How to Choose a Refrigerator

How to Choose a Refrigerator

Refrigerators come in a wide variety of styles and with a number of features to choose from. Consumers should consider their unique needs when choosing what kind of refrigerator is best for the types of food they store. Here are some tips on how to choose your refrigerator.

Sizing

Spacing
  • Add a 1 inch gap on all sides to prevent overheating
  • Poor ventilation diminishes performance
  • Refrigerator insulation may expand the walls up to a 1/2 inch

 

 Walls

  • Consider any walls that may block opening of the refrigerator doors
  • Other considerations include kitchen counters, islands, and drawers
  • Make sure to measure every doorway the fridge will travel towards installation

 

 Food Storage

  • Consider the total amount of food you would have any one time
  • Calculate 8 cubic feet per person for “family size” fridges
  • Produce bins are on the bottom, so reaching for veggies may be a challenge

 

Door Configuration 

Top Freezer

  • Features wide shelves for plenty of storage space
  • Typically the best priced option

 

Bottom Freezer

  • Very popular style
  • Food at eye level is convenient
  • Freezers with baskets make access easier

 

French Door

  • Wider interior space than a side-by-side
  • Great for larger fridge items and food organization
  • Lacks in energy efficiency

 

Side-by-Side

  • Narrow doors are great for small spaces
  • Energy efficient
  • May lack in accessibility

 

Finish

Finish is an extremely important decision when choosing a fridge or any appliance. In fact, a stainless steel finish may actually add value to the home because the look is timeless.

 

Other Considerations 

ENERGY STAR

  • US Department of Energy's stamp of approval
  • Certified to save energy and money

Humidity Controlled

  • Maintains consistent humidity
  • Keeps crisper drawers fresh

Water and Ice

  • Feature widely available
  • Often at little or no extra cost

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