Buying Guide for Fridges and Freezers
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Your fridge or fridge freezer is one of the most important appliances and one that your entire family will depend upon. Taking care to choose the right one can save you money and help make your investment a long term one.
Fridges and freezers come with a whole host of additional extras designed for your convenience and easier living. A good understanding of all the features that are available in fridges or fridge freezers can help you decide which make and model is right for your needs so it’s worth taking some time to decide what you need.
Our fridge and freezer guide is designed to help you understand the features so that you are better equipped to make the right choices for your home.
Fridges of all sizes, whether a slimline fridge, a mini fridge, under counter fridges or a large American fridge freezer all come with a range of standard and additional features.
Some come as standard, whereas others are a little more specialised and may even be considered as ‘luxury’ items which, if you are intent on sticking to a set budget, you may feel you can do without.
A salad crisper is useful if you enjoy regular salads and prefer them crispy and fresh. Adjustable shelves help you stack your fridge more efficiently. A versatile door compartment makes the most of the space available in your refrigerator door.
An auto defrost fridge has a frost free function to stop the fridge becoming iced up. The benefits of this feature are obvious: no one wants to have to defrost their fridge and of course, fresh food or drinks could be spoiled if they come into contact with frosted surfaces. The frost free function also helps the refrigerator run more efficiently.
A drink dispenser keeps drinks such as water cool, fresh and easy to obtain, generally at the touch of a button.
Freezers come in a variety of options too including chest freezers that provide high capacity storage, upright freezers that can fit neatly into a kitchen, and a combined fridge freezer.
The amount of features that a freezer has largely depends on whether it is a basic or higher end model. Frost free freezers do not need defrosting so are a great option for those wishing to save time. Some models come with features such as an icemaker which dispenses perfectly formed ice cubes or crushed ice. Upright freezers and chest freezers are available in a range of sizes and finishes, including stainless steel, to suit most kitchen designs. Both styles have a large capacity for storing food.
New electrical appliances such as fridges and fridge freezers come with an energy rating that tells you how efficient the appliance is. Energy rating is graded from A to G with A being the most efficient and economical to run. Manufacturers grade their appliances with their energy rating following a series of standardised tests. Choosing an A rated fridge or fridge freezer means you are buying a more efficient appliance that will be cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly.
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