07 December 2023
3 min read
When it comes to selecting a large appliance like a fridge or freezer, space is often the primary consideration. The choice between freestanding and integrated solutions significantly impacts both aesthetics and functionality. Integrated models, in particular, offer a seamless, modern solution by allowing users to match doors with kitchen cabinetry or opt for contrasting finishes like steel or metallic accents.
“Energy efficiency is also a key factor,” says Werth. “Refrigerators are the only major appliances that are running 24/7; they use the most energy of all appliances, so it is important to select a model with a high energy star rating like a five or six star rated appliance (the more stars the more efficient the appliance).”
Recent technological advancements have revolutionised specialised refrigeration, introducing 'smart' technology to enhance user control and overall efficiency. Smart features, such as real-time alerts through mobile apps, notify users if the refrigerator door is left open before leaving the home. This not only adds a layer of convenience but also contributes to energy savings and food preservation.
Technology is not just in the ‘smart’ space though, says Werth.
“Many refrigerators offer enhanced freshness technology and specialised storage compartments to ensure food stays fresh for as long as possible, maintaining vitamins, nutrients, colour and texture and reducing food waste.”
Ultimately, this contributes to reducing food waste—a significant concern for many environmentally conscious consumers.
In terms of design and integration, specialised refrigeration solutions are designed to seamlessly fit into modern kitchen layouts, maintaining a sleek and cohesive appearance. Integrated refrigerators, with their ability to match cabinetry or be integrated with stainless steel panels, provide homeowners with flexibility in designing a visually appealing kitchen environment.
The result is not just a functional appliance but a statement piece that enhances the overall aesthetics of the kitchen.
Specialised refrigeration goes beyond mere cooling; it caters to the unique preservation needs of various food types. Liebherr offers technologies like BioFresh, creating specific environments within the refrigerator to extend the freshness of fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products.
“Keeping the temperature at just above 0°C combined with high humidity (HydroSafe) results in fruit and vegetables staying fresher for longer, while a dry environment (DrySafe) is ideal for storing meat, fish, and dairy products.”
Liebherr’s BioFresh Professional technology takes this a step further, providing greater flexibility and control over temperature settings for different food items. With its independent electronic control system, the temperature can be set at -2°C (fish) or 0°C (meats and dairy products) or the drawer can also be split in two with both the -2°C and 0°C set.
Innovations such as Liebherr’s HydroBreeze contribute to the preservation of fruits and vegetables by covering them with a protective cold mist, ensuring crisp freshness and improved structure. These advancements align with the goal of reducing food waste and promoting a more sustainable approach to food storage.