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How to buy a fridge-freezer

How to buy a fridge-freezer

 

How to buy a fridge-freezer: Below is a list of things you need to consider before you buy a fridge-freezer;

How much space do you have?

One of the first things to think about is the space that it will take up in your kitchen. An extra-wide American-style models are definitely big is beautiful, and come in two different layouts.

  • Side by Side (SxS) models consist of a tall fridge on one side and a freezer on the other; these are popular since you don’t always have to bend down to reach for things in the freezer,
  • DxD (Door and Drawer) designs are increasingly becoming popular. They have a fridge at the top, with two French doors opening onto wide shelves that can accommodate platters of food. The freezer is located in drawers below, where it’s easy to see what’s stored inside.

But while American-style fridge-freezers look amazing and can be packed with food and drink, not everyone has room for one in their kitchen.

With an upright fridge-freezer of around 60cm wide, you can still take advantage of the latest features and technology, just in a smaller size.

You might also want to consider an integrated appliance, which will blend in well but may offer fewer functions than freestanding models.

Always consider the following;

  • Make sure you consider the capacity split between the fridge and freezer when choosing.
  • If you like to cook from scratch every night with fresh ingredients, look for a big fridge. Prefer to bake in batches or are you a sucker for three-for-two offers? Then prioritise freezer space. A total capacity of 260ltr is adequate for most households.
  • Think about the location: Make sure you have good ventilation for any stand-alone appliance, or else the compressor will work overtime, creating a build up of frost. If you are investing in a machine with an ice and water dispenser, be aware that it needs to be connected to a water supply. Most will need to be plumbed into the mains, which may result in extra installation costs and can limit where you put your appliance. You’ll also need to change the water filter regularly. However, models like LG’s GWL227HHXV American-style fridge freezer have their own refillable water tanks.
  • Energy Rating American-style fridge freezers guzzle more power than your average 60cm-wide appliance, so energy efficiency is all the more important. Go for at least an A+ rating to keep bills down.
  • No frost/frost free prohibits icy build-ups that can steal away freezer space and means there’s no need for defrosting.
  • Humidity-controlled crisper prevents cucumbers from going soggy or drying out by keeping them at a higher humidity than the main fridge. This is also helped by…
  • Twin cooling systems that keep the airflow in the fridge and freezer separate.
  • Cool zone preserve meat and dairy more effectively by keeping it close to 0°C, as opposed to the 2-5°C of the main fridge.
  • Fast freeze activate after a trip to the supermarket or batch cooking session to lock in the moisture and flavour of fresh food.
  • Fast cool Quickly chills freshly prepared desserts, or wine, lager and other drinks for a party.
  • Holiday mode Keeps your freezer running, but saves energy either by switching off the fridge completely, or raising its temperature to around 14°C so that eggs, butter, etc stay fresh.
  • Inverter compressor where some fridge-freezers have just one power level, inverter models have several, so if you only open their door for a second or two, they’ll use the lowest power level to cool it – in other words, the appliance never uses more energy than it needs to. They’re quieter than regular compressors, too.
  • Safe and sound glass shelves are more hygienic and easier to clean than wire racks, and for ultimate hygiene, fridges with anti-bacterial linings use silver to kill germs witout harming the food itself.
  • Transparent freezer drawers allow you to see what is stored without opening the drawer, increasing energy efficiency.
  • Even temperature hot air rises so foods in the fridge should be stored accordingly. An airflow system does away with guess workby circulating cold air around the cavity, maintaining an even temperature throughout.
  • Beverage doorlet access milk and drinks via a mini flap in the fridge door.

Why do fridge freezers need safe disposal?
Refrigeration equipment contains ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and CFCs that are harmful to the environment and these must be professionally removed before the item can be scrapped or recycled.
How can I dispose of my fridge freezer?
Many manufacturers will now collect your old appliance when they come to deliver your new one. Alternatively, take your fridge freezer to a recycling centre, or contact your local authority to come and collect it. There are also independent companies that offer disposal services of harmful waste.

 
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Kitchen Trends

Kitchen Trends

Remodelling your kitchen whether it is a lick of paint or a complete revamp can not only be a huge commitment but also a stressful affair, here we give you a few kitchen trends that may help with your decision making;

Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of fashion in just a few years simply because you followed a trend.  Our advice would be to look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home.
Here are some trends that are popular now, but have staying power because they address lifestyle needs, convenience, and savings — ensuring you’ll enjoy your kitchen for many years.

1. Love White? You Won’t Go Wrong

It’s hard to believe that white kitchens could get any more popular. But the preference for white cabinets continues to soar. Sixty-seven percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members said that white is their top choice for cabinets.

Whirlpool’s White Ice collection, with its glass-like glossy sheen, is being hailed as the first appliance exterior to rival stainless steel.

