What to consider when buying a refrigerator The refrigerator, or the fridge, has become such an important part of our lives that we can't to do without one in every household. In a bid to keep our food fresh for longer, manufacturers like Samsung and LG are racing to bring us the smartest refrigerators with the coolest looks. Cheap bar and mini fridges are slowly fading away from the average home, being replaced by the latest French door or side-by-side refrigerator. Stainless steel finishes gain in popularity as iceboxes and freezers fade away. And fridges get bigger as they get smarter, too, with the largest capacity being a whopping 600L.