How to Choose The Perfect Refrigerator For Your Home Use?
You’re absolutely looking for the best refrigerator to keep your food cold and for longer.
But the given the thousands of fridge models on the market right now- with different colors, brand labels, designs, prices, and so much more- you might have a had time finding your way to the perfect fried for your home.
But don’t give up yet.
Below, I’ve prepared for you a list of TOP features to consider when looking for the right fridge for keeping your foods cold, and for long.
Let’s dive into the details:
1. Size and Capacity
The first thing you need to do is note down the measurements of your kitchen, where you plan to place your new fridge. Measure the height, width, and space of the location, ensuring you leave extra space for airflow around your insulator after installation.
You’ll also need to consider the fridge capacity that’s adequate enough to hold all your foods. A quick tip to determine the capacity is looking at your food buying habits.
Do you usually buy more fresh foods than frozen? If yes, you’ll want to an easy access and storage space in your refrigerator.
What if you purchase more of the frozen foods? In that case, you’ll need a bigger freezer space.
One more tip: Ensure the fridge you buy will easily fit through your doorway during the delivery. If you want an outdoor refrigerator, we've a dedicated article for that.
Did you know that there are different types of refrigerators on the market today? Having a clear idea of what each type looks alike will go a long way in making your fridge selection prices easier.
These types include:
- Top-freezer/bottom-freezer: these are the traditional models where the freezer appears at the top and fridge at the bottom (and vice versa). They usually feature reversible doors that help accommodate the tight spaces.
- Side-by-side: here, the fridge and freezer share a similar size and are vertically placed, from top to bottom. These models are ideal for kitchens with limited space.
- French door and bottom freezer: such door configurations open from the middle, revealing a top refrigerator chamber with door/drawer for accessing the freezer (located at the bottom).
- Four-door fridge: the door open from the center of the top fridge chamber, with the freezer section situated at the bottom. This is essentially the same configurations as the previous model, only that it includes an extra middle pantry drawer.
- Door-in-door: here, the doors swing open to show an upper fridge compartment as well as food inside the door. This model is energy saving, given that you only open the panel to gain access to the items you regularly use in the in-door bin.
- Counter-depth: a stylish model that perfectly fits flush with a cabinet front to form a built-in placement.
3. Look For Organizational Features
Most of the buyers will agree with me that the advertisement images showing a neatly organized fridge with all types of foods, somehow contributes to the buying decision.
That means you want a fridge that allows you to easily organize your stuff for the ultimate neatness and easy access.
Some top organization features to look in a fridge include adjustable glass shelves, pantry drawers, humidity control drawers, and oversize door bins (to hold more items).
4. Your Energy Bill/Power Consumption
Keep in mind that your fridge consumes up to 14% of your home’s total energy use. Therefore, make sure you carefully read the Energy guide labels on the unit you plan to buy.
And also keep this in mind: built-in ice and water dispensers consume loads of energy and aren’t usually included in the unit’s energy approximations. If they were to appear in the estimates, the total power usage will go up to 20%
Fridges that come with a top-mounted freezer utilize 10-25% less energy compared to other configurations. This is quite helpful information to remember as you shop through different fridges.
Like many other household items, fridges are manufactured by different brands. Some of these names have been there since the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and their products tend to perform better and stay for an extended period of time.
Some of my favorite fridge manufacturers include Samsung, KictehAid, LG, Whirlpool, Maytag, Frigidaire, and Kenmore.
Bottom line: be sure to go for popular brands in the industry.
If you’re planning to buy a refrigerator soon, the above guide will help you find the best model for your needs; One with a great performance, with durable construction, lots of storage space, maximum power efficiency, and so much more.