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Buying a fridge freezer

We'll help you to find which fridge freezer is best for your lifestyle.

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Buying a fridge freezer.

Three things to consider when choosing a new fridge freezer

1. What size fridge freezer do I need?

Whether a fridge freezer is right for your needs depends largely on the size of your household. A fridge freezer that can hold 200 litres can fit approximately 11 bags of food shopping inside, making it perfect for a smaller household. For medium sized families, look for models with a capacity of around 400 litres.

    2. What split type do I need?

    50/50, 60/40 or 70/30? Another key factor to consider is the ratio of fridge to freezer you'll need. Most models of fridge freezer are split 60/40, with more space given to the refrigeration compartment than the freezer. If you want more room for storing frozen goods then go for a model with a 50/50 split.

      3. Which way do the doors open?

      Make sure the doors of your fridge freezer open the way that's most convenient for you to use. Most models include removable hinges that allow for a left or right opening. This gives you the freedom to place your fridge freezer in almost any position, regardless of your kitchen or utility room layout.

        What type of fridge freezer is best for you?

        Freestanding fridge freezer

        The most popular type, these models come in a variety of sizes and styles. They can be placed anywhere there's a power socket, making them the most flexible choice. A standard freestanding fridge freezer is typically 60cm wide, though you can also find slimline and under counter versions for smaller spaces.

        Integrated fridge freezer

        If you don’t like your appliances being on show, then an integrated fridge freezer might be for you. These models are designed to fit inside a standard 60cm-wide cupboard, so when the cupboard door is closed, you won't see the fridge freezer. They are usually more expensive than freestanding models, but give a  much cleaner and sleeker look.

        American-style fridge freezer

        These models are almost twice the size of a standard fridge freezer, making them perfect for larger families. For easy access, they are often split vertically, with one side being a fridge area and the other a freezer compartment. Some American fridge freezers also have ice and water dispensers built-in for instant refreshment.

        Outbuilding fridge freezer

        Some models of fridge freezer won’t work when the exterior temperature is too cold, so if you are planning on keeping  one in an unheated garage or outbuilding, look for a model that can specifically handle colder climates. These fridge freezers often have special frost protection, which allows them to safely operate in temperatures as low as -15°C.

        Freezer on top or bottom - Which is best?

        Freezer on top

        Top freezers are generally considered more energy efficient than bottom freezers. They usually have less space and storage options but frozen food is easier to access.

        Freezer on bottom

        The majority of people opt for a freezer compartment on the bottom as it’s less frequently used. Having the fridge on top also keeps fresh food at eye level, so you can easily grab it.

        What capacity do you need?

        We've estimated how large a fridge needs to be for different-sized families below. If you're buying a fridge-freezer, it's best to prioritise getting a fridge compartment that's the right size, even if that leaves you with less freezer space.

        For 1-2 people

        We recommend 100 - 200 litres.
        Enough to fit 5 to 10 full shopping bags.

        For 3-4 people

        We recommend 200 - 300 litres.
        Enough to fit 10 to 15 full shopping bags.

        For 5-6 people

        We recommend over 300 litres.
        Enough to fit over 15 full shopping bags.

        What if I need more space?

        If you can't find the right balance of space in a fridge freezer, you should consider buying a separate small fridge, cooler or chest freezer.

        Fridge freezer features

        Frost free - Prevents frost from building up in a fridge freezer, so you don't have to manually defrost.

        Anti-bacterial coating - Helps stop bacteria from growing, improving hygiene in your fridge.

        Digital controls - Enables you to view and control temperatures from a control panel. It will also let you know if the door's been left open or if there's a fault.

        Holiday mode - Allows you to turn off the fridge but keep the freezer on while you're away from home.

        Fast freeze - Gives you the option to freeze food faster, sealing in more of the freshness.

        Smart / WiFi enabled - Use your phone to control temperatures in your fridge freezer. Some feature a camera so you can view what food you have from any location.

          Energy ratings

          Every fridge freezer has an energy rating, ranging from A+++ for the most energy efficient to D for the least efficient. Energy ratings are calculated relative to the internal volume, so a smaller fridge freezer will generally use less energy than a larger model even if it has a better energy rating.

          All our fridges are rated from A+ to A+++.

          Getting the right temperature for your fridge or freezer

          Manual control

          The temperature in most fridge freezers is set manually by a dial. Some models will only let you adjust the fridge temperature, the freezer temperature is fixed.

            Digital control

            Models with a digital display will show you the current temperature, and allow you to raise or lower it to the exact temperature you want.

              Flexible temperatures

              You can control the temperature in different compartments, so you can get the right temperature for the food you store there. You can even switch compartments from fridge to freezer.

                What temperature should your fridge freezer be?

                Best temperature for fridge

                The ideal temperature is 35°F / 1.6° C. It must be below 40° F / 4.4° C to keep food fresh. Food can start freezing at 32° F /0° C.

                Ideal freezer temperature

                The temperature must be below 32° F / 0° C. Food can freeze at higher temperatures, but freshness may not be preserved.

                Fridge freezers with water and ice dispensers

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                These fridge-freezers can be connected to your water supply, or they may have a tank that you can fill yourself. You'll need a professional to connect a fridge with your water supply. We recommend checking before you buy that the connection will be possible in your kitchen.

                Delivery & collection

                Many of our fridges are available to deliver next day. For the safety of our customers and colleagues we have temporarily removed our recycling service. For further information please see here.

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