Stay cool when selecting a fridge for your new kitchen

Fridges come in all shapes and sizes, each with its own set of different features. As with purchasing all kitchen appliances, you have to consider your unique needs when choosing what refrigerator to buy. Top-freezer? Bottom-freezer? Double-door? Built-in? Stand-alone? To navigate the sea of options, read on for our top tips for selecting the perfect cooling unit for your home.

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Decide what you need

Here are some basic things to consider before setting out to the store:

• A top-freezer fridge is a common, affordable choice. These refrigerators are get the job done effectively and saves you a few bucks. These units also boast wide shelves, but because of the freezer placement, most adults will have to bend down to reach goods in the refrigerator section.

• Choose a bottom-freezer fridge if you want easy accessibility to goods in the refrigerator section. Most homeowners tend to use the fridge compartment more than the freezer compartment anyway – so it’s a common choice in many households. These refrigerators come in both single and double-door configurations.

• Side-by-side refrigerators like the Grundig GSBS 13333 FX are ideal if you need easy access to both the fridge and freezer compartments. These fridges do run slightly wider than standard freezers, so take your space into account. Often, these side-by-side refrigerators are the go-to options for homeowners with larger kitchens.

• Built-in refrigerators have that uniform, integrated look that many people desire. The options for these fridges are endless, because the door can be configured to pair beautifully with almost any outer panel to match your cabinetry. Naturally, built-in fridges are more pricey (and often slightly smaller) than their freestanding counterparts.

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Pick what extras you want

Do you want a water dispenser or ice-maker? Think about this first:

• Both a water dispenser and ice-maker will need to be connected to your water outlets – so consider the placement of your new refrigerator.

• Some models have water filtration systems, which are handy, but often quite expensive to fix or replace.

• Keep in mind that fridges with added extras like these tend to require more upkeep than more basic models.

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Consider the refrigerator size

What you see outside, isn’t necessarily what you get inside:

• Make sure you know how much usable space your new purchase will have. Top-freezer fridges often have the least amount of usable space, while side-by-side and double-door units tend to have the most.

• Consider what type of produce you’d like to store. Frozen pizzas and full legs of lamb, for example, aren’t suited for smaller top-freezer units.

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Select your features

No two fridges are the same. Think about how you’ll use your unit:

• If flexibility is important to you, go for a fridge with adjustable shelves and door bins with many configuration options.

• Organisation is important, so think about special drawers, holders and sections for particular foods. Some refrigerators, like the Grundig GKN 17930 X Refrigerator, allow you to store various items like vegetables and meats at different temperatures for optimal cool storage so your food is kept fresher, for longer.

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Do your research

Online reviews and testing sites are your friends:

• See which brands are the most trusted and get a clear overview of the features and benefits of your chosen model.

• Keep availability in mind – some brands and models might not be available in your immediate area.

Shop for your new fridge

Armed with a wealth of cooling knowledge, you’re ready to hit the stores:

• Outlets stores, online stores and specialist appliance stores will all have a large selection of options. Listen to the advice given by the store staff, but remember to walk in only after doing your own research.

• Lastly, keep a close eye on energy-efficiency labels. The efficiency rating of your new purchase may drastically affect your electricity bill. Look out for A+++ rated refrigerators like the Grundig GKNI 15730.