Kitchen Buying Guide
Choosing a Kitchen Style
Can I save money on my kitchen?
When it comes to choosing a kitchen style, choose a look that complements your home, and a design (and colour!) that you'll be happy living with over the years. The price of the finished kitchen will depend largely on the style of units that you choose and the material from which they are made, but you can always lower the cost by taking advantage of discount codes and promotions. Cabinets come in a range of widths and heights, allowing you to make the most of whatever space you have. The number of cabinets you choose will depend on your storage needs, and also the size of your kitchen. Cabinets often come with a guarantees spanning a number of years and high quality door fronts for a perfect, stylish finish.
The Work Triangle
How is this achieved?
Kitchen layouts are based on a concept called the work triangle - this means that for the most efficient use of space and to stop you walking unnecessary miles, kitchen appliances such as the fridge and cooker should combine with the sink to form a working triangle, ideally 1.5m -2.4m apart and purchased using the latest promotional codes to save on money.
Choosing the right appliances
Should I buy if space is limited?
Once you are happy with the design and have chosen a unit style the next step is to decide which appliances to include. If space is limited, consider slimline options, or counter-top models, or look for appliances that double up on tasks such as washer-dryers, fridge-freezers and microwaves with ovens. Most appliances can be integrated into your kitchen scheme with the addition of panel fronts; however you may wish to choose appliances to complement your kitchen design and your budget, saving as much money as you can with vouchers given that a kitchen refurbishment can be a costly experience.
Oven, Hobs and Hoods
Which should I purchase?
The type of oven, hob and hood that you choose will largely depend on the look you wish to achieve, your budget and how you like to cook. Appliances can be mixed and matched and a popular option is an electric oven and a gas hob. For more information on choosing ovens see the HomeVoucherCodes ovens buyers guide complete with relevant vouchercodes. All gas appliances must be installed and maintained by professional Gas Safe registered engineers. If a gas appliance is to be fitted into a multi dwelling abode, e.g. flats or apartments, then regulations state the appliance must have a flame failure safety device fitted.
Sinks and Taps
Which is right for me?
Sinks are one of the hardest working items in the kitchen, choose from durable stainless steel, easy to clean ceramic and stylish granite with various shapes and sizes including standard single bowl with drainer, double bowl with double drainers and central half bowl sinks. For advice on choosing taps, please click here to read our buying guide to taps, and take advantage of a code today!
Do I need both combined?
Consider whether your fridge and freezer or combined fridge-freezer needs to be built in to your kitchen design, or whether a free-standing model would offer greater flexibility. For advice on fridges and freezers on the dedicated discount codes page where you'll find a wealth of information, just click the blue link.
My kitchen is small, can I still buy one?
With slimline, full size and counter top models available, dishwashers have become an option for even the smallest of kitchens. Position your dishwasher and washing machine near the sink to keep plumbing contained and use a promo code to stop your money going down the drain.
I need inspiration for finishing touches!
To complete your kitchen you will need to choose a range of extras such as handles, cabinet legs, cabinet lights and splash backs. These finishing touches will help you achieve the look you want and give your kitchen a unique feel.
Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide
- When replacing appliances choose the most energy efficient model available - an energy efficient dishwasher will cut energy by nearly half compared with non-efficient models
- Replace traditional light bulbs with energy saving bulbs – this can save up to £100 over the lifetime of the bulb
- Wash clothes at 30°c rather than 60°c and save up to 40% on your washing machine's energy consumption
- Defrost fridges and freezer regularly and they 'll run more efficiently
- Wait until you have a full load before using the washing machine or dishwasher or select the half load setting instead
- Only boil as much water as you need when making a cuppa
- Save the tumble dryer for wet weekends
- Always turn appliances off – even in the stand-by mode an appliance is consuming electricity
- Always turn off lights on leaving a room - in the UK we waste £140 million a year by leaving lights on unnecessarily
- Don 't leave appliances on charge unnecessarily
Why should I choose an energy efficient appliance?
