Tips for Buying Refrigerators and Freezers
You may have never before considered the possibility of buying a home appliance like a refrigerator online. But you should! After all, using the web allows you to view and research a number of models and manufacturers all at once. If you’ve decided that your current fridge needs to be replaced, there are some issues you should consider for your new one.
Select a size that fits your kitchen space and your needs. A 10 to 15 cubic feet refrigerator is certainly sufficient for a family of two. But if there are more than three people in the family, you will probably need at least a 20 cubic space. Other things to consider are your family’s diets. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, look for a smaller fridge with less meat compartments and more fruit and vegetable space. Refrigerators can last up to 15 years, so plan ahead if there’s going to be a newborn or children leaving for college during that time. Size also relates to how far the refrigerator is going to stick out from the cabinetry in your kitchen, as well as accounting for the space needed to open the fridge door. Keep all these size factors in mind when you’re researching models.
The most common, and currently fashionable, look for a fridge is one with an upper freezer a doors that can swing open in both directions. The shelf design of the freezer compartment offers more flexibility to store all sizes of products. It’s easy to access your favorite ice cream or frozen treat for adults, but may be difficult for small children. This traditional design is the least expensive.
If you don’t use your freezer often, then a bottom, slide-out freezer style gives you eye level access to your fresh produce without bending your back to acquire them. This style is becoming popular as a new trend in refrigerators because it makes finding and organizing the fridge items more convenient and it saves time. They cost a bit more than those with an upper freezer.
A French Door refrigerator is also referred to as a bottom freezer. It’s a latest design with a pull-out bottom freezer and divided, side by side fridge doors on top. It offers a wider selection of storage space in the fridge compartments and on the shelves of the doors themselves. The freezer is also larger than the average bottom freezer.
Side by side refrigerators feature full length doors that open from the center. They also offer easy access to both the fridge and freezer. But storage capacity of the fridge is reduced. It’s common to see in built water and ice dispensers on the freezer door, which also takes away a lot of space from the freezer. Hence, it doesn’t accommodate large items like pizza boxes and it uses more energy than other styles. However, this popular style is best for small kitchens.
What features are important to you?
Energy efficiency is the most important feature you want to look for in any household appliances. Refrigerators use the most electricity of any of them simply because they’re on 24/7. Generally the larger the refrigerator, the more electricity is required. But with added features like water and ice dispensers and digital controls, it could add up to a lot more. Energy Star seals are given to those models with the most energy efficiency and the least amount of greenhouse gas emissions. According to the U.S department of Energy, an Energy Stared-labeled refrigerator saves at least 20% in energy costs in the course of one year. A bottom freezer saves the most energy.
Temperature controlled bins and other compartments are great for fruit and meat products. But they take up more space and provide no space for you to store odd and wide-sized items. Adjustable shelves make the refrigerators more flexible for holding all kinds of goods. At the same time, removable shelves make it easy to clean. A digital panel offers the most precise and customized temperature control, but it’s an expensive feature that’s costly to fix when it breaks down.
In shopping for your next refrigerator, make sure to balance the size with its capacity and energy efficiency to ensure you’re not buying more than you need. Or more than you can pay for down the road!