Fridge shopping checklist

Before you buy a fridge, make sure you've got these points covered

A high-end fridge from LG.

A high-end fridge from LG.

If you're going to buy a fridge, educate yourself on the ins and outs so you can bargain yourself the best possible deal.

Fridge size

Fridges are measured in litres (L), and range in size from 850L to less than 170L. For an average household of two people, a storage capacity of about 300L should be enough; for each additional person add another 28 – 30L and you should have an accurate idea of what size fridge you’ll require. Don’t forget to measure the available space in your kitchen before you choose your fridge size.

Frost-free

Frost-free fridges take away the hassle of removing ice build-up by using a fan to circulate dry, cold air throughout the freezer compartment.

Replaceable shelves

Make sure there are easy fixes for glass or plastic drawers and shelves, in case of any breakage or cracking.

Delivery

Transporting a fridge is hard work, so it’s usually worth getting someone else to do the heavy lifting for you. Ask the store about their delivery fees.

Installation

Some fridges have additional features such as water and ice dispensers that may need to be installed by a plumber – which could be costly. Find out whether specialist installation is required.

Warranty and return policy

This information is useful in case there are any faults – or if the fridge simply doesn’t fit through your front door! Extended warranties can also be purchased.

Temperature

In most fridges, operating the thermostat will let you adjust the temperature to suit your groceries. Some newer models have moved from temperature control dials to digital controls, and some side-by-side models even include drawers that can be controlled separately.

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