Fridges are a kitchen necessity, and deciding on the right one for you and your family depends on your needs, available space and preference. Before making a purchase, be sure to take into consideration exactly what you want from your fridge. If you’re looking to decide which one is best for your kitchen, you’ll need to consider the type, size and its features. Read the following tips to help determine which style is best for you:
What types of fridges are available?
Firstly you need to decide whether you require an ice box with your fridge. If the answer is no, then opt for a larder fridge for maximum space. If the answer is yes, then opt for an fridge which has an ice box or built in freezer.
- Larder Fridge: These fridges come in a wide range of sizes, including tall and under-counter models. Since there’s no freezer compartment, there’s more room to store groceries. The lack of a freezer also means that they are cheaper to run.
- Fridge Freezer: These fridges come in a range of different styles including top freezers, bottom freezers and side-by-side models. Bottom freezers are generally considered to be more comfortable to use than top freezers as it’s easier to access items in the fridge. Side-by-side fridge freezers are often best for small spaces as the doors take up the least room.
Next you should decide if you want an integrated or freestanding fridge. Integrated fridges are hidden behind a panel which matches the rest of your kitchen cabinetry. They look beautiful and will blend seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen but are more expensive than freestanding alternatives. Freestanding fridges come in range of styles, sizes, colours and finishes, can be put anywhere (providing there's a plug) and tend to come at more affordable prices.
What size fridge do I need?
This will depend on the number of people using the fridge, how big your weekly shop tends to be, your budget and the space you have available. Carefully measure the height, width and depth of the space you plan to place your fridge before purchasing. Ensure there’s room for the fridge doors to open and don’t forget to consider doorways it will need to pass through upon delivery.
What features will help me maintain a clean fridge?
Spill-proof shelving captures spills and prevents it from leaking throughout the fridge, while glass shelves with sealed edges contain spills and are easier to clean. They also give you an unobstructed view throughout your fridge.
What additional features might I like?
If you want instantly filtered water, consider seeking out a fridge that comes with a water dispenser. You also might want to put some thought into your fridge’s lighting: LED lights will provide a more natural and energy efficient light than incandescent bulbs, and also better illuminate the entire compartment. If you go away a lot, you may want to look for a fridge with a Holiday Mode which will save energy whilst you’re away.
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