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The Kitchen Appliance Store buyers guide to built in fridges

Avoid common ordering and installation errors

  • Check that the furniture housing you order is compatible with the appliance.
  • Do you need built in or built under? Make sure you know the difference.
  • A Built Under integrated fridges cannot be built into a tall unit.
  • A Built in integrated fridges cannot be built under your worktop.
  • Make sure you fit an integrated frigde carefully following the instructions with regard to ventilation, especially when the kitchen units are fitted to the ceiling.
  • Not all fridge doors are reversible - please check.
  • Ensure you have sufficient worktop depth for built under fridges to align with your units

"Built in" or "built under"?

      There is often confusion about the terms "built in" and "built under".

Fridges are either "freestanding", "built under" or "built in".

Unfortunately though, a "built under" fridge can also be described as "built in"! This is because it is designed to fit under a worktop, but people think of it as being "built in" to their kitchen.

It is confusing to say the least!

Both types of installation are shown here.

Do I need to "vent" my appliance?

      It is vital that built in refrigeration is correctly installed and ventilated.

Here are 2 examples showing the ventilation requirements for a built in and built under products. If the furniture is being fitted to the ceiling (i.e. with ceiling scribes), then extra care will need to be taken. A vent in the ceiling scribe AND the plinth will be necessary to allow for the correct air-flow.

Please ask if you are unsure about any of the points mentioned above.

Integraged fridges

      Fridges can be built under or built in, and may or may not have a small freezer compartment or icebox. These products are always fully integrated.

Built under fridges are fairly straightforward, and would normally be adjustable in height from 820-870mm. A fridge without an icebox is called a larder fridge, and one with an icebox is normally just called a fridge or refrigerator. Matching freezers are available.

A fridge that is designed for a tall housing can vary in height between 875mm and 1800mm. The 875mm versions will normally be offered with a matching freezer. This enables the end user to make up a 50/50 fridge freezer using separate machines. All integrated fridges have an automatic defrost feature, which helps keep the interior of the fridge free from frost.

The bottom section is normally only half depth as the compressor is housed behind this area.

Fixing a Furniture Door To Your Fridge

There are two ways of fixing the furniture door.
  • Slider
  • Door on door
Slider fixing

Slider fixings use hinges to attach the furniture door to the housing. The door is then attached by a sliding bracket to the fridge door. This method often uses two sets of hinges. One set for the furniture door, and another for the actual fridge door.
   Door On Door Fixing

Door on door means that the furniture door is attached to the fridge by a bracket. The only hinges in use are those, which are part of the fridge door itself. This system is generally considered to be better and is slightly more expensive.

Built under fridges are always door on door fixing as they are not installed within a cabinet (just in between them).

If the above explanation is a bit confusing, you will normally find that our showrooms have both types on display and the difference will become apparent once you have seen them. Alternatively just give us a call.

View our range of built in fridges

View our range of built under fridges

Still not sure? Need more information? Read our frequently asked questions call us, or click here to email us.

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