Compact Cooling Appliances
You might be moving to a home where there isn’t any space for a standalone fridge or freezer. Undercounter fridges are the perfect solution, and some models even have a built-in freezer section. These types of appliances are ideal if there’s only one or two of you to think about.
This section of our buyers guide tells you all you need to know about undercounter, mini and taller fridges, as well as those with freezer space.
We’ll outline all the pros and cons, so you know which space-saving solution is the right choice for you.
At around 85 cm high, undercounter models do what they say on the tin, and will fit snugly into standard kitchen fittings – however, it’s important that you still leave a little space around the appliance for ventilation.
They often have similar features to taller models, such as adjustable shelves, so even though your storage space will be a little limited, there’s still flexibility in what you can store. For example, you might want to place your larger bottles in the door compartment.
Some undercounter fridges also have freezer space, which varies in capacity depending on the model – usually an internal compartment at the top of the fridge space. This allows you to store frozen food for a limited period.
Undercounter Fridge Freezers
You can also purchase undercounter models which have a separate freezer compartment, accessible by its own door.
This is useful in the event of a power failure because it can store frozen goods for a little longer. However, the split door does compromise on storage space.
Many models are also flexible with a reversible door, allowing the unit to fit into awkward spaces.
Undercounter fridges are the perfect solution if there is limited room.
Portability is the best thing about mini fridges, as they can be kept almost anywhere, from kitchens to bedrooms.
These appliances can sit on a table top, and are useful if you need extra storage space for drinks. They’re also handy if you want to store fresh food in a flat, office or temporary accommodation (e.g. a caravan).
The more you pay for a mini fridge, the more efficiently it’ll run. For example, a cheaper model might have a capacity of around 35 litres but have an annual energy consumption of 150 kWh. A more expensive model might have a slightly larger capacity of 45 litres, but have a lower annual energy consumption of 106 kWh.
Despite being small, many mini fridges still have an A+ energy efficiency rating. So, you don’t need to break the bank if you’re storing only a small amount of food.
How Mini is Mini?
The height and depth of mini fridges can vary. They’re typically around 45 cm wide, but can range in height from under 50 cm to around 65 cm, and in depth from 45 cm to 51 cm. Some models are only a little larger than microwaves.
Their capacity varies from around 30 litres to 68 litres – however, you won’t always get more space if you pay more. The price usually relates to the appliance’s efficiency, and to how long it’ll keep your food fresh.
Mini freezers are also known as table top freezers, and can be bought for as little as £89.
Like mini fridges, more expensive models have a better energy efficiency rating. Plus, freezing food can be more cost effective as it prevents waste, and you can stock up on supermarket bargains.
Mini fridges can sit on a table top, and are useful if you need extra storage space for drinks.