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Refrigerator Glossary

Acoustic Alarm

On some appliances, an alarm will sound when the door has been left open for a specific amount of time. This alarm prevents you from leaving the appliance door open and letting the internal cavity warm.

Active Fresh Blue Light

Featuring on some Beko appliances, blue LEDs are used to preserve the freshness of fruits and vegetables for longer.

Adjustable Feet

Uneven floors are no longer an issue thanks to adjustable feet – these can be extended or retracted to balance the appliance. See ‘levelling legs’ for more.

Adjustable Shelving

The height of these shelves can be tailored to suit your needs. This flexible feature gives you extra space where you need it, when you need it.

Adjustable Thermostat

Controls the temperature of the fridge to suit your needs.

Air Flow Cooling

Rapidly chills the appliance after the door has been opened, keeping food at the right temperature.


An alarm sounds if the temperature inside some models of freezer begins to rise. See also Acoustic Alarm.

American Style

The term given to a design of large side-by-side fridge freezers that are popular in the USA.

Analog Thermostat

This numbered dial can be manually adjusted to change your freezer’s internal temperature.

Anti-Fingerprint Handles

Door handles that prevent messy finger marks - ideal for families with young children.

Antibacterial AirFresh Filter

A feature built into some Bosch models to remove food odours and keep air fresh.

Antibacterial Coating

Applied to the fridge interior, this coating prevents cross-contamination for a more hygienic appliance.

Antibacterial Door Gaskets

Located in the door’s seal, these gaskets help to prevent a build-up of germs.

Antibacterial Door Handles

Your main point of contact with the freezer is sealed with a special antibacterial coating. This limits the spread of germs, keeping your food safe.

Antibacterial Door Seal

Stops bacteria from entering and growing inside the fridge lining.

Antibacterial Fittings

Extra fixtures which can be added to the fridge’s interior to prevent a build-up of germs and bacteria. Fittings include coating, gaskets, handles and seals.

Antibacterial Systems

Keeping your freezer in a good, hygienic condition, antibacterial systems help your food last longer, and cut down on your cleaning. See also Antibacterial Fittings.


Fridges with this function regularly self-defrost, preventing ice crystals from building up inside the model.

Beverage Compartment

Often found within the door, a beverage compartment will hold your drinks securely so there are no accidental spills while you’re rummaging in the fridge. Also referred to as ‘Drinks Compartment’.


A Siemens feature, the BigBox is a taller internal drawer that allows for larger items to be stored, or more items to be stacked inside.

Bottle Rack

A specially designed shelf to keep your wine or fizzy drinks secure. It also helps to keep your fridge tidy. Also called ‘Bottle Shelf’.

Built-in Integrated

A fridge or freezer which will be built into your kitchen units and concealed behind a cupboard door, matching your kitchen’s design.


These environmentally conscious models do not contain ozone depleting chemicals (chlorofluorocarbons).

Chest Freezers

These are large freezers which open like a chest – perfect for households that store a lot of frozen food. They offer plenty of space for bulkier items due to rarely having shelves or dividers.

Climate Class

Indicates the range of temperatures in which your freezer will work effectively. Most models have an SN climate class, with a minimum temperature of 10 degrees and a maximum temperature of 32 degrees (Celsius).

Combined Fridge Freezer

A single appliance with separate fridge and freezer sections.

Commodity Racks

Handy door compartments, which provide additional storage space for your food.


Compact fridges have small capacities making them perfect for a single person household or as a back-up to your main fridge.

Compartment Type

Various types of compartment can be found within most models of fridge. These can include crisper drawers, door shelves, specialised bottle racks/holders and more.

Concealed Evaporator

Evaporator plates remove water droplets that may form at the back of your fridge. By keeping this concealed, the hygiene and appearance of the appliance can be improved.

Cooling Type

Refrigerators can either have static or dynamic cooling systems. ‘Static’ systems rely on cold air inside the appliance to circulate naturally, whereas ‘dynamic’ systems use ventilation fans to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the model.

