Fridge Buying Guide

Fridge Buying Guide

Looking to upgrade your fridge? Our fridge buying guide takes you through the different types, sizes and features to consider when making your choice.

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Choosing your fit

The first thing is to choose your fit: freestanding and integrated. Points to consider here include how much fridge space youll need, where youd like to position your new appliance, and the style of your dcor.

Freestanding fridge

Freestanding

A freestanding fridge is a classic option, giving you more freedom when choosing the size and design. These types of fridges stand upright and are on show, with no panels covering the appliance. Freestanding fridges can be placed anywhere that has a power socket close by, so theyre a convenient option that you can take with you if you move house.

Integrated fridge

Integrated

Integrated fridges are built into your kitchen units, hidden away behind a cupboard door to create a seamless discreet look. An integrated fridge is a great option if you want to reduce visual clutter, save space and create the illusion of a larger kitchen. They need to be vented so make sure to consider where you will install the fridge in your layout.



Types of fridge

After youve decided on the right fit, the next step is to choose the type of fridge that will best serve your needs.

Freestanding fridge types

If you opt for a freestanding model, there are three types to choose from: upright (tall), under counter and compact (also known as mini fridges).

Tall

A tall fridge, also known as an upright fridge, is great if you tend to have a lot of groceries that need to be refrigerated because they offer maximum storage. This type of fridge is designed with multiple compartments, making it easier to organise your food. You can find tall fridges with ice boxes as well as upright larder fridges without ice boxes.

Tall Fridge


Under counter

Under the counter fridges are hassle-free because they tend to stay out of your way beneath your kitchen counter. These fridges are a perfect choice for small kitchens in homes and flats due to their size. Depending on your preference, you could consider under counter fridges with ice boxes or under counter larder fridges (which dont have an ice box).

Under counter Fridge


Compact

Compact or mini fridges are ideal for couples or those living alone. Theyre the smallest type, with measurements of less than 50cm in height. The compact size makes them perfect for small kitchens in studios and flats. A compact fridge is easy to fit anywhere in your home including on top of a counter meaning it will save floor space.

Compact Fridge


Integrated fridge types

Keen on an integrated fridge that blends seamlessly into your fitted kitchen? There are less types available with an integrated fit, but you still have the choice between a built-in or built-under model.

Built-in fridges

With a built-in fridge, the cupboard door covers the front of the appliance. Some built-in models are full height and blend perfectly into a row of tall kitchen units; others are smaller and fit beneath your counter. If you choose this type of fridge, you have the option of either a built-in fridge with an ice box or a built-in larder fridge (with no ice box).

Built-in Fridge


Built-under fridges

Built-under fridges also have a panel to hide them, but are boxed in at the sides and the top. As the name suggests, all built-under models are designed to fit perfectly under a kitchen counter. There are two different options: built-under fridges with ice boxes or built-under larder fridges, which dont have a freezer compartment.

Built-under Fridge



Fridge sizes

Each type of fridge comes in a range of different sizes. Its worth considering which fridge size to go for based on the number of people in your household, your storage requirements, and the available space.

Freestanding fridge sizes

The sizes of different freestanding fridge types are as follows:

  • Tall upright fridges are usually between 120cm and 190cm in height, offering you lots of choice in terms of fridge size. This type is usually 54-60cm wide, with a depth of between 56 and 70cm.
  • Under counter fridges are designed to slide beneath your kitchen counter, so stand at around 80-85cm tall. They tend to be between 47-60cm wide and 44-64cm deep.
  • Compact fridges are the smallest design at less than 50cm in height, width, and depth.

Fridge sizes

Integrated fridge sizes

Integrated fridge sizes tend to be more uniform as this fit is designed to be integrated into standard-sized cabinets:

  • Built-in fridges vary between 87 and 180cm in height depending on whether you go for a full-height or under counter model. This style has more uniform widths (54-57cm) and depths (50-55cm) to fit a standard cabinet.
  • Built-under fridges are all designed to fit beneath a kitchen counter. The dimensions of this type are typically 82-88cm high, 59-60cm wide, and 50-60cm deep.


How to measure for a new fridge

We always advise measuring for your new fridge to make sure itll fit before making a purchase. Follow the steps below to ensure a snug and smooth fit:

  1. Measure the height of the available space (for integrated models, allow a few centimetres of height clearance for ventilation).
  2. Measure the width of the available space, leaving a few centimetres either side for freestanding models so that the door can open properly.
  3. Measure the depth of the available space (for integrated models, allow a few centimetres at the back so theres space to plug the appliance in).
  4. As you shop, compare the dimensions of the available space with the appliances youre looking at.
  5. If youre replacing an integrated fridge, simply measure your old fridge and use those measurements.
  6. Once youve worked out that your new fridge will fit, select our installation service at the checkout for an easy, hassle-free process.

Measuring for a new fridge

Features to consider

Think about which features each fridge comes with when shopping around and compare them with your needs. Below weve mentioned some key features for you to consider when browsing for your new fridge.

Water dispenser

Water dispenser fridge

A fridge with a water dispenser will provide filtered cold or room-temperature water on tap. Some modern appliances are non-plumbed rather than having a plumbed water supply, the water tanks in these models can be refilled by hand. This offers you extra flexibility when deciding where to position your new appliance, as all you need is a plug socket.

