Refrigerator Buying Guide - How to Pick the Right Refrigerator for Your Needs
Posted on August 31, 2015 by Jennifer
In addition to being energy efficient, today’s refrigerators come in a wide variety of styles and designs. Choosing a fridge for your kitchen may seem a little overwhelming, so we’ve created this buying guide to help you make the best choice.
Types of Refrigerators
Bringing home the best fridge requires that you consider the various types from which to choose.
This refrigerator type generally has the fridge on the right and the freezer on the left, with both running vertically from top to bottom. This fridge is best for kitchens with limited space. The doors take up less room than other types.
Freezer on top or bottom
These models feature a freezer on the top and fridge on the bottom or vice versa. They are a good choice for tight spaces, as the doors can swing left or right, depending on the kitchen layout.
Four-door French door
French door refrigerators open to reveal a variety of compartments. They are a good choice for large families, as the average size is 28 cubic feet. They have a
French style door on top; a middle door containing items you use most and a bottom freezer.
When space is tight, a compact refrigerator fits the bill. Such models are good for dorms, family rooms and basement living areas.
Additional Refrigerator Buying Considerations
In addition to the type of fridge you buy, there are a variety of other decisions to make, including the following:
Size and capacity
Choosing the right size refrigerator requires that you measure the available space in your kitchen. When doing so, allow for extra space around the fridge to ensure proper airflow. Also consider the size of your family and the amount of food you generally buy. You don’t want to overfill your fridge, as this can lead to improper cooling. You also want enough room for your frozen goods.
Today’s fridges come in a wide variety of hues, which makes it possible to choose the perfect color for your décor. Find stainless steel, gray, white, black and even green, orange and red refrigerators.
Additional Features to Look for:
- Humidity controlled compartments: Such drawers help ensure that your leafy greens and moisture-loving fruits stay hydrated and appetizing.
- Door alarm. This helps if you have young children in the house who aren’t supposed to be getting into the fridge.
- Automatic ice and water dispenser. Some refrigerators have the dispensers in the doors, while others are inside.
- Multiple storage compartments. The more storage nooks and crannies a fridge has the better.
At P.C. Richard & Son, we have a wide selection of refrigerators from which to choose. Come on by and see what we have to offer.