Fridges: Buyers' Guide
Fridges are a focal point in most kitchens and a household essential for keeping all our food fresh and tasty (not to mention keeping those all-important beers and wine cool, of course).
Online fridge shopping can be daunting but once you’ve got the hang of what you should be looking for and which features are right for you you’re in the perfect position to hunt out some online bargains and make an informed buying decision.
Take a look at our buying guide to get you clued up on specs, features and models before heading over to the Genie Shopping comparison pages where we’ve done all the legwork for you to bring you the best offers and deals on fridges in the UK so you’re guaranteed to find the best fridge for you and your family’s needs.
Now, pop your feet up, put a drink on to chill and let us do all the hard work for you…
Types of Fridge
Standard fridge If you have a separate fridge and freezer then a standard-sized fridge may be the best option for you, especially if you have a family or live with multiple people. A standard fridge is around 85cm in height and is a great space-saving solution, fitting nicely under a kitchen worktop or into a tight space.
Tall fridge A tall fridge, normally around 130cm in height, will give you maximum storage and space. If you have a large family or like to bulk buy food this is probably the best option for you. Make sure that you have plenty of space before buying a tall fridge as it could prove to be quite a squeeze otherwise!
Compact fridge Compact fridges are a great buy if you’re short of space or live in a small household. At up to 60cm in height these mini marvels can squeeze into a tight space or slot nicely under a worktop to leave maximum space.
Integrated fridge If you like to keep things looking neat and orderly then an integrated fridge was made for you. Integrated fridges have a front panel that matches the rest of your kitchen, meaning it is completely hidden when the door is closed.
Storage capacity is measured in litres rather than physical dimensions:
- 100-250 litres is ideal for a household of 1-2 people, giving you enough capacity for a week’s worth of shopping.
- 200-450 litres is perfect for a medium sized family or household of 3 or 4 people.
- 450+ litres will be large enough for a big family or household of more than 5.
Fridges have an EU-rated energy efficiency/performance rating, from A-G, with A being the most economical and G being the least and Trading Standards are responsible for monitoring standardized tests across the industry to regulate manufacturers’ ratings.
Some online retailers also have fridges that are even more efficient than A-rated models. These are A+ and A++.
- A+ models achieve up to 10% reduction in energy consumption compared with A models.
- A++ models can reduce energy consumption by up to 20%.
The higher graded the model the more money you’re likely to save in the long run, using less electricity and reducing the impact of carbon dioxide on the environment.
It may be the case that the more expensive the model of fridge the higher graded it will be and the more energy-saving features there’ll be. This isn’t to say that a cheap fridge won’t be energy efficient, in fact most machines will feature energy-saving specifications to reduce your energy bill, such as alerts when the temperature is getting too high or the door is open.
To get an idea of annual running costs, independent retailers may provide this information for you
Fridge features to look out for
The following features are ones that you may like to look out for when shopping your ideal fridge:
- Auto defrost: automatically controls the temperature and moisture to avoid build-up of ice
- Adjustable thermostat: allows you to adjust the temperature inside your fridge.
- Temperature warning light: alerts you when the temperature inside the fridge is too low to keep food fresh.
- Ice box: allows you to store ice or small frozen goods in the fridge.
- Antibacterial coating: a coating designed to kill germs and keep your fridge more hygienic.
- Chill section: normally colder than the rest of the fridge, a chill section is designed for keeping meats, fish and poultry fresh.
- Bottle grip: stops bottles from falling over in trays in the fridge door.
- Shelves and fixtures: Look for plenty of compartments and places specifically designed for foodstuffs, such as egg holders and bottle racks. Pull-out drawers and separate areas for different foods are always useful.
- Wipe-clean shelves: allow for easy cleaning.
What should I do with my old fridge?
It is important to dispose of your old fridge in an environmentally friendly way, particularly as old fridges, made before 2000, may contain CFC gases that are harmful to the environment.
Many retailers will dispose of your old fridge when you buy a new one, or alternatively ask you local council for details of how to clear your old model safely.
Now you’re totally clued up on online fridge shopping it’s time to take your new-found knowledge over to our shopping and comparison pages where we have the best selection of fridges for sale in the UK, from amazing deals and offers on high-end, designer models to bargain cheap fridges.
Browse our online fridge emporium and click on any deals that take your fancy. You’ll be transferred to the site on your selected independent retailer where you’re free to click and buy or continue comparing and shopping – good luck!