When you buy a new appliance as well as considering the purchase price and if you can use a discount code, it 's worth bearing in mind what the appliance will cost to run over its lifetime. The energy it uses could cost many times more than the purchase price so it pays to buy an energy-efficient appliance even if the initial upfront cost is a little more. Choosing an energy efficient product doesn 't mean you will compromise on performance either.
What do energy efficient ratings mean?
When an appliance is switched on, even if it is in the stand by mode, it will be consuming energy. The amount of energy an appliance consumes can vary hugely between models, types and different brands of products. To make it easier for you to select more energy efficient models, all products are labeled with the European Union (EU) Energy Label.
How do I read an EU energy label?The information the label contains will be specific to the appliance type but expect to find the following information.
Appliances are rated from A to G with ‘A’ appliances being the most efficient and ‘G’ the least. The only exception is refrigeration products which now go up to A++. The ratings are also colour coded using red, amber and green, so it’s easy to recognize at a glance what energy consumption an appliance has. 'A' rated appliances often cost a bit more to buy but can use up to half the electricity of a 'G' rated model
Energy Consumption kWh/cycle
This is how much electricity is used under standard conditions, measured in kilowatt hours a year (kWh/year) for refrigeration products or kilowatt hours a cycle (kWh/cycle) for washing machines and other products.
You can work out the average annual running cost, and therefore any savings, in the following way:
Average annual running cost = your kWh consumption cost multiplied by your average unit price of electricity.
Actual savings depend on how much you use the appliance and how much you pay for your electricity.
Energy ratings for washing machines and dishwashers
Laundry and dishwashing labels also have information on washing, spin and/or drying performance. The A-G indicators here are similar to the main energy efficient ratings. They are based on standard industry tests and the test cycle used will appear on the label. An 'A' rating is best.
Water consumption, capacity and other information
Depending on the product, a range of information is provided to help you choose the best product for your needs. You might, if you were on a water meter, want to find a washing machine that uses less water or a fridge that is quiet to run.
Manufacturers currently don 't have to provide this information but if they do, use it to choose a quieter model. A lower number means the appliance emits less noise, especially important when choosing a washing machine or dishwasher. If you can 't find this information on the label check the product brochure as all manufacturers include this information.
What is the Energy Saving Recommended logo?
This is an additional logo and guarantee that the appliance will save energy and is awarded by the Energy Saving Trust, a body set up by the government to reduce carbon emissions with the aim to cut carbon by promoting the efficient use of energy. To be awarded the logo products have to meet strict criteria on energy efficiency. For a fridge to be granted the logo it has to be endorsed A+ (more energy efficient than A rated products) and washing machines have to be endorsed AAA - that's A for energy, A for wash quality and A for spin performance. The criteria is set by an independent panel and reviewed annually.
Dishwasher Buying Guide
What this guide covers
Want to avoid the daily chore of washing the dishes? Want to free up time but only if the price is right? Invest in a dishwasher using discount codes and you need never wash a pot or pan again! Great for cleaning up after entertaining, or for day-to-day use, a dishwasher will save you so much time, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one… To help you choose the right dishwasher for you, this guide will cover:
- An explanation of the grading system applied to all dishwashers to assess performance and energy efficiency together with advice on water and energy consumption.
- How to choose the right model for you, with helpful advice on appliance size and design, wash load capacity and noise levels.
- A guide to programme choice, with information on basic and advanced options.
- A summary of dishwasher special features.
Performance ratings and energy consumption
It is a legal requirement that manufacturer’s provide information on the performance of dishwashers. This makes choosing an appliance easier, as each model is graded from A-G in the following areas:
- Wash performance
- Drying performance
- Energy efficiency
‘A’ is the highest grade, with ‘G’ being the lowest. For superior performing machines, look for an ‘AAA’ rating.
What do the ratings test?
A high grade in this area indicates the machine will provide superior cleaning results.
A guide to how dry dishes will be at the end of the wash cycle.
Machines scoring a high grade for energy efficiency use the least water and electricity, saving you money.
