Refrigerator Buying Guide
You want a refrigerator that’s reliable and functional — one that complements your kitchen and adds convenience to your routine. Bring the best to your home with a fridge that has all the space and features you’ve been looking for. Read on for considerations when buying a refrigerator.
One thing’s for sure — when buying a new refrigerator, you want one that’s going to fit all of your groceries, beverages, and leftover Chinese food without any issues. Avoid potential crowding by planning ahead and calculating how much interior fridge space you’ll need for your household. You should plan for at least 5 cubic feet per person. Make sure to check the interior measurements under the product details section as you shop. You’ll also want to ensure the exterior measurements fit your planned space. Make sure that it will fit through doorways and that you have a large enough spot to place it. A little spatial planning will save you from making any costly sizing errors.
The refrigerator style you choose will depend on both your functional and visual preference. You’ll need to ask yourself questions like “How many doors do I want?” and “Do I want my freezer on top, on bottom, or to the side?” Think of what you’re grabbing out of your refrigerator most often and how convenient it would be based on the different styles. The other factor to consider is how your fridge looks. Refrigerators come in a variety of colors and finishes, from polished stainless steel to textured wood grain. Decide whether you want it to stand out or mesh with the rest of your kitchen decor. See our guide to the Top 6 Refrigerator Styles to make an informed decision when you buy your new refrigerator.
Sure, you could stick with just the basics, but a refrigerator with some bells and whistles can bring a new level of convenience to your kitchen. Some upgrades, like adjustable shelving and deeper drawers, improve the basic function of your fridge. The inclusion of an in-door water and ice dispenser is one bonus feature that is almost expected in all new fridges. Other additions are more technical, like a built-in air filter for added freshness or individual temperature control for different areas of your refrigerator. Another feature that has been rising in popularity is door-in-door storage, which gives you access to frequently used items without having to open the refrigerator completely.
If you’re environmentally or financially conscious, the energy efficiency of your new refrigerator is an important consideration. An easy way to explore this is to see if the fridge you’re considering has earned an “Energy Star” rating. This certification is bestowed by the EPA on energy-efficient appliances in the top 25 percent of the market. Energy Star compliant appliances feature an “Energy Guide” sticker that will give you more detailed information about power consumption and an estimated yearly cost.
Your refrigerator is one of the most useful and necessary appliances in your kitchen. But every home appliance plays an important role in your domestic life, so it’s important to do some research before you buy. See our Large Kitchen Appliance Guide for help with additional purchases.