Fridges Buying Guide
Upright fridges are the most popular choice for most kitchens, whether freestanding or integrated they offer plenty of space for your fresh goods.
Under counter fridges are designed to sit under your kitchen worktop so they don’t take up too much space.
Mini fridges are ideal for occasional use or small spaces like holiday homes, studio apartments or tiny homes.
Freestanding or Integrated?
Freestanding fridges come in a range of colours and sizes to suit your space. As they are not built in they can be placed anywhere in your home and you can take it with you if you move house.
Integrated fridges blend into your kitchen as they are hidden behind your cabinets, perfect for keeping a clean modern look to your kitchen.
Choosing a fridge with reversible doors allows you to choose which side of the fridge you want the door to open on.
In some fridges you will find an ice box, a small freezer compartment which means you can keep a small amount of produce frozen without having a separate freezer.
Many fridges come with adjustable shelves, bottle separators, adjustable door caddies or metal racks for bottles. Having a range of flexible storage solutions means you can set your fridge up to work for you.
The auto defrost feature stops any ice building up in your fridge. A hole near the bottom of the fridge collects any condensation, so that ice can’t to form around your food.
A special anti-bacterial lining inside the fridge prevents the growth of mold and the buildup of smells to keep your fridge fresh and hygienic.
Temperature control helps to keep all your food fresh with optimum temperature and humidity levels.
Many fridges have a door alarm meaning it will make a sound if the fridge door is left open for an extended period, helping to ensure cold air is not lost and food stays fresh for longer.
Most fridges come with energy efficient LED lights to help you see inside your fridge reducing time spent with the door open searching for that block of cheese.
What is a Larder Fridge?
A larder fridge is an undercounter fridge which does not have an ice box.
Can a fridge be kept in the garage?
It is recommended not to keep fridges in the garage as if the temperature drops below 10c it can stop the fridge from working.
What is the difference between door on door and sliding door hinges on an integrated fridge?
Door on door means that the cabinet door is attached to the appliance door so that a single set of strong hinges hold up both the appliance door and the cabinet door. When opened both doors move as one door. Sliding Fitting means that the door of the cabinet is hinged separately from the door of the appliance. When the door is opened the appliance door slides along the inside of the cabinet door so the doors move smoothly together.
Do I need to leave a space around my fridge?
Some manufacturers recommend leaving 2 – 5cm of space around your fridge to ensure it works as efficiently as possible.