s cheap sticker price can be just the tip of the iceberg. Often, what you save in the initial outlay, you’ll pay for in energy inefficiency over time. Take the ChiQ 251L bottom mount fridge (CBM251W) for example. This fridge costs around $800 to buy, and you might think that its small capacity means lower electricity bills. Unfortunately, you’d be mistaken, as it consumes 321kWh annually and has a three-star energy efficiency rating.

  • The annual power bill would equate to around $106, which is $13 more per year than the Electrolux model featured above.
  • To break it down further, that equates to about 42c per litre of capacity for the ChiQ, versus a hint over 17c per litre for the Electrolux.
  • This doesn’t account for any increase in power prices, and over time an increase in electricity prices could increase the consumption gulf between cheap and energy-efficient fridges.

These are extreme examples, but it could help illustrate how you might be better off spending more on a greater capacity fridge that’s also energy-efficient. Not to mention, you can also expect pricier fridges to come with superior quality fittings and fixtures. As is the case with most other household appliances, you often get what you pay for. The trick is to find a quality product at a reasonable price.

Our research found that one in ten (9%) survey respondents wish they had bought a more expensive fridge. When asked what the biggest factor in their purchase decision was, 29% indicated the price of the fridge, followed by size (19%), capacity/storage (16%) and energy efficiency (14%).

Other key findings include:

The bottom line on fridges

Fisher & Paykel has topped our fridge ratings for the first time, delivering on the quality and reliability that Aussies expect. However, it’s important to do your research before settling on a model that’s right for your home and family.

While it might ultimately come down to your budget, it’s important to also consider a range of factors including size and energy efficiency, before you splash the cash. There’s certainly no point in having a fridge that’s too large or too small for you.

With power prices so high, energy consumption is more important than ever before. An energy efficient fridge is likely to have a higher price tag than a fridge that’s pretty inefficient, but it should help you save money later down the track. It will also generally have more high-tech features that can prove handy. As with most household appliances, you’ll typically get what you pay for with fridges. So, we hope you find our customer ratings helpful when looking for your new kitchen mate.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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*Prices taken from respective retailer websites, correct as of December 2019

More about Refrigerators

List of Refrigerator Brands

Here is a list of fridge brands available to buy in Australia:

  • Artusi
  • Asko
  • Beko
  • Bosch
  • Bromic
  • CHiQ
  • Dometic
  • Electrolux
  • Esatto
  • Euro Appliances
  • Fisher & Paykel
  • Gorenje
  • Haier
  • Hisense
  • Hitachi
  • Husky
  • ILVE
  • Inalto
  • Kelvinator
  • LG
  • Lemair
  • Liebherr
  • Miele
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Palsonic
  • Rhino
  • Samsung
  • Seiki
  • Sharp
  • Smeg
  • Westinghouse
  • Whirlpool

Our latest customer satisfaction research on refrigerators saw a number of brands rated best in different categories:

  • Best Overall: Kelvinator was a clear winner for overall fridge satisfaction, ahead of Fisher & Paykel and Westinghouse.
  • Best Reliability: Westinghouse was rated best for reliability, followed by Fisher & Paykel and Kelvinator.
  • Best Quality: Fisher & Paykel was the best-rated for quality of fittings and fixtures, with Electrolux and Westinghouse next in line.
  • Best Value: Hisense was rated best for value for money, leading the way from Kelvinator and Westinghouse.
  • Best Internal Layout: Kelvinator was deemed best for internal layout, closely followed by Fisher & Paykel and Electrolux.
  • Best for Food Freshness: Fisher  & Paykel was clearly rated best for food freshness, ahead of Electrolux and Kelvinator.
  • Best External Design: Hisense was rated best for style and external design, followed by Samsung and LG.
  • Best Features: Fisher & Paykel was the best-rated for features, ahead of Samsung and LG.

