This will depend on how much food you need to store and the amount of space you have in your kitchen. To help you choose, here are the pros and cons of the different types available.
Freestanding fridge freezers
Freestanding fridge freezers - These are the most popular type, so there are lots of models to choose between. You can put them anywhere in your kitchen, providing there’s a plug socket close by.
Freestanding models are typically 55cm, 60cm or 65cm wide and 60-65cm deep. They come in a range of heights: from 123cm-high versions to fit under a high kitchen cupboard, to extra tall 210cm-and-over models which offer more storage space.
- Cheaper to buy and run than American and integrated fridge freezers
- Greater choice of size, colour, features and prices to choose from
- Easy to fit into your kitchen
- You can take it with you when you move house
- Bulkier than integrated fridge freezers
- Can dominate the space in a small kitchen
Slimline fridge freezers
If you don’t have much space, choose a slightly smaller freestanding model. These are typically 50-55cm wide by 50-60cm deep.
- Ideal for small kitchens
- Can squeeze them into tight spaces
- They have a smaller footprint than most freestanding models so they’re less likely to protrude into your kitchen
- Less storage space
- Fewer models to choose between
These have a large fridge and a small freezer section on top. They’re great if you buy a lot of fresh food and don’t need much freezer space.
- Offer a huge amount of storage space for fresh food
- Shorter than most fridge freezers, and more likely to fit under a high kitchen cupboard
- Ideal if you have a separate freezer elsewhere in your home
- Includes popular retro-style fridge freezers from brands such as Smeg
- Won’t hold much frozen food
- Limited number of models to choose from
- Retro-style models are expensive
Integrated fridge freezers
Integrated fridge freezers - These sit behind kitchen cupboard doors so they become a part of the kitchen itself. They’re only an option if you’re replacing an existing built-in model or you’re buying a whole new kitchen. They’re designed to fit within the dimensions of a typical 60cm x 60cm kitchen unit.
- Look great and give your kitchen a sleek, seamless look
- Your fridge freezer is hidden from view
- Won’t protrude into your kitchen
- Much more expensive than freestanding models
- More expensive to run
- Fewer models to choose between
American-style fridge freezers
American-style fridge freezers - You can fit a huge amount of fresh and frozen food in these appliances, which makes them a good choice for large households. They’re only really suitable if you have a big kitchen as they’re larger and bulkier than freestanding models - they can be more than 90cm wide and 70cm deep, so measure up carefully before you buy.
- Allow you to store lots of fresh and frozen food
- They look great
- Useful features - such as a frost-free freezer, digital displays and chiller cabinets - tend to come as standard
- Many come with water and ice dispensers
- More expensive to buy and run than conventional fridge freezers
- Take up lots of space and may be difficult to deliver if your doorways are narrow
- Most with water and ice dispensers will need to be plumbed into the mains water supply, and so need to be sited close to it