Counterbalanced Lid

These appliance doors are weighted to stay open and not fall shut. This makes it easier to dig deep in your chest freezer.

Cut Away Handle

The handle is cut into the main body of the fridge. As a result, the front of the fridge is completely flat, without an external handle.

Cyclopentane Insulation

A type of foam insulator which effectively keeps cold air inside your refrigerator. It cuts down running costs and helps the fridge to run more efficiently.

Dairy Compartment

A separate compartment to store your dairy products hygienically.

Decibel (dB)

A unit used to measure the levels of sound emitted from the appliance. The higher the decibels, the louder the fridge will be. See ‘Noise Levels’ for more.

Digital Display

Some refrigeration appliances feature a display panel on the front, allowing you to check temperature and settings at a glance.

Digital Inverter Compressor

These advanced compressors allow your freezer to maintain a more consistent temperature. They also reduce wear and tear, help to reduce noise and could reduce your utility bills.

Door Alarm

A handy alarm which will sound if you accidentally leave the fridge door open. This convenient feature will save your food from spoiling.

Door Hinge Position

Indicates whether the appliance door opens on the left or right hinge.

Door Storage

Storage attached to the inside of the door – an ideal place for storing your cartons and condiments.

Door Type

There are a variety of door types which will differ depending on the model. These include single door, double door, multi-door and reversible door.

EasyAccess Freezer Box

An open-ended shelf that provides quick access to frozen food. An ideal storage design for your most reached for items.

Eco Features

Many fridges now come with settings to improve energy efficiency. These models minimise energy consumption, helping you to save both energy and money.

Egg Compartment

This specialised compartment provides safe, convenient storage for your eggs. Also called ‘Egg Storage’ or ‘Egg Tray’.

Electronic Controls

Control your unit’s internal temperature and settings with electronic controls. These are the digital alternative to an Analog Thermostat.

Energy Consumption

The amount of power which is used by the refrigerator while it’s in use. Depending on the design, some models will use more energy than others. Always look out for the Energy Efficiency Rating – see below.

Energy Efficiency Rating

This grade refers to how energy efficient the freezer is. Ratings range from A+++ to G, with A+++ representing the very best models for efficiency.


This salad crisper controls humidity, to better preserve stored fruits and vegetables and keep them fresh.

Fast Freeze Compartment

A handy compartment found in some freezers, these specialised compartments bring food down to freezing temperatures more quickly, preserving quality and taste.

Fast Freeze Function / Technology

This feature ensures that your freezer returns to its set temperature more quickly after new food items have been added.

Flush Handles

Flush handles are built into the door of the appliance, rather than protruding from it externally. This can be useful in kitchens with limited room. Also referred to as ‘Recessed Handle’. 

Food Protection System

Some freezer models suffer from compressor failures when operating in conditions below 0°C; this Blomberg feature means your appliance will run in temperatures as low as -15°C. See also ‘Freezer Guard Technology’.

Four-Star Freezing

Four-star freezers can store food at -18°C for up to 12 months, and are the only type of freezer able to safely store food from fresh.


Models that can be fitted anywhere in the kitchen, with the front of the fridge completely visible.

Freezer Capacity

The amount of storage space a freezer offers, measured in litres. Freezers have a calculated Gross Capacity and Net Capacity.

Freezer Guard Technology

Some freezer models suffer from compressor failures when operating in conditions below 0°C; this Beko feature means your appliance will run in temperatures as low as -15°C. See also ‘Food Protection System’.

Freezer Star Rating

This is the European classification system indicating the length of time a freezer can safely store food. The ratings range from one to four stars, with four being the best. Four-star freezers can hold pre-heated or frozen-from-fresh food for up to twelve months.

Fresh Zone

A drawer specially designed to operate at a lower temperature, with controlled humidity. It can be used to keep meat and fish fresher for longer.

Fridge Capacity

This measurement, usually in litres, gives you an idea of how much food you can store in the fridge. The larger the capacity, the more food your fridge can hold.

Fridge Freezer

A combined fridge and freezer appliance. Combined fridge freezers are common in most kitchens, saving floor space over having separate units.

