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Our favourite affordable fridges for keeping food fresh

Great cooling performance on a budget

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It’s a virtue to live within your means. However, pinching pennies does not exclude you from getting a good fridge. As appliance experts, we know how to separate the good-value wheat from the overpriced chaff.

When it comes to affordable fridges, performance is key. We’ve tested every refrigerator on this list to measure the general temperature, temperature consistency, and humidity retention. This is how a fridge keeps food fresh and helps you stretch your money further by keeping your groceries from spoiling.

Here are all our favourite affordable fridges available in Canada.

1. Insignia NS-RTM18WH7

The Insignia NS-RTM18WH7 fridge on a blue checked background
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The Insignia NS–RTM18WH7 refrigerator has one big thing going for it: a low, low sale price, which means it's cheaper than almost any other full-size fridge you can buy.

The 18-cu.-ft. top-freezer had a tough time with some of our tests. Namely, it ran a little hot, with temperatures well above our preferred value of 37°F (3°C). Bumping the temperature down to the lowest setting will ensure that your food is being safely preserved. On the other hand, this fridge was one of the most efficient fridges (in terms of electricity usage) that's ever come through our labs. There's also plenty of storage space, with no hidden extras (like water filters or air filters) to take up valuable real estate that you need for a pizza box or a large roast. Long story short, we think the Insignia NS-RTM18WH7 is worth a look if you need a second fridge or if your budget is tight.

Get the Insignia NS-RTM18WH7 at Best Buy Canada

2. Samsung RT18M6215SG

The Samsung RT18M6215AA fridge on a white background.
Credit: Samsung

The Samsung RT18M6215SG is truly a unique top-freezer refrigerator. This 18-cubic foot fridge has a sleek black stainless-steel exterior and temperatures that are spot-on for food preservation. Surprisingly, the most boring part of a typical refrigerator—the freezer— is where this fridge is truly innovative.

The freezer can either be a normal freezer or, with a few button presses, you can convert it into a second refrigerator zone. This could be a great choice for a small kitchen, a vacation home, or a garage or basement refrigerator. We think that with its versatility and good looks, the Samsung RT18M6215SG a better-than-average value.

Get the Samsung RT18M6215SG at Home Depot Canada

3. Frigidaire FFHT1425VV

The Frigidaire FFHT1425VV fridge shown opened and closed on a white background.
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If you’ve ever needed any proof of the adage “good things come in small packages”, look no further than the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV top freezer refrigerator. While this refrigerator has a profile that’s nearly ten inches shorter and ten inches skinnier than most fridges available on the market today, its food storage capacity is on par with that of your average french door refrigerator. If the space you have available for a fridge is very limited, the FFHT1425VV is a great fit (literally).

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This energy-efficient fridge has solid temperature control in both the fridge and the freezer, although the freezer can run a bit warm at times. Fortunately, that issue can be easily overcome by bumping the freezer to a colder temperature setting. We really liked the sliding deli drawer, which allows you to both use the drawer and store tall items on the shelf below without having to adjust any shelves. For those who are short on kitchen space and have high expectations, the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV won’t let you down.

Get the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV at Best Buy Canada

4. Whirlpool WRT318FZDB

The Whirlpool WRT318FZDB fridge on a white background
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Affordable fridges are a dime a dozen, but the Whirlpool WRT318FZDB stands out. Despite this 18 cu. ft. fridge's low price point, it has a few cleverly designed and eye-catching storage options. Between a movable deli bin (that slides from one side of the fridge to the other), a retractable shelf on the door that can make it easier to store wine bottles, and movable glass shelves, you won't have any trouble fitting large or awkwardly-shaped foodstuffs in this fridge.

Best of all, this fridge was dead-on when it came to our temperature tests; it effortlessly maintained the target temperatures in the fridge and freezer, respectively, throughout our week of testing. For all of these reasons and more, we think the Whirlpool WRT318FZDB is one of the best affordable fridges you can buy.

Get the Whirlpool WRT318FZDB at Best Buy Canada

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