Fridge freezers are the most used appliance in our kitchens in the UK, with the kettle coming a close second. They are such an integral part of our lives it is hard to comprehend what life would be like without one. So, when it comes to deciding between a freestanding fridge freezer unit and separate units, it’s important to make the right choice based on your needs.
Choosing what type of cooling appliance you need can be a difficult decision. Do you get a separate fridge and freezer or a space-saving fridge-freezer? Your available space of course, will normally be the deciding factor. In a smaller kitchen you may be inclined to get a fridge freezer to save space; or your existing kitchen design might dictate under the counter appliances, leaving you no option but to buy separate units.
Freestanding fridge freezers are usually the cheapest option, and the easiest to fit into your kitchen, making them ideal if space is tight. They are often the most popular type of fridge freezer available.
There are many advantages to choosing an all-in-one fridge freezer unit, including: lower electricity costs; they are widely available in a range of colours, sizes and prices; you can opt for a larger fridge or freezer compartment depending on whether you need space for more fresh or frozen food; they are easy to fit into a kitchen; and they take up less space. Buying a fridge freezer is also typically cheaper than forking out for a separate fridge and freezer for your kitchen.
The actual size of your fridge freezer will depend very much on the space you have available. The trend is for people looking to buy fridge freezers to opt for a larger American-style machine with icemakers and water chilling function built-in. However aspirational this may be it is not an option for everyone, especially if you are replacing an integrated fridge freezer that needs to fit in your kitchen.
Fridge freezers come in a variety of widths and heights, and are superb space savers. It is important though, if going for this option, that you look at the split between the fridge and freezer areas to get an idea what type will best suit your lifestyle.
Overall though, if saving space is your main area of concern, then opting for a fridge freezer is the best choice.