Frost Free Technology

A constant flow of air around the freezer prevents ice from forming, eliminating the need for manual defrosting.

Frostmatic Fast Freeze Function

Freezes your food quickly, meaning that colour, flavour and nutritional values are preserved for longer.

Glass Shelves

A good alternative to plastic shelves. They’re hard-wearing and can be easily cleaned with a wet cloth.

Gross Freezer Capacity

This is the maximum amount of food that the freezer can hold if drawers, doors and structural elements of the appliance are not taken into account. The alternative is ‘Net Freezer Capacity’, which only calculates the usable space inside an appliance.


Freezers that don’t use ozone depleting chemicals (hydrofluorocarbons). See also ‘CFC-Free’.

Holiday Mode

While Holiday Modes vary across different makes and models of fridge, this mode is used to save energy while your fridge is not in regular use. Some models power down the fridge compartment, while others turn it off entirely and maintain power to the freezer compartment.

HygION Technology

A silver coating that kills bacteria and other microorganisms, making your refrigerator as hygienic as possible. This feature can be found in some Blomberg refrigerators and freezers. See also ‘Antibacterial Coating’.

Ice Dispenser

Some premium appliances have features to dispense ice at the press of a button. Ice dispensers are typically found on fridge freezers.

Ice Trays

Some freezers feature built-in ice trays, which can be filled with water for easy ice cubes.

Installation Type

Refrigerators can either be built-in to your kitchen for uniformity, or freestanding for flexibility. See ‘Integrated’ and ‘Freestanding’ for more.


Refrigerator models designed to fit snugly inside your kitchen units. They will be entirely covered by cupboard doors, seamlessly blending into your kitchen.

Interior Lighting

A handy light inside the fridge that turns on whenever the door is opened. Ideal for finding what you need, no matter what the time of day.

Inverter Compressor Technology

Technology to save energy, as reflected in the appliance’s energy efficiency rating. It works by automatically maintaining the correct temperature, taking the outside temperature into account.

Larder Fridge

A larder fridge is a standard fridge without an icebox inside. Also available with a larger capacity, see ‘Tall’ style.

LED Display

Some models of freezer feature a display panel on the front, allowing you to check temperature and settings at a glance.

LED Lighting

The most energy efficient form of lighting that also has a long lifespan. LEDs will light up every single corner of your fridge so you can find food quickly.

Levelling Legs

Allow you to adjust the fridge’s height so that it’s level and secure. See ‘Adjustable Feet’.

Low Frost Technology

Generates 80% less ice build-up, requiring defrosting just once every five years. This is useful as ice build-up can impact your appliance’s performance and take up valuable storage space.

Manual Defrost

Some fridges do not have an auto defrost function – defrosting these models requires turning off the appliance for several hours.

Multi Air Flow

Circulates cold air throughout the appliance, creating a more consistent temperature for storage.


Technology using two separate fans and evaporators that lock in nutrients more effectively than conventional freezing. It is achieved by maintaining humidity to preserve maximum freshness.

Net Capacity

Measured in litres, this is the maximum amount of food your applaince can store with the drawers, doors and structural elements taken into account. Also called ‘Net Volume’.

No-Frost Technology

A freezer that prevents ice build-up automatically. Some manufacturers may instead refer to this as ‘Frost-Free’. In Bosch models, for example, it is used to refer to an air circulating system that removes humidity into a separate dish.

Noise Level

An indication of the amount of noise a freezer makes, measured in decibels (dB).

Open Door Alert

An alarm which sounds if the appliance door is left open for a specific amount of time. See also ‘Acoustic Alarm’.

Pocket Compartment

Often installed within the fridge’s door, pocket compartments are handy for securely storing beverages and condiments.

Power Failure System

If your appliance loses power, this feature maintains the inside temperature for a specified amount of time. This prevents food wastage should a temporary power failure occur.

Precision Freezing System

Distributes air throughout the freezer to ensure that all items are frozen effectively.

Quick Cool

This feature quickly reduces the temperature of your food, keeping it fresher for longer.

