OTHER POINTS TO CONSIDER
You might be moving into a smaller home and taking your old appliances with you. If so, there are a couple of storage options to help you maximise space inside and out. These include stacking your appliances or keeping them in the garage. This section of our buyers guide will take you through how you can do both safely.
APPLIANCES IN OUTBUILDINGS
Keeping your freezer in the garage is a good way to maximise kitchen space, and is useful if you like to stock up on frozen food. Manufacturers specify the minimum operating temperature, so you’ll know if your freezer is suitable for outbuildings.
However, not all cooling appliances are suitable for outbuildings or garages – most freezers shouldn’t be kept in rooms which get colder than 10°C. Make sure you check the small print as the warranty might be invalid if you keep your appliance in the garage.
All fridges, freezers, and fridge freezers have a climate class which highlights the temperature range at which the appliance can work:
10-32°C: SN (subnormal)
16-32°C: N (normal)
16-38°C: ST (subtropical)
16-43°C: T (tropical)
The majority of freezers made in the UK are SN (subnormal), but Beko do sell a range of freezers which work in temperatures as low as -15°C.
Generally, washing machines are not suitable for outbuildings. This is because there could be issues with the temperature extremes, pumping, and draining, as well as the risk of condensation build-up.
All fridges, freezers, and fridge freezers have a climate class which highlights the temperature range at which the appliance can work at.
If you have a separate washing machine and tumble dryer, you can save floor space by stacking one appliance on top of the other. But, there are a few things you need to think about in order to stack safely.
Most major brands sell stacking kits, and they’re available in hardware shops. They’re relatively cheap to buy – especially compared to the price of a new combined appliance.
The kit prices can vary from around £50 to £100. All kits will connect your appliances safely, but some more expensive models may feature a pull-out shelf to help you unload the washing.
Normally these kits are made from plastic, but the more you pay, the thicker the material – premium models often feature a metal base. The majority of kits are a discreet white to match the colour of most laundry appliances.
If you have a separate washing machine and dryer, you can place one appliance on top of the other.
THE APPLIANCE’S BRAND
Some manufacturers specify whether or not their appliances are suitable for stacking, but it’s strongly advised that you only stack appliances of the same brand. For example, it’s recommended to stack a Bosch tumble dryer on top of a Bosch washing machine.
If you stack two appliances from different brands, the sizes may be slightly different. This will cause the structure to be unsafe, so you’ll need a ‘Universal Stacking Kit’. These kits are designed to fit a standard size of 60 x 60 cm and might feature a ratchet strap to lock the machines together.
You shouldn’t stack machines with rounded edges, as the weight won’t be evenly spread. You can also only stack front-loading machines otherwise the doors will be blocked.
It is strongly advised that you only stack appliances which have been made by the same brand.
Moving heavy appliances is tricky and can be dangerous, so we advise that you get an expert to fit the kit.
You will need several people to lift the appliances as this is the most difficult part of the process. You should also be aware that you can only place tumble dryers on top of the stack, as washing machines are too heavy.
Another space-saving option you could use is to look for multi-use appliances. These include items like washer dryers, and blenders that can act as food processors.
Using appliances with more than one purpose is a great way to save space, but combination models are more likely to break down. This is because the appliances are effectively doing the work of two machines, so there are more complex parts.
Individual appliances are also often cheaper than a combined model, but if you needed to buy a washing machine and a tumble dryer, a washer dryer would be less expensive.
Using appliances with more than one purpose is a great way to save space, but combination models are more likely to break down.