Refrigerator buying guide

We'll help you choose the perfect fridge to meet your household's needs.

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Key facts about refrigerator:

  • A refrigerator is one of the most important appliances for your household.
  • It's a huge investment that could last you more than 10 years, so it's important that you weigh up your options carefully before making your purchase.
  • When picking a fridge, you need to consider your household size, kitchen layout and lifestyle.

Compare some of the best refrigerators

Data obtained December 2018. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Average Price (AUD) Type Total volume (L) Dispenser Frost free Dimensions (mm) Purchase today
Side by side
Ice, Water
1790 x 912 x 738
The LG GS-L668PNL offers an anti-fingerprint finish, a moisture balance crisper and a 10-year warranty.
Bosch KIN34P60AU
Bosch KIN34P60AU
Bottom mount
1772 x 556 x 545
The Bosch KIN34P60AU includes adjustable glass shelves and advanced temperature control functions.
Samsung SRF582DBLS
Samsung	SRF582DBLS
French door
1780 x 817 x 825
The Samsung SRF582DBLS comes in a black layered steel finish with counter-depth design and separate cooling systems.
Fisher & Paykel RX611DUX1
Fisher & Paykel RX611DUX1
Side by side
Ice, Water
1795 x 910 x 700
The Fisher & Paykel RX611DUX1 includes humidity-controlled crispers for fruits and vegetables and a stainless steel finish.
Haier HBM450SA1
Haier HBM450SA1
Bottom mount
1725 x 700 x 676
The Haier HBM450SA1 includes a reversible door, an adjustable temperature drawer and humidity bin control.
Electrolux EHE6899BA
Electrolux EHE6899BA
French door
Ice, Water
1782 x 913 x 746
The Electrolux EHE6899BA has a dark stainless steel finish, adjustable shelves and offers smart device connectivity.
Westinghouse WSE6870SA
Westinghouse	WSE6870SA
Side by side
Ice, Water
1787 x 1000 x 784
The Westinghouse WSE6870SA comes in a fingerprint resistant stainless steel finish and includes an eco energy-saving mode.
Kelvinator KBM5302AA
Kelvinator KBM5302AA
Bottom mount
1718 x 796 x 727
The Kelvinator KBM5302AA includes a flexible door bin-storage system and full-width wire baskets.
Hisense HR6TFF600SD
Hisense HR6TFF600SD
Top mount
1806 x 860 x 735
The Hisense HR6TFF600SD offers a multi-function touch control panel and fast-cooling capabilities.
Beko BTM510X
Beko BTM510X
Top mount
1720 x 740 x 770
The Beko BTM510X is made from stainless steel and includes a 5-year warranty and odour filter.

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Fridge types

There are many fridge types to choose from. It's important to adjust the fridge size and features to suit your cooking and eating habits.

TypeBest forProsCons
Top-mount: Freezer on topSmall homes
  • Cheapest to both buy and run
  • Large variety, most common type
  • More compact
  • Need to bend down to open the fridge, which is the most used compartment
Bottom-mount: Freezer on bottomSmall- to medium-sized households
  • Fridge compartment is at eye level
  • Freezer typically includes handy slide-out baskets
  • Many options available
  • Easy to fit in most spaces
  • Costs more to buy than top-mount fridges
  • Costs marginally more to run
  • May take longer to chill, particularly the freezer
Side-by-side: Fridge next to freezerMedium-sized households
  • Larger storage space
  • Includes many features such as ice/water dispensers
  • Suits narrow kitchens that can't fit swinging doors
  • Can access fridge and freezer easily
  • Best access for wheelchairs
  • Value for money
  • Can't place in a small corner
  • Ice makers/water chillers take up more freezer space
  • Narrower space might not fit a box of pizza or bulky foods
  • Temperature inconsistency between the top/bottom of fridge
French door: Bottom-mount with two-door fridgeFamilies, large kitchens, big budgets
  • Advantages of bottom-mount plus extra space and features
  • Big storage space
  • Wide shelving can fit bulky items, large platters and cakes
  • Smaller fridge doors
  • Minimises cold air loss
  • Costs more
  • Ice makers/water chillers take up more freezer space
  • Won't fit in a small corner
  • Difficult to keep freezer organised
Pigeon pair: Separate matching fridge + freezerSmall kitchens
  • More flexibility
  • Can keep freezer and fridge separate, e.g. in garage/laundry area
  • Good storage space
  • Takes up more overall space
Four-door: Two fridge doors and two freezer doorsBig families, entertainers with high budgets and large spaces
  • Flexible, convenient storage space with better organisation
  • Wide shelving
  • Some include customisable freezer space
  • Minimises cold air loss
  • Includes water/ice dispensers and adjustable shelving
  • Costs more
  • Needs a large space
Built-inConstructed as part of the kitchen unit
  • Seamless integration with the rest of the kitchen, including unfinished tops/sides
  • Typically has less depth, but is wider
  • Stylish, custom-made panels
  • Only for those who are redesigning kitchen or decorating from scratch
  • May cost more
Wine fridgeWine collectors, entertainers
  • Tailored temperature, humidity and vibration control that's optimal for wine storage
  • UV protected
  • Single and multiple temperature zone options available
  • Not a replacement for main fridge
  • Multi-zone types can take up a lot of space
Bar fridgeOffices, dorms, kitchenettes or overflowing fridge
  • Cheaper
  • Compact and portable
  • Mini fridge with all the essentials (freezer box, adjustable shelves, temperature control)
  • Tiny storage space
  • Not a replacement for your everyday fridge

