Fridges are designed to keep your food cool for a few days and work well for keeping the milk fresh and other produce. A boat fridge freezer can be used for storing meat and will keep food for many weeks. You will also see the combination, fridge-freezer products where the unit has a small freezer compartment at the top of the fridge. There are also chest freezers, which have a lid on the top face of the product. Chest freezers have a higher capacity than upright freezers but may not have many drawers.
Chest freezers are available in short width (600mm), similar in width to a washing machine, and full-width, approximately 1.6M wide. Look out for lockable lids on chest freezers as you can store a lot of food in a chest freezer, which is going to be worth a lot of money. The lid on a wide DC compressor fridge freezer could be quite heavy also. So, see if it has a counter-balance mechanism, which will make it easier to open.
Fridges and freezers tend to be fairly quite products and have only one compressor which would be making noise. The noise is measured in dB (A) or decibels. If you prefer your fridge or freezer to be quieter, then look for one with lower figures for noise performance. Typical noise performance figures for fridges and freezers are around 42dB.
For many years fridges and freezers were available in white. Still, more recently we have seen some manufacturers making their products available in other colours including Black, Silver, Cream and even Pink.
There are many companies around the world manufacturing washing freezers, and leading brands include Samsung; Bosch; Hotpoint; Miele; Zanussi and Indesit.
More expensive fridge freezers tend to use higher quality components and finish and have been designed and tested, to be used for many years. Of course, if a fridge freezer breaks down, you may be able to buy a new one compared to the cost of fixing a higher quality machine. Cheaper machines will tend to be noisier, have fewer features and may take slightly more energy in use.
In conclusion, there’s a staggering range of fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers available on the market to suit your tastes and price point. Fridge freezers are well-developed products, and whether you chose a higher cost quality product or lower-cost route, you will find many products to fit your budget.