The humble fridge, what would we do without them? The new models on the market cater for many a different household, whether all they want to live off is frozen pizzas and chilled beer, or an array of fresh salad, yoghurts, meat and anything else you can possibly buy in the supermarket.
If you enjoy throwing the odd party, perhaps you would find an extra cooler useful, or a larder fridge to keep bulk food stored in the garage. However if you live in a small one bedroom flat, then space is limited – but does your fridge space have to be too? Let’s find out.
Nowadays, customers want more convenience and performance features in their fridges. It important to them that their refrigerators look attractive, have flexible food storage options and also comes with a choice of configurations such as side-by-side, top freezer, bottom freezer or counter depth.
Let’s not forget the next key factor that every buyer is now on the look-out for, an energy efficient refrigerator which will not only help save the environment but also, help keep the household budget and energy bill at a low.
Modern home appliances, like the most sophisticated model of refrigerator have been designed with some new features. The most sorts after features seem to be the through-the -door water delivery system and ideal for the summer, the through-the-door ice delivery system.
Of all the models and makes out there on the market the side-by-side refrigerator with a large freezer capacity and easy to use functions and settings seem to the most popular amongst consumers. And now, most manufacturers offer a through-the-door ice maker/water dispenser as an option on all side-by-sides makes.
Following closely behind the side-by-side, the second popular model is the Top-freezer refrigerators. These tend to offer smaller freezer compartments than side-by sides, and the freezer is at eye level, placing the refrigerator at a lower and less convenient place. But the Top freezer models are less expensive than comparable side-by-side refrigerators which is why if you are on budget these models are worth looking into if you have the required space.
Bottom-freezer refrigerators are catching on in popularity, although manufactures generally offer only one or two models of the freezer-in-the bottom units. These refrigerator freezers are the most energy-efficient. In general, most freezer doors swing open like the refrigerator doors, instead of sliding out like a big drawer as they once did. And as an added bonus, the freezer compartments on these models are larger than in top-freezer models.
More and more modern apartments tend to be fitted with this type of refrigerator- the built-in refrigerator as they can be installed all at once with the kitchen cabinets and kitchen design.. Homeowners can customise their built-in fridges to coordinate with their cabinets by adding custom panels that can be added to the facade.
Before you buy your new home appliance, there are a few things you need to consider. How large is the space or opening in your kitchen where you can fit the refrigerator, for example. Also, consider what features are must-haves and which features are less important for you. Think carefully about the kind of budget you can set aside for your new fridge.
Refrigerators are also adopting more energy efficient mechanisms to reduce energy costs, so consider spending a little bit more on an energy efficient model to help you cut down on your energy bills each month. The above guide provides some top tips to help you decide on the most suitable refrigerator for your needs and budget.