Time for a new fridge? Whether it’s a kitchen makeover or a replacement on a decades-old model, buying a new fridge is no easy purchase.
The average fridge has a 10-year life span, so it is important to take the time to choose carefully. Here are four tips to consider when choosing your next fridge:
1. Measure your kitchen space
Does the potential fridge fit the space available? Bar fridges typically stand at 85 centimetres high and fit under most countertops. They’ll do the job if space is a premium, although you will have to compromise on freezer space and temperature.
Standard sized fridges are most sought after by larger households that regularly cook meals at home and need the extra storage space. Unfortunately, not all kitchen spaces have a standard fridge space, so you’ll need to size up your kitchen carefully prior to selecting your ideal fridge.
2. Choose an energy efficient appliance
It takes a lot of energy to keep your food cold. Fridge manufacturers have made great strides in energy efficiency over the years, and all fridges are currently given star ratings that reflect their friendliness to the environment. More stars mean that the fridge is more energy efficient. While energy efficient fridges have a bigger price tag, they will save you in the long run when it comes to your energy bills. As your fridge is an appliance that runs all day, every day, it pays to look at the number of Kilowatts the appliance uses. You can use this figure together with your cost of home electricity to calculate and compare the yearly running costs of various fridges.
3. Consider a separate freezer
A crucial decision to make when buying a fridge is whether you want a freezer to come as part of the same unit. There are pros and cons: fridge-freezers can offer all-in-one convenience, but if you’d like to freeze large volumes of food at low temperatures, a standalone freezer is the superior choice.
A fridge-freezer might also be impractical if kitchen space is precious – in this case, a standard-size fridge under a counter-top, with a standalone freezer located elsewhere in the house might be the best space-saver decision.
4. Look for useful features
Two particularly useful features in modern fridges are auto-defrost and anti-bacterial coating. Anti-bacterial coating helps keep your fridge hygienic, and it staves off any nasties looking to taking up residence. Auto-defrost is standard with larger fridges. If you have a bar-sized fridge, you may need to defrost the fridge manually when a build-up of ice occurs.
So, now you should have an idea of the fridge you’re looking for. When you have a couple of models in mind, be sure to read reviews and do a little research online before you buy. This will make sure you end up with a quality refrigerator that will serve you well for many years to come.
If your fridge is experiencing problems or you wish to prolong its years of service, Matic Service is here to help. Contact our professional representatives on (02) 9709 6188 to book a quality service today.