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Freestanding, Built In or Built Under

There is often confusion about the terms Built In and Built Under.
Built In appliances are so called because whilst they can go underneath a counter, they can also be eye-level mounted in a tall unit. Built Under appliances are designed to the same height as a standard base unit and are solely designed to go under a counter.
Fridge Freezers are either Freestanding, Built Under or Built In. Unfortunately though, a Built Under freezer can also be described as Built In. This is because it is designed to fit under a worktop, but people think of it as being Built In to their kitchen. It is confusing to say the least.
These days most Built In or Built Under are Integrated. In other words they are hidden by your furniture door.

Both types of installation are shown here.

Freestanding products are far less complicated as they simply stand in a space in your kitchen. Whilst much of the advice on this page relates to Built In and Integrated products much of the information should prove to be useful.

Do I need to vent my appliance?

      It is vital that Built In refrigeration is correctly installed and ventilated

Here are two examples showing the ventilation requirements for a Built In and Built Under products

If the furniture is being fitted to the ceiling (i.e. with ceiling scribes - a panel above the units), then extra care will need to be taken. A vent in the ceiling scribe AND the plinth will be necessary to allow for the correct air-flow.

Please ask if you are unsure about any of the points mentioned above.

Integrated fridge freezers

   Integrated fridge freezers, due to their size, are always Built In to a tall housing unit and are almost always Fully Integrated.

These models are designed for installation within tall housing can vary in height up to 1800mm. The spilt is usually half and half (50/50) or two thirds fridge one third freezer (70/30).
60/40 split models are also available so careful checking of the door sizes on your housing is required.

The bottom freezer drawer is normally only half depth as the compressor is housed behind this area.

Frost free Integrated fridge freezers are available from all good manufacturers. This system is also known as No Frost.

Fixing a Furniture Door To Your Fridge Freezer

There are two ways of fixing the furniture door.
  • Slider system
  • Door on door system

Slider Fixing

The furniture doors are hinged from the housing and are then attached by sliding brackets to the fridge and freezer doors.
This method uses two sets of hinges. One set for the furniture door, and another for the actual fridge freezer doors.

Door On Door Fixing

   Door on door means that the furniture doors are attached directly to the fridge freezer by brackets. The only hinges in use are those, which are part of the fridge freezer door itself.

Built Under Fridges and Freezers are always door on door fixing as they are not installed within a cabinet.

If the above explanation is a bit confusing, you will normally find that our showrooms have both types on display and the difference will become apparent once you have seen them. Alternatively just give us a call.

American fridge freezers

These days American-style fridge freezers come from all over and now include French Door fridge freezers.

Whist these are generally Freestanding products they are often surrounded by kitchen furniture. As the doors need to open past 90 degrees and often feature chunky handles check the technical diagrams for these machines to ensure that doors will open fully and internal pullout storage can be used.
Where appropriate ensure a water feed is available for fridge freezers with water and ice dispensers.

View our range of Built In Fridge Freezers
View our range of American Fridge Freezers
View our range of French Door Fridge Freezers

Noise Levels

   In todays often open kitchens, quiet appliances can be essential. This guide will help you understand the decibel (dB) measurements listed with relevant products such as dishwashers, refrigerators and hoods.

Avoid common ordering and installation errors....

  • Check that your furniture housing is compatible with an Integrated fridge freezer.
  • Make sure you fit an Integrated freezer carefully following the instructions with regard to ventilation, especially when the kitchen units are fitted to the ceiling.
  • You cannot build in a Freestanding product.
  • Not all fridge freezer doors are reversible - please check.
  • Check the technical diagrams for all American and French Door fridge freezers to ensure sufficient space is allowed for the doors to open.
  • Ensure that a water feed is available for fridge freezers with water and ice dispensers.

Energy Efficiency

   Cameo Kitchens will display energy efficiency ratings whenever one is available.
The majority of Built In appliances have energy efficiency ratings. The only ones that do not are: hobs, hoods, steam ovens and microwaves. The ratings are in alphabetical form. The best is A (sometimes even AAA+) and the poorest is G. Double ovens will have two ratings, one for the top oven and one for the bottom oven. Of late some manufacturers have taken to expressing efficiency as a percentage better than A. For example A-30 is 30% more efficient than A and usually equal to A+++.
Please call our helpline for the latest information and energy efficient models.
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