Finding the right fridge freezer isn’t simply a matter of choosing one that looks the nicest and fits your budget. This guide will help you find the option that makes your life easier and more efficient.
It’s important to measure your kitchen to ensure you have adequate space for your fridge. Allow at least an extra 5 cm of space on the sides and rear, and 10 cm on top—without this space you may have trouble opening the doors, and the fridge may not have adequate ventilation space, which can impair performance. Buying a fridge freezer that is too small for your storage needs isn’t a good idea, as the condenser of the fridge will have to work extra hard to keep up with the load.
Different types of fridges
There are many different types of fridge freezers on the market. Besides size, you should also consider how you would like the doors to open, and what other features you want your fridge to have.
- Top freezers are very popular, and they are the most common fridge freezer design. They have two doors—the top one opens into a freezer compartment and the bottom opens into the fridge. Popular brands include Fisher & Paykel, Bosch, LG and Samsung.
- Bottom freezers have the freezer section at the bottom. This makes it easier to see and access your frozen goods. Brands to look for include LG, Westinghouse, Fisher & Paykel and Whirlpool.
- Side by side fridge freezers have two vertical doors. One door opens into the freezer while the other opens into the refrigerator. These are ideal if you need extra space for your frozen goods. Westinghouse, Samsung and LG are popular brands.
- French door fridge freezers are the cream of the crop. Featuring swinging doors and a bottom freezer, this stylish appliance offers plenty of space to store your groceries. Brands to watch for are Westinghouse, Samsung and Hisense.
Smaller fridges & freezers
A portable fridge freezer is a small appliance powered by a battery or a power supply, ideal for taking with you when you’re going camping or fishing. They usually come with a compartment separator that divides the fridge and freezer sections—removing this enables you to use the unit as a single fridge or freezer. Popular brands include Kogan, Waeco and Kings. Second-hand camping fridge freezers sell quickly online, so it pays to snap them up fast. Some things to look for when buying second-hand appliances are scratches, the condition of the door seals, the brand of the appliance and its age.
If you buy in bulk or you don’t have enough room for a large fridge freezer, your best option could be to buy a separate freezer. These range in size and they generally open from the top. Brands to look for include Westinghouse, Kelvinator and Samsung.
With this knowledge you should have a good idea of the kind of fridge freezer that will suit your kitchen. We have a great many to choose from here on Gumtree!