Water and energy consumption Another consideration when choosing a machine is the rate at which water and energy will be consumed, as this will have a direct impact on running costs. Choosing a model that uses water efficiently will not only save money, but is a great way to look after the environment by minimizing water usage.
To assess how economical a machine will be, check how many litres of water are used per wash - a figure of around seven litres indicates an economical machine. To ensure electricity bills are kept as low as possible, choose machines with low energy consumption per cycle ratings. Figures are given in kilowatts used per hour (kWh). The lower the number, the less electricity will be used.
Style and size
Most dishwashers can be slotted into your kitchen layout relatively easily, fitting under worktops and can be concealed by panelling (with only the controls visible) to fully integrate with your kitchen design. Slimline and counter top models are also available, and are the ideal option for smaller kitchens. Regardless, make sure you measure up beforehand and also source a dishwasher promotional code.
Dishwasher heights range from 407-887cm, with width between 445-600cm and depth 460-630cm. While you will need to position your dishwasher near the sink in order to make use of available plumbing, aim to ensure your layout features cupboards close by to store crockery, glassware and cookware – this will make life even easier as you can stand by the dishwasher and lift everything quickly and easily back into place.
Information is given on the number of place settings your dishwasher can cater for – this ranges between 4-14 settings, with most standard machines accommodating 12. A setting typically comprises a side plate, dinner plate, bowl, cup, saucer and cutlery.
The variety of appliance design available now extends to colour options much like a choice in voucher codes we provide you with – while white is still a popular choice, the days of white goods being exclusively white are over! Why not complement your kitchen colour scheme with up-to-the minute finishes in sandstone, graphite or fashionable stainless steel.
While most dishwashers operate fairly quietly these days, it is still worth looking at the decibel rating given for your chosen appliance. Ranging from 41-62 decibels, a 41 decibel machine will be considerably quieter than one rated closer to 60! This can be an important consideration if you will be sitting your machine in a room that is used frequently, or if the main living area will be close by. Search the DIY sites for one that is quiet but also one where vouchercodes can be used to lower the price.
As your washing needs will often vary in quantity and intensity depending on the amount of people you have cooked for; the type of dishware used and how much effort will be needed to clean items dishwashers are therefore equipped with a number of programmes to suit your requirements. See below for an explanation of the four basic programmes, along with information on extra settings available and also seek out relevant codes.
Standard wash – Suitable for every-day items – water is heated to 65 degrees centigrade.
Intensive wash – Choose this setting when you need heavy duty cleaning -water temperature reaches 70 degrees centigrade for a high performance wash.
Economy wash – The energy efficient option, using the minimum amount of water - this programme will wash dishes at a lower temperature (between 50-55 degrees centigrade) for a slightly longer time than a standard wash.
Quick wash – Ideal for cleaning lightly soiled items or for when time is of the essence – the wash cycle will generally run for 30 minutes - temperatures will vary depending on model.
Look out for the special features listed below designed to improve efficiency - saving you time and money.
Timer delay – Device for programming the machine to begin the wash cycle at a later time – for example, overnight when electricity is cheaper. Check timer options carefully, these can vary from 2-24 hours.
Baskets - Check for height adjustable baskets or collapsible shelving, allowing you to accommodate larger items.
Counter balanced door – This type of door will not drop down or shut without being deliberately moved, ensuring safe and convenient loading and unloading.
Encapsulated heaters - More dishwashers now offer concealed heating elements, rather than exposed ones. These are better as they free up space and are safer – no hot areas to burn fingers or melt plastic items that slip through the baskets.
Filter - The filter in the base of the machine catches food scraps that might otherwise block the drains. The filter should be easy to lift out and replace, as it needs to be cleaned after every wash.
Rinse aid – Used to help remove detergent during rinsing and prevent streaks on dishes – some models feature a light to indicate when the dispenser needs refilling.
Salt dispenser - Dendritic salt is added to dishwashers to soften water and prevent streaking caused by limescale – look for models with a light to indicate when refilling is necessary.
