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Choosing a fridge or freezer

Whether you're looking for a fridge, a freezer or a fridge freezer, look no further. Whatever your needs is for this kitchen appliance and however much you want to spend, we've a model to suit you including some of the most energy efficient models around. Fridges and Freezers can go beyond the highest standard energy efficency rating of 'A' to 'A+'. The higher the rating of the appliances, the kinder it is to the environment. To find out more about how you can save energy, check out our Eco guide.

What fridge is right for you?

What fridge is right for you?Whatever the type of fridge you go for, here are some other key things to look out for:

  • Size and capacity of the fridge
    Most fridges are designed to fit under your worktops, but if you have the room in a larger kitchen you might want to invest in a tall larder fridge. Fridge sizes are measured in litres, the capacity of a fridge is a good indication of the amount you'll be able to store inside it - so make sure you check this before you buy.

  • Built-in or freestanding fridge?
    If you want your kitchen to have a seamless appearance, a built-in fridge is a great option. You can get it fully integrated into your kitchen with the same style door as your cupboards so that it blends in perfectly. Alternatively, a freestanding fridge is great if you might want to move it around in the future, or you want a bigger fridge than you can fit under your worktop.

  • Useful fridge features
    Most fridges have an icebox where you can store your ice cubes and some frozen goods, but if you want more space for chilled goods you might want to choose an larder, which is purely a fridge without a freezer compartment.

    Flexible storage, such as wine racks, egg trays and removable shelves made from glass that you can wipe down easily will help you make the most of your fridge, while an auto-defrost function will help stop ice building up at the back of your fridge and ensure its optimum performance. A temperature warning light is another good feature - it'll let you know if your fridge or freezer is getting too warm to stop your food from going off.

  • Wine Coolers
    If you like to do a lot of entertaining at home, you might want to consider getting a wine cooler - available in a range of capacities - as well as a fridge. A wine cooler gives you the benefit of having your own wine cellar without the need for money and space to set it up. We stock a range of wine coolers, full size under the counter coolers for the kitchen to smaller table top version, perfect for a utility room or even a grown up hideaway in the house.

What freezer is right for you?

What freezer is right for you?To buy the right freezer you need to take a range of factors into account, including the space you have available, and your cooking and eating habits. Where you live can also be a factor - if you're a long way from the nearest supermarket you might not go shopping quite so often and might want to freeze more food. If you live in a small city flat, on the other hand, a compact mini freezer might be better. Here are some things to think about before buying:

Size and capacity of a freezer

We offer freezers of all shapes and sizes, to fit the space you have available and the needs of you and your family. These include tall freezers if you need a lot of room but don't have much floor space, and chest freezers.

A chest freezer opens from the top, which means it needs more floor space, and won't usually have shelves, which can make dividing up the space trickier. But it'll also provide plenty of capacity - fantastic for large families. They can make a great second freezer, and have up to 9.4 cubic feet of storage.

Built-in or freestanding freezer?

Depending on your style of kitchen and the size of freezer you need, you will either want to choose a built-in freezer or a freestanding one. A built-in one is neater, and will be integrated into the rest of your kitchen for a seamless appearance. A freestanding one is better if you want to be able to move your freezer if you need to.

Useful freezer features

When you're choosing your new freezer, keep an eye out for models with fast freeze control. It's ideal when you've just been shopping - the freezer senses automatically when the temperature has risen and freezes food quickly, making it last longer and taste better. A freezer with a thermometer on the outside is also a good choice as it makes it easier to keep an eye on the temperature.

Picking a combined fridge/freezer

Picking a combined fridge/freezerA practical option for many families, a fridge/freezer combines both appliances, one on top of the other. They're great for kitchens where space is at a premium and you need a good amount of both fridge and freezer capacity. There are some things to consider before buying:

Size and capacity

Combined fridge/freezers come in a number of different sizes and styles to suit your kitchen - but are usually upright, tall and thin. Again, the number of litres capacity of the fridge/freezer will be a good indication of how much you can store inside it.

Built-in or freestanding?

Because fridge-freezers are normally quite tall, they can't be installed under the counter. They can still be built into your kitchen but are more often freestanding.

Useful features

When you're choosing a fridge/freezer, keep an eye out for some of the really helpful features available, including frost-free protection, which circulates air around the fridge to stop ice building up. This means that you are less likely to have to scrape ice off your food. With less build up of ice in your freezer, there will be more room for storage. Many new fridge/freezers now have antibacterial surfaces - plastic or glass shelves with built-in protection against germs that kills bacteria on contact for extra hygiene. Other features include digital temperature displays, electronic displays, and storage compartments.

Something Different: American fridge/freezers

If you need a fridge/freezer with a really large capacity, take a look at our range of side-by-side models (also known as American fridge/freezers). They look really good in large kitchens, combining style with the very latest technology. American fridge/freezers or Side-by-side fridge/freezers have a fantastic amount of space inside and can include great features such as cold water or ice dispensers on the front and deeper storage compartments.

Home Delivery

There is no need to worry about collecting your brand new appliance, we will deliver at a time that suits you. We have a range of delivery services to choose from depending on the type of products you order and also your address. Please see our home delivery page for more information