Looking for the best under-counter fridge? Rather than trawling through 100s of models, scrutinising specifications and scanning reviews, jump straight to the final verdicts. Check out the very best under counter fridges below.
Under counter fridges come in a variety of sizes. Internally, they range from under 90 litres right up to around 150 litres. Clearly, a big difference. Externally, they’re all a similar height but vary in terms of width and depth. Also important is functionality. Do you need dedicated fridge space? Or do you want an icebox or a small freezer [scroll down to see difference]?
What is the best Under Counter Fridge?
Verum compares 100s of models to reveal the best refrigerators, you can buy. We cross-reference the details, examine owner views & decipher manufacturer claims to save you time & money. Recommendations, start at around £100. Spending more can give you lower running costs, an integrated freezer and more space for your food.
Step one is to decide on whether you want maximum fridge space, an icebox or a freezer compartment. Then simply match your requirements to one of the recommended models below…
1. FridgeMaster MUL49102M
Best Small Fridge
Choose the FridgeMaster MUL49102M, if you’re looking for a good affordable refrigerator and don’t need ice or a freezer compartment. It’s small, quiet and energy-efficient. Meaning that it’s cheap to buy and cheap to run.
This model from FridgeMaster will fit into most spaces, as it’s only 50cm wide and 50cm deep. The compact dimensions give it an internal capacity of 100 litres. This is small for most families but ok for a couple and it’s perfect if you live alone.
There’s plenty to like inside this budget under-counter fridge. The shelves are adjustable and made from safety glass. As you can see from the picture, there’s well-designed door storage and a good-sized salad crisper. This perspex container is tall and shallow meaning that you can easily see what’s in it.
Good budget fridge
The FridgeMaster has an ok energy rating. Based on current UK energy prices, it will cost you a very economical £16.40 a year to run. Also of note, is that the noise level compares well to numerous more expensive models – it’s near-silent.
The FridgeMaster MUL49102M is a decent small fridge that’s cheap to buy & cheap to run.
CAPACITY: 100 litres | ICEBOX: No | FREEZER: No | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A+) NEW F | ANNUAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION: 108KWh | ANNUAL RUNNING COST: £16.40 | NOISE: 35dB | DIMENSIONS: H85 x W50 x D50
FridgeMaster MUL49102M | Verdict price £160 | Check the best price on AO
2. FridgeMaster MUR4892M
Best Under Counter Fridge with Icebox
This FridgeMaster is the best small under-counter fridge with an icebox. It will fit neatly under your work surface and it’s energy-efficient – Affordable to buy and to run.
The narrow width means it will fit into gaps, that many other fridges won’t. Also worth noting is that it’s only 45cm deep. So, no problem if you have shallow worktops or plumbing on the wall behind.
The standout reason to buy this fridge is the icebox. For around the same price as the FridgeMaster above, you will have the option of ice-cold drinks in the summer. Plus, the 91-litre capacity is well designed with good door storage and a salad crisper.
The all-important energy rating and the compact design mean this fridge is cheap to run at around £16.40 a year.
If you want a small, affordable fridge with an icebox – the FridgeMaster MUR4892M is perfect.
CAPACITY: 92 litres | ICEBOX: Yes | FREEZER: No | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A+) NEW F | ANNUAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION: 107KWh | ANNUAL RUNNING COST: £16.40 | NOISE: 40dB | DIMENSIONS: H85 x W48 x D45
FridgeMaster MUR4892M | Verdict price £120 | Check the best price on AO
3. Beko UR4584W/S
Best Under Counter Fridge Freezer
There’s everything to like about this under counter Beko fridge freezer. It will fit neatly under your worktop, it’s reasonably capacious and best of all, it has a four-star freezer compartment.
The sensible internal design works well with three glass shelves and a salad crisper. Shelf height is flexible and the door storage works for tall and small containers. The 102-litre capacity is good for a couple or if you live alone, but what’s great about this Beko model is that it incorporates a freezer – at a great price.
Under Counter Fridge with 4* Freezer
The standout reason to buy this Beko fridge is the freezer compartment. The 13-litre capacity isn’t huge but it’s ideal for freezing fresh food quickly & safely. The four-star rating means that it will run at -18°C. This is the temperature that the Food Standards Agency recommends for safe home freezing. A freezer compartment gets significantly colder than an icebox. Essentially, a four-star freezer is safe for food while an icebox isn’t.
This Beko under counter fridge freezer has a decent energy rating. It translates to a running cost of less than £22 a year. Slightly more than a standard fridge, but less than most fridge freezers.
The Beko UR4584W ticks all the boxes. If you need freezer space within a great under-counter fridge – this is the model for you.
