A fridge is no longer just a cool storage solution for keeping food – the kitchen is now the hub of the house and so it is just as important to have a fridge that suits too.
Whether you have a large family to feed or a busy social life with the need of a suitable freezer for entertaining, the best fridge-freezer for you can differ depending on your exact requirements.
Follow our tips on the different areas to consider when choosing a new fridge, and what you can expect to get for your money.
Tips for Choosing the Right Fridge Freezer
If you require a new fridge, or are designing your kitchen and would like to replace your old one with a more modern option, size is one of the most important factors to consider.
A small kitchen may not have enough room for a freestanding fridge so you may have to opt instead for one that is built into the units to make the most of the available space.
If it is a freestanding model that you choose ensure you measure the space you intend on placing the fridge in first.
Integrated fridges come in a variety of sizes, such as the Bosch Larder Fridge, which comes in at a width of 59.8cm and a height of 82.0cm.
This model also has a reversible door and an automatic defrost option to save you the trouble of getting the scrapper out.
The style of a fridge will depend on what exactly you are looking for and the size restrictions that fit into your kitchen.
As with the size of the fridge, the style could vary from a freestanding fridge with a long length door, a fridge inbuilt to the units of the kitchen, to a fridge with an inbuilt freezer, or a freezer attached next to it, like the American style.
Most fridges come in basic colour varieties including the popular stainless steel, white, black, and a wood finish.
The Whirlpool ARC 103/1 BL5.0 CU.FT Gross Capacity Larder Fridge is a good undercounter option. It is energy efficient and a net fridge capacity of 4.5 cu.ft.
The American style fridge/freezer style has become very popular since kitchen designs have grown to provide the ultimate luxury in space and storage for the average family.
These large model fridges have many shelves, draws and cubbyholes for every food container or plated leftovers you need to keep cool.
You also have the option to have a water cooler and ice dispenser on the door of the fridge, a good additional extra for those who like to throw dinner parties.
The LG GWL227HBYA21.3 CU.FT Gross Capacity USA Style Fridge Freezer is a classic model with self-sufficient plumbing, meaning it can be plugged in wherever there is a plug socket.
The larger the fridge the more you should expect to pay, however, if you are on a budget make sure you consider the quality and durability of the model you buy.
Often the cheaper models do not last as long as the more expensive ones and so you may find yourself having to replace it sooner.
It is also important to ensure you do not buy a smaller model than you actually require as over filling a fridge can cause it to over-work to provide a constant temperature – this may cause damage.
* Prices correct at time of publication