The kitchen is the home base for a diversity of appliances, from the simple toaster to the less humble mix master and food processor; the crowning glory of the preparation space is the refrigerator, a glorified ice-box standing tall in the corner or its own special hutch. We’ve come a long way from burying our perishables and carting around a small, three dimensional square barely big enough to store a couple of nights of meat and a block of cheese, fridges seem to have mind of their own. Fixed with in-built computers, electronic temperature gauges, ice-machines, water spouts and a variety of other features, depending on the price, buying a food storage white goods is no longer so straight forward. The French door in door alternative is possibly the most ingenious, minimising the everyday wear and tear on stressed joints and sectioning off specific food types easily. Though a cross-section of models may suit your needs, a French design will benefit you in the long run.
Have you ever wondered why the freezer naturally rests on top of the fridge portion, despite our midnight wanderings routinely leading us to open the bottom door first, bending down to rummage through leftovers, weirdly wrapped snacks and a host of bottles? French door-to-door refrigerators inject a breath of fresh logic into the traditional design, with the fridge firmly on top and at eye level, making those twilight ramblings a breeze. Some editions come with common sense compartments, like the new LG Fridge preparing to hit the market, allowing buyers to retrieve their favourite, most often used items without disturbing the temperature of the entire storage area.
Save Money, Save the Planet
While star ratings allow discerning buyers to gauge how much their refrigerator of choice may cost them, the French model is especially economical, boasting the best regulatory systems and minimising the release of energy beyond what is necessary to power the appliance; by only opening one compartment or the nominated cold cupboard if you’re lucky enough to have one, you use only as much power as you need. This is particularly good news for the environment, as these space saving models are considered one of the premier green options on the market. It looks good, saves more than a few cents and reduces a growing carbon footprint with a flick of a switch.
Just because you’re purchasing a fridge, does not mean you’re not searching for a piece that will complement your current or projected kitchen appearance. The French door to door is stylish, sleek and the darling of many professional chefs, working kitchens and industrial catering businesses, due to space, durability and stacking options. A few upper mark models are even fitted with a door buzzer to prompt you to close the door if too much cold air is escaping. A fridge that thinks for you…Scary.
When was the last time you upgraded your fridge? What did you look for in the winning model? Affordability? Location? Overall fit and size? Let us know in the comments below.