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Chill out with Top 5 Best Refrigerators of September, 2018

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We take an honest look at the market leaders

Buying a new refrigerator must rank as one of the most mundane large purchases you can make; however they are crucial in a modern household. It used to be so simple to choose from the few models that were available, but now the range is vast, and deciding which one to go for has become much harder.

To narrow down your choice, there are several questions you need to think about, starting with deciding which style would suit your requirements. There are four main options here:

Top Freezers:

This is the most common style of refrigerator. With the freezer at the top, the bottom two thirds are given over to fresh food. This design has worked well for years, and whilst some would choose a more modern, high-end style, this is the cheaper option and functions well as a storage space.

Bottom Freezer:

A refrigerator with the freezing department at the bottom allows easier access to fresh foods, so you won’t have to dig around low down to locate the more readily used ingredients. There are a lot fewer bottom freezer models available, and they tend to be larger than top freezers.

Side by Side Freezers:

As suggested, these are divided with the freezer usually smaller and on the left-hand side, and fresh on the right. Each section has its own door and are ideal for narrower spaces as each door requires less clearance to open.  

French Door:

French door models combine a drawer style freezer, with the low clearance of a side by side unit, meaning that you will have a full width double door refrigerator with plenty of internal space. This is a highly popular design, and consequently, there are plenty of models to choose from; however, they can be the more expensive option.

The next consideration is size – how big does your refrigerator need to be? The limiting factor here is space, so before you start shopping, measure the space available. A compact under the counter design is going to be cheaper and cost less to run, but with a family, you will need to budget for a larger model.

A general rule for a refrigerator’s internal capacity is 4-6 cubic feet per adult, and a little bit extra.

The last thing to think about are the features that you might find useful.

Sectional climate control is great if you eat a lot of fresh ingredients, such as salad leaves or herbs, while advanced defrosting features are useful if you live off frozen meals. For the wine connoisseur, built in wine racks are an excellent option. Extra storage features are always handy, such as folding shelves for taller items, and ice makers are a welcome addition in warmer weather.

So called ‘smart’ refrigerators are just making their emergence into the market, having the ability to scan bar codes on products and add them to your online shopping list, amongst other high tech talents. However, at present, there are not many models to choose from, and they are still in the highest price band.

So that’s enough of an introduction. Let’s take a closer look at the best refrigerators of September, 2018:

1) Daewoo Retro Compact Refrigerator

Overview

This beautiful red refrigerator from Daewoo arrived well packaged, and ahead of schedule. It’s so lightweight that it was easy to handle into position on our countertop, and being flat backed, fitted nicely against the wall.

The cable is long enough to reach, but not too long so that it trails, and looks untidy, and the whole unit is sturdy and is built to last. Very impressed!

What We Like

If refrigerators could be considered cute, this is cute. It’s remarkably easy to clean, keeps everything fresh for days. The LED lighting and soft dial make it easy to navigate even in the dark.

Storage wise, we kept some TV meals, bottles, fresh fruit and vegetables in it and there was still space left over for special treats!

What Needs Improving

After the door has been opened, it makes a quiet ‘ocean waves’ noise for a minute or two, which is actually quite peaceful, before going back to being near enough silent. But this isn’t a deal breaker.

9.2Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is the perfect mini refrigerator for an office kitchen, dorm room, or a mobile home, and we love it. Excellent performance!

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Daewoo FR-028RCNR Retro Compact Refrigerator 2.8 Cu. Ft. | Pure Red

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2) Danby Classic Compact Refrigerator

Overview

This is a great looking item with a beautiful pearl metallic white cover (other colors available). Smart and compact, with a sleek modern design, it feels like good quality.

What We Like

The capacity of this Danby refrigerator is impressive for its size – it holds enough food and drink for a few people, keeping everything at the right temperature.

It’s not expensive to run and Energy Star compliant, fits neatly in any corner, and is very quiet. Other perks include internal LED lighting and scratch proof glass. What’s not to like?

What Needs Improving

This refrigerator doesn’t come with a freezer department but if you don’t need one, it’s a good buy.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This Danby refrigerator is easy to recommend – it’s practical for smaller spaces and great value for money. You won't go wrong.

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Danby DAR044A6PDB 4.4 cu.ft. Contemporary Classic Compact All Refrigerator, Pearl Metallic White

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$248.99 $279.99

 


3) Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Freezer

Overview

For such a big item, it was delivered perfectly protected and packaged, right on time, and once the movers had wheeled it into situ, it looks impressive, well made, and very sleek.

What We Like

This super refrigerator includes free delivery, installation and haul-away. Other perks include a built in fresh water filter, ice maker and a smear-proof finish.

The Kenmore’s temperature adjusted rapidly when we initially switched it on, and following this, to any setting we selected.

We found it easy to find space for our cold and frozen goods, due to the adjustable shelves, drawers, baskets and door compartments. The salad crisper drawer was particularly popular. Once customized, if we purchase bigger cartons, or bottles, for example, we can change it again. Perfect.

What Needs Improving

Our only very minor complaint is that it would be good if the chiller drawers pulled out a little further, just to make access easier.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is a really impressive refrigerator; highly practical and works without a glitch. Highly recommended!

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Kenmore Elite 72483 29.9 cu. ft. 4 Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator with...

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Last update was in: September 18, 2018 4:15 am

$2,399.99 $2,599.99


4) SMEG 1950’s Style Refrigerator

Overview

This superstar retro refrigerator is a dream for any vintage fans. Made by prestigious company, SMEG, this quality appliance looks so stunning we couldn’t resist it.

What We Like

This refrigerator is highly functional and SMEG are renowned for their exceptional longetivity. It comes with two adjustable shelves, an ice compartment and two egg bins.

What Needs Improving

We found nothing to fault with this fashionable refrigerator. It does require installation, so if you’re not entirely comfortable, you may need to reign in a friend!

9.4Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Amazing looks combined with outstanding quality, a SMEG will be for life.

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Smeg FAB32URDLN 50s Style Bottom Freezer 11.7 Cubic Feet Red Left-hand Refrigerator

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$2,999.00

 


5) Hisense Mini Refrigerator

Overview

The Hisense Mini is made for small spaces, ideal as an additional refrigerator for homes or for student dorms and offices. Despite its compact size, you get a device with excellent performance. The temperature settings are accurate and you can make it very cold.

What We Like

This refrigerator is all about practicality. It even comes with a door that you can reverse, depending on which way is optimal in your space. One of the best features is that it’s almost silent. When you’re low on space, you often don’t want it to be consumed with noise, and this makes the Hisense the perfect candidate.

What Needs Improving

This refrigerator still packs enough space for your essentials (we even managed to fit in 26 sodas, for what its worth). However it’s not very deep, so that’s something to bear in mind.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

When you need a refrigerator that doesn't take up space, isn't noisy and keeps your food fresh at the perfect chill, the Hisense will make you very happy. This easy refrigerator comes with free returns on Amazon, but we think it's a keeper.

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Hisense RS17B5 Feet Free-Standing Compact Refrigerator, 1.7 Cubic Foot, Black

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Last update was in: September 18, 2018 7:10 am

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