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NOW CLOSED Tell Servis how you would design your own fridge and you could win a £100 voucher

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Jul-13 09:55:40

We've been asked by the team at Servis to gather your ideas for what would make your perfect family fridge - share your top needs/ desires below and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 JL voucher.

So, what's the perfect design? What colour should it be? How many shelves? What special storage does it need? What else should it do? Is bigger always better? What about environmental factors?

Servis say: "We would love you to tell us how you would design your fridge, from a great piece or art to the outright crazy, let us hear how creative you can be! We look forward to reading your best ideas"

Servis are soon to be running a special competition on Facebook to win the fridge of your choice "giving you the opportunity to win a fridge exactly the way you like it. Fancy having your child's favourite drawing, your best photo or just a unique design...well you can. And don't worry, if you like our fridge freezers just the way they are then that's fine too" keep an eye out for more info.

Please note comments from this thread may well be used on the Servis pages on MN.

Thanks
MNHQ

TenaciousOne Mon 22-Jul-13 10:48:57

I like the option to be able to change the shelf height as at Christmas fitting a big joint of meat means pulling a shelf out etc. At least four shelves. Having different temperature zones is a big plus. Colour is very individual but I have no problem with a dark colour not shiny so it doesn't show up the finger prints. Better freezer storage, I find the drawers on most either to thin or too deep. I quite like the american fridge freezer idea of just shelves in the freezer.

TallulahTT Mon 22-Jul-13 10:52:42

I'd like a secret chocolate drawer in case of emergencies, hiding chocolate in the salad drawer worked for a few years now my children are older and know me to well!

snowymum12 Mon 22-Jul-13 11:17:16

I'm shopping for a fridge at the moment and so would love one of my own design. I'd love to be able to have patterned skins to cover the outside so that they coordinate or contrast with a kitchen rather than the boring white, black or cream. Inside, I'd love to see a thermostat (which are hardly ever seen on fridges). I love coordinated storage so would much prefer boxes (colour coded) for yoghurt, red meat, cooked meats, etc. I think this would free up space so that you could get more in and in a more ordered fashion. Finally, I'd like deeper shelves in the door as my mayonnaise is forever springing out an crashing all over the kitchen floor.

pippop1 Mon 22-Jul-13 12:37:26

Don't need an egg compartment but would like more drawers of different sizes but v strong in the place of shelves with a non slip lining (perhaps removable so it can be wiped). Would like somewhere to put items that are cooling down so I can put them in the fridge safely without waiting. I would like a timer on the fridge just for normal use. Good place to keep one. It would also be good to have a lovely frame for children's art work. Who doesn't keep their kid's stuff on the fridge. Frame should be removable in case people don't want one though.
My fridge and freezer are less than 3 years old and I have ordered a few new shelves and plastic bits as they have cracked. Maybe make them of stainless steel instead or of stronger plastic? Certainly they need to be more robust for my family!

dahville Mon 22-Jul-13 12:46:51

I am so tired of tiny fridges! As a family of four plus (usually have someone visiting) we need a fridge big enough to hold a week of groceries, as it is we need to shop every few days.

I want moveable shelves, both in the door and the main part of the fridge. Two large and four half shelves in the main part (in addition to two crisper drawers at the bottom) so you can configure the shelf layout.

I don't want drawers in the freezer section - just one shelf and I can organise it myself. I want the room for ice cube trays and many frozen meals not wasted space on each drawer.

I want the freezer at the top and and the fridge at the bottom, this is so tiny people can get their own snack out :-) I also want deep shelvesto increase the amount that can be kept.

Finally, can every surface be highly washable? I don't want to have to scrub just wipe!

ArtisanLentilWeaver Mon 22-Jul-13 12:57:22

Would rubbery plastic -like the muffin tins- would those work as freezer drawers? Ordinary plastic tends to break.

Lights top and bottom plus someone should invent a corner fridge or freezer. <goes to patent idea> Hidden chocolate stash compartment compulsory.

I need a tiny corner fridge and freezer, caravan size with rubbery type crisper drawers, easily washed non stick surfaces and lit up like Blackpool.

I prefer a coloured rather than white exterior, but it needs to be matt finish, not shiny. I wouldn't want a picture or unique design. I'd like to be able to stick magnets on the outside to hold up pictures/notes etc.

Inside I want shelves that can be adjusted easily. It's often very awkward to remove the shelves. I wan them to be easy to clean too.

I don't want an egg holder.

I'd like a place to store wine or other bottles. The racks hanging underneath a shelf can be good, but I also want to be able to store open bottles upright in the door securely.

I want the storage in the door to hold everything securely so it doesn't keep falling out. It needs a deep edge along the bottom.

I like a strong vegetable drawer as long as it slides out easily and I can remove it t wash it out.

I want an alarm for if the door isn't shut properly, but with an easy cancel button for when I'm unpacking the shopping.

I'd like to be able to see the fridge temperature.

