Help & advice: Buying guide to fridges and freezers
Buying guide to fridges and freezers
Cool tips for buying the best fridge, freezer or fridge freezer to fit your space. We've got masses of modern chillers with ingenious features.
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Whatever your space and needs, there's a fridge for you. You have a choice of two styles: the under-counter fridge fits under a worktop (standard height 85cm). The tall stand alone larder fridge offers more storage space (standard height over 145cm). Under-counter fridges have an ice-box, but larders don't. Are you into co-ordinated looks? Then go for integrated, built-in fridges and freezers that have a panelled front to match your cupboard units.
Are you cooking for an army or just for you and your partner? Who's at home will probably influence how much you want to freeze and your size of freezer. You're looking at three styles: under-counter (standard height 85cm), chest (80cm to 112cm) or tall freezers (standard height over 145cm).
Chest freezers are ideal for freezing food in bulk, but go for tall freezers if you need to organise large quantities of frozen food and want to keep your freezer in the kitchen. Look for the freezer star rating: this tells you what each model can freeze and for how long.
Superb space-savers, fridge-freezers come in a variety of widths and heights. Look at the split between the fridge and freezer areas to get an idea what type will best suit your lifestyle.
Check your space before you choose your fridge or freezer. You might see an obvious home for your fridge - next to kitchen units or slotted under a worktop. Otherwise, make the most of floor space with a combined fridge freezer, or is there room for a separate freezer? If space is tight, you could always park your fridge in a room close to the kitchen. And a garage is just the place for chest freezers.
If space isn't an issue, go for the big one! American style fridges offer masses of storage space. Double doors open to reveal a fridge on one side and a freezer on the other. Available in a huge range of colours to seamlessly match your kitchen look, American style fridges are pretty eye-catching in their own right. You'll love extra features such as water coolers and ice makers (these'll need to be plumbed in!).
To make your decision easier we've arranged our range by width.
Are you more in to fresh or frozen food? That and the size of your household will help you decide on the split between cooling and freezing capacity you'll want.
Each model is graded from A to G, with A being the most energy-efficient. A-graded models can be more expensive. But you save money in the long run because an A appliance uses a lot less electricity. It's also more environmentally friendly.
Controls your fridge temperature.
Temperature warning light
Automatically alerts you if the fridge temperature is too low to keep food fresh.
Regulates your fridge temperature to prevent frost build-up.
Useful for reducing temperature quickly after loading the freezer, or when you're adding unfrozen food.
You'll never have to defrost your freezer again!
Shelves and fixtures
In fridges look for split-level, moveable, easy-to-clean glass shelves, pull-out trays for smaller items, bottle grippers for holding bottles securely in the door and wine racks.
With freezers go for baskets with side handles, so they're easier to carry if you need to. Over-sized drawers are great for large items like your Christmas turkey! Freezers often have special drawers for storing fruit or pizzas. Look out for ice storage drawers, sometimes combined with an ice-making system.
An option to insert ice packs for even cooler rooms.
Adjustable shelving allows you to customise your storage space.
Dispose of your old fridge carefully - older models may contain harmful CFC gases. If you're unsure, call your local council for advice.