Top-mount fridges are the traditional choice, with the freezer up top and fridge down below. They come in a variety of sizes, are the cheapest to buy and the cheapest to run. The downside? You need to bend down to access the fridge, which might not be ideal if you are tall or have a bad back. “From a pure convenience point of view, bottom-mount fridges are great,” says Peter Simic. “After all, you open the fridge compartment more often than the freezer, which makes bottom-mount fridges more user-friendly.” Also, bottom-mount fridges are only slightly more expensive to buy and run than top-mount fridges. Like most things, it comes down to personal preference.
Also known as side-by-side fridges, double door fridges have a freezer on the left and fridge on the right. Space is the big plus here, with capacity ranging from 600 to 700 litres, making them ideal for big families and entertainers. Narrow doors make double door fridges a good option for snug kitchens. Many double door models also have handy ice and water dispensers, but keep in mind these can take up valuable space in the freezer. “Double doors are a popular and cost-effective option if you want a big fridge and a good amount of freezer space that’s easily accessible, but it can be difficult to fit party platters,” says Peter Simic. French door fridges with extra-wide shelves are the ultimate party fridge.
The best fridge for entertainers and hungry households, French door fridges offer plenty of storage and extra-wide shelves for cheese boards and sushi platters. “It’s all about the shelving,” says Peter Simic. “You’ve got the full width of the fridge to play with and a better view of what’s in there.” French door fridges have two side-by-side fridge doors on top, with various combinations below. These can include one or two freezer drawers or two more doors that conceal easy-to-access freezer drawers. Everything in the fridge is at eye-level, the narrow fridge doors don’t take up much space when open, and freezer drawers make it easy to keep food organised. Integrated ice and water dispensers are optional with many models.
Form meets function in wine fridges that store your red, white and sparkling wines at the ideal 12 to 18 degrees. “Wine fridges look great with their see-through doors and a lot of renovators are incorporating them in their kitchen designs for that reason,” says Peter Simic. “They are also addictive. We see a lot of people coming in to upgrade their wine fridges, or to buy a second one.” There are two main types of wine fridges: single temperature, which is perfect for storing one type of wine, such as red or white; and multi-zone, which has separate temperature controls that mean you can store red and white in the same cabinet. For ideal cellaring conditions, wine fridges also store bottles at the correct angle, have built-in light protection and are free of vibrations.
“Black is big for fridges – matte black, black glass and black stainless steel textures,” says Peter Simic. “Dark shades bring a real sophistication to a space, and it’s a look you can carry through all your kitchen appliances.” Just keep in mind that black appliances can make a space seem darker if natural light is limited. Looking for a MasterChef-worthy finish? Slick stainless steel, a mainstay of professional kitchens, is the go. If colour is your thing, vintage-style fridges in gelato shades are a fun choice. “Just be sure to choose a colour you’ll be happy to live with for 10 or so years,” says Peter. Classic white is the easiest to keep clean (it won’t show fingerprints) and white fridges are the cheapest to buy.
If you want to keep your energy bills down, choosing an energy-efficient fridge is a good place to start. Fridges account for up to eight per cent of your electricity bill, with larger fridges using more energy than smaller ones. By law, every fridge or freezer for sale in Australia must meet a minimum level of energy efficiency and display an Energy Rating Label in-store. The star rating shows you how the fridge performs and the more energy stars, the more savings. Fridges and freezers are about 70 per cent more efficient than they were 30 years ago and continue to improve. “A fridge that you bought five years ago is consuming more energy compared to models on sale now,” says Peter Simic. “To save on running costs, you might want to consider an upgrade.”
"Black is big for fridges – matte black, black glass and black stainless steel textures,” says Peter Simic, Fridge and Freezer Buyer at The Good Guys, “Dark shades bring a real sophistication to a space, and it’s a look you can carry through all your kitchen appliances.”
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