Choosing the Right Fridge
Posted 28/07/2014 by BrightHouse Team
Your fridge is probably the most important appliance in your kitchen, keeping your food fresh and your drinks cool. When it comes to choosing a fridge, it can seem a bit daunting with so many options available, but it’s really just a case of picking the main features you want, and making sure you get the correct size for your kitchen.
We’ve put together a few general points to keep in mind when you’re choosing a new fridge, so you can make sure you get one that fits your family and lifestyle perfectly.
Many of us don’t have the space for a separate chest freezer, so a combined fridge freezer is usually the best choice. The cabinet refrigerator, with a fridge on top of a freezer compartment, is the most popular design, and usually offers the most choice in terms of flexibility and extra features.
If your kitchen only has space under worktops, you could go for undercounter fridge, as well as a separate undercounter freezer if you have the room.
A fridge that needs to fit under a counter should usually be no more than 85cm tall, whereas a taller fridge freezer would be 130cm or more. A tall (upright) fridge or fridge freezer would give you greater storage space, which can be essential if you have a large family. A fridge’s actual storage space is measured in litres, so the greater the number, the more space there will be for food.
The standard width of a fridge (and most large kitchen appliances) is 60cm, though there are also narrower versions for kitchens were space is limited. To be sure that it will fit, it’s vital to measure the space before choosing a fridge, as well as making sure it will be easily accessible and the doors can be opened properly.
Modern refrigerators come with lots of clever and useful features, such as antibacterial coatings, auto defrosting, and built-in water coolers and ice dispensers. Multi-flow systems also create a constant stream of cool air to every part of the fridge to maintain an ideal temperature.
Many modern refrigerators also include a super-cool function, so that after you’ve had the door open for long time for unloading shopping, the temperature will be quickly reduced back to the proper level.
A great feature that’s becoming more and more popular is the built-in water dispenser, which gives you a supply of chilled water whenever you want it, easily accessible on the front of the fridge door.
Energy efficiency is another important feature to consider, as a higher rated fridge will cost less to run in the long-term. All fridges use the same rating scale from A-G, though you’ll only find the ratings A+ and A++ in use, as manufacturers strive to make the most energy efficient appliances.
Check out the BrightHouse website for a great choice of fridges and freezers: www.brighthouse.co.uk/refrigeration