Choosing a refrigerator that is right for you – information and tips

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We make the task of choosing a refrigerator that is right for your family a tad easier with some great tips and information. Keep reading to find out more!

We all have an item in our kitchens that many of us take for granted. Have you guessed what it is? It’s the humble refrigerator!

Can you imagine a life without a refrigerator, especially when you have one or more kids? How would you keep essentials such as milk, eggs, meat and vegetables from going bad in a flash in our tropical climate?

Choosing a refrigerator

How would we store food essentials such as milk and eggs without a fridge?

Needless to say, living without a refrigerator in this day and age is unimaginable. It’s fair to say that you should put some thought into choosing a refrigerator that is right for your family.

These days, there’s an art to buying anything, and that includes fridges. If you do the necessary research, you can find out exactly what kind of fridge you need to buy that suits your family’s needs.

Choosing a refrigerator

Choosing a refrigerator that suits your family’s needs is important for many reasons.

We’ve made your task a bit easier by doing the research for you. Here’s what you need to know about buying a fridge in Singapore that is just right for you in every way!

Types of refrigerators

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Side-by-side refrigerator

1. Side-by-side refrigeratorThis popular style of fridge has adjoining doors for the freezer and for the fresh food compartment, which is why it’s called “side-by-side.”

These fridges have a big storage capacity for your food, allocating equal space to the fridge (on the right) and the freezer (on the left).

Many of these fridges come with a water and ice dispenser. However, keep in mind that sometimes the fridge section may be too narrow to put in a large platter — posing a problem if you are entertaining.

Average dimensions: Width: 35 inches; Depth: 30 inches; Depth with door open 90 degrees: 45 inches; Height: 71 inches

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2. Top freezer refrigerator (top-mount): This is the old fashioned kind that your parents definitely would have had. Still very popular, these fridges are cheaper than more modern models and are generally quite energy-efficient, too.

The top freezer model usually takes up less space in your kitchen, but it may not have as much storage space as other refrigerator styles.

Average dimensions: Width: 29 inches; Depth: 31 inches; Depth with door open 90 degrees: 58 inches; Height: 66 inches

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The French door refrigerator is the latest in fridge design trends.

3. French door refrigerator: This is the hottest new trend in the world of refrigerators. The French door fridge has 2 doors that open up the fridge section on top, and a pull-out freezer section located below. This means that you’ll have a full-width, double-door fridge with plenty of storage space.

With your refrigerator door effectively split into two, it also means that you won’t be letting as much cold air out when you’re opening just one door to grab the milk.

The fridge has wide shelves with plenty of room for large platters — again, a good option for large families.

Average dimensions: Width: 35 inches; Depth: 29 inches; Depth with door open 90 degrees: 48 inches; Height: 68 inches

Energy efficiency

Under the Environmental Protection and Management Act in Singapore, all refrigerators must display an Energy Label.

A refrigerator can easily consume the most amount of electricity in a household, so it’s important you choose one that is energy-efficient. This way, you’ll not only be doing your part to cut down carbon emissions, but you’ll also be saving money in the long run.

Look at the number of green ticks on your fridge’s Energy Label. The more green ticks the fridge has, the more energy efficient it is. If you’re about to buy a new fridge, this is definitely something to keep in mind.

You do find “smart fridges” with energy-efficient features, like being able to track their own energy consumption and deliver the information straight to your smartphone.

But remember: such refrigerators may be significantly more expensive than ones without these features.

Choosing a refrigerator

How many green ticks does your fridge have?

Energy conservation tips: 

  • Buy a refrigerator of sufficient capacity that will meet your storage needs.
  • Make sure there is enough space for airflow on all sides of your refrigerator, especially at the back.
  • Always allow hot food to cool completely before putting it in the fridge.
  • Do not overload your fridge.
  • Test the door seal occasionally by closing the door on a thin piece of paper. If it doesn’t stay in place, the seal needs to be replaced.

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