L-R: Hotpoint Active Four Door; Indesit Push&Go; Caple CAFF42 30 The coolest kit in the kitchen

The requirement for our fridges and freezers to tick so many (cool)boxes has never been greater, from design, storage space and food preservation technology. With so much for consumers to consider nowadays, Jack Cheeseman takes a closer look at the market.

refrigerators for ample storage but also to keep groceries and ingredients fresh for as long as possible. Good design, functionality and engineering will


always be the most important element in cooling appliances, with beneficial features that have a positive impact on day-to-day usage. “Flexible technology is imperative,” says

Maurizio Severgnini, Managing Director of Bertazzoni UK and Ireland, “such as models with compartments that can switch between fridge and freezer temperatures.” This year the Italian brand unveiled its brand

new cooling column collection in Milan, which will soon be coming to the UK; the range offers multiple configurations and impressive preservation technology. The refrigerator, freezer and wine column systems of varied widths can be curated using any or all seamless combinations of the three – completely dependent on the customer’s preference. Mr Severgnini adds: “Like all of our appliances,

the new products are made with the finest materials inside and out and perfectly combine Italian design and engineering.” The collection also includes Bertazzoni’s

proprietary ‘lift and swing hinges’, allowing for installation with minimal side clearance to adjacent cabinets.

ith growing families and constant changes to daily life, the kitchen is most definitely the hub of the home and many consumers rely on their

New technology from Miele includes

PerfectFresh Active – “for the ultimate food preservation”, the company says. A step on from its existing PerfectFresh Pro feature, it provides long-lasting freshness in a visible way by spraying a fine mist waterfall on to the contents of the crisper drawer, preserving the quality of the food and its vitamins. This appears on Miele’s new KFN7795D Fridge

Freezer – which also includes DailyFresh, TFT Touch Display and Wi-Fi for ease of use, along with Active Humidification in the top drawer. Max McCormick, Category Manager for Cooling

at Miele Great Britain, says the design and sustainability credentials of the new K7000 range have been “very well thought out”. “We are very happy this has also been

recognised with the iF Design Award 2021. The new models met all criteria in full, and exceeded in terms of both form and function. This is thanks in part to the user convenience with the FlexiTray, FlexiLight 2.0 ambient lighting, versatile door racks, an intuitive touch display and app control for remote operation.” Cooling appliances with large capacities are also

in demand these days, especially with growing families and changing household dynamics. The Hotpoint Active Four Door fridge freezer

(HTC18 T532 UK) has a large 554-litre capacity and exceeds expectations in more ways than one – the four doors open to reveal three compartments (fridge, freezer and convertible zone) offering smart, flexible storage.

Smeg’s FAB38 “Plus, the hidden technologies inside the

appliance create the ideal storage conditions, helping to keep food and drinks fresh for longer,” explains Kimberley Garner, Hotpoint Brand Manager. “It benefits from Hotpoint’s Food Care System

where Active Oxygen technology removes odours from the fridge and helps to keep bacteria at bay; MultiCool Flow ensures a constant and uniform airflow in all sections of the refrigerator, while the Ultra Fresh Zone+ preserves the freshness of fruit and vegetables for up to 15 days.” In the freezer section, Fast Freeze lowers the

temperature and enables you to freeze fresh food, as well as make ice and ice cream in a shorter amount of time; plus there’s Party Mode function to quickly chill drinks!

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