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This buying guide is designed to help explain all the different styles available to you and describe in easy to understand terms how each feature can help keep your food in tip top condition. Reading the full buying guide tells you everything you could possibly want to know about fridges.

Refrigerators Buying Guide

If you need a large amount of storage space freestanding fridges are ideal so long as you have room in your kitchen for a separate freezer as well.

Refrigerators are full of thoughtful design features to make storing your food easier and more convenient, maximizing available space and providing different compartments for different foods. Whether you require more cooling space and have sufficient room for a tall/upright model, or if you require less space and want to store chilled foods conveniently beneath the worktop you are sure to find a design that suits you.

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The storage space for refrigerators is measured in total litres rather than the physical dimensions of each compartment.

  • 100 - 250 litres - if you have a small family (1-2 people), a refrigerator with this capacity will give you enough space to store a week's worth of food.
  • 200 - 450 litres - this capacity fridge will be perfect for a medium sized family (3-4 people)
  • 450+ litres - if you have a large household (5 people+) you will probably need a fridge with this size total capacity.

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You can choose a built in model, freestanding or built under depending on what space is available and what style you want to achieve in your kitchen.

  • Built in models - these will fit behind an existing furniture door and the front of the appliance is not on show.
  • Freestanding models - tall upright models will fit wherever you have a space and it is important to consider colour as the whole front of the appliance will be on show.
  • Built under model - designed to slot underneath a work surface.

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  Annual running cost per year (£)
A++ Rated 13
A+ Rated 16
A Rated 21
B Rated 25
C Rated 29
Running costs are based upon the sales-weighted average size of each cold appliance category. Running costs will be lesser or greater for smaller than and larger than average appliances respectively.
Assumes electricity tariff of 12.50p/kWh.
Thank you to the Energy Saving Trust for providing this information

All refrigerators are now rated by the EU to let people know how much energy is needed to run them. The energy ratings go from 'A' to 'G' with 'A' being the best. A fridge with a good energy rating will save you electricity and money on your energy bills. Some manufacturers have models which have a better than 'A' rating;

  • 'A+' energy rated models will save you money by achieving up to 10% reduction in energy consumption, compared with 'A' energy rated models.
  • 'A++' energy rated models are designed to help you save up to 20% more on your energy bills, than 'A' rated models

A good way to work out just how much money buying an energy saving refrigerator will save you is to calculate how much it costs to run over a year. To help you we have calculated how much it costs to run your refrigerator depending on how energy efficient it is. For more details, refer to our useful table and see how much your refrigerator will cost to run.

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