1. Measure your space
When measuring, you’ll need to account for a certain amount of space that will be required at the sides, back and top of the fridge so that it receives proper ventilation. How much clearance room you’ll need will depend on the model, and you could risk losing your warranty if you fail to leave the minimum requirements and your unit breaks down. Also make sure to leave enough room to open the fridge doors! It may seem simple, but it’s an issue that can be overlooked.
2. Size of Fridge
After carefully measuring the space available for your new fridge, you’ll need to work out how much storage you need. Fridge capacity is measured in litres, and big families or people who entertain regularly will need bigger fridges than someone living alone or people who eat out often.
Here’s a rough guide for what fridge sizes are most suited to different household sizes:
1-2 people: 200-400 litres
3-4 people: 520-600 litres
5+ people: 700 litres
It’s important to consider your unique needs—if you usually eat out or get dinner delivered a smaller fridge might be more appropriate; or if you love to entertain, eat a lot of fresh food or pre-made frozen meals you might need a bigger fridge/freezer.
3. Types of Fridges
French Door Fridges
An entertainers dream and a lifesaver for busy households that need large capacity with plenty of storage compartments. French Door Fridges have two side-by-side fridge doors on top, with a number of combinations on the bottom including a large single freezer drawer, two freezer drawers or a modern style with two additional doors below containing easy-access freezer drawers. Many French Door Fridges feature handy ice and water dispensers.
- Everything in the fridge is at eye level and is easily accessible
- The shelves are extra wide so it’s a breeze fitting in large platters, cakes and pizza boxes
- The narrow fridge doors don’t take up much space when open
- The range of freezer drawer combinations make it easy to keep frozen food oragnised
- Many French Door Fridges have integrated ice and water dispensers
A Smart Fridge has built-in internet connectivity that connects to your home Wi-Fi network, bringing high-tech convenience into the heart of your home. A Smart Fridge turns your kitchen into a smart hub to simplify shopping, cooking and keeping the family organised so every day is easier.
- See inside the fridge from an app on your phone while you’re out and about
- Get expiry alerts so food is eaten before it goes off
- Find recipes using the food in your fridge
- Use the fridge touch screen app to order groceries
- Put digital photos, memos and drawings on the fridge’s touch screen
- Stream music through the fridge’s built in speakers
Side-by-Side fridges have vertical, not horizontal freezer and fridge compartments that sit side-by-side. The long, narrow doors take up less depth when opened making them ideal for galley style kitchens where space is tight. Side-by-Side fridges generally have a greater capacity than traditional top and bottom mounted fridges. Some also give you the convenience of a built in ice and water dispenser.
- Narrow fridge doors don’t need as much space to open
- Ample storage space with large shelves in the fridge and freezer
- Many models have a handy built in ice and water dispenser
- Extra freezer space ideal for bulk buying and batch cooking
The opposite layout of a traditional top-mount fridge layout. The fridge compartment sits on the top so you have easy access to everything in the fridge without having to bend down, and the often less used freezer compartment is on the bottom.
- Better, more functional design than top mount fridges because everyday items are at eye level
- You don’t need to bend down to find things in the fridge – especially handy for tall people and taking temptation from little fingers
- The freezer compartment has user friendly slide out drawers making it easier and safer to find frozen goods
This traditional fridge design features a freezer on top of the fridge compartment. This layout is still incredibly popular because it is cost effective without compromising on shelf and freezer space.
- Cost effective to purchase
- Traditional styling
- Cheapest running costs
- Wide variety of sizes and finishes available
Store your red, white and sparkling wines at the perfect 12 – 18 degree temperature without the risk of spoiling. Compared to a standard or bar fridge, a wine fridge is designed to withstand temperature fluctuations, control humidity levels and store your wines at the correct angle – ideal for long term storage. There are two main types of wine fridges to choose from – single temperature – perfect for storing either red or white wine, or a multi-temperature wine fridge with two separate temperature controls able to store all varieties in the one unit.
- Store wine at the correct temperature
- In-built shelving for proper storage
- Offers a vibration free environment
- Built in light protection
4. Energy Efficiency
5. Design and other considerations
Think about everything you need to store and how organised you want your new fridge to be. Shelving layout can make a huge difference to how much a fridge can hold. Also think about the material the shelves are made from. Plastic shelves and safety glass shelves make cleaning the fridge easy, and safety glass stops spills from dripping down onto other shelves, whereas wire shelves don’t.
Water and Ice Dispenser
Getting ready-made ice and cold, filtered water from the front of your fridge is the ultimate everyday convenience and makes entertaining so much easier. These dispensers are generally features of French door and side-by-side fridges, and they need to be connected to your water supply by a plumber, so remember to factor that in. If the dispenser is on the inside rather than the outside, keep in mind that it will take up some of your storage space.
Keep kids safe by looking for child-friendly features many fridges now have like:
- A water dispenser with a child-proof setting
- A lockable, child-proof medicine compartment
- Temperature controls with a child lock
Some fridges give you greater temperature control than others. Some models allow you to set different temperatures for different compartments, while others have a quick cool setting in the fridge for drinks and a quick freeze setting in the freezer for meats.
Everyone wants to keep harmful bacteria away from their food to protect their health. Many modern fridges now have anti-bacterial wall and door coatings that stop bacteria forming in the fridge so food stays fresher for longer.
Choosing a good crisper helps stop fresh fruit and vegetables from wilting and drying out so they stay fresher for longer and your food doesn’t end up in the bin. Crisper technology has come a long way in the last few years so take the time to compare different types of crisper technology.
Having good lighting inside the fridge makes it easier to see everything and find what you need fast. LED lights give you bright light that’s more natural and energy efficient than panel lights, and LED lights also generate less heat so the fridge stays cool.
Smart fridges have built in internet connectivity that connects to your Wi-Fi. Clever technology and apps mean it’s possible to see inside your fridge when you’re at the shops, play music and videos through a built in touch screen, view online recipes and receive food expiry alerts.
6. Exterior Material
Now more than ever, fridges are a stylish feature in most kitchens rather than just a way of storing food. Let your fridge complement your kitchen design by selecting a matching exterior finish. Choose from always classic stainless steel, traditional and cost effective white or consider an on-trend black finish in shades ranging from sleek gloss black, black stainless steel, matte black and deepest grey anthracite.
Here are some of the exterior finishes you can choose for your new fridge:
Luminous Black Mirrored Glass
7. Installation & Premium Delivery
It’s important to find out if a plumber is needed to install your new fridge. Fridges with ice and water dispensers require fitting by a plumber. The Good Guys Home Services can organise a professional for you. If a plumber isn’t required but you don’t want the hassle of unpacking bulky packaging, The Good Guys can also deliver and unpack your new fridge and then take away your old fridge – just ask for Premium Delivery when you buy your new fridge.