What Are The Different Types Of Refrigerators? Our Fridge Buying Guide
If it’s been a while since you bought a fridge, then you are going to be blown away by what the modern day fridge is capable of.
From connecting to the internet, to have multiple internal doors and compartments, modern day fridges are technical masterpieces! Features that were once seen as gimmicky or too high-tech are increasingly becoming a must-have in the modern world.
So, if you thought fridges were just for keeping things cool, then think again. Of course, that remains their main purpose, but with fridges coming in so many different shapes or sizes, it can be confusing trying to work out which one is right for you.
Just some of the different types of fridges include:
- Side by side fridges
- Side by side fridge freezers
- Top mount fridge freezer
- Bottom mount fridge freezer
Just to name a few!
Which one is right for you, though?
In this Appliances Today buying guide, we walk you through the vast array of possibilities to help you buy fridges and freezers (or a combination of both) from our online store.
Top-mount fridge freezers
The most popular style in Australian homes is top mount fridges (freezer on top). They are cost-effective, dependable, and usually more portable, with a wide variety to choose from.
Top-mount refrigerators are suitable for small kitchens with limited space.
Although the lower level of the top freezer refrigerator may not be suitable for certain consumers (i.e. those that are taller), the lower cost of these versions may be a reasonable tradeoff.
This design is by far the most economical, making it an excellent alternative for budget-conscious consumers. It also comes in a range of sizes that blend into both big and small kitchens.
Side by side fridge freezers
Side-by-side refrigerators have more flexibility while taking up less room. The layout allows for quick and simple access to the refrigerator and freezer.
Kitchens with smaller, centrally opening doors provide more space. Ice and water dispensers, door technology, and touch control panels are also available on side by side refrigerators.
The slim profile restricts the amount of food that can be processed, and these models aren't as energy efficient as other refrigerator models. It is, however, yet another highly cost-effective alternative. In addition to their enticing low price, Side-by-Side refrigerators have the advantage of needing a minimal door swing space, making them suitable for small kitchens.
Bottom Mount Fridge Freezer
The most common refrigerator model is the bottom mount (freezer on bottom). Their waist-high design and practical structure allow for easier access to commonly used products and eliminate the need for bending down that conventional top mount layouts entail.
Both the refrigerator and freezer parts of these models have a wide storage block, making for quick storage of items of various sizes and widths. Many people even like putting the refrigerator section right at eye level, which makes it easy to locate what they need easily.
Other factors to consider when buying a fridge
Now that you know about the different types, it’s time to think about which one is right for you!
When deciding, you should:
- Measure your kitchen space
- Consider how your fridge should open to work in your space
Measure the distance, depth, and height of the room where the refrigerator would be installed using a tape measure. Note to leave 25 mm of free space along the top, bottom, and sides of the container to allow heat to escape during refrigeration.
Few refrigerators have reversible doors, which can be hinged on the right or left, depending on how much room you have. Check the specs to see if a special hinge-reversing package is needed for your model. In kitchens with limited space, reversible doors are especially useful.
Buy fridges online
Buying your fridge online is an extremely cost-effective way to get your hands on a new fridge quickly and easily.