Fridge Freezer Buying Guide

Buying a refrigerator and/or freezer is a challenge where a shopper wants to make sure they get the best possible value. It is very important that they understand what they are buying, and what is best to search for when looking through all the retailers’ offers. Some of the most common features that a shopper should look for when they are purchasing a fridge/freezer include space, temperature controls, shelving and freezer size.

Asking about space is probably one of the most important questions to ask when buying a fridge. Having enough room to store your food within your refrigerator can ensure that you will be able to make one shopping trip for a weekend. Before you shop for the biggest fridge available, it is important to remember that space is closely linked with size; do you have the space in your kitchen? Comet have provided a basic guide in terms of space shown below, and click through on this to go to Comet’s fridge range:

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Also, purchasing too large of a refrigerator/freezer can cause an individual to have to return it because it simply will not fit through their doors. It must be able to get in the kitchen in the first place, so measure the width of your doorways in order to know what your limit is.

Food storage space is crucial. There should be enough space so that you can store at least three to four days worth of food, if not more. Be sure not to neglect the freezer space you will need as well. Whether you’re looking to buy a fridge/freezer or a freezer individually, you need to know how much space you think is appropriate. Many more items are becoming available in the frozen section of your local grocery store. Ice cream, pizza and vegetables are all available frozen and you will need plenty of freezer space for everything.

Temperature is another vital part of the fridge/freezer. There should be, at minimum, separate temperature controls for both the fridge and freezer sections. The next step up is to have controls for the crisper box drawer. Check to see whether your model has these features, as they may come in handy once you purchase it. Also, check to see how easy it is to utilize the temperature controls. The more difficult the controls, the less you will use them, therefore, the less necessary they are.

Shelving can be an exciting feature of your new fridge/freezer. For example, there are now shelves to hold your milk as well as your soda. There are shelves that are even built as roller drawers to hold vegetables and meat. You can also have multiple shelving slots to custom design the inside of your fridge, which can be an excellent feature with a little organisation too.

Storage and shelving can be a unique experience to see in many of the newer models and many shoppers have a difficult time deciding what to purchase. It is important to remember that the more moving parts that there are within a refrigerator, the more that can break. For example, drawers can have defective metal/plastic slides and shelves have been known to fall off from the housing of the refrigerators. These types of events are rather rare but not completely unheard of. If you check where to buy your fridge-freezer before your purchase you may save yourself a lot of grief.

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There are other features that go above and beyond the basics that a refrigerator at the entry level has. For example, there are fridge/freezers that have ice makers. These can be an excellent option for individuals who do not want to have to make their own ice. It saves time on cleaning spills as well as freezer space. Other options include even more shelving, drawers in the freezer and the actual layout of the fridge/freezer. Some units are stacked one on top of the other. Other units are side to side options. There are even fridge/freezer options that are available in stainless steel. The material that your fridge/freezer is made out of may be extremely important to you. Thanks to modern technology, your fridge/freezer can be made out of almost any colour you desire. However, the most common colours include grey and white. You may want to consider keeping neutral tones such as grey and white if you plan on selling the home in the future. The more natural tones of the refrigerator/freezer will help to make your kitchen seem more standardized. It will help an individual picture how they are going to live in your home.

The final issue that most individuals come to when they are deciding what they would like a fridge/freezer is price. You can spend a smaller amount of money on a fridge/freezer or you can go all out. It truly depends upon what unit you would specifically like. Smaller, ‘under the counter’ units start at around £150 while full size units can be up to £1,000. Brand, features and other specifications typically are the factors that play into price. Shoppers may be able to find a slight discount on their fridge/freezer by purchasing it online from an authorized retailer.

Energy efficiency also plays a part with cost, with a fridge unit costing approximately £9 for every 100KW of energy are used in a year, and see the bottom of the page for some tips on maximising your energy efficiency.

There are so many factors to consider when you are purchasing a fridge/freezer that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. How much storage space do you need? What colour should it be? Will it fit into the home? Are my vegetables going to be cold enough? The list could go on and on. If you let logic and common sense prevail, you will be able to make an informed decision on what fridge/freezer is best for you.

AppliancesOnline have a useful video that talks through the main points covered here also:

And as promised, here are some tips on saving energy with your fridge freezer: