It’s only when you need to buy a new one that you realise just how far the technology in fridges has come – and just how stylish they look.
However, facing row after row of fridges can be a daunting prospect if you don’t know what you’re looking for. We reached out to the bods that know at JB Hi-Fi for some cool recommendations.
Finished in a smart matte black, LG’s GF-570 French four-door fridge has been specifically designed to fit into narrow openings, so this makes it a good option for buyers with tighter space restrictions. The LG Inverter Linear Compressor is quieter (good for the insomniacs in the house), will moderate a more consistent temperature throughout and is built to be more durable, with fewer moving parts. For lovers of chilled water and ice on hand, the GF-570 doesn’t need to be plumbed directly into a water supply. Throw in a built-in carbon deodoriser to combat nasty smells, retractable shelves to maximise space, and the LG ThinQ app so you can adjust temp settings from afar, and you’ve got the complete package.
Style: French Door Energy Rating: 2.5 stars Capacity: Fridge 297L/Freezer 209 L Dimensions: H 178.7cm – W 83.5cm – D 61.8cm
“You want it all, but you can’t have it,” sang Mike Patton in Faith No More’s Epic, but that’s clearly not the case with the LG GS-VB680PL – this side-by-side fridge is both epic and has it all. The big drawcard here is the InstaView and door-in-door features. Two quick taps on the contents of the fridge are revealed without having to open the door. The door-in-door function enables all the most popular used items in the fridge to be kept in a separate door storage compartment, again so the main body of the fridge doesn’t lose its cool. Surround cooling, the LG Linear Compressor, app and the deodoriser are all included along with a wine rack for those incoming warm summer evenings.
Style: Side-by-Side Energy Rating: 3 stars Capacity: Fridge 411L/Freezer 241L Dimensions: H 179.0cm – W 91.2cm – D 77.0cm
The family-sized Samsung 648L is certainly a looker, finished in a fetching black anti-fingerprint finish (hello parents). A minimalistic flat door design moves the water dispenser to inside the fridge. An autofill jug and canned-drink dispenser round off versatile liquid refreshment options. An entertainer’s delight, it also features a dual ice-maker that pumps out traditional cubes alongside smaller ice nuggets that will cool your drink down faster. Several noteworthy additions include oversized door bins for big bottles, an expansive crisper for those sizeable veggie shops, and a power cool option to rapidly chill ice cream or that bottle of Pinot Grigio you just pulled from the cupboard.
Style: French Door Energy Rating: 3.5 stars Capacity: Fridge 389L/Freezer 259L Dimensions: H 177.9cm – W 91.2cm – D 72.3cm
Do you have meddling little ones that always have their hands in the fridge? The smart lock on the Haier HR516YHC will help alleviate that problem, preventing unwanted visitors from accessing the contents. A budget option but a good operator, the sharp-looking black fridge isn’t short on features. The hand-filled water dispenser disposes of the need for plumbing, and a humidity-controlled veggie bin ensures your food will last longer. The fridge is controlled externally from an LED pad display.
Style: French Door Energy Rating: 3 stars Capacity: Fridge 312L/Freezer 154L Dimensions: H 180.4cm – W 83.3cm – D 66.6cm
A larger capacity fridge, the Electrolux EHE6899, finished in stainless steel, has everything the party host could possibly need from a fridge. Endless ice and water (you’ll need to plumb the fridge in) and a system the company are calling FlexStor means full shelf and bin storage customisation to fit any family’s living habits. The central drawer is also flexible with five settings, and can be used as a freezer, for food platter storage or a bottle chiller. Humidity controls on the veggie bins keep your kitchen vitals nice and crisp, and a boost mode will kick the fridge into sixth gear when a supercharged chill is required. And remember the days when you had to switch the fridge off when you went away for a break? Not anymore. A handy Holiday Mode can be selected to put the unit into an energy-saving cycle.
Style: French Door Energy Rating: 3 stars Capacity: Fridge 371L/Freezer 164L Dimensions: H 178.2cm – W 91.3cm – D 74.6cm
Sometimes space restrictions or just a preference for tradition might play a part in choosing a new fridge, and that’s where the energy-efficient bottom-mounted LG GB-455BLE comes into play. Finished in stunning black, features include door cooling that springs into action 15 seconds after the door is closed and will express cool the items located in the top door baskets. And Smart Diagnosis, a new feature accessed through the LG ThinQ app, will analyse the running of the fridge and provide troubleshooting advice should a problem occur.
Style: Bottom Mount Energy Rating: 3.5 stars Capacity: Fridge 287L/Freezer 164L Dimensions: H 1782 – W 913 – D 746
Retro Cool: So Chiq
More and more of us are turning to that spare room, empty garage space or shed in the yard as a place of solace where we can have mates over to relax, listen to tunes, play video games or watch the footy. Whether it’s a man cave or a she-shed, you want to impress your visitors and nothing says that more than a retro fridge filled with your favourite snacks and beverages. However, finding a vintage model that a) still works well, and b) doesn’t chew up power like a nuclear reactor, is almost an impossible mission. But there are modern alternatives that will not only turn heads but help keep running costs at an acceptable level. Chiq is a brand that fits the brief to a tee.
A stand-out option with all the retro looks you could ask for at a great price is the Chiq Retro Style top mount fridge. Available in red and black, the fridges eschew all the bolt-on extras for a traditional fridge that catches the eye wherever it’s stood. What you get here is an airflow system that pushes cold air around the entire fridge, ensuring equal distribution. Humidity control in the crisper will keep the perishables in a better shape for longer and, whatever you’re planning to use it for, adjustable shelving will allow for complete storage versatility. And we’re sure the wine rack will be more than handy.