If it's a fridge freezer I want one deep drawer for bags of frozen foods then adjustable shelves for stacking boxes. I don't mind freezer drawers as long as they slide in and out easily.

EstoyAqui Mon 22-Jul-13 13:27:22

I need shelves and compartments that can be dishwashed. Our current model salad drawer and shelving must be washed by hand which is tiresome.

Shelves that can be moved for different sized products.

A wider door space for large sized juices and milks.

Crushed ice from outside that can be turned off so as the kids cannot help themselves.

An ice pop drawer that can be accessed without opening the freezer section.

A light fitted into the roof of the fridge so you do not lose top shelf space.

Doors that beep if not sealed after a minute or so, to alert you if the kids have raided the fridge but not shut it properly.

starlight36 Mon 22-Jul-13 13:47:23

Flexible storage is the best option as like others our needs change according to what food we have in. Our current fridge allows us to move the shelves but the bottom salad drawers take up quite a lot of space and aren't always full. It would be useful to have the option of removing them and having all shelving, if required.

Our door storage is currently full and we move the shelves to accommodate the heights of bottles /jars we store. A type of elastic or catch to secure the tops of the bottles would be an improvement.

A light and temperature gauge which took up less shelf space would be good. Perhaps this could be built into the top of the fridge?

CMOTDibbler Mon 22-Jul-13 13:52:18

A selection of different pockets/boxes for the door that can be moved around - I like to keep butter/cheese/condiments in the door so they don't get lost, but they aren't deep enough and things fall onto you.

The fridge to be deep enough to have bottles in the undershelf bottle holder without it stopping the door shutting properly.

An alarm that tells you if the door stays open, and a temperature sensor alarm.

Movable shelves are a must.

I'd like rotating shelves so I don't have to rummage in the back or lose things until the go mouldy. Self cleaning would be good too!

halestone Mon 22-Jul-13 13:58:50

My perfect fridge would have more space especially for eggs so that i can stop stacking them on top of each other. Also i need space for the larger drink bottles, the space in the door isn't enough. I find that the veg drawers at the bottom are too small and need to be bigger. Basically i need a fridge that is the same size but has better storage compartments.

My DD and DN love playing with the magnets on the fridge, but have a habit of pulling off the various lists whilst playing. So it would be nice to have something that holds the important lists in place so they can't pull it off.

cornflakegirl Mon 22-Jul-13 14:01:49

We don't always have enough room in the fridge door for all the milk / juice / coke / wine bottles that are opened so need to be stored upright. The ability to remove half a shelf to achieve this would be useful.

I also had to search for a long time to find a fridge freezer with a really big freezer capacity. We batch cook, and don't have room for a chest freezer, so this was important.

I love the idea of a separate door for the ice pop compartment - genius!

Agree about more robust drawers - we had to replace three in our last fridge-freezer, and they cost a fortune!

CalmlyApproaching Mon 22-Jul-13 14:16:23

I would love a 5 shelf fridge with a 2 drawer freezer below.
A way of opening it that doesn't mean annoying incut handles that catch crumbs.
Easy clean door shelves that height-adjust.
Adjustable shelves inside for 5 shelves/levels.
One shelf/level with boxes (ie for yoghurts/homous pots etc)
One shelf/level with two salad crispers.
Three other shelves/levels.
An outside covering that allows magnets but doesn't allow rusty bits.
No need for egg storage
Temp gage
Alarm if open for more than 30 secs.
Comes with a year's supply of chocolate in a special locked compartment at the top!

choccyp1g Mon 22-Jul-13 14:27:04

Adjustable shelves. Lightweight, and eady to remove, not glass.
I can provide my own boxes and baskets to act as drawers.
Alarm if the door isn't closed and the light should not stay on if the door is left open for more than a few minutes.
Thermometer showing the temperature
Dain hole that works so the salad drawerisn't constantly floating on scummy water.

Magnetic, but don't mind much else about the outside.
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TeamEdward Mon 22-Jul-13 14:28:05

We have an under counter fridge, which is fine for our needs, but ideally I'd love a large larder fridge.

Storage in the door is important. I'd love to see a bungee or something to hold in taller bottles in the door - the low shelf/bottle holder just doesn't hold things like lemonade bottles.

Veg drawers need to be rethought - ours went brittle and cracked a long time ago, so a removable adaptable and wipe-cleanable drawer would be great.

We store a lot of condiments in the fridge (I love a condiment!) but racking in the door would be more sensible than taking up shelf space.

How about suspending netting underneath a shelf? You could tuck a cucumber or something in there, over a shallow pot or dish and that would really make the most of space and aid airflow around the food.

Love the idea of customisable fridges, with a frame for DC's artwork, or skins to apply.
How about a bit od blackboard paint for the DC's to draw on, or a wipe-clean whiteboard area fro jotting down fridge items for the shopping list?