White appliances are so much easier to keep clean than stainless, which smudges if you as much as look at it. Plus, the new icy look is simple, cool, and able to blend into transitional and contemporary styles.

And since stainless has filtered down to the masses, it no longer has that expensive and exclusive cache it once had. But white will always have staying power.

2. Want Color? Go for Neutral Gray

The popularity of sleek, sophisticated grey colour schemes is soaring. Seventy-one percent of NKBA designers said grey is the fastest-growing colour scheme for kitchens.

But grey can be tricky. In cold, cloudy climates, grey can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors likes reds and yellows. On the other hand, grey can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates — a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity. So while white kitchens are a safe bet, grey is neutral and close enough to white — to have staying power if you use it well.

3. Embrace Smaller Appliances

Small is big these days. Micro-living is taking off for millennials and retirees. Owners of multigenerational homes are installing tiny, secondary kitchens for returning adult children and elderly parents.

Typically, these micro-kitchens feature a two-burner cooktop, combo microwave/convection oven, 18-inch dishwasher, and 60-inch fridge or refrigerator drawer.

GE, in fact, is developing an entire kitchen the size of a 6-foot-wide chest of drawers. The unit is expensive — hey, small isn’t necessarily cheap — contains an induction cooktop, two ovens, a sink, a dishwasher, and two cooling drawers that can function as a fridge or freezer.

4. Choose Quartz Counters Over Granite

In 2013, quartz and granite almost tied in countertop popularity. But since 2014, the trend is definitely toward quartz.

“Consumers Reports” says quartz is the toughest countertop material, which resists scratches, burns, and chips. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce countertops that range from solid colors to the look of real granite, but they’ll beat natural stone in toughness. It’s easy to maintain, and unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent stains.

5. Invest in LEDs

Ribbons of LEDs are showing up in the weirdest — and most wonderful — kitchen places: Along toe kicks as nightlights; on the inside of cabinet doors to show off grandma’s china; concealed in crown molding to wash ceilings with light.

LED rope or cove lights are gaining in popularity because:

  • LEDs come in a rainbow of colors, from bright to soft white, red, blue, and green.
  • You can get creative about where you install them.
  • LEDs emit virtually no heat, so you can keep them on forever without burning cabinets or walls.
  • LEDs are energy efficient, lasting 50,000 hours on average — five times longer than CFLs.

And they’re coming down in price, making them more affordable for the average homeowner than they were a few years ago.

6. Rethink Your Fridge

Refrigeration is no longer limited to a single, hulking unit. Homeowners are customising their cooling needs with “point of use” refrigeration, adding cool where they need it.

That could mean adding a counter-height produce fridge in your prep island, next to a wine cooler for the adults, and a juice fridge for the kids.

7. Install a Touch-Activated Tap

Touch-activated Taps are bursting out the fad category into the kitchen must-have column. In fact, in 2013 their popularity jumped to 30% from 20% the year before.

On the face of it, touch-activated seems a little gimmicky, and with prices starting around £300, it’s certainly a lot of money. But it’s great for those times when you’ve got dirty, chicken-goopy hands, and for those in your household who refuse to turn water on and off between tasks because it’s too much hassle. And as water becomes scarcer, anything that saves gallons will have value — and save you on your water bills.

8. Stick with Transitional Design

More than 60% of NKBA designers say contemporary, with its sleek simplicity, is the fastest-growing kitchen style.

Contemporary looks sleek and clean, but can also come across as cold. The design encourages a non-cluttered look, which can be hard to maintain in a busy home. So it’s better to hedge your bets with a transitional design, which combines contemporary and traditional to exploit the best parts of each.

9. Embrace Accessibility Because It’ll Make Your Life Easier

Aging in place is a big snore — until you get to that age when the right modifications will allow you to stay in your home. And since a large part of the population is reaching retirement age, accessibility finally is catching on — even with homeowners who aren’t intentionally seeking those features. Why? Because the designs make so much sense.

It’s not a trend that’s going away. The NKBA’s survey shows that 56% of designers specified accessible/universal design features in kitchens, and most believe they’ll add more and more features in the years to come.

Three here-to-stay trends:

  1. Side-opening ovens at counter height: You don’t have to reach up or bend down to fetch your turkey, just comfortably slide it out. It’s one of those slap-your-forehead tweaks that make cooking so much more ergonomic and accessible for everyone.
  2. Drawers with deep pockets: Base cabinets have evolved from back-bending storage for pots and pans to deep drawer space — typically 24 inches deep — that can hold just about everything in your kitchen.
  3. Microwave drawers: Just like the side-opening oven, by installing the microwave below counter height in a drawer, it’s easier for everyone to use. Just open it up put your food inside, close, and start it. That’s better than above-oven height, which has been the typical location for many years.

As always, thanks for reading, B x