What size fridge do I need?

November 10th, 2011

Appliance Questions

Choosing a fridge can be tricky business – there’s so much choice! To make your life easier, here is the Appliances Online guide to buying a new fridge.

First of all, how many people are living in your house? This chart will give you an idea of what kind of capacity you’ll need:

Family size
Combined fridge & freezer size
1-2 people 200-380 litres
3-4 people 350-530 litres
5+ people 440+ litres


Secondly, how much space do you have in your kitchen? It is very important to measure thoroughly before buying to make sure you’ve got enough room.

Top-mount (freezer on top) and bottom-mount (freezer on bottom) refrigerators are popular choices because they tend to fit into most average-sized fridge cavities.

However if you’ve got room to spare, you might like to consider a side by side fridge, or a 3 (or 4) door fridge. The extra width in these fridges is useful for storing larger items such as trays, platters, or cakes. Plus they look great and make it easy to find what you’re looking for.

A ‘pigeon pair‘ vertical fridge and freezer is another option you could consider if you have a big family. The fridge and freezer are separate, so you have the option of placing them next to each other or putting them in different locations (depending on how much space you have).

For large households, you might like to consider buying a chest freezer to complement your existing fridge. The advantage of owning a chest freezer is that you can buy food in bulk, which saves money and helps to cut down on trips to the supermarket. Plus you can put the chest freezer in the garage to save space inside your home.

If you live in a studio apartment, a bar fridge could be all you need. For example, the Westinghouse 120L bar fridge features a range of handy storage features including a crisper bin, a wine rage, an egg tray, a dairy bin, and a freezer compartment.

Still not sure? Next time you find yourself asking the question “Which fridge should I buy?” just give our expert customer service team a call on 1300 000 500 to discuss your options, or check out our Fridge Buying Guide.

Louise is a writer with a passion for appliances, especially those that involve food. She is particularly fond of ovens because they enable her to make cake. Apart from baking Louise also enjoys listening to alternative music, dying her hair various unnatural colours and writing poetry that has been described (by her Nan) as 'quite nice'. On her appliance wish list is a Hello Kitty toaster and 'Hero' the barking dog-shaped hot dog maker. She lives in Sydney. Google+

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