Anti-flood device – Prevents flooding by stopping the water supply if leaks are detected, or there is a danger of the dishwasher over-filling.
Electronic controls – The easiest way to monitor each stage of the wash cycle – LED displays will allow you to track progress.
Turbo drying – For the best drying results, look for machines with ‘turbo drying’ or condenser drying programmes.
Sensor dishwashers - Intelligent models that automatically adjust the wash programme to best suit your load and ensure perfect results every time.
Built-in Oven Buying Guide
If you cook a lot of food from frozen, it's worth considering an oven with a de-frost function.
Don't forget about splashbacks when installing your oven, they will protect against spills and grease and also help to give your kitchen a stylish finish.
Cooking with gas or electric?
Your first decision is whether to opt for gas, electric or dual fuel, which combines an electric oven with a gas hob which may be influenced by aviablilty of features and a discount code.
- Advantages of gas:
- It's possible to temperature quickly, giving greater control while cooking
- Moist heat helps prevent food drying out in the oven
- A wide range of features offers flexibility and versatility
- Ovens cook quicker and more evenly
- Choice of conventional, fan, forced air, steam and programmable ovens
- Instant heat and greater control from the gas hob
- Faster cooking times of the electric oven
Advantages of electric
Advantages of dual fuel
What types and sizes of oven are available?
Consider your cooking needs and also the overall style and design of your kitchen when making your choice, as well as what promotional codes are available now. Many ovens are available as part of a set, so not only will you save money, but your kitchen will have stylish matching appliances!
Conventional - These ovens are heated from the bottom or the top, so temperature varies throughout the oven. The hottest area will be at the top, the bottom will be cooler and the middle moderate making these ovens a great choice for traditional roasts.
Fan oven - A fan oven will cook food more evenly as there is a continuous circulation of hot air. The oven heats up very quickly, resulting in food being cooked up to 25% faster.
Multi-function oven - Complete flexibility of cooking, a combination of a conventional and fan oven, these ovens feature a minimum of five functions, for example, top heat for browning, bottom heat for crisping, top and bottom fan oven and grill - this combination works well for rotisserie style roasting as the grill can be set with the door closed.
Steam ovens - The ideal way to cook healthily, steaming requires no fat or oil so of the foods natural nutrients are retained. Flavours do not mix, and the food cannot be burnt. This oven is also ideal for defrosting.
Single - Single ovens can be positioned under a worktop, or at eye-level within a larger kitchen cabinet, they are available in a large choice of finishes and styles, with multiple cooking functions and often a built in grill.
Double - Double ovens can only be fitted under a worktop. This option offers greater flexibility as both ovens can be used simultaneously - great if you have a large family, or love to entertain.
Compact - Perfect if space is tight, compact ovens offer all the features of larger ovens without taking up as much room. Some compact ovens often also feature a steam option.
Range - Larger than standard ovens, they offer a cook top and one or more ovens with a variety of cooking options and are available in a number of styles and finishes.
Special oven features to look for?
Make life easy with a programmable timer, which allows you set cooking start and finish times, and also look for minute minders which are manually operated and sound an alarm when the food count down has completed.
Self cleaning ovens
Look out for catalytic liners which absorb grease and fat splashes or pyrolytic ovens which have a special cleaning cycle that burns cooking deposits and leaves only an ash residue for you to wipe away.
Washing Machine & Tumble Dryer Buying Guide
To ensure electricity bills are kept as low as possible, choose machines with low energy consumption per cycle ratings. Figures are given in kilowatts used per hour (kWh). The lower the number, the less electricity will be used.
If you plan to position your tumble dryer above a washing machine, we recommend searching for a vouchercode for a separate stacking kit, designed to hold the appliance safely.
Types of Washing MachineThere are two basic types of washing machines; front-loading and top-loading. A top-loading machine is suitable if you don't want to use the machine under a counter, while front-loading machines slot neatly under a work top. An integrated, built in machine is identical to a front-loading machine, with the door covered by a panel that matches your kitchen cupboards. Before you buy a washing machine, measure up carefully, making a note of height as well as width and depth.
