Fridge Freezer Buying Guide
Side-by-Side (SBS) or French style? Smart or classic? There are endless options available – and a few things you’ll need to consider – when buying a fridge.
You should think about the space that’s available; you’ll also need to come up with a budget, and factor in running costs. And when it comes to fridge capacity, you should be realistic; think seriously about how much food your fridge should hold if it’s to properly service the whole household.
Sounds complicated, right? Luckily, we’ve put together a comprehensive refrigerator guide to help you choose a fridge that’s perfect for you and your family.
Features to Look Out For
When buying a new refrigerator, it’s important to think about whether you’ll benefit from any additional features. Here are some of the most common extras you’re likely to find.
Understanding Fridge Capacity
Fridge capacity is given in litres, and it’s used to describe how much produce a fridge can hold; the larger the capacity, the more storage space you’ll have. When shopping around for a new fridge, you’ll come across two terms: gross and net capacity. Gross capacity refers to the total volume inside the fridge; net capacity is the usable storage space that’s left once its components – like shelving – have been factored in. Some Samsung models come with SpaceMax™ technology, whereby the fridge walls are thinner. This increases the fridge’s internal capacity, without affecting its external dimensions or compromising on performance. To ensure that your new fridge is going to meet your needs, think about how much fresh and frozen food (and drink) you’ll want to store at any one time.
How Long Does a Refrigerator Last?
With regular cleaning and good maintenance, refrigerators can last up to a decade. If your appliance is more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it; the energy savings you make could eventually cover the cost of buying a new fridge freezer.*
Installing a Fridge Freezer
Freestanding refrigerators are easy to install; you just plug them in! However, integrated types should be installed by a professional fitter.
Once your new fridge has arrived, you should leave it to sit for 3 hours before plugging it in and switching it on; you’ll also need to let the fridge stabilise overnight before loading it with food.* It’s always worth giving new fridges a quick wipe down before you use them too.
Any installation concerns you have should be covered in the user manual.
* Samsung offers free installation to all our Home Appliances
How to Clean a Fridge
Keep on top of minor spills and drips, wiping them away immediately; liquids are easier to clean before they’ve dried onto a surface.
Ideally, you should give your refrigerator a thorough clean every month. Using a damp, soapy cloth, wipe down the shelves and interior of your fridge, before patting dry with a tea towel. Remove shelving systems where possible to make the process simpler.
Keep the door seals of your fridge clean; heat can enter and escape from your refrigerator if these are clogged with dirt and debris. Simply wipe them down, whenever you notice that they’re getting dirty. On Samsung models, seals can be removed to make cleaning easier; they can be put in the dishwasher too.
If your fridge has a water and ice dispenser, you should replace the filter every 6 months.