If space is at a premium or you’re rapidly running out of room in your main unit, an under-counter fridge can be a very useful and savvy purchase. These appliances can give your kitchen a more streamlined look whether integrated or freestanding, as well as being affordable and remarkably energy efficient.
This guide will help you decipher what you need, whether that's extra storage for drinks or wine or a second larder. We’ll also take a look at the top models on the market for some inspiration. From fridges with freezer compartments or ice boxes to retro black numbers, we’ve got options for everyone, all available from Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and Argos.
The first step will obviously be to determine the size you have available for an under-counter fridge. Once that's established, you can move on to the other factors you should consider, such as whether to go integrated or freestanding, the capacity and freezer options, and those all-important bill-saving energy ratings.
The first point to think about is whether you want your new fridge to be freestanding or integrated.
Freestanding simply means you can place it wherever you have space in your kitchen. Due to this, it'll of course be in plain view, so you may want to consider the aesthetics and colour if you go for one of these. This will also usually be the cheaper option.
Integrated fridges are designed to be installed behind your kitchen units, so the appearance won’t be much of a deciding factor here, although you'll have to be more exact with the measurements. Plus, your fridge will still require ventilation space, so you must factor this into your decision.
When deciding on a new under-counter fridge, you’re going to want to make sure you can fit all of your food and drinks in there. Think about its purpose – is it going to be the main fridge in your flatshare or simply an add-on to stick in the garage for drinks?
You’d be surprised at how different the capacity of similar-looking under-counter fridges can be, so it pays to check the specs. In our research, we found that small families (say, parents and one or two children) are best going for a capacity of 100 litres or above, so use this as a guide in relation to your own household.
Next up, you need to determine whether you want a freezer included in your buy. This is a good idea if you're a solo habitant or short on space in the kitchen and can’t afford to have a separate appliance, as you'll still be able to store some perishables.
Even if you do have another unit, opting for a model with a freezer compartment could offer some convenience – for instance, if you'd like easier access to ice in the kitchen without heading to your utility room freezer every time you make a drink.
Nevertheless, it’s worth remembering you will likely have to sacrifice some fridge space to make room for this extra compartment.
Did you know that approximately 55% of our electricity usage comes from our appliances? Picking a fridge that uses less energy is a double win. Firstly, you'll save on your electricity bills, and secondly, it's better for the environment. What’s not to love?
Our recommended products range from an A rating to A+++, however, we would propose a purchase of at least A+ for higher efficiency and therefore bigger savings on your bills. But, overall, the higher the rating, the better!
It’s fair to say that all under-counter fridges will preserve your fresh foods and keep your beers or wine nice and chilled. However, some come with a few handy features that are certainly worth looking out for.
If you’re purchasing a model with a freezer, then an ice cube tray or two or an ice scraper would certainly be welcome.
Inside the fridge itself, check for adjustable shelves, wine racks, salad crispers and egg trays – with smaller fridges, not all of these are a given, and they'll enable you to store your goods much more neatly and securely. Even if you're only after a drinks fridge, take a look at what's included and how it's organised.
And when it comes to practicality, having a reversible door is a good idea, as you can adapt it to your space perfectly, or any future space should you move house or redo your kitchen.
Now that you’re all clued up on what to look out for from an under-counter fridge, let’s take a look at some of our favourite models. With traditional white models alongside modern silver and black, we’re sure to have something for every kitchen, and every budget.
|Extra Features||4 adjustable wire shelves, security lock & key|
|Dimensions||84.4 x 47.4 x 43.5 cm|
|Extra Features||2 adjustable shelves, reversible door, salad crisper, door open alert|
|Dimensions||81.8-86.8 x 59.8 x 54.8 cm|
|Capacity||87 L (61 L fridge, 26 L freezer)|
|Extra Features||Ice cube tray, ice scraper|
|Dimensions||85 x 47 x 50.5 cm|
|Extra Features||2 adjustable shelves, reversible door, salad crisper|
|Dimensions||84.5 x 50.1 x 54 cm|
|Capacity||114 L (101 L fridge, 13 freezer|
|Extra Features||3 adjustable shelves, reversible door, auto defrost|
|Dimensions||84 x 54.5 x 59.5 cm|
|Extra Features||2 adjustable shelves, 2 salad crisper|
|Dimensions||85.1 x 60.2 x 62.7 cm|
|Extra Features||2 adjustable shelves, reversible door, egg tray|
|Dimensions||84.5 x 54 x 50 cm|
|Capacity||111 L (95 L fridge, 16 L freezer)|
|Extra Features||1 adjustable shelf, reversible door, auto defrost, ice cube tray, egg tray|
|Dimensions||82 x 59.6 x 55 cm|
|Extra Features||3 adjustable glass shelves, wine rack|
|Dimensions||83.5 x 55 x 58.3 cm|
|Extra Features||3 adjustable shelves, 2 salad crispers, adjustable feet, egg tray|
|Dimensions||90 x 54 x 59.5 cm|
Integrated Under-Counter Fridge
Integrated Under-Counter Fridge
Freestanding Under-Counter Fridge
Integrated Under-Counter Fridge with Freezer Compartment
A Great Value All-Rounder
A Stylish, Vintage-Inspired Option for Less
An Integrated Option With a Better Capacity Than Most Freezer Combos
A Well-Built Appliance From a Trusted Name in the Game
The Ultimate Energy Saver
Proof That Good Things Come in Small Packages
A Brilliant Bargain Buy
A Simple and Efficient Two-Door Fridge-Freezer
A Smart and Efficient Combination
An Under-Counter Drinks Fridge That's Perfect for Matches and Parties
|Capacity||142 L||115 L||111 L (95 L fridge, 16 L freezer)||112 L||154 L||114 L (101 L fridge, 13 freezer||112 L||87 L (61 L fridge, 26 L freezer)||125 L||85 L|
|Extra Features||3 adjustable shelves, 2 salad crispers, adjustable feet, egg tray||3 adjustable glass shelves, wine rack||1 adjustable shelf, reversible door, auto defrost, ice cube tray, egg tray||2 adjustable shelves, reversible door, egg tray||2 adjustable shelves, 2 salad crisper||3 adjustable shelves, reversible door, auto defrost||2 adjustable shelves, reversible door, salad crisper||Ice cube tray, ice scraper||2 adjustable shelves, reversible door, salad crisper, door open alert||4 adjustable wire shelves, security lock & key|
|Dimensions||90 x 54 x 59.5 cm||83.5 x 55 x 58.3 cm||82 x 59.6 x 55 cm||84.5 x 54 x 50 cm||85.1 x 60.2 x 62.7 cm||84 x 54.5 x 59.5 cm||84.5 x 50.1 x 54 cm||85 x 47 x 50.5 cm||81.8-86.8 x 59.8 x 54.8 cm||84.4 x 47.4 x 43.5 cm|
If trading in your old, inefficient fridge for a well-organised, energy-saving option has got you thinking, why not consider doing the same with your other kitchen appliances? Here are a few ideas to get you started!
And that concludes our round-up of the best under-counter fridges to buy online in the UK. We hope you were able to identify exactly what you're looking for in terms of capacity, style, and features. With summer right upon us, it seems like just the right time for some extra cold storage. Did some say Mr. Freeze?
Author: Lewis Clark
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