What to Consider Before Buying a Refrigerator

What to Consider Before Buying a Refrigerator
 
 
 
 

When it comes to buying home appliances, one can easily get confused by the dozens of options available. A refrigerator is no different. In fact, it’s a big decision since the refrigerator is a huge purchase - one that you will live with for a long time. So, you want to make the right decision and not just buy a refrigerator that looks good. We’ve compiled a list of things to consider before buying a refrigerator to help you make an informed decision.

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What Are Your Preferences?

First things first. Before setting out to go shopping for a fridge, you’ve got to have an idea of the types of refrigerators available on the market. These are:

  • French door: this type has two doors that open outwards, with the freezer placed at the bottom. This design makes it easier to access one side of the fridge or both sides as needed.
  • Side-by-side: it comes with two doors that open outwards, with the freezer and fridge placed alongside each other. You can reach food items quickly without having to bend over. The sections are narrower, and it might not accommodate bulky or large items and containers.
  • Top-freezer: this type comes with the freezer on top and the fridge at the bottom. The freezer is easily accessible and ideal for those who freeze lots of meals and need to get them quickly. The shelves are adjustable and customizable, making it easy to access foods, and you won't have to bend over to get food. They are also the least expensive.
  • Bottom freezer: as the name suggests, the freezer sits at the bottom while the fridge sits above. This type can feature a single door or French door (double-door). This model makes it easier to access foods in the refrigerator section.
  • Compact refrigerator: this is a smaller, simpler fridge also known as a bar or mini fridge that is ideal for dorm rooms. • Wine fridge: they are excellent for keeping wine at optimal temperature.

Choose an orientation option that suits your preferences. Each option has a different storage space and unique features. In some units, you will have to do some serious bending, which is not great if you have back problems.

Measure, Measure, Measure

If there's one thing you don’t want to be wrong about, it is the measurements. And by that we mean, measure everything. From the path you will use to take the fridge to its designated position to where you intend to install it. Look at things like the space in the hallway, if it will fit through the door, or if the stairs are too windy. It might be a frustrating task to carry a large fridge through tight spaces.

Refrigerator Features

Now, once you know the orientation option that suits your needs, the next step is to check the features. Here is where things get interesting. You want to get a fridge that has all the features that you wish for and necessary for your kitchen. Each refrigerator type, model, and brand comes with a set of unique features, including through-the-door ice, water and ice dispensers, temperature zones, and a door alarm that warns you when you leave the door open for too long, among many others. Of course, the more features you want, the more you should be willing to spend. Plus, the extra features will also add to your utility bills.

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Energy Star

Speaking of energy bills, you should opt for an energy-efficient refrigerator. Newer models use less energy, which means more savings. Look for the Energy Star rating, which is marked by stars. Basically, the more stars it has, the better savings for you.

Storage Capacity

Refrigerators come in different shapes and sizes. Depending on your family size and your food habits, be sure to check that you have sufficient storage space. If you like to keep lots of ice for long periods, consider a refrigerator with large freezer space, like the side-by-side model. If you don’t want lots of freezer space, a French door fridge is probably best. Fridges with customizable and adjustable shelves can be quite convenient since they can allow you to make room for larger containers or bottles of wine. Some models come with in-door ice dispensers, which are convenient, but it takes up space that could otherwise be useful.

Budget

Of course, the budget should be a top priority when considering getting a new refrigerator. As noted earlier, each model and brand comes with specific features that have different price tags. If you are on a tight budget, maybe go for a top freezer type of fridge that doesn’t come with extra features and add-ons. However, if you have the money to spend, and you aren’t worried about space or the energy bills, then you can virtually buy any type or model of the fridge that you fancy.

Read Customer Reviews

Last, and certainly not least, you want to be sure about the product that you are buying. One way to check the reliability and durability of a fridge is by reading customer reviews. Visit reputable websites like Amazon and check what customers are saying about the particular brand that caught your eye. A fridge with a rating above 4.5 from hundreds or thousands of genuine customers means it's trustworthy and reliable. We hope this article helps make your choice a tad easier. Happy fridge shopping!

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