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thread: Fridges - freezer top or bottom?

  1. #1
    Registered User

    Apr 2008
    Melbourne
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    Fridges - freezer top or bottom?

    Ok so our temperamental fridge has finally pi$$ed me off one last time! The frost free freezer isn't and the fridge is freezing all the vegetables in the crisper. Argh!



    I need a new one so should I get freezer top or bottom? Any suggestion of brands to get/avoid?
    Should we get stainless Steele or white?

    Decision decisions decisions

  2. #2
    Registered User

    Jul 2007
    melb
    8,498

    We have a Fisher Paykel that has freezer at bottom and its good. I like it that way as don't get stuff out of freezer a million times a day like fridge.
    DH bought it in 2001 before we were together and (touch wood) have had NO issues at all with it.

    It's white and so is our dishwasher as didnt see point paying more just for stainless steel that needs wiped down from finger marks constantly.

  3. #3
    2014 BellyBelly RAK Recipient.

    Mar 2008
    Vic
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    We also have a F&P with the freezer at the bottom. I love not having to bend to see what's in the fridge. Made sense to me as I'd only go to the freezer once a day or so, so no point in having it at eye height.

    Ours is a stainless steel satin finish, which means no fingerprints and no smears or stains.

  4. #4
    Registered User

    Apr 2006
    Perth
    4,203

    We've got a French door LG, with the freezer at the bottom. I love love love him. Like PRMG its the satin finish SS, which is great for not showing marks

  5. #5

    May 2008
    Melbourne, Vic
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    We also have a F&P with the freezer at the bottom. I love not having to bend to see what's in the fridge. Made sense to me as I'd only go to the freezer once a day or so, so no point in having it at eye height.

    Ours is a stainless steel satin finish, which means no fingerprints and no smears or stains.
    Yep pretty much exactly that. Word for word

  6. #6

    Mar 2004
    Sparta
    12,662

    Freezer bottom is tops.

    I used to manage a bar with wall to wall stainless steel fixtures and I must have bought every stainless steel cleaning product one the market and it still shows every smudge and fingerprint so I'm firmly in the white camp. If you give it a good clean and it looks clean even after someone puts their hand on it.
    If you're not super picky about a perfect finish then it mightn't matter to you

    Unless you can get one of the smeg ones in the bright colours. Yum. I love them the only problem would be picking a colour.

  7. #7
    Moderator

    Oct 2004
    In my Zombie proof fortress.
    6,449

    Grew up with an upside down fridge, so they have always been normal to me. Would love a French Door fridge, but am seriously contemplating a proper cool room when we build.

  8. #8

    Mar 2004
    Sparta
    12,662

    Astrid, you are indeed a woman after my own heart.
    A cool room *swoon*
    Although considering what I find at the back of the fridge sometimes a cool room might be a very dangerous idea

    What I'd really like is a smoker and hanging room.

  9. #9
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    Oct 2009
    Bonbeach, Melbourne
    7,177

    Freezer has to be on bottom for me, it's what I'm used to, and as others have said I get things out of the fridge more than the freezer. However, a friend is selling their near new fridge very cheap to us, and it's a freezer on top, so that should be interesting.

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    2014 BellyBelly RAK Recipient.

    Mar 2008
    Vic
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    Unless you can get one of the smeg ones in the bright colours. Yum. I love them the only problem would be picking a colour.
    Pick any fridge and take it to a panel beater - they'll spray it any colour you want. My old boss did it, took a F&P stainless steel fridge and got it yellow as it matched their kitchen, looked sensational!

  11. #11
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    Aug 2006
    On the other side of this screen!!!
    11,129

    We recently got a new fridge - freezer on the bottom - and I love love love it!

    The old fridge was a pain in the butt - I do most of my fridge rummaging getting fruit and veg out and they were at the bottom in the old fridge - now they're right where I want and can see them. I think we're wasting less food now because we can see all the leftovers, etc. White finish - we've got the poor man's version - but it's a large one and it's fantastic.

  12. #12

    Mar 2004
    Sparta
    12,662

    Pick any fridge and take it to a panel beater - they'll spray it any colour you want. My old boss did it, took a F&P stainless steel fridge and got it yellow as it matched their kitchen, looked sensational!
    But will they put a wine rack in it?

  13. #13
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    Oct 2004
    In my Zombie proof fortress.
    6,449

    Astrid, you are indeed a woman after my own heart.
    A cool room *swoon*
    Although considering what I find at the back of the fridge sometimes a cool room might be a very dangerous idea

    What I'd really like is a smoker and hanging room.
    And so would my husband! We need somewhere to hang the goats.

  14. #14

    Mar 2004
    Sparta
    12,662

    And the c0cks

  15. #15
    Registered User

    Dec 2007
    Victoria
    7,260

    But can the kids reach the fridge?
    I reeeally like that Charlotte can get her own drinks, the milk, apples and what not from the crisper, all on her own now - and she loves it too, feels all sorts of grown up I would hate to change that!

    (I am pondering this as I ponder buying a new fridge...my solution thus far is a full length fridge and a separate full length freezer - oh the glorious SPACE!!!)

  16. #16
    Registered User

    Apr 2008
    Melbourne
    6,745

    Lol I wish we had the space for that lime! But our house is space-poor. We currently have an upside down which both girls can reach to get drinks from. Our fruit is in a bowl that they help themselves to (no need to keep it in the crisper here )

    The only problem is that they are more expensive and they aren't as roomy inside for the same outside size, if that makes sense.

  17. #17
    Registered User

    Jun 2005
    Perth
    1,454

    Upside down for sure!

    Our family and then us have always had upside down fridges - I couldnt imagine anyting worse then having to constantly bend over to get into the fridge!

    We have a F & P french dooor upside down one and there is so much room especially for wide dises/platters etc. I love it. And yes the kids can reach things provided they are placed on the lower levels - easier to control too as stuff you dont want them to eat can be placed high out of reach.

  18. #18
    Registered User

    Dec 2006
    In my own private paradise
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    How much do you actually use the freezer Nai? a standard fridge with freezer on top has far less freezer space. we have both, and the freezer on bottom is much better space wise for the freezer - but the trade off is the loss of space in the fridge. If we had to go back having only one fridge/freezer i'd have to go the upside down option. yes, E might struggle to reach drinks on her own) but i'd prefer the extra freezer space. the two small shelves in most "freezer on top" fridges really don't cut it for me (we buy pretty much everything in bulk - and cook in bulk to freeze so freezer space is important to us)

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