Integrated Fridge Freezers
Integrated (or built in) fridge freezers are perfect if you want all of the functionality of a fridge freezer, but don’t want it in view when you’re preparing your evening meal.
Below, you’ll find a few areas to consider when purchasing a new integrated fridge freezer.
Knowing the dimensions of where your appliance will be installed is more important with an integrated product than a freestanding one as it will need to fit within the confines of your kitchen unit.
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.
You will also need to make sure that you leave about 2cm of extra space above and behind the fridge for ventilation. Lack of proper ventilation might cause the appliance to use extra energy and could damage the motor or compressor.
Sliding or Fixed Hinge
Please read the following advice on deciding which hinge type fixing you will need to ensure a straight forward replacement of your existing integrated refrigeration appliance.
Integrated fridges, freezers and fridge freezers are supplied with either a fixed hinge system or a sliding hinge system. By watching the images we have provided you should be able to determine which type is featured on your current appliance. This will also help you if you are fitting into brand new kitchen units.
A sliding hinge is attached to the kitchen door. You can see parts slide in and out. Your kitchen door is still attached with the hinges originally supplied with your kitchen cabinets.
A fixed hinge is designed to take the full weight of the kitchen door so you don't use the hinges originally supplied with your kitchen cabinets.
NB: If you are installing your new appliance in brand new housing you can easily adapt your cabinets for either hinge type.
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.
If you are replacing an old fridge freezer we recommend measuring your existing doors to enable you to work out which split type you need to buy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.