17 February 2011
Whenever you are considering buying a fridge or freezer, please take into account the following:
Door opening direction: With some refrigerators and freezers, you can choose which side of the door the hinges are on i.e. which way the door opens. Some models are convertible and you can simply switch the door from one side to the other, at your house. Others, however, need to be ordered specifically as right or left hand opening e.g. "I want the door to swing to the left”. Make sure you consider which model suits your needs prior to ordering.
Ventilation: Fridges and freezers in normal operating mode produce heat that requires ventilation. If you put your fridge or freezer in a space that's too small, the heat will have nowhere to escape to. The amount of ventilation space required for a fridge or freezer varies, depending on the model and the manufacturer, but 2cm either side and 3cm at the top and back is a good estimation for most models.
Cleaning: If you're considering a stainless steel fridge-freezer or bar refrigerator, you should put some thought into how hard it will be to clean. Some models offer special cleaning methods to make cleaning the stainless steel easier and some models require regular cleaning for fingerprints and stains.
Fridge - Top Freezer
Advantages Freezer positioned at eye height · More capacity than a bottom freezer due to the way the motor is positioned & mounted
Disadvantages More bending required to access the fridge Generally less freezer space than bottom freezers
Fridge - Bottom Freezer
Advantages Less bending to access refrigerator (which is the part you'll use most) Usually a larger freezer than with a fridge with freezer on top
Disadvantages You have to bend more to get to the freezer
Advantages Usually a greater capacity than other fridges, particularly the freezer Often includes an ice and water dispenser in the door (which requires plumbing to a water supply
Disadvantages Compartments are slightly narrower than other fridges Can be difficult to fit large platters or plates in
Advantages Quite large capacity fridge and freezer Good width for large plates and platters Some models include an ice and water dispenser in the door
Disadvantages Requires a relatively wider space
Single Door Fridges
Advantages Very large capacity fridge and freezer Wide compartments Fridge and freezer can be matched but completely independent; they can be positioned next to each other or apart
Disadvantages You have to buy 2 separate products – a single door fridge and single door freezer When put together, need a very wide space
Advantages Compact and convenient Some include an inbuilt freezer Most bar refrigerator models are designed to fit under a standard height bench (assuming adequate ventilation)
Disadvantages Bar refrigerators are very small and compact
Advantages Deep storage results in good bulk storage Less bending - easy loading from above Easy unloading if the item is on top
Disadvantages Difficult to unload when full and the item is toward the bottom (you have to dig through items on top)