Choosing the Right Fridge/Freezer

In light of my current bean crop that needs to be frozen for winter, today’s (quite relevant) guest post comes to you from fellow blogger, Jennifer V. 

When it comes to choosing the right appliances for your kitchen, there are a lot of things to consider, including size, style and price. Probably the largest in the white goods range is the fridge freezer, which means you’ll no doubt spend the largest amount of money on this item, so it’s important to get it right. Here are a few tips that you can employ when searching for the right style of appliance for you.

First of all, think about the types of food you buy, which will inform your choice of fridge to freezer split. If you purchase mostly fresh, get a bigger fridge; if you favour frozen, go for freezer. Simple! So, there are three types of fridge freezer: freestanding, integrated and American-style. You’ll need to decide is which one of these will fit best with your kitchen.

If you’re fitting a whole new room, maybe you’d like to update your current fridge freezer and integrate it into the design. A tall cabinet housing can add a new dimension to your room and in a way helps it to look a little more complete. The downside to an integrated appliance is that once it’s been factored into the design, it’s very difficult to move without completely altering the aesthetic of the kitchen. It would be difficult, for example, to take an integrated fridge away with you if you moved house.

In these cases, it’s worth thinking about a freestanding appliance. They’re much easier to move and can fit in any room, which means you could keep the fridge in a utility room if you’re working with a small kitchen. If you have a large room to fill then a good old American-style fridge freezer can be a fantastic feature. You can fit a ton of food into one of these appliances, so they’re great for big families.

Alternatively, you may decide you want separate fridge and freezer appliances. If you’re thinking along these lines, the best advice is to consider how much space you need to store your cold and frozen goods. Under counter fridges and freezers often don’t have enough storage space for a family or group of more than three, so you may be more comfortable with full size appliances. However, they will obviously take up more space, so make sure you have enough to work with!

Got some great freezer tips? Leave them in a comment below!

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