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Choosing your first fridge

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90cm 4-door refrigeratorA Top Mount RefrigeratorTwo-door freezer with plenty of compartments

Among the many home appliances, none is more frequently used than the refrigerator. Whether it’s whipping up a feast for the family dinner, preparing a simple snack or just grabbing a glass of water, most of your time in the kitchen could be spent rummaging through the refrigerator. Therefore, you should take note of several important considerations before purchasing your very first fridge.

Put your refrigerator buying plan in motion by answering the following questions:

  • How much space do I have for a refrigerator?
    Refrigerators vary in size and so determine the space you have for this appliance before you buy one. Measure the height, width and depth of the space you have allocated for it, and have the dimensions handy when you are out shopping.
  • What is the size of the refrigerator I need?
    It all depends on your family’s size and needs. For newly-weds, a smaller refrigerator may suffice. If you have a large family, you may want to consider buying a bigger refrigerator, or even two refrigerators to cope with your needs. Refrigerators can last for a number of years, so remember to take into account the future needs of your family.

EQE6307SA Quattro, 90cm 4-Door Refrigerator

90cm 4-door refrigerator

  • What type of refrigerator should I get?
    Decide whether you want a side-by-side, top-mount (freezer on the top) or bottom-mount (freezer on the bottom) refrigerator. Bottom-mount refrigerators are becoming increasingly popular, as they generally offer more space than a side-by-side model and, unlike a top-mount refrigerator, the main section of the appliance, which is also the most used refrigerator compartment, is at a comfortable, eye-level height.

Top Mount Refrigerators

A Top Mount Refrigerator

  • What features should I look out for?
    Refrigerator features vary across different brands as well as different models. Conduct a thorough research by browsing through catalogues, flyers and the Internet to identify two or three key features that are most important to you. Some features include inbuilt ice makers, adjustable spill-proof glass shelves, large adjustable door bins, and energy efficiency levels.

When you are browsing at stores, ask the salespeople these questions to help you clearly identify the refrigerator that best suits your needs:

  • How flexible is the storage space in this refrigerator?
    Look for adjustable shelving and freezer compartments for better food storage management. Check how much storage space is available and if the door shelves can be moved. Consider whether this refrigerator can store the groceries that you buy —your milk cartons, eggs, fresh vegetables or even a cake box.

Two-door freezer with plenty of compartments

Two-door freezer with plenty of compartments

  • Is this refrigerator easy to use?
    Check to see if you can reach products at the back of shelves — pull-out shelves can be particularly useful. Look for clear drawers and shelves so that you can quickly see everything. Make sure you can easily reach the temperature controls and check if the door swings open the right way. If not, ask the salesperson if it can be changed.
  • Is this refrigerator easy to clean?
    Glass shelves may be spill-proof to reduce the amount of cleaning necessary. See if the shelves are removable to facilitate cleaning.
  • How energy efficient is it?
    Check the Energy Guide label attached to the refrigerator. Look at the kWh per year and use that to compare the energy efficiency of different models. Make comparisons between different models with the same size measurements because larger models tend to use more energy than smaller ones.
  • How reliable is the refrigerator brand?
    Consult consumer magazines, flyers, the Internet, friends and family to hear how others rank the performance of different brands and gather first-hand advice on the advantages of the different refrigerators.

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