The Lowdown on Integrated Fridges

Posted on Wed, July 21, 2010

Sub-zero integrated fridge Integrated refrigeration is part of a growing trend to incorporate a fully-integrated kitchen into the design of a home. What is an integrated kitchen? You may ask. Well, it's a kitchen in which everything including the cabinetry and appliances matches.

One of the most popular appliances in a fully integrated kitchen is the integrated fridge. With the front of the fridge blending into the rest of the kitchen, no longer is it a standalone object which for many is unsightly. Integrated fridgeIn fact, even if you have bought all the latest in stainless steel appliances, they can still break the continuity in the rest of your kitchen. Let's face it, not even that sparkling stainless steel fridge can hide next to your wooden cream cupboards.

So, what's the solution to this? An integrated fridge that allows you to choose the type of door to be fitted to the front of the door. Often made from wood, the door can then be painted, stained or glossed to your liking. Routing, trim-work, and handles can also be added to make it look just like a regular cabinet door.

Integrated fridges can be placed anywhere due to their unique design and ventilation systems. Their superior insulation also means they can be situated right next to your oven if you so wish. There is a Wine coolerwide variety of styles to choose from, such as a standard fridge, drawer freezer, combination fridge/freezer, top and bottom fridge/freezer and side-by-side fridge/freezer. Wine cellars are another option, and provide an ultra chic extra to your kitchen, entertainment room, bar, or storage area. Smaller versions have even been built into master bathrooms so you can enjoy a glass of chilled wine as you relax in the tub.

Since they are priced on the higher end of the scale, you may be wondering if an integrated fridge is really worth the investment. Besides their appealing look, and great flexibility in terms of use, they are also extremely energy efficient, which can save you money in the long-term. Most models also come with electronic controls which regulate the temperature for each zone to ensure different foods stay fresh and increase storage life - another money-saver! They are also available with door alarms that will notify you if a door or drawer is left open. 

Some of the brands that offer integrated refrigeration solutions in Australia include Sub-zero, Miele, Siemens and Liebherr. Browse and shop a selection of integrated fridges online.


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