How to compare fridges

A refrigerator could cost you anywhere from $498 to over $4,999, depending on the brand, model, volume and features.

Here are some other key features to consider:
    • Size. Smaller fridges are typically less energy-efficient and will cost you more in the long term. If uncertain, opt for a larger fridge. Each additional family member adds 28.5L to the fridge volume and freezer space. If you have a small kitchen, opt for a fridge with adjustable shelving to optimise your storage space.
Household size to fridge size: Rule of thumb

Here's a simple rule of thumb you can follow to work out what fridge size you need:

Number of peopleVolume (litres)Price range
    • Space clearance. Allow for a minimum space of 5cm on all sides plus the top and rear of your fridge so that there's room for heat from the motor to escape. If you don't have this, your fridge will have to work harder to keep cool, costing you more. Check the fridge manufacturer's recommended height and width clearances. Also, make sure that your fridge can fit through your front door and hallways.
    • Door hinge. Check whether the door hinge position is on the left or the right of the fridge and whether it's reversible. If your fridge is next to a wall, the hinge should be on the opposite side or reversible.
    • Finish type. There are five main finish types to choose from: stainless steel, white, black, retro and glass.
Stainless steel
  • Professional, neat look
  • High-end models have an entirely flat front, instead of a fridge door's typically curved design
  • Fingerprints, marks and smudges tend to show up
  • Costs more
  • Fridge front is not typically magnetic
  • Easier to clean
  • Cheaper
  • Fingerprints won't be visible on this finish
  • This classic design is not as trendy
  • Modern design with charcoal and dark finishes available
  • Fingerprints won't show
  • Can make your kitchen look darker
  • Design may not suit all homes
Bright colours/retro
  • A bold, vintage design with modern interior is gaining popularity as a statement piece
  • This trend may pass quickly
  • The look may not suit all homes
  • A large variety of colours available, colours appear richer and brighter
  • Modern aesthetic appeal
  • Fingerprints don't show up as much as stainless steel
  • Has discrete controls, which are only visible when in use
  • Fridge front is completely flat
  • Not a magnetic surface
  • May scratch more easily
  • Typically costs more
  • Energy star rating. The number of stars labelled on your fridge tells you how energy-efficient your appliance is. Five stars means the most savings, while one star saves the least. Although larger appliances will use more energy overall, the star rating considers the appliance's relative energy efficiency. Between two fridges of the same volume, opt for the one with more stars as this will cost you less to run.
  • Energy consumption. You can calculate your fridge's annual energy cost with the following equation: energy consumption figure (kWh) x electricity price/kWh.

Additional features

Here are some additional features to think about:

How to dispose of your fridge

When you purchase a new fridge, various retailers can remove your old fridge for you. Alternatively, if it's still in working condition, you may be able to sell it second-hand. If it's not functioning anymore, some metal scrap dealers will let you trade it in for parts.

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