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The Ultimate 2022 Australian Fridge Buying Guide

A quality fridge is a key component of any great kitchen. Choosing the right one for your household is a big deal. Today’s modern fridges and freezers can do everything from keeping your vegetables fresher for longer and dispensing filtered water to alerting you when your produce is about to expire, or even playing your favourite TV shows for you whilst you cook. With so many choices available, it can be difficult to narrow down your options but don’t worry - Retravision has got you covered! Our comprehensive refrigerator buying guide has all the information and advice you need to make an informed decision when buying a new fridge. Plus, you can always speak to our friendly team in-store and online for help finding the perfect fridge; we’re the experts in kitchen appliances!

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Types of fridges

Buying the perfect fridge starts with choosing the perfect configuration! Do you need a simple single door fridge or a space to store your frozen goods in a top or bottom mount fridge? Would you prefer side by side storage or are you after a small space solution like a bar fridge? At Retravision you’ll find a huge range of fridges from leading brands like Bosch, Beefeater, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Haier, Kelvinator, Miele, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, Westinghouse, Vintec and more - but with so many options, how do you choose? To help you compare your options, read our breakdown of the different types of refrigerators you’ll find available at Retravision below.

French Door Fridges

If you love entertaining, then a french door fridge is for you! French door fridges come with two side by side doors. Usually they’ll come with fridge storage at the top and a few freezer compartments or drawers at the bottom. This orientation makes it easy to access and find everything, making it simple to keep everything organised. They’re design also keeps all of your daily essentials at eye level and creates plenty of space for wide shelving, making them the perfect option for storing platters, drinks and groceries for the whole family. Some even come with a special narrow draw to chill your drinks or large platters at the perfect temperature.

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Quad Door Fridges

Quad door fridges are the perfect option for those who love to keep their fridge and freezer space super compartmentalised and organised. With four doors available, quad door fridges often feature multiple temperature zones like freezer, soft freeze and chill modes to give you more control over the freshness of the ingredients in your fridge. Often they will come with fridge shelves and drawers at eye-level, with freezer drawers down below. With large capacity options available, they’re great for families and larger households.

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Side by Side Fridges

Side By Side Fridges

If you can’t decide whether your fridge or your freezer should get top billing, then you may want to opt for a side by side fridge. Side by side fridges provide equal space for frozen goods, with the freezer on one side and the fridge space on the other. They often come in larger capacities, so they’re great for families but they can also be an excellent space saver for snug spaces and tight kitchens where a wide single door may get in the way.

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Top Mount Fridge

Top Mount Fridges

Most Australians will be familiar with top mount fridges. With a freezer up top and the fridge below, they offer a practical and easy to use configuration that works well for many households. They come in a range of sizes and are usually one of the most affordable options available when it comes to purchasing a fridge, but they’re not ideal for everyone. Whilst many families appreciate the ability to keep frozen items up high and out of reach of little ones, it’s not convenient for everyone. For those who use their fridges more regularly, bending down to access items can be an issue. If you don’t use your freezer quite frequently, then you may want to consider investing instead in a bottom mount configuration.

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Bottom Mount Fridges

Bottom mount fridges are a great choice for households who love to entertain! Keep ice and other frozen items close at hand, and all of your chilled ingredients within easy reach inside your fridge. For most people this is the orientation that makes the most sense as it allows for access into the fridge which is often used more frequently than the freezer.

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Single Door Fridge

Single Door Fridges

Single door fridges or freezers are ideal for households that don’t require a fridge or freezer combo. If you want a fridge space devoted to chilling or freezing your products, then a single door fridge or freezer is your best option. They are also great if you already have a chest freezer and don’t require the additional freezer space in the kitchen. For single person households, or those tight on space, they’re a great compact option, but they’re also a great choice for homes that require a large fridge capacity.

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Bar Fridges

Bar fridges are the perfect option for those in need of a small and compact storage solution for keeping a steady supply of snacks and drinks on hand. They’re a popular option for dorms, small apartments and workplace lunch areas, but they’re also great for those who love to entertain. If you need extra capacity for drink and food storage, then a small bar fridge is the perfect option.

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Wine Fridge

Wine Storage

If you’re a wine lover, then a wine fridge is a great option to consider. Wine fridges will keep your fine wines chilled to the exact temperature required for maximum enjoyment, and to prevent them from spoiling. They come in many different varieties from small and compact freestanding designs and integrated under bench wine fridges to large capacity chillers.

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