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Top Mount Fridges & Freezers Buying Guide in Australia

What is a Top Mount refrigerator & how to buy the best one?

How to choose the best top mount fridge?

In life, one of the top most importance appliance you will buy will be your refrigerator for home. Obviously, when you buy one, you want the fridge to last at least for 10 years. Looks, energy rating, brand, size and other characteristics play a vital role in the process of buying a top fridge. This buying guide aims to layout some basic tips that would help you buy the prefect top refrigerator to your home. 

 

Why Buy a Top Mount Fridge?

At any Australia home, a fridge is a basic is a basic necessity. This is where the vegetables, milk, dairy products, meat and poultry products and most importantly the beer goes for safe keeping and longer life span.  Top mount fridges A top mount fridge has a lot of benefits in a household. For me personally, the top advantage is that the freezer section is on the top, meaning the ice cream is in eye level. However, the beer and the cheese, well you need to bend down.

 

Pros & Cons of a Top Mount Fridge?

When buying a refrigerator for your home you may consider the size, the value, the energy rating and most importantly the price. If you are on a strict budget, then the best option is to buy a top mount.

Benefits:

  • Top mount fridges on average are the cheapest in the market.
  • These fridges are very easy to maintain as they normally consume very little energy.
  • Top mounts refrigerators are built by many top-quality brands such as Westinghouse, Beko, ChangHong & Haier. Therefore, there is a wide range of units to choose from.
  • Almost all fridges come with right or left-handed doors so the kitchen layout will not be an issue.
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Disadvantages:

  • The fridge section is the most commonly accessed part of the fridge because all day to day essential foods are stored there. As a result, you have to bend down to access your food. This is even worse when you are a bit lazy and that ice-cold beer you are craving is right at the bottom.
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What size top mount fridge would fit me best?

When buying a refrigerator, there is one thing you should do before even starting to browse. You must look at your floor plan and decide where the fridge goes. Then you need to get the measurements of the fridge. The height, width and depth is very important. Let’s face it, it’s going to be very frustrating to know that the fridge you bought online, and was just delivered all shiny doesn’t fit in your fridge space. So, this is a very important step.

The next thing before buying is to decide on the size of the fridge based on the number of people at home. For me. If you live alone like me, a good top mounter with space for the lamb, ice cream and the beer would be enough. But if you have a bigger house hold please consider the below information before deciding.

Household Size

  • 1-2 People - A 250 – 380 liter capacity fridge would be ideal.
  • 3-4 people – 350 –530 liter capacity fridge would be the best pick.
  • 5 or more - well the best choice is any fridge with a capacity of 440 liters or more.

 

Things to consider when buy a top mount fridge?

Well, besides just buying a fridge to store beer and ice cream, regular people unlike me have other needs with a fridge. So, there are various things that needs to be considered before buying a fridge. If you are a concerned about the operating costs, then you should choose a smaller capacity fridge with high energy rating values. If you are not unsure about energy ratings, I have explained them in more detail below. Other things that needs to be considered are added features of the fridge. For example, you may want to keep an eye for feature such as water and ice dispensers.

Dispensers are located outside the fridge and helped you get chilled water and ice without having to open that door. However, please remember that these dispensers can actually cost extra money to operate. You may also have to consider the crisper bin when buying your top mount fridge. The absolute gem of having a good crisper is to avoid having to put your fruits and vegetables in plastic bags. These bins have simple dial control that lets you control the temperate insider the bin. Also keep in mind, a crisper bin should be at least 45 centimeters wide when storing vegetables like celery and leeks. The other thing to keep an eye out for is the door.

Make sure the door handles aren’t too high to reach. Also consider if you need a left-handed or a right-handed door, so study your floor plan. Also keep an eye out for temperature control settings of the fridge. Some fridges have a single control set for both the freezer as well as the fresh food compartment. With advances in fridge technology there are fewer models with this feature, so over all this should not be a problem. But it’s always best to get fridges with independent temperature controls.

 

Are top mount fridges energy efficient?

Top Mount Fridges & Energy Rating

When buying your fridge, it’s important to remember that more starts on the energy rating means more savings in operating costs. All refrigerators have an energy rating sticker issued by http://www.energyrating.gov.au . These labels are a legal requires as per the Australia Government laws. It makes buying and comparing fridges based on ratings a very easy task.

The official government agency helps you calculate the energy usage through a online calculator. http://www.energyrating.gov.au/calculator  

 

Best top mount fridge brands?

With advances in technology and demands for more echo friendly refrigerators, today’s fridge manufactures invest large amounts of resources to build top quality units. Top brands currently in the market are Beko, Westinghouse, ChanHong, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Haier & Kelvinator. All these top-quality brands are house at Appliance Warehouse and Online. Every fridge has its own characteristics and distinctive features, so we suggest you research your fridge before buying. If you need additional information, please give our customer service team a call on 1300 783 469 else send us an email via our contact form. Our friendly service team is sure to answer all your questions in order to help you when buying your new fridge.

 

Where to buy a top mount refrigerator?

Where else than Appliance Warehouse. We currently house a wide range of refrigerator brands in store and online. If you have questions about what to buy, why not come to our store in Clifton Hill? Alternatively, you can give us a call on 1300 783 469 or shoot us an email via our contact form. Our team will no doubt help you make an informed decision when buying that fridge. Small warning though, they too love to grab beers easily and may end up recommending a bottom mount fridge instead.   

 

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