How to Buy a Fridge

Your fridge is one of the most important pieces of kitchen equipment you can own, so when you’re looking to buy a new one, there are lots of things to consider.

What type?

Do you need a fridge with a combined freezer or ice box? If not, consider buying a larder fridge – there’s more capacity inside and it will automatically defrost itself. If you do want a fridge-freezer, look for the star ratings – the higher the rating, the longer you can store frozen food (but do check the food safety label too!).

What style?

An integrated fridge has a front panel that matches your kitchen panel, so with the door closed the fridge is ‘hidden’. On the other hand, you could go for a refrigerator that really stands out. Designer fridges make an impact and add a lot of style. If you’re not much of a foodie, compact fridges are perfect for slotting into a small kitchen.

What features?

It’s not just about keeping things cold! Sectional climate control can help keep foods fresh for longer. Some fridges have a wine cooling rack and even vacuum crispers for your lettuce. Ice-makers, water dispensers (some now even dispense hot water!) and antibacterial coating are all on offer. If you want your fridge to be more helpful, invest in smart technology which can tell you when your food is about to go off, tell you when you need to go shopping and remind you that you’ve left the door open.

Energy efficiency

Look for fridges that are free of CFCs and HFCs, which damage the ozone layer. If you’re keen on saving pennies, a more expensive fridge may be a better bet. Smart fridges can help you maximise energy efficiency in the home with clever features like slide out compartments that mean the fridge door stays shut. Little savings add up to a big difference.

Entertainment

If you really want your kitchen to be all-singing and all-dancing, you’ll find a range of fridges that come with integrated LCD touchscreens, speakers and wireless technology. The prices are at the top of the range, but you’ll never be bored in your kitchen again!