Shopping for a fridge might seem like a simple enough task but until you step into the showroom or online store and start the filtering process, you’ll realise there is more to the best fridges than meets the eye. First there are fridge styles (top mount, bottom mount, french or quad door), then there’s fridge and freeze capacity, finish, energy efficiency and overall cost to consider.
“When shopping for a fridge it makes sense to do your research and get opinions before you think about opening your wallet,” said Peter Marshall, People’s Choice Awards adjudicator. “For the Mozo People’s Choice Awards, 29 fridge brands were rated by everyday Australians. These people have these products in their homes and are best qualified to have a say on whether their fridge meets their expectations, or not, across a range of factors from build quality to value for money.”
Hisense has become a well known home appliance manufacturer in Australia with its products available at over 1000 retailers. It has a wide range of fridge options including french door, top mount, bottom mount and side by side options. As well as offering customers different capacity options and optional features like ice and water dispensers, Hisense fridges come in a range of finishes that customers can choose including flat black, stainless steel and traditional white which would suit a large variety of most kitchen designs.
Hisense’s fridges are built with Inverter Technology that according to them maintains an ideal fridge temperature to provide you with reliability for your fresh produce and refrigerated goods. Hisense offers a standard 3 Year Warranty and some models also have 11 Year Parts Warranty on the compressor.
In terms of cost, at the time of writing, the new top end fridge range (French Door Pure Flat 585L with ice and water dispenser) retails for close to $3,300, with basic and mid-range fridge options also available for between RRP $1000 - $2,200.
Hisense fridges are available at the following retailers:
Did you know that LG stands for life’s good? And according to them, LG designs and manufactures products to help you lead a better life from home appliances to solar panels. When it comes to the LG fridge range you can expect a combination of smart technology, innovative design, and sophisticated styling. No matter how big your fridge needs are there is a LG size to match from 279L up to 730L options to choose from. Finishes are also an option whether your kitchen calls for matte black or an anti fingerprint stainless steel finish.
LG’s fridges are built with a range of innovative technology from the air filtration system which reduces odours through to surround cooling that keeps food fresher for longer. Some models even have inbuilt smart controls that connect with google speakers and Instaview door-in-door, which allows you to see what’s inside without losing cool air. LG fridges are built for durability and quietness, you’ll get a 10 year parts warranty on the Inverter Linear Compressor (1 year parts and labour warranty, and additional 9 years extra warranty applicable on specific parts only).
The price range for LG fridges is as varied as its model, size and finishes choices with basic models starting at below $1000 to over $5,000 for high-end designer models with all the bells and whistles (at the time of writing).
Shop for LG fridges at the following online stores:
Westinghouse is a popular brand for home appliances including fridges. Its models have evolved with the needs of everyday Australians so whether you want bottom mount, top mount, side by side or french door options, there is likely to be a Westinghouse model to suit. Even within the fridge compartments themselves there is flexibility for you to adjust the temperature to suit your food needs. There are optional ice and water dispensers with some models and finishes include black, arctic silver, white and stainless steel.
Westinghouse is available from a wide range of retailers and tends to be priced in the low to mid-range with most models RRP between $1000 - $3,500.
Compare Westinghouse fridges at the following retailers:
While probably better known for shaking up the TV and mobile phone market, Samsung’s range of fridges are also worth taking note of if you are looking for slick design, innovative technology and ease of use. There is a Samsung fridge for almost every budget and kitchen space from french door, side by side and top and bottom mount options. Many models come with space max technology which means that you can fit more into the fridge without having to increase the size of the overall unit. If you are after the latest in smart technology, then the Samsung’s Family Hub range could be for you as it allows you to order groceries, view recipes, share the family calendar and even watch the TV from your fridge door. Of course, all this technology comes at a cost so you’ll need to be prepared for a higher price tag than some of the less technologically integrated models.
Samsung fridges are available at the following retailers:
While Chiq might not be a familiar brand to all Australians, it was founded in 1958 in China. Whether you are after contemporary or retro designs, Chiq has multiple fridge options to choose from. There is the option to select from top or bottom mount as well as side by side options. In addition to white, black and stainless steel, some models also have red as an option. Quick air cooling helps to lock in food freshness and electronic controls give you the ability to change the temperature you need.
Chiq’s is one of the more lower cost fridge brands on with at the time of writing small basic models starting at as little at $300 up to $1,300 for a larger model with side-to-side doors .
Compare models and prices of Chiq Fridges at the following retailers:
Fisher & Paykel is well-known for contemporary designed and functional whitegoods, and in particular its range of fridges. Keeping your food fresh for longer is one of the most important aspects to any good fridge, and Fisher & Paykal’s fridges have Variable Temperature Zones that give you full control over the way you care for food. Fisher & Paykel offer both a freestanding (called Contemporary) or integrated fridges so you have ultimate design flexibility when selecting one of their products. With the freestanding fridge models you can choose from a range of styles and capacities including quad door, french door and bottom freezer options. Colour options include black stainless steel, stainless steel and classic white. Optional features on some models include ice making and water dispensers.
Fisher & Paykel has a broad range of options and the price of each model will depend on the finish you choose, capacity and any optional extras. Basic models start from approx $1000 and go right up to new top of the line models which are priced over $3000.
Fisher & Paykel fridges are available at the following retailers:
There were 29 brands that we surveyed as part of these awards. The list of fridge brands included in our analysis include:
You can read all about how we determined winners of the People’s Choice Awards in our methodology report.
The Mozo People’s Choice Awards were designed as a way of giving Australian consumers a voice. These awards are determined by them, not us.
Of course, your needs or budget might be very different to that of someone else, so use this awards list as a starting point for your comparison. We always recommend that you shop around when you are making any financial decision and this list should just be one factor that you take into consideration when making your choice in which fridge to buy.
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