The size restraint for refrigerators
in the U.K. tends to be somewhat smaller than for other countries
such as the U.S. or Australia. Fortunately, the fridge manufacturers
are well aware of this requirement and supply plenty of high quality
compact products for the U.K. market. New models continue to appear
with increased energy efficiency, longer life span, lower
maintenance and overall improved value. When shopping for a new
fridge, comparing a few key features will make the task manageable
and result in the best overall choice.
Key Features to Compare when Shopping for a Fridge
Overall Size and Capacity: The first consideration is to measure the
opening for a built in fridge freezer or consider allocated space
for a free standing model. Fridges heights vary but the widths
typically measure 55 cm, 65 cm and 75 cm max. Free standing styles
suitable for a small flat, office or garage or cellar range in
capacity from 4.5 to 8 cu ft. Generally models with an overall
capacity of 9 to 10 cu ft. hold plenty of room for the average
family. Some fridge manufacturers offer a reversible door option
that may make a difference for built in requirements.
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Freezer Configurations: Some fridge freezer styles contain a larger
freezer section while others use the space for increased capacity of
fresh food storage. For combination models, the freezer may be
located in the upper portion of the fridge or occasionally in the
lower compartment. Many new models are frost free and but some of
the smaller less expensive fridges may require manual defrosting.
Energy Ratings: Energy efficiency is rated from ‘A’ to ‘G’ with ‘A+
+’ being the most efficient. Fridges with a rating of ‘A’ will be
the most cost effective to operate and will save money on utility
bills. Natural gas cooling protects the environment more than the
old style CFC gas (generally considered unsafe) and other types of
Appearance and Style: Although white continues to be the most
popular fridge colour, silver, black, and shades of red, blue, green
or pink are now fashionable and available from some manufacturers.
Brushed steel or stainless steel exteriors suit contemporary
kitchens but may be more expensive. The interior features normally
include adjustable glass shelving and temperature controls.
Added Features: Some fridge models are equipped with water
dispensers. Electronic control panels and separate fridge/freezer
thermostats as well as anti-bacterial coating may be included.
and Flor Westphal 2007