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Buying Advice
What is a larder fridge?
Energy ratings explained
Choosing a larder fridge
 

Buying Advice

What is a larder fridge?

Although this question may seem silly to some people, for those buying a fridge for the first time may not know what differentiates a larder fridge from other types of fridge.

Basically a larder fridge is a fridge without an ice box, or any other type of freezing. It provides the maximum chiller space affordable in any type of fridge and lots of storage options, ideal for large familys or for those who prefer to have a seperate freezer.

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Choosing a larder fridge

Shopping for a new fridge is not quite as straight forward as you might think, there's a lot to take into consideration before making that purchase, we've written up the following guide in the hopes that it will help to choose the right fridge for you.

So you have decided that a larder fridge is what you are after, otherwise why would you be here right?

The next thing to consider is size,

Sizing it all up

Take some measurements for space you would like your fridge to occupy, width, height and depth, and allow a little extra for the door swing. All fridges online will have their measurements displayed so it is easy to match a fridge for your needs.

The space inside a fridge is measured in cubic feet (cu ft) or litres (L), the average family usually needs around 10 (cu ft), try to estimate your space needs as a fridge too small won't chill as efficiently when overpacked and similarly a fridge too large will have empty space which incurs unnecessary energy expenditure.

Energy effiency

A big consideration these days is our carbon footprint, in recent years fridges have come on leaps and bounds in terms of energy efficiency. All fridges sold are now marked with a rating from A (excellent) to G (low effiency) so you can clearly see which will save not only money on your electricity bill but also the enviroment!

If you would like a more detailed guide on energy ratings please read our guide titled 'Energy ratings explained'.

Extra features

Fridges these days can come with a whole host of different features, here are some to keep an eye out for:

  • Auto defrost
  • The majority of modern fridges are sold with this feature, the fridge automatically monitors the temperature inside to prevent the build up of frost
  • Wipe clean shelves
  • A fridge fitted with glass plate shelving can be easily cleaned and in turn making it more hygienic
  • Adjustable shelves
  • If you quite often find yourself with strangely shaped food items to store, look for adjustable shelves. They’re usually made of wire or glass and you can move them up, down or take them out to accommodate the size and shape of things you’re storing.
  • Wine/bottle rack
  • These can be a godsend if you often stash a bottle in the fridge, holding the bottle in place and preventing it from falling over

Recycling your old fridge

Recently companies have started to offer free recycling of your old appliances when you buy a new one, Currys being one of them. Failing that, contact your local council who will either arrange for it to be picked up or direct you to the right place to take it.

Energy ratings explained

Since their introduction in 1995, energy ratings provided by the Energy Savings Trust are an important consideration when buying a new fridge. Because they are on all the time, refrigerators are one of the biggest consumers of electricity in your home.

Energy ratings are found everywhere, it is now law that all refrigerators must carry an energy rating. The EU energy label rates products from A, (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient). In fact, energy efficiency in refrigerators has come on so far that they have made two new ratings, A+ and A++. Grade A+ is about a 25% improvement on grade A, and A++ is about 50%, a significant rise.

Energy efficiency though will only go so far, the fridge must also be maintained so it can carry on being efficient. Make sure the fridge is well ventilated so it can exhaust heat from the rear. Also it should be kept frost free, although most new fridges do a good job of this themselves, they can still, in certan circumstances, build up frost. The seals around the doors should be in good condition as well so as to prevent any temperature leakage.

 

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