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Looking to buy a new refrigerator? Check out these top trends to help you with your decision.

The next generation of refrigeration appliances have some of the coolest design and technological innovations yet. We are totally blown away.

We chatted to Liam Gawne from award-winning appliance manufacturer, Miele, to get the inside scoop on the hottest refrigeration trends leading the way.

“Refrigeration appliances have come a long way since the chunky, inefficient ice boxes of the past – modern refrigeration should offer excellent energy ratings, state-of-the art cooling systems and a whole host of other convenient features that take these new models to the next level in both design and efficiency,” he explains.

Colour and finish
Due to the growing popularity of open-plan design, where the kitchen flows seamlessly into the living spaces, kitchen appliances are more on display than ever before. As such, their appearance has become a considerably important overall factor. Refrigeration appliances are often the largest of all the kitchen appliances, and their aesthetics need to blend in seamlessly with surrounding cabinetry and make a bold statement with colour or luxurious finishes.

Says Liam: “Miele’s range of refrigeration appliances are for example available in Brilliant White and CleanSteel. We also offer models with a glossy glass surface in either Brilliant White or Obsidian Black. All our refrigeration models are straight-laced and puristic in design, and blend in seamlessly with contemporary, high-end kitchens.” He notes that if you desire a stainless steel finish, be sure to choose one with a finger-and-stain-resistant finish, such as Miele’s Clean Steel finish for example, otherwise they become very difficult to keep clean.”

Flat lines
When it comes to design, the latest release refrigerators are the epitome of simplicity, with super flat lines, seamless detailing and a truly elegant and streamlined overall appeal. The absence of overly elaborate detailing makes it easier to integrate these large appliances into virtually any low-key, open-plan kitchen space.

Designs that allow your fridges to be entirely integrated with your cabinetry are also becoming increasingly more popular

Smart storage
Fresh food is the basis for wholesome, healthy living. Ideally you should eat fruit and vegetables when they are as crisp and fresh as when you bought them. Apart from the quality of the food at the point of purchase, the right storage conditions are also important.

Food is valuable commodity, notes Liam, and in an average household, it is estimated that as much as 20% of all food purchased ends up being thrown away.

Easier controls
Temperature controls have gone considerably high-tech in recent years – with electronic touch-screen panels leading the way, explains Liam: “Now you can operate your fridge or freezer the same way you operate your smart phone – Miele’s K 20.000 model series fro example, features a TFT colour display and touch controls, geared to match the design of Miele’s Generation 6000 range of kitchen appliances. This display gives you easy and precise control over the remperature inside your fridge and freezer, some even allowing you to adjust up to six different areas in your fridge.”

Lighting the way
Any refrigeration appliance worth its salt should feature energy-saving LED lighting so that you can clearly see what is in your fridge or freezer at any time of the day.

Energy efficiency
Your refrigeration appliances run 24/7/365 for many years – as such, Liam notes that to help save money and do your bit for the environment, it is imperative that you choose the most energy efficient model possible.

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