Fridge glossary

Every fridge term you'd ever care to know

A high-end fridge from LG.

A high-end fridge from LG.

Let's face it — fridges are pretty confusing things. Bone up on your fridge features with this glossary.

Anti-bacterial coating: An antibacterial coating that helps prevent mould and mildew build-up, helping to keep food fresh for longer. Also referred to as ‘silver nano’ technology.

Bottom-mount: A model of fridges in which the freezer is located below the fridge compartment. Bottom-mounts have the ergonomic benefit of keeping the most commonly used items at eye-level.

Crisper: A section (usually a drawer) in the fridge compartment that is designed to provide a humid environment that is best for storing fresh fruit and vegetables. Some fridges have two crisper drawers so that fruit and vegetables can be stored separately.

Dairy compartment: A section in the fridge compartment that is designed to maintain the best temperature for storing dairy products such as cheese and butter.

Egg compartment: An egg-tray section, usually on the door of the fridge that is designed to securely store eggs at a suitable temperature.

Frost-free: Frost-free fridges prevent ice from building up, eliminating the occasional need to defrost. The lack of ice build-up also makes temperatures within the freezer more evenly spread, which improves food quality and the energy efficiency of the appliance.

LED display: Light emitting diode (LED) displays are like simplified computer screens that display information, in this case the fridge and freezer settings.

Multi-flow: A cooling system that circulates cold air more efficiently around the fridge, helping to prevent hotspots.

Side-by-side: A model of fridge in which the freezer is located beside the fridge compartment. Side-by-side models can come with narrow doors that are useful in areas of limited space. They generally also include the most features, but do tend to cost more.

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