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Buying a Refrigerator

Types

 

There are a few various refrigerator types based on their look, size, capacity, number of compartments, as well as their placement in the unit. Freestanding refrigerators need just to be plugged into an outlet and can be placed anywhere you wish. Built-in refrigerators are, basically, built into the cabinetry. They fit seamlessly and can be covered with paneling to make them blend in with the cabinets. Side-by-side refrigerators have the refrigerator and freezer doors side by side. They use the complete height capacity which eases organizing the refrigerator's compartments. Besides standard 2-door, side-by-side refrigerators also appear as a 3-door option. French door refrigerators are a very common and very practical refrigerator type with a side-by-side top and a bottom freezer. French door refrigerators have more options, so besides the standard, you can find 3-door, 4-door, and quad-door models on the market. Quad-door refrigerators are 4 door models that include a compartment that can be turned from a fridge to a freezer. Undercounter refrigerators come as an additional refrigeration appliance to a large household, or as a compact refrigeration unit to a smaller apartment or a studio. They can be built-in or freestanding.

Measurements

 

Make sure to measure every possible space that the appliance will pass through on its way to the spot where it will be installed: doorways, hallways, stairs, ceiling, sharp corners, and of course, its' space – width, depth, and height. Standard refrigerator sizes range from around 24 to 40 inches in width, 62 to 72 inches in height, and 29 to 36 inches in depth. Generally speaking, french doors and side-by-side refrigerators are larger in width and height.

Capacity

 

A refrigerator needs to be big enough for your family. It is measured by cubic feet. But, keep in mind, that cubic feet can be misleading. It includes space taken up by the freezer, shelves, and bins. So, an average refrigerator capacity varies between 9 and 30 cubic feet. A family of two needs approximately 8 to 10 cubic feet of fresh food space. Add an extra cubic foot for each additional family member.

Features

 

Here's a list of some useful features to look for when shopping for a new refrigerator:

- Removable Panels

- Automatic Defrost

- Door In Door

- Door Lock

- Door Open Alarm

- Glass Door and Glass Shelves

- Water Dispenser

- Ice Maker

- Sabbath Mode

- Reversible Door

- Outdoor Use

- ADA Compliant

- Energy Star

- Smart features (touch-screen controls, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, internal cameras, an option to search for, and read-out recipes, or play music)