BUYER’S GUIDE: PARTY FRIDGES
The entertaining season is upon us and, for social butterflies everywhere, a full-on refrigerator is a must
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.
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ABOVE The Block’s Dea and Darren Jolly opted for a double Hisense French-door fridge with extra-wide shelves in their former home.