How to Choose a Fridge
Posted 26/01/2015 by BrightHouse Team
Your fridge is one of the most important parts of your kitchen as well as your home. We rely on it to keep our food fresh and tasty, and store the ingredients we use every day. So when it comes to choosing a fridge it’s worth making sure you get the one that’s right for you and your home.
Types of fridge
This is one of the most popular types of fridge, so there is a wide range of models to choose from. They can be placed anywhere in your kitchen so as long as there is space and a plug socket nearby. A tall, freestanding fridge also gives you maximum space for food with its large capacity, and they usually have a high energy efficiency rating so are cheap to run.
The undercounter fridge is a shorter version of the freestanding fridge, designed to fit underneath a kitchen worktop. They can still have a reasonable capacity, however, with plenty of space for food.
A combined fridge freezer gives you a space saving option, removing the need for a separate chest freezer or undercounter freezer. Many fridge freezers also come with useful extra features such as frost-free compartments and chilled water dispensers.
The size of fridge you need will most likely be down to the space available in your kitchen, but you may also be balancing how much fridge or freezer capacity you want. When thinking about what capacity you need, just consider what type of food you tend to store the most. If you like to have more fresh groceries, go for more fridge space rather than a big freezer compartment, or consider having an entirely separate freezer if you have the room.
Many kitchens will be designed with space for a tall freestanding fridge in mind, though you may only have space for an undercounter version. These will usually be the standard 60cm wide, but you should always measure your space before choosing.
Many modern fridges have extra features to make them more efficient or to add convenience, so it’s worth thinking about what you might like to have when you choose one.
A frost-free fridge freezer takes away the bother of ever having to defrost it, and an open door alarm means you won’t accidentally leave the fridge open, which can damage the motor. A water dispenser gives you a constant supply of refreshing, chilled water, though some models may need to be plumbed in to work, while some need to be refilled from the tap.
The energy ratings of each fridge will give you an idea of how much they will cost to run, and the better the rating, the less it will impact on your electricity bill. Most modern fridges are highly energy efficient, and are rated either A+, A++, or A+++.
You can visit the BrightHouse website for a great selection of fridges and freezers, all available with weekly payment plans.