Fridge freezers are one of the most essential appliances in any home. They keep our food fresh and cold, and they can also be used to freeze food for later use. But with so many different types of fridge freezers on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you.
In this article, we will discuss the different types of fridge freezers available, as well as the factors you need to consider when choosing one. We will also provide some tips on how to get the most out of your fridge freezer.
There are five main types of fridge freezers
- Freestanding fridge freezers are the most common type of fridge freezer. They can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, and they come in a variety of sizes and styles. Often a 50/50 in presentation with an equal amount of fridge and freezer space and probably the most popular model in the UK. However, it can also be a 70/30 presentation for those who prefer more fridge and less freezer.
- Integrated fridge freezers Increasingly, modern designers want to create impact with beautiful appliances, lighting and cabinets which hide away all but the essentials. Fridge freezers can now be accommodated behind cabinet doors rather than presenting themselves in the kitchen as big white appliances.
- Under counter are often a freestanding compact unit for those who have space restrictions, but need both freezer and fridge space.
- American-style fridge freezers are large fridge freezers that are popular in the United States. They have a bottom freezer and a top fridge, and they often have a lot of features, such as ice makers and water dispensers. Big and bold fridge freezers which have a fridge one side and a freezer the other side. Often around six foot tall and four foot wide these are true family units housing essentials and often the focus of the kitchen. Ice and water dispensers have been added to make these a statement in the kitchen.
- Double door fridge freezers have two doors, one for the fridge and one for the freezer. Oftentimes freestanding, they are a good option for medium-sized kitchens and they offer easy access to both the fridge and the freezer. Perhaps the most recent design splitting the fridge into a top unit with two opening doors revealing both shelf storage as well as ample door storage. The lower freezer unit can be two or three horizontal drawers allowing frozen food to be stored at the logical lower part of the fridge freezer. Again, water and ice dispensers are often fitted to the outside fridge doors, but remember this impacts the storage space available in the fridge itself.
When choosing a fridge freezer, there are a few factors you need to consider
- Size: How much space do you have in your kitchen?
- Capacity: How much food do you need to store?
- Features: What features are important to you, such as an ice maker or water dispenser?
- Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency is an important consideration when choosing a fridge freezer. The more energy efficient the fridge freezer, the lower your energy bills will be. Look for a fridge freezer with an energy rating of A or above. You can find the energy rating on the energy label, which is usually displayed on the front of the fridge freezer.
- Price: Fridge freezers can range in price from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. It is important to set a budget before you start shopping so that you don’t overspend.
- Warranty: Most fridge freezers come with a one-year warranty. However, some brands offer longer warranties, so it is worth checking before you buy.
Once you have considered these factors, you can start to narrow down your choices.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Fridge Freezer
Once you have chosen a fridge freezer, there are a few things you can do to extend the life and efficiency of it.
- Defrost regularly: Defrosting your fridge freezer regularly will help it to run more efficiently and prevent the build-up of frost.
- Organise your food: Organising your food will help you to find what you need quickly and easily, and it will also help to keep your fridge freezer organised.
- Clean regularly: Cleaning your fridge freezer regularly will help to remove bacteria and keep your food fresh.
- Avoid overloading your fridge freezer: Overloading your fridge freezer can prevent the cold air from circulating properly, which can lead to food spoilage.
- Don’t open the door too often: Opening the door of your fridge freezer too often can let out the cold air, which can also lead to food spoilage.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your fridge freezer lasts for many years and keeps your food fresh and delicious.
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