BUYER’S GUIDE: PARTY FRIDGES

The en­ter­tain­ing sea­son is upon us and, for so­cial but­ter­flies ev­ery­where, a full-on re­frig­er­a­tor is a must

Inside Out (Australia) - - Contents - WORDS JANE PARBURY

The en­ter­tain­ing sea­son is upon us so now’s a great time to in­vest in a fridge that can ac­co­mo­date ev­ery­thing you need

If you have a large fam­ily, or if gath­er­ings chez vous are a reg­u­lar af­fair, a big re­frig­er­a­tor with plenty of use­ful fea­tures can help make en­ter­tain­ing a breeze – not to men­tion help your fresh food last longer and be kin­der to the en­vi­ron­ment. Here are a few things to con­sider when it’s time to go shop­ping. It’s not all about size, although of course you need a fair amount of space to fit in a cor­nu­copia of canapes. Liam Bry­ers, gen­eral man­ager mar­ket­ing for Whirlpool, sug­gests a min­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 600 litres will suit reg­u­lar en­ter­tain­ers. How­ever, ad­justable stor­age can be just as im­por­tant. “If you’re cook­ing for what feels like an army, you’re best off se­lect­ing a fridge with a large ca­pac­ity and flex­i­ble stor­age, such as cus­tomis­able shelv­ing that you can move to suit your needs,” he says. As a start­ing point, look for ex­tra-wide shelves to ac­com­mo­date plat­ters and ones that can be re­tracted to fit bot­tles or ad­justed to make ev­ery inch of the in­te­rior count.

“Shelves that can be ad­justed up and down with­out hav­ing to take it out are a fan­tas­tic fea­ture,” says in­te­rior de­signer Pet­rina Turner.

the big is­sue

ABOVE The Block’s Dea and Dar­ren Jolly opted for a dou­ble Hisense French-door fridge with ex­tra-wide shelves in their for­mer home.

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