What size will I need?
Consider how much washing you will want to do at any one time, your budget (should you seek a voucher or promo code) and choose your drum size accordingly. The wash load capacity of a machine is measured in kilograms, with 5kg indicating a standard wash load size. Models with 6-8kg capacity are ideal for larger family washes or cleaning bulky items such as duvets. For an energy efficient wash, try to ensure you always wash full loads.
Which programme will I need?
Consider the type of items you will be likely to wash, and which type of programmes will best suit your washing needs - do you need to save time, wash heavily soiled items? Care for delicates? Here are some of the most useful wash programmes to look out for:
Quick wash - A pre-programmed wash cycle of between 30-60 minutes which reduces your washing time.
Woollen/hand wash - a gentle programme especially for delicate items such as wool or silk.
Variable washing temperature - offers a choice of temperatures for individual fabrics.
Auto half load - fill level is automatically adjusted for lighter loads ensuring efficient energy usage.
Pre-wash - ideal for helping to remove stains from heavily soiled items.
Delayed start option - allows you to begin the wash cycle at a later time - for example, overnight when electricity is cheaper
Do I need a washer dryer?
The perfect space saving solution and budget option, washer/dryers are extremely functional as they combine the features of a washing machine and tumble dryer in one. As they are all condenser dryers, they are also easy to install.
As with washing machines, washer dryers are also rated on overall performance and given an A-G rating, with 'A' being the best.
Condenser or vented tumble dryer?
The addition of a tumble dryer to your home means that you can dry clothes quickly, whatever the weather! The most important consideration when choosing a tumble dryer is whether a vented or condenser machine best suits your needs. In a condenser dryer, there are two separate "loops". The inside "loop" of air is sealed from the outside environment - air from within the drum is heated, then blown through the tumbling clothes, then the moisture-laden air is passed through a heat exchanger, where the water re-condenses. The same dry air is then reheated, where it is again blown through the drum and clothes, and the cycle begins again (this is a more-or-less continuous process).
Condenser models dry the wash by taking air from within the drum, which is heated, then blown through the tumbling clothes, then the moisture-laden air is passed through the heat exchanger, where the water re-condenses. This collects in a built-in tray which can be easily removed and emptied. Because they don't need to be vented they are easier to site and can be positioned in cupboards. Condenser models tend to dryer clothes quickly, but often use more electricity than vented dryers.
Vented models release steam via a hose that can be fitted to a wall vent, or passed out of a window. If using a wall vent, check the outlet position, located on the rear, left or right of your chosen appliance before buying to ensure it will be suitable for your kitchen. This type of tumble dryer is often a good economical option as running costs can be significantly lower than condenser models, initial costs reduced further using discount codes
Tumble dryer features
Timer - Settings range from 80-160 minutes, so choose a machine with a generous timer length if you will be frequently drying heavy loads. A range of temperature settings will also provide more versatility for your drying needs - lower temperatures are kinder to delicate fabrics.
Drying load - Varies between 3-6kg, with larger drum sizes being ideal for drying duvets or large family loads.
Filter and reservoir full indicator - Helps to keep your machine running in tip-top condition.
Final cool tumble - Reduces creasing and makes ironing easier.
Fluff filter - A large mesh filter designed to keep clothing fresh and clean.
Easy loading - Load and remove items with greater ease with a large door designed to open a full 156 degrees.
Automatic stop - The machine senses when the clothes are dry and switches off.
Microwave Buying Guide
Microwave technology is developing at a fast pace, with some clever innovations just around the corner. For example, technology currently being tested has the ability to scan a food package's bar code and program instructions accordingly.
Relatively inexpensive if you use a discount code or promotional deal, easy-to-operate and offering a huge variety of useful features, microwave ovens have improved a lot in the last few years and are virtually indispensable in today's modern kitchen. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a microwave oven - read our helpful guide before you buy.
