Fridge Freezer Buying Guide
American or French style? Smart or classic? There are endless options available – and a few things you’ll need to consider – when buying a fridge freezer. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive refrigerator guide, to help you choose a fridge that’s perfect for you and your family.
Consider the room you have
Think about the space that’s available in your kitchen (or wherever you plan to store your fridge freezer); you’ll also need to come up with a budget, and remember to factor in the running costs.
Consider the space you need
When it comes to fridge capacity, you should be realistic; seriously think about how much food your fridge needs to hold, to fulfil the requirements of your entire household.
Features to look out for
Aside from the type of fridge freezer you need, it’s also important to think about whether you may find any additional features useful. Here are some of the most common extras on offer.
Understanding fridge capacity
Fridge capacity is shown in litres, and is used to explain how much a fridge can hold at once; the larger the capacity, the more storage space it has.
You’ll come across two terms when shopping for fridge freezers: gross and net capacity. Gross capacity refers to the total volume inside the fridge, while net capacity is the storage space you can use, once things like shelving have been factored in.
Some Samsung models come with SpaceMax™ technology, where the fridge walls are thinner. This increases the fridge’s internal capacity, without affecting its external dimensions or performance.
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 you save should eventually cover the cost of buying a new fridge freezer. 1
Installing a fridge freezer
Freestanding refrigerators are easy to install; you just plug them in! However, integrated types should always be installed by a professional.
Once your new fridge has arrived, you should leave it to rest 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.2 It’s always worth giving a new fridge a quick wipe down before you use them as well.
Any installation concerns you have should be covered in the user manual.
Cleaning a fridge
Cleaning a fridge is considered simple maintenance. It’s a quick and easy way to get rid of any bacteria and prevent contamination between different products.
How to clean a fridge
Liquids are easier to clean before they’ve dried onto a surface, so wipe them up quickly to make cleaning them up easier.
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 it dry with a tea towel. Remove shelving systems where possible to make the process simpler.
Keep the door seals of your fridge clean - your refrigerator can heat up if these are clogged with dirt and debris. Simply wipe them down, whenever you notice that they’re getting dirty.
If your fridge has a water and ice dispenser, you should replace the filter every 6 months.