TeamEdward Mon 22-Jul-13 14:31:38

Oh yes, and rather than having a fridge where the whole door opens, I'd love storage drawers the opening independently a bit like this but as part of the whole 'fridge.

Lent1l Mon 22-Jul-13 14:35:58

I've actually just bought what I believe to be my ideal fridge/freezer. It is a Samsung G-series. When you open the door the current temperature of both the firdge and freezer sections are shown on an LED display. From the same display panel you can change the temperature, set the fridge to holiday mode (leaving freezer fully working) and there is also a door alarm to alert you that the door is open and the temperature is rising.

It has easy open handles so even when juggling lots of things you can use one finger to open the doors.

Inside the drawers in the door can be put at several heights and these drawers are not all full width - which I like as it allows me to have space for taller items on one side and I find it allows me to store more in teh door overall.

The light in the fridge is an LED panel at the fron of the fridge which lights everything brilliantly, and you don't block the light when you've got a very full fridge.

There are two full width drawers at the bottom of the fridge, one of which features cool zone which stays cooler and is great for slowly defrosting meat or keeping all the salad items really fresh. There are then three glass shelves and even a bottle holder that sits below one shelf and doesn't cause issues getting to the items on the shelf below.

The freezer then has 4 drawers, two very deep and two shallow.

I know I sound like an advert for this fridge but I genuinely love it and feel that it has really met all my needs. Even after doing a full shop the fridge swallows all the food purchased and still has space (always making me wonder if I actually bought everything we needed!!!! shock). The large fridge space, bottle holder, allowing shelves in the door to be at different heights, these were all key features for us whn we were looking for our new fridge.

I think the only thing I would change is that it comes in a stainless steel colour which I love but does show finger marks - it would be lovely to have a fridge that never shows finger prints oh and also one that maybe would recognise the family member who is opening it so we could restrict access!! Easy open doors are great until your toddler realises how easy it is for them to get into the freezer!!!

Spirael Mon 22-Jul-13 14:38:55

I'd like a multi drinks dispensor! One that not only gives you cold water and ice, but can accept standard 2 ltr bottles of fizzy drinks, or provided containers which can be filled with wine milk or squash.

The bottles/containers would then be hung upside-down inside the door, attached to the external leak-free dispensor, so that at the press of a button or flick of a lever your cup is filled with the perfectly chilled beverage of your choice!

With less requirement to open the fridge door when getting drinks, it might improve efficiency as well.

Taffeta Mon 22-Jul-13 14:41:51

Slidey shelves so you can get to the crap at the back

ratbagcatbag Mon 22-Jul-13 14:55:12

Light in the centre of the fridge in the roof so space isn't lost. A deep enough fridge so when I have two litre pop bottles lay down and sauce/milk/wine in the doors the door actually shuts.
A temp gauge.
A quick chilling section
Adjustable shelves
More storage options, two salad drawers isn't enough.
Don't mind outside colour as ours is integral.

TheFutureMrsB Mon 22-Jul-13 15:24:15

A bigger fridge!
Every fridge I have ever owned has been tiny, it all great on the outside but as soon as you try getting stuff in there, there just is not enough room.

I'd like larger salad drawers, adjustable shelves, a panel light rather than a big bulky thing at the side which takes up valuable room, shelves made to hold 2 litre pop bottles and still allow the door to close.

There's six of us in our household and the fridge is pants! There just isn't enough room at all.

A drink's dispenser would be good, I know it's nothing new but it would be new to me!

I would like the outside to be easy to keep clean, just a simple wipe over but it would be nice to have some nice artwork or kids photo's on there. Or maybe an easy to clean black/white board for the kids to doodle on or write lists.

And I'd like a space specifically for my Malibu! A little secret hidey hole for chocolate would be good too!

GibberTheMonkey Mon 22-Jul-13 15:48:21

I would like the salad drawers not to be at the bottom
We are told to keep meat at the bottom but the salad drawers are there so then you have meat above your salad. So a meat section at the bottom that is easy to take out and clean would be good with a salad section above.

No annoying egg bit as it wastes room and eggs should not be kept in the fridge.

Actually a way of picking and choosing what bits you would like would be brilliant as looking at other people's posts someone wanted more eggs space (wrong I tell you grin).

A door that self shuts' just in case it's left open. Even more important on the freezer section.

Drawer fronts that don't fall off after three uses in the freezer. More space (drawerspace?) that doesn't have very large mesh bottom for all the smaller portions of things I freeze.

A good labelling system for the freezer drawers, maybe something that could shout at my husband as to which drawer the item he is looking for is in. Ok maybe that was wishful thinking...

flamingtoaster Mon 22-Jul-13 15:49:16

I would like my fridge to be very energy efficient and very easy to clean - so very smooth surfaces without too many nooks and crannies. I'd also like an alarm for when the door is left open, and a thermostat in a sensible place - i.e. not on the front shelf edge which will of course not give a true reading as soon as the door is open. Plenty of storage space on the door is vital.

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