Smart

Smart technology

Smart fridges use Wi-Fi technology to connect your appliance to your smartphone, so you can remotely operate and monitor your fridge. The features of smart fridges vary between brands, but can include the ability to: keep track of expiry dates, check on contents using a built-in camera, and control internal temperature via your phone.

Auto defrost

Auto defrost

Tired of manually defrosting your fridge and putting your chilled food at risk? Then look out for a fridge with auto defrost. This handy functionality helps to prevent the build up of ice inside your fridge. It works using a hole at the bottom of the appliance, which collects condensation before it can start to form ice.

Door alarm

Door alarm

In the past, forgetting to close the fridge door properly could be disastrous, resulting in spoiled food and pools of water all over the floor. To prevent this from happening, most modern fridges have door alarms that will sound when the door is left open after a certain amount of time, a handy feature for families with young kids!

Holiday mode

Holiday mode

A fridge with the holiday mode option is ideal for when youre going away. Before you set out on your travels, empty the fridge completely and turn holiday mode on. The interior of your fridge will stay at the right temperature to avoid any bad smells whilst also keeping power usage to a minimum, saving energy and reducing your energy bills.

Antibacterial lining

Antibacterial lining

Some high-end fridges come with antibacterial lining. With this feature, a special coating on the inside of the appliance helps to prevent the formation of bacteria. As well as reducing the chance of any mould forming, this antibacterial coating is great for eliminating bad smells in your fridge and providing a more hygienic environment in which to store food.




Fridge energy ratings

Fridge energy ratings range from A to G, with A being the most energy-efficient.

Choosing a fridge with a good energy rating will save you on energy bills and you will be doing your bit for the planet long-term. Appliances with energy ratings of E and above are considered to have better than average energy efficiency.



Picking your colour

The colour of your fridge will impact the style of your kitchen and how often you need to clean your fridge. Below, weve explained the benefits of some of the most popular colour choices.

Black Fridge

Black:

Black fridges add a sleek, modern touch to your kitchen dcor and are ideal for making a statement. This colour is also fairly easy to pair with your existing dcor. Another great benefit to choosing a black fridge is that theyre extremely low maintenance and easy to clean.

White Fridge

White:

White fridges are traditionally the most popular choice. They can help to give the illusion of a bigger space, so white may be a colour to consider if you have a smaller kitchen. A white fridge complements any colour scheme whilst being hassle-free to clean!

Stainless steel Fridge

Stainless steel:

Stainless steel fridges provide a contemporary look in a kitchen whilst coordinating well with other colours and styles. There are several benefits to choosing a stainless steel fridge: they fight off rust, last for a long time, and are more resistant to bacteria than other types.


If your style is more adventurous and unique, then take a look at our other fridges in the following colours:



Retro Fridges

We stock a unique range of retro fridges that will give a kitchen an individual look with personality. These vintage designs are inspired by the 1950s yet come with advanced modern technology. Our selection of retro fridges features a wide range of colours to suit your unique style.

Retro Fridge



Fridge brands

We offer fridges from a huge selection of different brands. Youll find the following makes and more at Marks Electrical:



Fridge FAQs

You might still have some queries about which new fridge you should buy. Below are the questions our customers ask us most often.

If you cant find your answer here, get in touch with our team of experts and well be happy to help.

What is an integrated fridge?

Integrated fridges are built into your kitchen units, hidden away behind a cupboard door to create a seamless discreet look. An integrated fridge is a great option if you want to reduce visual clutter, save space and create the illusion of a larger kitchen. They need to be vented so make sure to consider where you will install the fridge in your layout.

What is a smart fridge?

Smart fridges use Wi-Fi technology to connect your appliance to your smartphone, so you can remotely operate and monitor your fridge. The features of smart fridges vary between brands, but can include the ability to: keep track of expiry dates, check on contents using a built-in camera, and control internal temperature via your phone.

What is the smallest type of fridge you can buy?

Compact or mini fridges are ideal for couples or those living alone. Theyre the smallest type, with measurements of less than 50cm in height.

What is a larder fridge?

Larder fridge is a term used to describe a freestanding fridge that doesnt have an ice box.

How much does a fridge cost to run?

It depends on the energy rating of your fridge. According to Ideal Home, the average costs are as follows:

  • F-rated fridges will cost roughly 55 per year to run
  • E-rated fridges will cost roughly 46.40 per year to run
  • D-rated fridges will cost roughly 31.20 per year to run

How long does a fridge last?

A fridge will tend to last around 9 to 13 years, but can last even longer if taken care of correctly. To extend the lifespan of your appliance, call a repair specialist if you notice any signs of faults such as loud noises or excessive build up of ice.

What number should I set my new fridge at?

Your fridge should be between 2 and 4. If youre not storing much, choose between 2 and 3. If youre storing a full fridge you need a colder setting, so its advisable to set your fridge at 4.

How long does a fridge take to get cold?

Typically, you should wait at least two hours after youve plugged your new fridge in before storing food in it.

What should I do with my old fridge?

We recommend recycling your old fridge. When our delivery team drops off your new fridge, we can take away your old appliance and recycle it for you. Visit our recycling page to learn more.



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