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.

Noise

Find out how much noise you can expect from internal fans, motors, automatic timers, and water and ice dispensing units before you make your purchase.

Energy efficiency

The Energy Star rating system is a government-backed program that alerts buyers to energy efficient products. Labels that display more stars and lower kilowatt hours (kWh) will cost less to run.

Special features

Many special features are available including cooling systems, digital controls, anti-bacterial coating, ice dispensers, door alarms and child locks. Find out what extras are available, what the benefits are and what they cost. Bottle and can holders: If you often stock your fridge with canned drinks, a refrigerator with build in can holders is worth a look at.

Drink hatch

If you are looking at buying a side-by-side refrigerator you might wish to consider a model with a drink hatch. As side-by-side fridges can be more costly a drink hatch will help you reduce your energy costs by making frequently used items easily accessible through a small window instead of opening the whole door.

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