How do microwave ovens work?
Microwave ovens cook food by emitting microwaves, which are high-frequency electromagnetic waves. When these waves hit the food, the molecules inside the food start to vibrate and produce heat. Because only the food gets hot and not the surrounding air or the inside of the oven, microwave ovens cook food far more quickly than conventional cookers. Microwave ovens cook different types of foods at different rates. Moist foods cook faster than less moist ones. Microwaves cannot crisp foods on the outside and they cannot be used to cook foods in metal containers.
What is the best type?
Standard - allows you to defrost, reheat and cook by microwave.
Standard microwave oven with grill - the convenience of a microwave plus the benefit of a grill for crisping and browning. The grill can be used alone or in conjunction with the microwave.
Combination ovens - allow you to microwave, grill or cook at the same time or separately for total control and perfect results. They are fast and economical and the most versatile of the microwave models.
Power - how much do I need and why?
The power of microwaves is measured in watts, generally the larger the oven, the higher the wattage and the faster it will cook. Wattage ranges from 600-1100 with most models either 800, 900 or 1000. Don't be tempted to buy a more powerful model than you need, as every second counts in a higher wattage oven and it is very easy to overcook. For most people 800 watts is sufficient although large families and people who want to cook rather than reheat may prefer the extra power that 1000 watts offers. Although wattage is important there are other convenience features that you may find more useful but may cost a little more, so try and save with a voucher.
Microwave ovens come in a whole host of sizes ranging from around 17-40 litres. Generally speaking the larger the family, the larger the oven you will require. The smaller more compact models are most suited to individuals or offices where people are heating single portions as opposed to cooking for numbers. The medium 20-30 litre models are ideal for families and couples or where space is tight, whilst the large 30-40 litre versions are best for larger families and those who truly enjoy microwave cooking. The bigger models benefit from a larger turntable and more interior height enabling you to cook more than one dish at a time.
Manual or touch control?
You will usually find manual controls on less expensive models. They are perfectly adequate but do not offer the same level of precision as their touch pad equivalents which allow cooking times to be set for as little as 10 seconds. Electronically timed models feature digital displays and tend to be more sophisticated, offering a range of functions, including automatic programs that will defrost, cook or reheat named foods by their weight and the ability to perform multiple tasks, for example to auto-start cooking at a chosen time, set power levels, or allow multi-step cooking.
Sensor cooking - this system automatically detects the levels of moisture in the food and appropriately adjusts the power levels and cooking time.
Turntable - most microwave ovens offer a built-in turntable to ensure even heating but these do reduce the available size for the dish and certain square or rectangular dishes will be too big to turn. A useful feature is being able to turn the turntable on and off, so large dishes can still be cooked.
Power levels - a selection of power levels offers maximum flexibility and cooking options. Most models carry between five and ten levels that range from defrost to high.
Child lock - an essential safety feature for any family.
Anti-bacterial coating - this is a coating applied to the interior of the microwave to help keep the cavity clean and hygienic.
Ceramic enamel interior - a finish applied to the cavity of some models that gives an easy clean, scratch and stain resistant surface.
Steam cleaning - some models have a cleaning function that uses steam to lift and loosen grease and food so that the oven just needs a simple wipe.
Intellowave - this technology utilizes specially designed slots built-in the cavity of the oven to create a 'three dimensional' microwave energy pattern. The microwave energy continuously passes throughout the food in a rotating or circular fashion heating the food more evenly.
Inverter system - conventional microwave ovens operate on only one power level; the microwave energy is either on or off, so when you cook at 60% power the microwave cooks for 60% of the time. This on/off delivery of cooking power results in cold spots and overcooked edges. Inverter technology delivers true low, medium and high power levels. This targeted 'soft' penetration of microwave energy into the centre of the food helps prevent overcooking on the edges and surfaces, and provides more even cooking compared to conventional microwave ovens.
Chaos defrost - this feature uses random pulses of microwave energy to dramatically reduce the usual defrosting time.
