Which fridge-freezer is right for your kitchen and your needs? Fol­low our ex­pert guide

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De­cide which Type

If you are plan­ning a kitchen from scratch, choose be­tween free­stand­ing or in­te­grated. If you are re­plac­ing an old fridge-freezer, it’ll prob­a­bly be like with like. In­te­grated mod­els give a sleek fin­ish, with doors match­ing your units. Free­stand­ing mod­els of­fer choice in terms of size, colour and de­sign. Amer­i­can fridge­freez­ers can be huge – some go up to 700ltrs.

choose an ex­cit­ing fin­ish

Fridge-freez­ers used to only come in white, but these days you can make a bold style state­ment while keep­ing your food cool. Free­stand­ing mod­els now come in a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes and colours – from Cherry Red to Fresh Lime, matt stain­less steel to on-trend alu­minium. Look for ones de­signed to with­stand tiny hand­prints if you’ve lit­tle ones with sticky fingers.

Pick The right fea­tures

From frost-free to in­de­pen­dent con­trols for dif­fer­ent sec­tions, voice ac­ti­va­tion, wa­ter and ice dis­pensers, hol­i­day modes, fast-freeze and low-noise out­put, think about your wish list be­fore you shop. Look for the en­ergy rat­ing (ideally, A+ or above) and ca­pac­ity (given in litres, and some­times bags of shop­ping). Many hi-tech fea­tures now ap­pear on mid-price units.

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