Five of the best eco fridge freezers
A fridge freezer is a serious investment, so we've researched five of the best budget-friendly and energy-efficient models to help you make the right choice
Fridge freezers are one of the most energy-hungry appliances in the home so, as they are working 24/7, it’s important to choose a model that is as efficient as possible for your budget.
One of the quickest ways of doing this is by looking at an appliance’s energy rating. The scale goes from A to G, with A being the most energy-efficient. You will typically spend more upfront on a higher-rated appliance but it will ultimately save you money on bills later down the line.
Another consideration when it comes to efficiency is size and capacity. What do you stock up on most in your household? Are you a keen cook and love fresh produce? Or do you like having a good stash of frozen options for easy weeknight dinners? This will help you decide which fridge freezer ratio best suits your needs.
Smart ‘no frost’ technology for the freezer and climate control settings in the fridge can also help keep energy usage down and ensure food stays fresh for longer.
The five eco fridge freezers that we’ve selected sit in the middle of both the price and efficiency scales. We’ve chosen these models to help save you money up-front as well as in the long term.
Looking to make your whole kitchen more eco-friendly? Check out our guide to making your kitchen more sustainable. Worried about the energy usage of your oven? We've tested the most popular brands to find the best air fryer instead. Want to brew yourself a cuppa without worrying about switching your kettle on time and time again? Go for an eco kettle - every little helps.
The best energy-efficient fridge freezers to buy in 2023
Samsung RB7300T RB34T602EBN 70/30 Total No Frost
- Dimensions: 185.3 x 59.5 x 65.8cm
- Fridge capacity: 230L
- Freezer capacity: 114L
- Energy rating: E
The low-down: The chic black shade of this Samsung eco fridge freezer makes it a stylish choice for a range of kitchen styles, but it’s what’s going on inside that’s really important! With a 70/30 ratio and roomy fridge capacity of 230L that can hold up to 19 bags of grocery shopping it’s a great choice for family homes that need a well-stocked fridge.
Total No Frost technology in the freezer means manual defrosting will be a thing of the past and All-Around Cooling will also help to maintain an even temperature in your fridge, enabling ingredients to stay fresher for longer, no matter which shelf you pop them on. It has an open door alert too.
Siemens iQ300 KG36NXXDF Free-standing 70/30
- Dimensions: 186 x 60 x 66.5cm
- Fridge capacity: 218L
- Freezer capacity: 103L
- Energy rating: D
The low-down: This is the priciest eco fridge freezer of the five but a worthy investment thanks to a relatively energy-efficient rating (at this price bracket); its tech-focus design is a plus too. It can hold up to 20 grocery bags and its 70/30 ratio is ideal for cooks and lovers of fresh produce. Frost-free technology is included as well as a door alarm and an LED display panel that lets you select from Eco, Fresh and Vacation temperature settings.
Bosch Series 2 KGN34NLEAG 50/50 Frost Free
- Dimensions: 186 x 60 x 66cm
- Fridge capacity: 192L
- Freezer capacity: 105L
- Energy rating: E
The low-down: If you’re after an even split between fridge and freezer, this no-fuss 50/50 Bosch model is definitely worth consideration. It holds 16 bags of groceries, which is just the right capacity for an average household, and it also has a MultiAirflow system, which keeps air circulation flowing to create an even temperature. The eco fridge freezer comes with No Frost technology too. Size-wise, it can be positioned flat against the wall, letting you make the most of your space.
Hotpoint H7X 83A W 70/30
- Dimensions: 191.2 x 59.6 x 67.8cm
- Fridge capacity: 231L
- Freezer capacity: 104L
- Energy rating: D
The low-down: This eco fridge freezer from Hotpoint ticks both the budget and energy-efficiency boxes. It includes a door alarm and Total No Frost technology, as well as more advanced benefits, such as Active Oxygen, which will help to keep strong smells at bay. It also features special climate-controlled drawers designed to keep fruit, veg, fish and meats fresh for longer. Capacity wise, it can hold 18 grocery bags worth of food, so it’s an impressive all-rounder if you have a big family
LG NatureFRESH GBB61DSJEN 60/40
- Dimensions: 186 x 59.5 x 68.2cm
- Fridge capacity: 234L
- Freezer capacity: 107L
- Energy rating: E
The low-down: Inside this sleek, contemporary eco fridge freezer is a whole host of technical features to keep your food as fresh as possible, whether it’s a frozen chook or freshly grown salad. The efficient-savvy LG Smart Inverter Compressor can sense how full the appliance is and adjust the temperature to create the most optimum cooling atmosphere. Meanwhile, Linear Cooling helps maintain an even temperature throughout the fridge.
Katie is a Staff Writer for HomeStyle magazine and YourHomeStyle.uk. She previously worked on Gardens Illustrated magazine and has written for various other lifestyle magazines and brands. She particularly enjoys writing about indie and eco homeware brands, interior styles through the ages, urban gardening, and decor hacks for small spaces. She is also responsible for HomeStyle's buyer's guides, so you'll often find her testing out the latest homeware gadgets and kitchen appliances.