The Best Refrigerators for 2020
One of the most important aspects when buying a refrigerator is to know exactly where you are going to place it and measure that space. But it is never enough to measure just the height, you must measure the width and depth of the existing space where you intend to fit it in. It is very important to imagine the arrangement of the refrigerator and to which side the doors will open, since in some cases, they will obstruct the movement of people in the kitchen and end up making it a very uncomfortable and dysfunctional space.
One of the greatest recommendations is to purchase a combi fridge.
It must be kept in mind that the space reserved for refrigerators in some households is not very large. For this reason, the most requested is a 2-meter combi fridge made of stainless steel. A clear example that everything depends on family needs is that a single person, who spends all day away from home, is very likely not to have the same model as that of a very large family, whose use of the fridge will be much more frequent.
Gorenje Retro Black Combi Fridge Freezer 70/30 60cm Right Opening Ork193bk 1950s
Haier Afe635chj Combi Freestanding 70/30 Fridge Freezer, A+ Energy Rating / Bnib
How to choose a fridge depending on the dimensions available.
As put forward previously, the first condition for choosing a refrigerator is not the refrigerator itself, but the space available in the kitchen for the installation. Can you imagine investing too much in a fridge for later that same fridge not to fit in your kitchen because the space you allocated was too small?
Also, you have to take into account the potential use to be given and if the refrigerator is to accommodate a lot or little food. Here below are some tips for customers to buy the refrigerator that best suits their needs and kitchen.
Minibar refrigerators and undercounter refrigerators: they measure up to 150 centimetres in height and are ideal for those who make little use of it.
Small refrigerators: they measure from 150 to 170 centimetres and they are perfect for single people who cook once a day.
Medium size refrigerators: they measure from 170 to 185 centimetres. Two of the most popular are the Combi and the 2-door refrigerators.
Large refrigerators: they measure from 185 to 195 centimetres and they are the most suitable of all for large families.
Extra Large refrigerators: over 195 centimetres high and sought by large families or when food is kept for business purposes.
We advise you on how to choose among some of the best options: Samsung, Hisense, Ariston, Balay, Beko, Bosch, Edesa and Electrolux.
Today, there are state-of-the-art appliances, with remote control, LCD and ACS technology, anti-bacterial linings for protection and with Internet connection to offer recipes according to the food in the fridge or some other sort of information about the products.
Types of refrigerators
When buying a refrigerator, it is very important to know both advantages and disadvantages of each type of refrigerator. Not only is buying the cheapest refrigerator fundamental, but to be informed about the discount that best suits your needs and be able to get appliances with the best value for money.
Traditional refrigerators: the simplest fridge with a single motor.
Combi refrigerators: they have several advantages, 2 independent motors, one for cooling and one for freezing. Their no frost technology increases the conservation time for food as it does not produce any frost, preventing an increase in humidity and faster spoiling of food.
No Frost Refrigerators: The cooling system is by dry cold, they do not produce frost and different smells do not mix inside.
3 door refrigerators: they have the same 2 compartments as the combi fridge, plus a third one that can be used at will, either as a fridge or as a freezer. Ideal for the preservation of frozen food.
Ecological refrigerators: these appliances reduce by 50% CFCs consumption or chlorinated carbon fluoride gases. Even though they are a bit more expensive, they protect the environment by preventing damage to the ozone layer.
Where to buy refrigerators
When deciding to purchase a fridge, we recommend checking eBay and Amazon if you want to buy the fridge online, or Currys and Argos if what you want is to be able to check the fridge in situ.
What other aspects need to be kept in mind?
Before choosing a refrigerator model, you should consider the following aspects:
Capacity and size: it is important to choose a refrigerator whose dimensions are in accordance with the specific use to be given and the space available in your kitchen.
Use and comfort: it is necessary to keep in mind the quality and design of drawers, as well as the flexibility and customizable layout of the interior shelving, so that it can adapt to packaging and food of all sizes. For adequate lighting, fridges must also be equipped with long-life LEDs.
Effective energy: We must always seek the best opinion as far as energy effectiveness is concerned and for that, energy labels are here to help. They indicate the appliance class energy and yearly consumption, together with other interesting facts.
Keep your food fresh: preserving food is increasingly easy. The No Frost feature and new technologies have brought the possibility of prolonging the shelf life of your fresh products.
Design and Duration: there are always new discounts on sophisticated refrigerators or flashy designs. It is preferable to select a more traditional one, at a good price and higher resilience, even if the design is not of the latest trend. As a matter of fact, timeless and classic designs are progressively recommended.
How can a refrigerator be?
One-door refrigerators: exclusively a refrigerator, they are not manufactured to freeze food. They are perfect for people who also have an independent freezer.
2-door refrigerators: the so-called ‘double doors’ are still preferred by most users. They are essential for climates and contexts where freezing food is mandatory.
Combi Refrigerators: It is one of the most requested and is said to be present in 8 out of 10 households in Spain. They always give the best value for money even for efficient energy consumption models and use no frost technology.
Side-by-side refrigerators: known as American refrigerators, they come with 2 vertical doors and almost all of them usually have a water and ice dispenser. They have great capacity and are ideal for large families.
French door refrigerators: they are large and have 2 vertical doors. They have 2 separate cooling zones, which help optimize the consumption. The freezer is at the bottom.
4-door refrigerators: very similar to the French door model but with the addition of a flexible intermediate drawer, which can take 2 uses: a zone for independent refrigeration or for rapid freezing. They are usually expensive.
Hotpoint Ffu3d.1k Day1 A+ 70cm Free Standing Fridge Freezer 60/40 Frost Free
529.00£ 599.0 €
Samsung Rr39m7340bc Tall Black Larder Fridge With Water Dispenser
679.00£ 699.0 €
Cookology Upright Fridge & Freezer Pack In Black, 55 X 142cm Tall, Side-by-side
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Other tips for buying a refrigerator.
It is advisable to keep in mind the following considerations when buying a new refrigerator:
- Consider customer opinions. All brands offer quality products. So much so that the reason for choice, especially when you do not have the solid knowledge of the product, can be based on other buyer’s experiences. From the user’s point of view, they can certify the best benefits.
- Purchase based on needs. More than for the design or the price, the purchase of a refrigerator must be based on the use to be given.
- Mix and Match your kitchen. Although a fridge is not a decorative element, a refrigerator can actually help you define the decoration in your kitchen.