Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living Magazine|March 2020
From larder fridges, fridges with freezer compartments, freezers, fridge freezers, and integrated refrigeration there are so many options when it comes to choosing the refrigerated appliances that meet your needs.
‘The most important things to look out for when buying a fridge freezer today are efficiency, capacity, and usability,’ comments Lyndsey Barrett, Electrical Channel Manager, KAL.
Certainly, energy efficiency continues to be top of your shopping list. ‘Energy efficiency continues to increase so you can save money on electrical bills to spend elsewhere, even with an appliance which is switched on 24 hours a day. Innovations include light sensor modes, which recognize whether there’s sufficient light in the room so internal lights won’t switch on unless necessary. There are eco modes available, too, which help with extra energy-saving and holiday modes keep the freezer at full power while the fridge runs at a lower level for maximum efficiency,’ comments Luke Shipway, Product Manager, Caple.
Laura Jones, Product Manager at Smeg UK also adds, ‘Consumers need to consider the space they have available and therefore the type of fridge they are looking for, but also their lifestyle and requirements. Do they need a higher freezer to fridge ratio in order to store food? Do they have many impromptu dinner parties needing more fridge space for the day? These are all essential considerations, which follow with the design the homeowner is trying to achieve.
‘Last year we introduced our new luxury refrigeration range that employs the most advanced technologies. Most notably, the new luxury models include functional MultiZone drawers in the freezer compartment. These compartments offer variable temperatures, switching between the fridge and freezer as required. They also benefit from a rapid cooling drawer – perfect for quickly chilling wine and soft drinks. Plus, a handy alarm alerts you when these have reached optimum temperature.
A point reiterated by Luke Shipway, ‘Versatility is in high demand and it’s no longer enough to have a fridge freezer with space for chilling or freezing, which is dictated by the design. Now, there is a demand for more flexibility where you can choose whether one compartment can be used as an additional fridge or freezer.
‘Externally, the design now needs to suit a functional, stylish kitchen more than ever. As the kitchen has evolved to become an open-plan living space, a fridge freezer needs to fit in perfectly with its surroundings so more attention is being paid to the finish,’ he adds.
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