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What should you look out for when buying a fridge freezer?

27 May 2024

Buying (or, in Homie’s case, renting) a fridge freezer is not something you do every day. That is why it is important to be well informed about the different choices you have. We tell you what to look out for when buying a fridge freezer.

How do you choose the right size?

First think about the size. A large fridge-freezer offers more space, but remember: bigger is not always better. Larger models consume more energy than smaller ones. Determine the capacity needed based on the number of people in your household. A handy rule of thumb is around 100 to 150 litres of cooling space per person.

What does the energy label tell me?

Since March 2021, energy labels have been renewed. The old labels with A+, A++ and A+++ have disappeared and have been replaced by a scale from A to G, with A being the most economical. Pay close attention to the energy label when choosing a fridge freezer. A more economical model may be more expensive to buy, but often saves on energy costs in the end. All in all, you’ll be cheaper.

Why is energy consumption important?

Besides the energy label, it is also wise to look at the actual energy consumption. This is expressed in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Lower consumption means lower energy costs. Consider how the energy consumption of the fridge freezer fits within your budget.

Is a No Frost system worth it?

A frequently asked question is whether you should choose a model with a No Frost system. This technology prevents ice formation in the freezer compartment, meaning you never have to manually defrost the freezer again. This saves time and ensures that your products are better preserved without ice build-up.

How important is the layout of the fridge freezer?

The layout of your fridge freezer is important for ease of use. Check that the shelves are adjustable and that there are enough compartments for your needs. Also consider the placement of the freezer compartment, top or bottom, depending on your preference.

What features and extras are available?

Modern fridge-freezers come with different functions and extras such as a water dispenser, ice machine or a compartment especially for quick cooling of drinks. Consider which features are useful for you and whether you are willing to pay extra for them.

How do I choose a reliable brand?

Look at the experiences of other consumers and read reviews. Brands such as Bosch, Samsung, LG and Zanussi are often well regarded. Also consider the service and warranty terms a manufacturer offers. A longer warranty period can help build confidence in the durability of the appliance.

What are the long-term costs?

Calculate the total cost over the lifetime of the appliance, including purchase price, energy consumption and any repairs. A cheaper model may be more expensive in the long run due to higher energy costs or maintenance.

Where do I place my fridge freezer?

Think about the placement. Fridge freezers function best in an environment where the temperature does not fluctuate too much. Avoid placement right next to heat sources such as ovens or in direct sunlight.

How does the climate in my home influence the choice of my fridge freezer?

Where you live and the specific climate conditions in your home can affect the efficiency and durability of your fridge freezer. Fridge freezers have climate classes that indicate in which temperature range they function optimally. If you live in a warm climate or the fridge is in a warm room, such as a garage, choose a model with a climate class suitable for higher temperatures.

Can I put my fridge freezer in the garage?

Many people consider placing their fridge freezer in the garage to save space. This is possible, but it is important to check that the appliance is suitable for the temperatures that can occur in the garage, especially in winter and summer. Fridge freezers with an SN-T climate rating are designed to function well at temperatures ranging from 10°C to 43°C.

What should I know about the noise level of fridge-freezers?

The noise level of a fridge freezer is measured in decibels (dB). If the fridge is in an open kitchen or close to living areas, a low noise level can be important to avoid noise pollution. Models with a noise level of less than 40 dB are generally considered quiet. Pay attention to this specification to ensure quietness in your home.

How does a fridge freezer handle humidity?

Some advanced fridge freezers have features to regulate humidity, which is important for keeping fruit and vegetables fresh. Systems such as a humidity control drawer help create the ideal environment for different types of food, extending shelf life and reducing wastage. Consider a model with this technology if you use a lot of fresh produce.

Rent a fridge freezer from Homie

If you don’t want to invest in buying a new fridge freezer straight away, consider Homie’s flexible rental options . With us, you’ll find a diverse range of fridge freezers to rent, giving you the freedom to choose the appliance that perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle.

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