Quick Freeze Setting

Locks nutrients in by dropping the temperature when new items are added.

Recessed Handle

‘Recessed’ handles are built into the door of the fridge, rather than protruding from it externally. This can be useful in kitchens with limited room. Also called ‘Flush Handles’.

Removable Drawers

Drawers which can be added or removed when necessary to suit your storage needs, or for easier cleaning.

Removable Magnetic Door Seals

These rubber seals keep the freezer door tightly shut. They are designed to come away for easy access when cleaning.

Removable Shelves

Shelves which can be easily added or removed when necessary to suit your storage needs. It comes in handy when you need to store larger food items.

Reversible Doors

Freezers with reversible doors can have their doors fixed to a hinge on either side of the appliance. This gives you more options for how to set the appliance up and can be useful for homes with limited space.

Safety Glass Shelves

A good alternative to plastic shelves. They’re hard-wearing and can be easily cleaned with a wet cloth. Safety glass is designed not to shatter, making any accidental breakages easy to deal with.

Salad Crisper

A transparent plastic drawer that keeps fruit and vegetables fresher for longer. Some models keep this area at a different temperature or humidity compared to the rest of the fridge. Also called ‘Salad Drawer’ and ‘Salad Bin’.


A freezer with an integrated defrosting system, making maintenance easier.

Separate Thermostats

On a combined fridge freezer, this means both the fridge and freezer have their own thermostat. This gives you the option of turning the fridge off while leaving the freezer on. You can, therefore, save power without wasting food, which is ideal if you are going on holiday.


Refrigerators with a slightly narrower width that more easily can slot into tight spaces - perfect if you have limited kitchen space.

Spill Resistant Glass Shelves

These shelves often have raised edges to contain any spilt liquids. They provide an easy wipe surface to keep the inside of the fridge hygienic.

Standalone Freezer

A separate freezer, not combined with a fridge.

Storage Period

The length of time the fridge can keep goods chilled in the event of a power failure.

Storage Space

The capacity of your refrigerator, usually measured in litres. American style fridges have larger amounts of storage space, compared to smaller designs like undercounter models. For energy efficiency, make sure you choose a model that’s the right size for your household.

Super Freeze Function

A function which freezes new or warmer food items more quickly and safely when added, without affecting stored items. Some Bosch freezers implement this feature, ideal for stocking up on food or batch cooking.

Tall Appliances

Taller than standard fridges and freezers, these offer great value for money and a large storage capacity. They are ideal for large families or households, or just for stocking up on meals.

Temperature Control

This allows you to adjust the freezer’s temperature, either via a dial or digital display.

Temperature Warning Light

A handy function to let you know if the fridge’s internal temperature is too high or low, so that your food doesn’t spoil.


A device located inside your refrigerator, used to adjust and control the temperature of the cooling system.

Total No Frost Technology

Ice crystals are prevented from forming inside the appliance, meaning that you’ll get optimal performance and usable space.

Transparent Shelves

Clear shelves which are completely see-through, usually made from glass or plastic.

True No Frost Feature

A Samsung feature that prevents icy build-ups, minimising the need for manual defrosting.

Twin Cooling Plus

Technology in fridge freezers that ensures optimum conditions in both compartments. It also makes sure that the separate temperatures don’t affect each other.

Twist and Serve

These ice cube trays slide into a shelf inside your freezer – once filled with water and frozen, simply twist the handle to turn out your ice cubes.

Under Counter appliances

These are compact enough to fit underneath a kitchen worktop, making them ideal for smaller kitchens or utility rooms.

Vario Freezing Technology

A storage feature that allows you to adapt the freezer conditions to your groceries.


This type of fridge uses fans to circulate cold air evenly throughout the internal cavity of the appliance, to maintain a consistent temperature throughout.

Warning Light

Some models of freezer feature warning lights. These light up to let you know if something goes wrong with your appliance, for example, if the internal temperature becomes too high.

Water Filtration

The process of removing impurities from water, often used in American Style Freezers with water dispensers.

Wine Compartment

A fridge compartment designed to keep wine chilled.

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