The history of the fridge

For decades, freestanding and small refrigerators were common. (Photo: AMK)
For decades, freestanding and small refrigerators were common. (Photo: AMK)

Thanks to refrigerators, we can keep items fresh and stock up food and groceries for the entire week. However, what is normal nowadays was formerly luxury. The invention of the fridge led to a genuine revolution that transformed many traditions: “Like no other kitchen appliance the refrigerator changed eating habits as well as our current food supply,” said Kirk Mangels, CEO of the Association ’Die Modern Kitchen e.V.’, Mannheim, Germany.

Best score for Bosch SmartCool: Minimal consumption, maximum flexibility

The fridge-freezer KGE39AI40: Score 1.4 for the most economical model and the best cooling properties in the test. (photo: Bosch)

Household appliance manufacturer Bosch must be delighted with the results of the latest fridge-freezer test by Germany’s consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest: the KGE39AI40 model that was included in the test features highly sophisticated compressor technology, electronic control and excellent insulation and made it to the top of the winner’s podium as “most economical model”. The appliance is thus also explicitly recommended as “supremely suitable for energy savers”.

The testers found the appliance’s performance equally convincing. With its “best cooling properties” and generous amount of space, it offers buyers a particularly “good price-performance ratio”. Another Bosch appliance also came out of the test with a “Good” rating: the KGN36VL30 achieved an overall score of 2.3. There were bonus points for the NoFrost technology, which protects the appliances from icing up, and the practical extra-cold Chiller Box for meat and fish that is a feature of both appliances also met with approval.