Check out this buyers guide for fridges
If you're looking to upgrade your kitchen appliances but know next to nothing about fridges, we can help you out. Rather than blindly forking over your money for a recognisable brand name, we can help you to correctly identify the features you should be looking for in your brand new fridge.
Getting the basics right
The first thing you need to do in order to narrow down the fridges that will do the job for you is to consider your needs. How big does the fridge need to be? Are you looking for a fridge and freezer combo or is it just a standalone fridge you're after? Would you like the fridge to blend in with the rest of your kitchen thanks to a customisable finish?
These are all questions that need answering before you start looking around.
Types of Fridge
With so many different kinds of fridges available on the market right now, you would be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by the options. To help you, we'll take a look at the four main kinds of fridge available.
Standard - These fridges are your run of the mill kitchen refrigerators. They are average in size and usually feature a small freezer area at the top. They will be suitable for most people's needs.
Tall - Tall fridges offer far more storage space than their standard counterparts. They usually feature a freezer, but many now come without, enabling you to buy a complete freezer unit separately, rather than forcing you to make do with the low capacity of standard fridge freezers.
Compact - These are perfect for those of you living in small apartments, or for students living away from home during the school year. Compact fridges feature far less by way of capacity, but they more than make up for it in their compact size.
Wine Fridges - For those of you who like a drop of vino every now and then, a wine fridge can prove to be the ideal solution. Tailor made to accommodate wine, and chilled to the ideal temperature, these fridges are certainly more of a luxury item than traditional fridges, but they do the job brilliantly.
Once you have decided on the basics, it's very important that you research the temperature capabilities of any fridges you may be interested in purchasing.
Each fridge will have a different temperature range, so knowing what to expect before you purchase can be a very important step.
Many modern fridges these days come with a built in fan cooling system, which are ideal for larger fridges or households where the fridge door has a tendency to be left open for prolonged periods.