Multiple-sequence cooking - this automatically changes the power levels during cooking, for example, to defrost, and then cook your meal, thereby ensuring optimum cooking time.
Quick defrost - the machine is pre-programmed to defrost a certain weight of a number of popular foods. This function helps prevent partly defrosted food.
Auto-cook programmes - these are pre-set programmes designed to cook a number of popular foodstuffs from warming a plated meal, cooking a single baked potato to roasting chicken or a joint of meat.
Fridge & Freezer Buying Guide
'Look out for adjustable shelving, it will allow you to customize your storage space.'
'Old fridges must be disposed of carefully - older models may contain CFC gases that are harmful - if in doubt, contact your local council for details on how to dispose of an old fridge
Do you need a fridge, freezer or fridge-freezer?
With so much choice available, it's important to decide on a fridge and freezer combination that meets the needs of your household, budget (try and use a promotional code or deal) and makes the most of your available space.
Normally available in two basic main styles, under-counter, (standard height 85cm) designed to fit under a work top, and tall larders (standard height over 145cm) - offering more storage space, and will stand alone in the kitchen. Under counter fridges have the added flexibility of containing an ice-box, whereas larders do not. Integrated, built in fridges and freezers featuring a paneled front to match your cupboard units are also available. See if a deal can be found to reduce the cost using a discount code.
How much freezing capacity do you need? There are three styles to choose from under-counter, (standard height 85cm) chest (80-112cm) or tall freezers (standard height over 145cm). Chest freezers, if you can find a vouchercode, are ideal for freezing food in bulk, while tall freezers are a good choice if you need to organize large quantities of frozen food and want to keep your freezer in the kitchen. The freezer star rating lets you know what it can freeze and for how long.
A great space-saving solution, even better with vouchers, fridge freezers are available in a variety of widths and heights - Look at the split between the fridge and freezer areas and choose the combination that best suits your needs and the type of foods you eat.
How much space do you have?
Fitted kitchens may offer an obvious home for a fridge, possibly next to kitchen units or slotted under a worktop. Consider whether floor space can be maximised with a combined fridge-freezer, whether codes can be used and also is there room for a separate freezer? If space is tight, it's worth considering other options - a fridge could be housed in a room close-by to the kitchen, while a garage makes a great home for a chest freezer
If space is not an issue, and you require a lot of food storage space, an increasingly popular choice is the American style fridge. Although more costly so vouchercodes should be sought out, double doors open to house a fridge on one side and a freezer on the other. Available in almost every colour imaginable to suit your design scheme, these models are an eye-catching feature in their own right and often include desirable features such as water coolers and ice makers (don't forget though that these will need to be plumbed in!).
How much storage capacity do you need?
Consider your shopping habits and the size of your household. How much fresh produce will you need to store in a fridge, and how much of your food is bought in bulk and frozen? This will help you to decide on the split between cooling and freezing capacity, and your promotional price point.
Each model is graded from A-G, with 'A' being the most energy efficient. Look for 'A' graded models, as although the initial outlay may be higher, the appliance will use a lot less electricity, saving you money in the long term, and will also reduce the impact of carbon dioxide on the environment.
Features to look for
Adjustable thermostat - allows you to control the temperature inside your fridge.
Temperature warning light - automatically alerts you if the fridge temperature is too low to keep food fresh.
Auto-defrost - this automatically regulates the temperature of your fridge to avoid frost build up.
Fast-freeze - useful for adding unfrozen food to the freezer or reducing temperature quickly after loading the freezer.
Frost free - you never have to defrost your freezer again!
Shelves and fixtures - In fridges look for promo code for split-level moveable glass shelves which are easy to clean, pull out trays for holding smaller items, bottle grippers for positioning bottles securely in the door and wine racks. Freezer baskets benefit from side handles, making it easier to carry the container when necessary, and over-sized freezer drawers are ideal for storing large items, such as the turkey at Christmas! Models are often equipped with special drawers for storing fruit or pizzas, and look for ice storage drawers, sometimes combined with an ice-making system.