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Before You Buy a Fridge

Built-in vs. Freestanding

Refrigerators are spilt into two big families: built-in and free standing. “That’s great, but what’s the difference” you say?

Built-in refrigerators are completely integrated with the kitchen furniture or hidden behind panels. They offer a seamless look and feel that coordinates better with the style of your kitchen.

Free standing models, on the other hand, can be placed either in the kitchen or another room. They usually have more storage capacity than built-in appliances because they aren’t bound by niche sizes.

Energy saving

A-rated appliances are not only better for the environment – they’re better for your pocket too. Our A+ models reduce the amount of energy consumption by up to 25% more than A-class models, saving you money.

Mix and Match

These days there are radically different options available, depending on if you need a dedicated fridge, a freezing compartment, or a combination of the two.

With the combi, you get both fridge and freezer compartments in one appliance. It either comes with a freezer on the bottom (with ample storage space for both compartments) or a freezer on top (with much more room for the fridge compartment).

Single Door
These models include a small freezer compartment inside for freezing. They can vary a lot according to height – the 85cm model, for instance, is designed to go under a worktop.

For the Best Fit:
Think about how much storage you’ll need and how much space you have available. For example, if you love fresh food and don’t use your freezer that often, a single door model would work for you. If you need lots of storage space for frozen food but your kitchen isn’t very roomy, you could go for a combi bottom in the kitchen with a chest freezer in the garage.

Right Size

Bigger isn’t always better. Owning a monster-sized fridge that’s always half-empty is a waste of energy and space. The best way to decide on size is by considering the number of family members living in your home (who’s going to be using this refrigerator?) in relation to storage capacity.
Measure the space where you’re thinking of installing the new fridge before you shop. That way, you can better decide what size appliance you’ll need.

For the Best Fit:
If you have lots of space to work with and lots of mouths to feed, a single door fridge with a separate chest freezer may be the way to go.

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