WATER AND ICE DISPENSERS
Some fridge freezers come with handy water and ice dispensers. These let you enjoy filtered water quickly and easily, providing much-needed refreshment on a hot summer’s day.
While not a necessity, these dispensers can be a useful addition. In this section of our buyers guide, we look at the pros and cons of plumbed, and non-plumbed versions, so you can make an informed choice.
As with all things, the more bells and whistles that come with an appliance, the higher the price tag tends to be.
Water and ice dispensers are usually installed in more premium models. If you’re after a more basic design, it’s unlikely you’ll find one with this feature.
A classic top and bottom fridge freezer rarely has a dispenser. You’ll find this feature more frequently on American side by side versions – as such, you’ll need to account for the appliance’s larger size, which is typically wider than traditional models.
Water and ice dispensers are usually installed in more premium models.
BENEFITS OF FILTERING
Water dispenser fridge freezers are really convenient, and one of the most significant benefits is that they filter your water.
Drinking filtered water prevents you from consuming contaminants, such as lead, that may exist in tap water. They can also remove chemicals like pesticides and chlorine, which can affect the taste and smell.
PLUMBED VS. NON-PLUMBED
Most models that feature water dispensers have to be plumbed in – i.e. hooked up to your water supply.
While this means you get an unlimited supply of freshly filtered water, there’s a little more hassle involved in appliance installation.
You may also need a professional plumber to install it, as it’s not a simple process, though most models come with an installation kit and instructions. You will also need a plumber if you want to position the appliance away from existing pipework.
If this sounds too complicated, choose a non-plumbed fridge freezer. This gives you complete freedom as to where you can position it, as long as you can plug it into the electricity. It’s also much quicker and simpler to install.
However, you do have to refill the container inside a non-plumbed appliance – and on a hot day, you’ll have to wait for the water to chill after doing this.
After the initial installation process, plumbed water dispensers are much more convenient than non-plumbed, but both can provide chilled and filtered water when you need it.