Combination Fridge and Freezer
Shopping for a new combination fridge and freezer can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. There are hundreds of features and designs on the market and it almost seems that a new form of technology is released every day! The fridge is one of the most important appliances of a kitchen (right next to the stove) and is used hundreds of times a day – so you need to make sure you make the best choice for your needs.
When shopping for a new fridge you should consider your budget, eating habits, freezer preference and your overall kitchen design. Here at Adelaide Appliance Gallery we can walk you through the available features and help you decide on the best fridge and freezer for your needs.
Measure your kitchen space
It’s incredibly easy to get razzled and dazzled by the beauty of a fridge. But before whipping out your credit card, it’s important to start measuring to understand what design will best fit in your kitchen.
It’s important to bear in mind that air needs to circulate around the fridge, so you need to allow for a few inches around all sides. Also make a mental note of how wide the fridge and freezer doors can swing open, and ensure that this fits with your space without hitting any surrounding cabinetry.
Check your eating habits
Do you freeze a lot of your food or do you prefer an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables? Understanding how you like to eat will determine the types of features you need to look for when choosing a fridge. If you’re freezer happy then you should consider opting for a combination with a large freezer. If you’re more into fresh food, then a smaller freezer and larger fridge space with crispers would be a wiser option.
If your fridge and freezer needs are about equal then you can choose the middle option –a side-by-side unit. This offers food enthusiasts the best of both worlds. The downside of this unit is it does require a larger amount of kitchen space.
Your cleaning habits
Stainless steel or a white finish? Cleaning the house can be a nightmare for parents of multiple kids, and when it comes to cooking lunches and dinners, you may opt for the easier way out. Stainless steel looks exquisite when clean, but more than often it will be smudged by a collection of fingerprints. While you might want the beautiful look, you won’t want to be wiping your fridge and freezer constantly. Here at Adelaide Appliance Gallery we offer a range of cleaning products to help keep your fridge in tip top, fingerprint free shape– which ever finish you choose.
This point goes hand-in-hand with what we’ve previously mentioned. In addition to the cleaning aspect, you may want to make it easier for kids and elderly or disabled members of the family to access the shelves in the fridge with ease –minimizing potential accidents.
Additionally, if your family tends to stand in front of the fridge to graze or browse products, go for a French-door style fridge freezer which lets less cold air escape –less energy waste and decreasing food contamination risks.
Your energy bill
Did you know that your fridge accounts for around 14% of your home’s total energy usage? If that weren’t bad enough, built-in water and ice dispensers are an added electricity glutton that goes beyond the typical estimates you get for a unit –adding up to 20% to the total running cost.
Yes, you may be gasping or frowning at the information, but there is something you can do about it. In fact, fridges that use top-mounted freezers consume around 10 to 25% less electricity than their alternatives. Similarly, Energy Star fridges use minimum 20% less power than non-rated models, thus go out and start comparing!
Traditional top-mounts that feature the fridge below and the freezer on top are considered the least expensive on the market. Nonetheless, if you’re willing to spend your hard-earned cash on unique conveniences and gadgets, there are high-end features (i.e., Internet connectivity, sliding doors, and built-in sparkling water makers) that may peak your interest and make your fridge a real focal point of your kitchen.
Yes, these little things are cool, but consider how important they are for you. The same goes for the exterior finish aspect, and how willing you are to wipe away your fridge freezer after a hard day’s work! Pop into our Payneham Road showroom and let one of our Adelaide Appliance Gallery specialists run through your fridge options with you.