CAPACITY: 101 litres | FREEZER: 13 litres | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A++) NEW E | ANNUAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION: 137KWh | ANNUAL RUNNING COST: £21.50 | NOISE: 36dB | DIMENSIONS: H84 x W55 x D59
Beko UR4584W/S | Verdict price £190 | Check the best price on AO
4. AEG RTB415E1AW
Best Large Under Counter Fridge
This under counter fridge from AEG is huge. Plus, it’s quiet and very energy efficient. This freestanding model from AEG is perfect to maximise fridge storage space, under your worktop.
The 151-litre capacity is 50% bigger than most under-counter models – meaning more storage space and fewer trips to the shops. Internally, it’s well designed with three glass shelves and a salad crisper. Two of the shelves can be adjusted meaning you can set up the fridge exactly how you like it.
Energy Efficient & Cheap to Run Fridge
Aside from the capacious storage, this AEG under counter fridge is A++ rated on the old system and E on the new. Meaning that it’s cheap to run. Plus, it’s whisper quiet. You’ll need to climb inside and have excellent hearing, to detect any sound at all!
Most worktops are 65cm deep meaning this fridge will fit perfectly underneath. However, this model is a little deeper & wider than some, so it’s worth checking the depth and width available before purchase.
If you want a quality under-counter fridge with maximum space and good environmental credentials, then this capacious AEG is the top choice.
CAPACITY: 152 litres | ICEBOX: No | FREEZER: No | ENERGY RATING: (OLD A++) NEW E | ANNUAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION: 93KWh | ANNUAL RUNNING COST: £14.48 | NOISE: 37dB | DIMENSIONS: H85 x W59.9 x D63.5
What Else Do I Need to Know?
New Energy Labels
Energy labels have changed. The outgoing grading was established 25 years ago and with lots of appliances now getting the top A+++ grade, this system offered little to differentiate the good from the ok. Looking forward, we now have a new system that raises the bar.
The new energy label resets and rates fridges and other appliances from A to G. It’s important to recognise that the new scale, rates numerous best-in-class appliances with Ds & Es. And many A++ rated fridges are now marked at E or below.
The most energy efficient under counter fridge we’ve seen, so far, is rated ‘D’.
Clearly, these machines have not suddenly got less efficiency, there’s just a new scoring system in place. What’s good is that we have robust comparative information for consumers and it puts additional pressure on manufacturers to keep improving our appliances.
What’s the difference between an icebox & freezer a compartment?
An icebox won’t keep your food fresh, frozen or safe. As the name suggests, it’s good for making ice, but nothing else. Frozen food needs to be chilled below -18°C and for this, you need a freezer compartment. This means your food will not deteriorate and most bacteria cannot grow. For more information on why it’s important to freeze food below -18°C, take a look at the recommendations from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).
How much does it cost to run a fridge in the UK?
Fridge running costs, range from under £20 to over £60 to run for a year. Models with a freezer compartment will use more electricity. Every fridge & freezer sold in the UK is awarded an energy label. This clearly shows the kWh or electricity the unit will use in normal and comparative conditions. The Verum recommendations below also include the actual UK running cost.
Which way does the door open?
All Verum recommended fridges have reversible doors. This means the hinges can work on either side. This allows you to set the door to open to the left or the right – depending on your kitchen design & personal preference. Swapping the door position is no more complicated than the assembly of basic Ikea furniture.
Why does a fridge need a flame retardant back?
It’s now a legal requirement for all new fridges & freezers to have a flame retardant back panel. While it’s unlikely that fire occurs due to a faulty fridge, it does happen – a flame retardant back gives you and your home increased protection.
What’s the best under counter fridge for an elderly person?
All the fridges here work well for everyone. However, the AEG is better-suited to anyone with arthritic hands or early dementia. The doors on the FridgeMaster & Beko models have fingertip inserts to open the door. These can be harder to operate with elderly hands. Also, they’re sited on both the left & right-hand sides. A single handle makes it clear which way the door opens.
The AEG model incorporates an easy to pull handle, that’s a different colour to the fridge door. For someone suffering from dementia, a different colour handle can make life a little easier to identify & use.
The Best Under Counter Fridges
Budget Under Counter Fridge
FridgeMaster MUL49102M | Verdict price £160
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Fridge with Icebox
FridgeMaster MUR4892M | Verdict price £120
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Under Counter Fridge with 4 Star Freezer
Beko UR4584W | Verdict price £190
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Budget or Premium?
The Verum best buys are functional, energy efficiency and are all great value. Big or small / with or without a freezer, the perfect under counter fridge, for you, is right here.
The alternatives are tall larder style fridge freezers, American fridge freezers & integrated/built-in models. However, if you want a new under-counter fridge, avoid the duds & choose from the recommended models above – you won’t be disappointed.
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