There are many things to consider when deciding on a budget for your new fridge or freezer. These appliances can be expensive to run as they are always switched on, so you might be inclined to go for a cheaper model. However, the more expensive appliance could save you more money over time.
This section will give you information about capacity and efficiency, so it’s easier to make that all-important decision.
Fridge freezers come in a range of sizes and styles. A basic freestanding model is the cheapest option with prices of around £400, while a bigger American-style appliance will require a larger budget of £600-£1,000.
Freestanding fridges with a freezer on top (top mount models) are generally the most affordable option, and tend to have a good energy efficiency rating.
Capacity is one of the most important things to consider as it has a significant impact on the price.
By choosing a size that suits your needs, you could save money. A smaller home with one or two people will need a fridge capacity of around 100-200 litres, while a larger family of five or more may need a fridge capacity of over 300 litres.
If you’re living on your own or want your own food storage in university accommodation, consider a mini fridge. These have a capacity of about six to 16 litres with one shelf, and you can find one at around £30-£80.
Fridge freezers often have additional features to help improve the appliance’s energy efficiency.
Newer models have a holiday mode that runs at a low, efficient rate if it’s empty for a long time. Some models also have an alarm that lets you know when the door is left open.
These features can make fridges and freezers more expensive, but the improved energy efficiency can save you money in the long term.
FROST FREE AND MANUAL DEFROSTING
An appliance’s defrosting system will also have an impact on the upfront cost.
Manual defrosting is more often found in cheaper fridges. This means you’ll have to regularly defrost your freezer to prevent large amounts of ice from building up.
Frost free technology is found in mid to high range models and stops ice crystals from forming around your food. This is done by circulating cool air around the inside of the appliance, which also helps to keep your food fresher for longer.
Fridge freezers often have additional features to help improve the energy efficiency.