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.
Fridges are either Freestanding, Built Under or Built In. Unfortunately though, a Built Under fridge 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.
The most important things to remember are:
An eye level fridge cannot be fitted under your worktop.
A Built Under fridge cannot be fitted at eye level (and does not require a housing unit).
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 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.
||Fridges can be Built Under or Built In, and may or may not have a small freezer compartment or icebox. These
products are always Fully Integrated.|
Built Under fridges are fairly straightforward, and would normally be adjustable in height from 820-870mm. A fridge
without an icebox is called a larder fridge, and one with an icebox is normally just called a fridge or refrigerator.
Matching freezers are available.
A fridge that is designed for a tall housing can vary in height between 875mm and 1800mm. The 875mm versions will
normally be offered with a matching freezer. This enables the end user to
make up a 50/50 fridge freezer using
separate machines. All Integrated fridges have an automatic defrost feature, which helps keep the interior of the
fridge free from frost.
The bottom section is normally only half depth as the compressor is housed behind this area.
Fixing a Furniture Door To Your Fridge
There are two ways of fixing the furniture door.
- Slider system
- Door on door system
||The furniture door is hinged from the housing and is then attached by a sliding bracket to the fridge door.|
This method uses two sets of hinges. One set for the furniture door, and another for the actual fridge door.
Door On Door Fixing
||Door on door means that the furniture door is attached directly to the fridge by a bracket. The only hinges in use
are those, which are part of the fridge door itself.|
Built Under fridges 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.
||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.
- Do you need Built In or Built Under your worktop? Make sure you know the difference.
- A Built Under Integrated fridge cannot be built into a tall unit.
- A Built In Integrated fridge cannot be built under your worktop.
- You cannot ‘build in” a Freestanding product.
- Make sure you fit an Integrated fridge carefully following the instructions with regard to ventilation, especially
when the kitchen units are fitted to the ceiling.
- Not all fridge doors are reversible - please check.
- Ensure you have sufficient worktop depth for Built Under fridges to align with your units.
- Pay special attention to the height of the appliance if you are installing this below a work-surface
||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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