Refrigeration Buying Guide
Should I Buy A Separate Fridge and Freezer?
In many homes across the UK, it is common to find that homeowners have chosen to keep their fridge and their freezer separate. This is quite a useful solution to having a smaller kitchen, as separate fridges and freezers are small enough to keep under kitchen counters. It is also a functional option, as you can keep one running if the other appliance experiences any problems.
However, there are some downsides. It tends to be more expensive to run two appliances at once, and you will save money on your household bills by investing in a combination fridge-freezer. You can also get much more capacity out of a combination model.
What Style of Fridge-Freezer Should I Buy?
Fridge-freezers come in a wide range of formats, each offering up unique benefits.
A refrigerator with a freezer on top is the most common model. As such, they are very affordable and they are available in a wide range of sizes.
Refrigerators that feature a freezer on the bottom are less common, but more convenient. You will be accessing the food in your fridge more often than the food in your freezer. So, it makes sense that your refrigerator would be more centrally-located, allowing you to access your food without having to crouch or bend over. These models offer up a great capacity, but they also tend to be more expensive that top-freezer fridges.
Side-by-side fridges feature the same amount of room for the fridge and the freezer, and they are equally accessible. These models offer up a high capacity for food storage, but the freezer section tends to be quite narrow. So, it may be difficult to store large items.
What About Chest Freezers?
Chest freezers are a great option if you tend to buy in bulk. They offer up plenty of storage space so that you can freeze plenty of food at once. You can freeze your meat and vegetables so that you don’t have to visit the shop more than once a week or twice a month. As such, chest freezers are ideal for families who live quite a distance away from a grocery store.
Consider Energy Ratings
Refrigerators are some of the most energy-intensive home appliances. So, be sure to choose an energy-efficient model. Be on the lookout for refrigerators, freezers and fridge freezers that have an A+ energy rating or higher.