Renovation Rik 15 december 2022

What to look out for when buying a fridge

When you have plans to remodel your kitchen, there are quite a few things coming up. What is the best layout for the kitchen? Where will the appliances go? And what materials do I want to use for the kitchen? But even the choice of a fridge should not be taken lightly. After all, it is perhaps the most important appliance in your kitchen. You actually use it 24/7 and it is therefore important that it works well and meets all your needs. But what exactly should you pay attention to when buying a new fridge? In this article, we list all the important info for you.

What types of refrigerators are there?

The very first thing you need to decide for yourself is what kind of fridge do I want? And which fridge do I have room for in my new home or kitchen? Compare refrigerators is always recommended! There are 5 different types of refrigerators:

  • The fridge-freezer. This type of fridge is the most popular in the Netherlands. It consists of a combination of fridge and freezer. The freezer section is usually at the bottom and the refrigerator section at the top. Both sections can be opened with a separate door.

  • The double-door fridge. In a double-door fridge, the freezer section is located just above the cooling section. The difference with a fridge-freezer combination is that with this fridge, you have a smaller freezer compartment and they tend to be simpler. The price is therefore slightly lower than for a fridge-freezer.

  • The tabletop model. These are refrigerators with a maximum height of 1 metre. They are ideal for small kitchens and are usually quite simple in design. Some table-top models also have a freezer compartment.

  • Side by side fridge. These refrigerators are also known as American refrigerators. They are extra bede refrigerators where the fridge and freezer compartments are usually side by side. Each section has its own door. They are the largest refrigerators and they often have extra gadgets like an ice cube maker or a water tap. Because of its size and features, it is often not very energy efficient.

  • Bar model. This model is actually sold quite infrequently. It is therefore not really suitable for the kitchen. These models are very small and are mainly used as minibars in hotel rooms.

It is also important to consider whether you would like a built-in fridge, or a freestanding fridge. A liebherr built-in fridge is one of the best on the market.

What is the average lifespan of a refrigerator?

Buying a good fridge is often quite an investment. But exactly how long can you use such an appliance? That depends a bit on the model you choose. If you buy a basic model, you can often use it for around 7 years. Do you choose a more expensive and luxurious model? Then the lifespan of the appliance doubles. So although it may be a lot more expensive to buy, you can use it for twice as long. Cheap is often expensive after all.

Tips on what to look out for when buying a fridgeWhen
choosing a fridge, there are a number of things to consider:

  • The size of the fridge. How many people make up your household? Do you do weekly or daily shopping? Think carefully about how much space you actually need in the fridge. A large American fridge might be a bit excessive if you are alone. After all, a large fridge also consumes a lot of energy. Especially in these times, not cheap %26nbsp;%26nbsp;

  • Pay attention to the freezer compartment. Do you freeze meals regularly? Or do you always cook fresh? A freezer largely determines the energy consumption because the appliance has to work harder to freeze.

  • Check the energy label and energy consumption. The most efficient energy label is A and the least efficient is G.

  • Think carefully about which extra techniques you want from your fridge. Do you like to drink nice cold water? Then a water tap is recommended. Don't use such gadgets? Then don't let them talk you into anything.

  • Pay attention to the climate class. A climate class indicates the minimum and maximum temperature at which a fridge still functions. Especially if the fridge will not be installed in the kitchen, but in the garage, for example, it is important to pay attention to this.

  • Check whether a fridge has the No Frost option. If your fridge has this option, you no longer need to defrost the freezer compartment yourself. Does the fridge not have this option? Then you will have to defrost the freezer compartment regularly to keep the fridge working optimally.

When you are remodelling the kitchen, moving,renovate or build. You can surely make the right decision for your new fridge with these tips.

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