We all know the capacity of a fridge is important. But how many people consider the type of storage on offer before making a purchase?
We explain the different ways manufacturers organise the space, so you can make life a little easier with the perfect combination of drawers, compartments, shelves, bottle racks and salad crispers.
The number of fridge shelves varies between models. Generally, undercounter designs have around three, while tall larder fridges
can have as many as six. Take a look at the specifications while you’re shopping around.
The majority of models also have a salad crisper. Sometimes the top of this is counted as a shelf, but sometimes it isn’t. Take a look at pictures of the interior where possible so you can be sure how many shelves there are.
In many fridges the shelves are adjustable. This gives you the opportunity to tweak the storage space to accommodate large and awkward items like a birthday cake or Christmas turkey. The shelves are likely to be transparent, either made from safety glass or plastic. This helps the light flood the entire storage space, so you can see everything easily.
Spill proof shelves have a raised lip around their edges. If liquid leaks onto the shelf it won’t be able to drip down onto the shelves below, protecting other food from damage. These shelves also make cleaning up the mess easier.
A split shelf is when the width of the fridge is divided into two separate shelves, which can be independently positioned higher and lower than each other. This provides extra flexibility with fitting in tall items.
Door racks are commonly found in most fridges. These handy compartments are ideal for keeping bottles of fresh juice upright, as well as small items like condiments and preserves, which can become lost in the main shelves.
Bottle grips keep tall items upright, while a lidded compartment will maintain a colder temperature, even when the door is opened. These are ideal for keeping your butter and margarine in.
An egg tray can often be found inside the fridge door too. Recycle the box and keep your eggs neat and secure.
Bottle grips keep tall items upright, while a lidded compartment will maintain a colder temperature.
An enclosed drawer at the bottom of a fridge is called a salad crisper. This helps you keep certain fruits and vegetables fresher for longer by controlling moisture levels and air circulation.
Most fridges have one of these bins, while others have two so you can sort items by type. Some high-end models even have adjustable humidity levels in this compartment, for the perfect storage environment.
You might also find chiller compartments, which are similar to salad crispers but intended for keeping meat and fish fresh at around 0°C.
Some high-end models even have adjustable humidity levels.
Found alongside your shelves, a wire bottle rack provides horizontal storage for bottles of wine and fizzy drinks.
It will safely hold them in their place, and is a handy addition for anyone who loves a chilled drink.
Some fridges have a freezer compartment or ice box, which is usually a compartment with a drop down flap on the front.
This is ideal for storing essentials and quick meals close to hand. However, this may not store items for very long, and is unlikely to be suitable for freezing fresh food.