What should I look for when buying a new fridge or freezer?

When buying a new fridge or freezer, look for one that has:

  • a high star energy rating - the more stars on the label the more efficient it is to operate
  • a lower number in the energy consumption box on the label - it will cost less to run every year for its lifetime
  • the right size to suit your needs - running two small fridges costs far more than running one larger fridge. But a larger fridge with the same star rating as a smaller model still uses more power and will cost you more to run every year. So try to pick the perfect size for your needs.
  • no door dispenser - automatic ice-makers and through-the-door dispensers use more power and cost more to run.

More information

Smarter Choice buyers' guide: fridges and freezers

Smarter Choice running cost calculator