FAQ Refrigerators and Freezers
Beyond keeping fresh foods fresh and frozen foods frozen, fridges and freezers are a reflection of your personal cooking style. The right fridge and freezer complements your daily life, offering you and your family optimal storage options for your food cravings
What are the different types of refrigerators and freezers?
There's a lot of choice when it comes to fridges and freezers:
Top freezer refrigerators keep frozen food within easy reach and have large fresh food compartments. Bottom freezer refrigerators put fresh foods at eye level. Side-by-side fridges put the fresh and frozen compartments beside each other for easy access to both kinds of food. French-door refrigerators have a bottom freezer and double-door fresh food compartment, limiting exposure of fresh foods to temperature changes. And all-fridges are devoted to only preserving fresh food.
Upright freezers have a smaller footprint than chest freezers, and keep frozen treats organized through shelving and drawers. Chest freezers have larger capacities than their upright cousins, allowing you to stock up on bulk items.
Mini fridges and freezers
A bar fridge tucks neatly under a counter or table, making it ideal for a small living space. A wine cooler keeps your wine collection at the optimal temperature for serving and ageing.
What should I consider before buying a refrigerator or freezer?
Know the height, width, and depth of the space you've carved out for your fridge or freezer. Factor in enough room to allow air to circulate around the unit.
Does your family eat more fresh food than frozen? Do you make bulk purchases and freeze homemade meals? Your family's eating habits will influence the type of fridge you need. A big or growing family will probably need a large fridge or freezer.
Coloured, stainless, or brushed finishes tend to increase costs. Factor this into your budget if you're looking for a model to match your kitchen's decor.
Water dispenser and ice maker
There's no denying the convenience of chilled, filtered water and ice cubes on demand. But, some fridges require plumbing and installation to make this happen. Also, you'll need to change the water filter every 6 months.
What features should I look for in fridges and freezers?
A frost-free freezer saves you from manually defrosting your freezer periodically. An energy-efficient model helps conserve energy and reduce your electric bill. Spill-proof shelves prevent accidental spills from leaking onto the food below, clear drawers let you see at-a-glance what's inside, and humidity-controlled crisper drawers help keep moisture-loving fruits and veggies fresher, longer.
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