That a refrigerator is one of life’s necessities can be considered one of the biggest understatements of this generation. Still, even with such a straightforward need, the choice can sometimes be a surprisingly difficult one. This is especially considering the fact that refrigerators are not as simple as they used to be, what with technological changes and the complexities of modern life. When looking to purchase a new refrigerator, here are some of the helpful steps one should think about.
Regardless of the technology available, size will always remain the number one factor. Most people choose fridges thinking about what they will put inside, and not necessarily who made or how advanced it is, at least at first. The key to choosing the appropriate size is to measure it by cubic feet. The average family refrigerator measures about between 18 and 25 cubic feet. When it comes to large families, one should possibly think about a bigger size. Still, even with a small family, when hosting elaborate parties is part of their lifestyle, then they should definitely think about a larger unit. Other size dimensions one should think about are the width and the height, especially relative to the space they are going to occupy in the house.
There are different styles available, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The most common styles are those that have fridges and freezers. The freezer is normally at the top and the fridge at the bottom. This is normally ideal for a small home, but is compact and is perhaps the smallest at 18 cubic feet. Some styles will however have the fridge and freezer side by side, with the fridge typically taking up to two thirds of the space. Many people like them for their modern look and spaciousness. Others find them narrow and difficult to fit some items into.
The bottom mount style is the type where the fridge is at the top, and at the bottom is a pullout freezer. People like it because they can access most things without having to bend over. Having the freezer at the bottom, however, will mean frozen gets buried frequently as one piles other things on top. The French door type are currently the most popular, and are not much different from the bottom mount type only that the doors are like the typical French doors, opening from the center of the unit. The freezer drawer is still at the same position basically. These are, however, most of the time larger and sleeker in appearance.
For all these refrigerators, one might also think about a finish to add or blend into the décor of the room. Consider also additional accessories and options that come with refrigerator like
- Ice makers
- Water dispensers
- Soda can dispensers
- Adjustable controls
- Moisture control
- Automatic defrosting options
Some people buy smaller, more specialized refrigerators to complement what they have at home. Bar and wine fridges fall under this category.
Buying a refrigerator might seem confusing when one first samples them. With the right knowledge and consideration, the process will go much smoother.