COMPACT COOLING APPLIANCES
If you’re moving to a home where there isn’t enough space for a standalone refrigerator, undercounter models are a great solution. You can find separate freezers and fridges, and some fridges even have a built-in freezer section.
This section of our buyers guide tells you all you need to know about undercounter and mini fridges and freezers. 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 will fit neatly into standard kitchen fittings. Bear in mind that you need to leave a space of 2 cm 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, you’ll still have flexibility in what you can store.
Some undercounter fridges also have freezer space, which varies in capacity depending on the model – this is usually a compartment at the top of the fridge space.
Undercounter fridges are the perfect solution if there is limited room.
UNDERCOUNTER FRIDGE FREEZERS
You can also purchase undercounter models which have a separate freezer compartment, accessible by its own door. As these models aren’t as popular, you’re likely to have a smaller range available.
This appliance is useful in the event of a power failure as it can store frozen items for a few hours. However, the split door does reduce the storage space. Many models have a reversible door, which allows the unit to fit into awkward spaces.
The best thing about mini fridges is that they can be kept almost anywhere, from kitchens to bedrooms. They’re handy if you want to store fresh food in a flat, office, or temporary accommodation like a caravan.
Despite being small, many mini fridges still have an A+ energy efficiency rating. So, your bills won’t increase if you’re storing only a small amount of food. You can find smaller models from around £30 or larger sizes at £150.
HOW SMALL ARE MINI FRIDGES?
The height and depth of mini fridges can vary. They typically have a width of around 45 cm, but the smallest are just 20 cm wide and 30 cm tall. They can range in height from under 50 cm to around 65 cm, and in depth from 45 cm to 51 cm.
Their capacity varies from around 30 litres to 68 litres. Typically you’ll get more space if you increase your budget.
Mini freezers are also known as tabletop freezers, and you can find one for as little as £89.
Like mini fridges, more expensive models will have a higher capacity. Plus, freezing food can be more cost effective as it prevents waste, and you can stock up on good deals.
Mini fridges and freezers can be easily moved around, and are useful if you need extra storage space for drinks.