When it comes to buying a new fridge freezer there are hundreds of models to choose from so it can be a bit of a minefield. Luckily, help is at hand. We at Appliance Direct have put together this handy jargon-free guide to help you through the process.
If you’re replacing your old fridge freezer, you’re probably looking for a new one of a similar size. If that’s the case, measure your current model so you know exactly what dimensions you’re working with.
If you’re buying your first fridge freezer, then it’s best to measure the space that you want it to go when you get it home.
American style fridge freezers are much larger with the fridge and freezer side by side and measure to up 900mm+ (90cm+) wide.
All of the fridge freezers available at Appliance Direct are labelled with full dimensions of height, width and depth so you can be sure your appliance will fit where you need it to.
Make sure you have about 2cm of extra space above and behind the fridge. Lack of proper ventilation might cause the appliance to use extra energy and could damage the motor or compressor.
Allow around 5cm of extra space so the door hinge can work properly as well as protecting your wall from the door handle.
Freestanding, Integrated or American?
Fridge freezers come in lots of styles and sizes, but there are three basic types you can buy:
Freestanding fridge freezers are the most popular and cheapest kind. You can fit them easily in your kitchen and they come in a range of sizes and colours.
Integrated (or built in) fridge freezers sit behind kitchen cupboard doors to blend in with the style of your kitchen.
American-style fridge freezers are sometimes called side-by-side models. They hold a huge amount of food and usually come with extra features.
While commonly available in white, some fridge freezer models are also available in silver, stainless steel, graphite and black.
Smeg produce a range of 50s style fridge freezers in a wild assortment of colours including those below.
Perfect for anyone who wants a fridge and freezer without using too much floor space, fridge freezers are available in splits of 50/50, 60/40 and 70/30.
A full freezer is more economical to run. With less room for air to circulate, the appliance will use less power so keep it stocked as much as possible.
The guides below will help explain the benefits of each type.
Adjustable shelves allow you to configure the fridge space that works best for you.
Fridge freezers with glass shelves in the fridge, rather than wire ones, help prevent food and meat juices dripping onto items stored on the shelf below.
Basic models can have one or two salad crisper drawers for storing your fruit and veg. Two drawers let you store tender salad leaves and bulky vegetables separately.
Frost free freezers are designed to prevent ice from building up in the freezer compartment, meaning you’ll never face the messy or time-consuming task of having to defrost it.
A quick-chill switch gives a boost of cooling power to chill fresh food to safe temperatures quickly, helping it stay fresher for longer and keeping nutrients locked inside.
The fast-freeze function works in the same way to freeze fresh food quickly. This means food will be fresher when it’s defrosted and will have retained more nutrients.
Existing Electrical Supplies
Please check that your current electrical suppy is within 1.5 metres of the location you intend to have your appliance installed.
If we are installing your appliance for you we can provide up to 1.5 metres of electric cable to connect your new appliance to your existing supplies. Gas appliances do not come with the gas hose or and electrical models which require hardwiring do not come with the wire.
Please be aware that gas models also require a 13A electrical supply.