Refrigerators - Built in - integrated vs freestanding

Published: 20th February 2009
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Your budget is set, you know which brand you want but which fit type should you choose? If your existing appliances are already built in, you will probably be choosing this again but if you are unsure of which type to choose then read the following information and see if it makes it easier for you to decide.

People choose built in - integrated or freestanding refrigerators based on a lot of factors. Freestanding appliances can be placed anywhere in the kitchen where you have room and can allow you more freedom to rearrange them when you feel like something different. If your appliances are built in - integrated you will find it difficult if you buy a freestanding model as there will already be an allocated space for the new fridge. Therefore it can often be predetermined which fit type you will be buying for your home.

Built in - integrated fridges are positioned behind your existing kitchen cupboard doors so the appliance is completely hidden from view. People who crave a certain style in the home often will opt for built in - integrated as the cupboard doors conceal the appliances while providing a desired interior in their kitchen. Freestanding appliances, although some fridges do have matching freezers available, often end up being more of a mix in the kitchen.

As each brand has a certain style it may be worth buying the same brand when considering freestanding so there is a theme running throughout your kitchen appliances. As built in - integrated models are not seen they do not have a colour assigned to them this also means you can experiment with a choice of brands without it affecting the way your kitchen looks.

Another factor to consider is price. Freestanding refrigerators tend to be cheaper then built in - integrated models. So if you're planning on restyling your whole kitchen it may be worth having a look around at what appliances are out there and work out how much the total cost will be. There is generally a larger choice or freestanding fridges available so in terms of choice there should be plenty which catches your eye, also freestanding models allow you to express your kitchens style through a choice of colours. Whichever fit type you choose be sure to see what features are available, both models have brilliant functionalities so be sure to see which option will be best for you and your home.

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