Refrigerator Retailers

There are plenty of retailers that sell fridges either in-store or online. These include:

  • ALDI
  • Appliances Online
  • Betta Home Living
  • Bing Lee
  • David Jones
  • Gedd!t
  • Harvey Norman
  • IKEA
  • JB Hi-Fi
  • Kogan
  • Miele
  • Myer
  • Radio Rentals
  • RetraVision
  • RT Edwards
  • The Good Guys
  • Winning Appliances

Fridge Comparison

Each brand offers a number of models within its range. We’ve taken a comparative model from each brand in regards to capacity to help you compare price, plus each model’s energy efficiency ratings:

Model RRP Energy Rating
Fisher & Paykel 447L Top Mount Fridge RF440TLPX6 $1,949
Kelvinator 460L Top Mount Fridge KTM4602WARH $1,199 3.5
Westinghouse 460L Top Mount Fridge WTB4604SAR $1,549 3.5
Hisense 460L Top Mount Fridge HR6TFF459 $899 4
Electrolux 460L Top Mount Fridge ETE4607SB-R $2,049 5
Samsung 471L Top Mount Fridge SR471LSTC $1,599 3.5
LG 441L Top Mount Fridge GT-442WDC $1,049 4
Beko 424L Top Mount Fridge BTM425W $949 3.5
Haier 457L Top Mount Fridge HRF454TW $899 3
Bosch 454L Top Mount Fridge KDN53VW30A $1,199 3.5

Source: Respective retailers and Appliances Online, December 2019

Fridge Types

Top Mount Fridges

Advantages:

  • Generally the cheapest type of fridge to buy
  • Has one of the widest ranges to choose from

Disadvantages:

  • You need to bend down to reach the bottom part of the fridge
  • Typically has a simple design and aesthetic

Bottom Mount Fridges

Advantages:

  • The fridge compartment is at eye level
  • The freezer section generally features easy-to-pull out baskets for ease of reach

Disadvantages:

  • Generally more expensive to buy compared to a top mount
  • Harder to lift out heavy items from the bottom, such as frozen foods

Side by Side Fridges

Advantages:

  • Commonly used foods in the fridge and freezer can be placed at eye level
  • Generally are more feature-packed with additional water and ice dispensers

Disadvantages:

  • Typically wider than other types of fridges, so they may not fit in your kitchen
  • Need to upkeep the ice and water dispensers

French Door Fridges

Advantages:

  • Easy access to commonly used foods
  • Extra space including wider shelves, larger door bins and a deeper drawer freezer

Disadvantages:

  • Generally, larger units use more electricity
  • Might not fit in your kitchen due to the large size

Single Door Fridges

Advantages:

  • Their slimline design allows you to have more room in the kitchen
  • Have different styles including retro designs

Disadvantages:

  • Don’t have a freezer compartment, which might require you to buy an upright freezer if you need it
  • They have smaller capacities compared to side by side and French Door fridges

Bar Fridges

Advantages:

  • Convenient and portable for keeping your beverages cool
  • Come in a range of styles and designs to suit your entertainment area

Disadvantages:

  • Generally not as energy efficient as other types of fridges
  • Have a limited temperature range, which is generally only fit for beers and soft drinks but not so much for wine

Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 6,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a new refrigerator in the last 3 years – in this case, 1,697 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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Where to score the cheapest fridges in Australia

Buying a new fridge isn’t easy, especially on the budget, however cheap may not equal best. See what you’re really spending with Canstar Blue.

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Guide to Cupboard Fridge and Freezer Shelf Life

A shelf life guide to the foods in your fridge

Everyone’s fridge is different, but when it comes to the shelf life of foods, there are some basics you need to know to make sure your fridge is healthy.

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End of Financial Year Sales Bargains on New Appliances

Canstar Blue looks at the highest rated appliance brands and picks out some potential bargains this end of financial year sales time.

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End of Financial Year Fridge Sales

Canstar Blue compares top fridge brands to find the best bargains for this end of financial year sales time.

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Fridge with ice maker

Fridges with Ice Makers & Water Dispensers

With refrigerators an essential purchase for households, brands have looked to diversify their features and functionality in order to set themselves apart from the competition. With technology, user friendliness and convenience some of the biggest …

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