A guide to buying a fridge or freezer
A key consideration when buying refrigeration should be what you can fit into the space you have available. The standard UK space is 60cm in width but individual kitchens differ, so it’s important to measure up the space you’ve got. If you’re opting for an integrated model, this is even more vital. Appliance World stocks refrigeration from 40cm wide Ice Makers to 135cm wide Chest Freezers and everything in between! Also, fridges are the ONLY kitchen appliance that is on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so it\\\'s vital you choose the right one for your home.
The most common notion of refrigeration is that of a freestanding fridge-freezer which is split 50/50 between refrigerator and freezer. Of course, there are many more options available, each with lots of different features to suit your lifestyle. Let’s take you through the options.
Freestanding or Integrated?
The first decision you will be faced with is whether you’d like your refrigeration to be freestanding or integrated. Since there are so many combinations when it comes to chilling your food, you might like to consider a mixture of both. For example, if you have a large family, you might have a small under counter refrigerator (or fridge) and freezer, with separate freestanding fridges and freezers in the utility room or garage. One of the major benefits of integrated machines is that, as they are more discreet, you can hide them away behind doors that match your kitchen cabinetry. Remember that clean lines also give the illusion of space! However, freestanding machines are generally more versatile in that, as long as you’ve got the space, they can be moved about if you change your mind.
Refrigerators, more commonly referred to as fridges, are kitchen appliances designed to keep food cool. The optimum temperature is around 3-4C, although most will have temperature gauges to enable you to control it. The freestanding ones are called larder fridges and range from 55cm tall to 186cm tall.
Some fridges are available with an icebox and these are great for those who either keep their freezer in the garage or lack one altogether! The beauty of these is that it gives you the ability to keep small amounts of frozen items such as lollies, chilled drinks or ice cubes easily accessible, particularly during the summer.
Integrated fridges are also available as fridge-only or with an ice box too, and can either be built-in to the kitchen cabinetry or built-under the counter.
What capacity you\\\'ll need depends on a number of factors but it\\\'s important that you don\\\'t overestimate, as this will result in wasted energy and your fridge will have to work harder to keep things cool. (Something to bear in mind when sizing up is that there are 28.3 litres in a cubic foot).
Freezers do exactly as the name suggests - they freeze food to help you keep it fresher for longer. Again, you’ve got the option of freestanding or integrated but it doesn’t matter which you choose as both are available with similar features and functions. However, if you opt for a freestanding one, you can choose a chest freezer. These are accessed via a door on the top, not the front and are generally more suitable for utility rooms or garages than kitchens, as the door takes up valuable counter-top space. It is worth pointing out that freezers (chest mainly but some uprights) are at least 25% more efficient than in the past - an important statistic as it will greatly impact your energy bills if you do get an energy efficient machine. If you\\\'ve got an old freezer, you\\\'ll probably be fed up of periodically hacking away at the frost that forms on the coils. So, to save yourself another tricky job, you should also look to purchase a freezer that is \\\'frost free\\\'. These freezers use the warmth from the compressor every few hours to rid the freezer of frost.
Fridges and Freezers are some of the most important kitchen appliances you\\\'ll ever buy - they\\\'re switched on all the time - so it\\\'s essential that you look to get one that has a good energy efficiency. Even the cheapest fridge-freezers can be \\\'A\\\' rated now and, even if it costs a little more initially, you will make back the extra money on your reduced energy bills! The scale runs from A to G; A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient.