A guide to selecting the right luxury fridge
Buying a new, luxury fridge can be an exciting prospect – especially if you’ve never owned one before. Chalked full of interesting and useful features, they tend to offer terrific performance that more than makes up for their hefty price tags.
And the value doesn’t just stop there. When it’s time to sell your house, you’ll find that most estate agents will be keen to highlight a luxury fridge as a feature in the listing. It’s a great investment for the now, and for the future.
But, as with anything in life, not all premium refrigerators have been built the same. You’re going to want a fridge that ticks all the boxes you want to be ticked for the minimum price possible.
At Repair Aid, we repair and install regular and luxury fridges and freezers around London. As such, we know what we’re talking about when it comes to what you should look for in a premium fridge. Here are some tips to help you select the right one for you.
Costing thousands of pounds, a luxury fridge delivers features unlike any other refrigerator. Quiet, cool, spacious and bolstered by the latest tech innovations, they can be more than worth the outlay if you have the money. They often have quite a professional, stylish look but many come with the ability to be built into cabinets so they can also be quite discreet should your preferred fridge not be in keeping with the surroundings.
Brands to keep in mind
When it comes to high-end models, there are definitely brands that stand above the rest. Some may not be as familiar to you as standard fridge brands as they are specialists at producing more premium, feature-heavy fridges. The likes of Miele, Liebherr, Viking and Sub-Zero are brands known for delivering premium fridges.
However, do keep in mind that the two latter brands are international and tend to specialise in American-style fridges. You may also need to approach a specialist importer if that’s your cup of tea.
This does make them harder to coordinate with your other appliances – especially if you like everything to be of the same brand – but these are the brands that specifically stand out for delivering top-quality fridges.
However, you can’t go wrong with LG or Samsung. Their more premium ranges aren’t really true ‘luxury’ models, but they are nevertheless full of clever features and the latest technology.
As well as their look, cooling abilities and size, high-end refrigerators are packed full of terrific technology. Some features to look out for include fridges with dual evaporators. This is essentially what makes a fridge cold. This means dual evaporators serve to offer fantastic humidity control. As well as dual evaporators, dual compressors are also a plus point when it comes to luxury fridge-freezer models. While typical fridge-freezers tend to have just one compressor for both functions, dual compressors prevents any smells from transferring between the two areas.
When it comes to shelving, look for fridges that offer adjustable options. This allows you to pick how you want the compartments to be laid out. Another feature is good quality seals that allows cold temperatures to be maintained and better circulated. You’ll also see models offer drawers that have their own temperature control. This allows you to moderate certain foods – such as meat, diary, fruit and veg and snacks – to suit their ideal temperature range. This will make your food last even longer.
And, on that topic, look out for models with ethylene gas filters. This captures the gas that can be released by certain foods – such as apples – that can make other foods spoil faster. You’ll find premium fridges often offering certain features such as ice and water dispensers, as well as built-in water filters to keep your water free from impurities.
Lastly, regarding more flashy features, luxury fridges tend to come with smart technology so they can be controlled from other rooms or even if you are out of the house. Your fridge should also have terrific internal lighting to ensure any night-time snacking is devoid of injuries. And if you’re someone who likes a light show, you’ll also find premium models that have got some snazzy lighting on the outside too.
Is a luxury fridge for you?
Lastly, it’s worth keeping in mind that you don’t technically need a luxury fridge. At a time when there is a lot of financial uncertainty in the world, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are plenty of top-quality fridges that sit a step below the premium level. With that said, if you do have the money for a high-end fridge, they are also terrific assets for the future and will deliver excellent performance in the present.