The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Fridge Freezer

Thinking about buying a fridge freezer but don’t know where to start? Whether you’re considering a new freestanding, integrated or American-style fridge freezer, there’s a lot to weigh up before you buy. Here at Appliance Supermarket, we’ve put together a guide to help explain the different types, sizes and features.

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Types of Fridge Freezers

Freestanding fridge freezer

A freestanding fridge freezer will easily fit into a standard kitchen, so you won’t have to worry about size. You’ll have to think about whether you want more space for chilled food, frozen food, or an equal amount of space for both. Also, you can choose between models that have the fridge section at the top and freezer at the bottom, or the other way around. The standard width of a freestanding model is around 55 to 60cm.

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Integrated fridge freezer

Choosing an integrated model will give you the ability to coordinate with the rest of your kitchen and keep the fridge completely hidden. This may limit your choice of models and could add to the cost, but it’s ideal if you’re after for a seamless finish to your kitchen. Built-in models are designed to fit inside a standard 60cm-wide cupboard and are about 178cm tall.

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American-style fridge freezer

These can make a real statement in the right style of kitchen. They’re wider than standard fridge freezers and have side-by-side doors that open outwards, with a fridge section on one side and freezer on the other. They range from 70cm to over 90cm in width.

These models offer the most high-end features. Many are frost-free and include a number of cooling zones in different areas. Water filters and ice-cube makers are often a standard too, so if you’re considering buying this kind of fridge freezer, be aware that it might have to be plumbed in.

If you want your new fridge freezer to fit in the same space as your current one, you’ll probably want the same type, be that freestanding, integrated or American-style. But if you’re redesigning your kitchen, it’s worth deciding on the type you want early on, when you’re planning the layout.

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Consider what split type you want

The split type on a fridge freezer refers to how much space you have in the fridge and freezer compartments. If you’re looking to replace an integrated fridge freezer, make sure you get the same split type will ensure that it matches your cabinets.

  • 70/30 - The go-to choice if you’re all about fresh food. A 70/30 split has a large fridge compartment on top, with a smaller freezer below.
  • 60/40 - The ideal option if you prefer stocking up on fresh food, but still want a good amount of room for yummy frozen food. This split type has a slightly bigger fridge than it does a freezer.
  • 50/50 - If you love a bit of both, then a 50/50 split is the one for you. The fridge and freezer compartments are the same size.

Smart Fridges - The latest internet-connected fridge freezers have smart features that show you what’s in your fridge remotely via a smartphone app, allow you to create a shopping list or download recipes to make the most of what’s in your fridge.

Fridge freezer features to consider

  • Digital displays: These allow you to monitor the temperature easily and will notify you if the door has been left open or if there is a fault with the appliance.
  • Size: Remember to allow space at the back, sides and top of the freezer for ventilation. If you don't do this, the condenser will have to work harder meaning the freezer won’t be as efficient. Check the exact details in the instructions, we would recommend leaving between 2.5cm to 3cm of space on all sides.
  • Separate controls: This mean you can set the fridge and freezer controls independently, allowing them to run better and keep your food fresh, chilled or frozen at the right temperatures.
  • Frost-free: If you buy a frost-free freezer you won’t need to defrost it yourself, it comes with a heater to get rid of ice and a fan to circulate cool air. Frost-free models can be more expensive than standard models because of this technology.
  • Solid drawers in the freezer and glass shelves in the fridge: These will retain cold in the fridge more effectively than mesh drawers and are easier to pack and clean.
  • Door alarms: This will alert you when you’ve left the fridge or freezer door open so you won’t come back to a puddle of defrosted water and thawed food.
  • Childproof features: These prevent the temperature from being accidentally altered. Look for models with a temperature dial that can only be turned with a coin or buttons that have to be unlocked before settings can be changed.

Energy Saving Tip

All fridge Freezers now receive an energy efficiency grade ranging from A to G. To learn more about the new A-G scale introduced in 2021, check out our blog post that answers the question How have the Appliance Energy Ratings changed in the UK?

Here are some quick energy saving tips to keep in mind when you buy your new fridge freezer:

  • Regularly defrost your freezer or purchase a frost free version
  • Locate your fridge/freezer in an area with low ambient temperatures i.e. away from radiators, cookers or from direct sunlight
  • Always close the appliance door

Our services

Are you ready to purchase a new fridge freezer? Here at Appliance Supermarket, we offer FREE delivery on appliances over £250. Learn more about our delivery services here.

We also have a friendly team of fitters here help get your new appliance up and running. Learn more about our installation services here.

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